|The consecration of Bishop Dr Jonathan Gibbs
Jonathan Gibbs – formerly Rector of Heswall – has been consecrated at York Minister as the first ever Bishop of Huddersfield. Jonathan is the Area Bishop of Huddersfield in the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. He joins the episcopal team led by the Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds and diocesan bishop. Bishop Jonathan is PICTURED HERE with Bishop Nick after the consecration on Friday 17 October.
|Welcome to our new Readers
Nine new Readers were admitted and licensed by Bishop Peter at Chester Cathedral on Saturday 18 October. They are: Rachel Bathurst (Plas Newton); Philip Bishop (Davenham); Callum Boothroyd (Mottram-in-Longdendale); Sandi Fisher (Wilmslow); Anne Latham (Middlewich); Ken London (Eastham); Joanne Rodman (Woodford); Chantelle Tunnicliffe (Dukinfield, St Mark); Ailsa Whorton (Woodchurch).
|Tackling poverty in Macclesfield
Civic and business leaders from across Cheshire attended the launch of 'Transforming Lives Together' (TLT). The Bishop of Chester, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and David Rutley MP, were all present at the ‘Cre8’ (a church-supported social enterprise based project in Macclesfield) to support the start of a new venture that seeks to alleviate poverty across the county.
|Church Army work praised at community celebration
Community leaders and supporters from around Cheshire gathered to celebrate the work of Church Army and the positive impact it is having in our diocese. More than 90 people attended the celebration event at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port to hear about the community and outreach work.
|A great harvest thanksgiving at Shotwick
St Michael’s church in Shotwick (population just 120) celebrated a harvest thanksgiving service on Sunday 12 October. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, sheaves of wheat and maize, produce and a traditional bread wheat sheaf. More than 85 family members attended the service which was led by Vicar, the Revd Cathy Helm.
Cycle of Prayer (Download booklet)
Cycle of Prayer - 23/10/2014
C: Charles Razzall.
Bishop Isaac Nwaobia, Isiala - Ngwa South; Bishop Owen Azubuike, Isiala, Ngwa (Aba, Nigeria)
Peace At The Last - a new book by Bishop Robert Atwell
Our former Bishop of Stockport says the book grew out of diocesan consultation with funeral directors who identified three essential qualities that only the church offers: a distinctive understanding of death continuing pastoral care hope, not just empathy. Building on this foundation, Robert Atwell suggests many practical ways in which the church can become better at conducting funerals and engaging with those who seek pastoral support at critical points in their lives.
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