Communications Press and Media
Jane Bower is the Wakefield Diocese Director of Communications, offering advice to parishes and serving as a contact point for the media.
The text below is from Bishop Nick – our new bishop designate for Leeds in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. Parish magazine editors may find it useful for inclusion in their magazines. They may also find his picture and the poster of use:
"Welcome to the Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales. Born at Easter 2014, our new diocese confidently proclaims that Jesus Christ was not finished on the cross, but lives in us and through us, even today. We are here as part of the Christian Church to live out the life of Christ in the world of today. All of us. Together.
In the years ahead we face many challenges and exciting opportunities. Over the next few months our clergy and churches will continue to reach out to the people in our parishes with the love of God in Christ.
Elsewhere we will be working hard to get the diocese on a sound operational footing as we shape our future organisation and mission. Area Bishops for Bradford and Huddersfield should be appointed and consecrated in the autumn – the archdeacons will serve their new episcopal areas from Easter Day. We will then be working on shaping a vision that can be tested as we create a new Diocesan Synod in late autumn. Posters and postcards for the new diocese will be available in all churches this month.
Please pray for – and encourage – those who are working hard to make it all happen. These processes are complex and demanding.
Our new diocese has at its heart God’s compelling love and mercy. In worship, discipleship, nurture and service, we simply explore our response to God's love by taking the risk of loving God's world and its people. It is why we are here."
Church in the news?
Your church is full of good news stories and the Wakefield Diocese is served by around 20 newspapers, half a dozen radio stations and two regional TV channels.
What are we waiting for?
The Wakefield Diocesan Communications Director, Jane Bower is here to help you get together with your local media.
How to get noticed
The Communications Director Jane Bower will work with you or for you. Why not ask for some informal training in getting your message out?
The Diocesan Communications Director can be contacted at:
Church House, 1 South Parade, Wakefield WF1 1LP
Telephone: 01924 371802
Fax: 01924 364834
Jane is usually available in the diocese on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. At other times the Church of England’s Communications Unit in London has a wealth of expertise and is available every day and out of hours on 0207 898 1326.
Out-of-hours duty mobile: 07774 800212.
West Yorks shire and the Dales Transformation Programme News
In Review and In Focus
In Review is a monthly tabloid sized A3 newspaper published by the National Church Institutions of the Church of England to keep people in touch with the activities of the Archbishops' Council, Church Commissioners, the Church of England Pensions Board and other bodies who serve the Church at national level. Available to download and post on your church's noticeboard.
In Focus is a monthly A5 insert designed for parish magazines with the best of the material which appears in the full newspaper. Both publications are available for download in the last full week of the previous month, to allow parishes to have them in place for the beginning of the new month.