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Chester Diocese
January 2018

Monday 8th January 2018 19:30Arts and Faith Network EveningAn informal meeting for all interested in the link between art and faith. For more information, please email david.herbert@chester.anglican.org


Venue: The Legh Arms, Brook Lane, Knutsford WA16 8EB

To book: Please register for this event by clicking on the link to Eventbrite below or contact Jane Hood by email or phone 01928 718834 ext 257


Thursday 18th January 2018 10:00Let's Talk about Money - Helping people in debtThis session is open to all those who support people who are facing debt or financial difficulties. What practical support and signposting can we offer and how well resourced are we to be effective in often critical circumstances.

This event is to be held at Foxhill House and Woodlands, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6XB

The events are free to attend, and include tea and cake but places must be booked in advance via the Eventbrite link below. For further information please contact: Hannah.jones@chester.anglican.org or ring 01928 718834 ext 271

There will be 12 Let's Talk about events held though out the year. Find out more on link below.
Saturday 20th January 2018 09:30Imagine Church WorkshopJoin members of the LICC team as we share what we've learnt about how to create a whole-life disciple making church. Imagine Church Training Days are being held across the country for church leaders and leadership teams. We'll be exploring the biblical vision and the practical principles and process we've been learning in our work with churches of different sizes and denominations across the nation and offering a clear framework for moving forward.

What are the implications for leaders and leadership teams who want to create a missional disciple making community? How have people grown in confidence to make a difference on their frontlines? What's helped? What's hindered? What keeps it going? What resources can help? And how can you discern the right first steps to take in your own particular context?

Naturally, individual delegates are more than welcome, but, given the nature and vital importance of the topic, it's often more helpful if leaders can come with others from the same church.

The day will include refreshments but bring your own lunch or pop out in the break.
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 19:30Being There: Pastoral VisitingLed by the Revd Jane Colley, priest-in-charge of All Saints and St Paul’s, Crewe, and St Peter’s, Crewe

Places are available on this Pastoral Worker module, for lay or ordained people wanting to reflect on definitions of health, sickness and disability, and to develop skills in pastoral visiting in home, hospital and hospice.
Sessions will run at Church House on Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 9.30pm:

23 and 30 January;
6 February;
6 and 13 March 2018

Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE

There is no charge for this course. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book contact Peter Bacon
peter.bacon@chester.anglican.org tel: 01928 718834 ext 237
Thursday 25th January 2018 10:00Passionate Presence?What could ‘mission at the margins’ look like in a time of austerity, Brexit and church growth strategies?

The current political climate has both exposed and deepened many divisions our society: between rich and poor, ‘Brexiteers’ and ‘Remainers’, and along lines of class, race, nationality and faith. What vital aspects of God’s mission do we miss when we concentrate on ‘church growth’? How is mission at ‘the margins’ distorted or hampered when it is driven by ‘centrally’-devised strategies? Are there unacknowledged dynamics of race, class, gender and sexuality lurking underneath our dominant missiologies?

Beginning with some stories from one outer-urban estate in east Birmingham, we will explore together some of these questions, and see if we can develop some theological and practical resources for a different way of thinking and doing mission, as ‘passionate presence’.

Al Barrett is Rector of Hodge Hill Church, in east Birmingham, and lives and works mainly on Firs & Bromford, a 1960s ‘council estate’ which has seen rapid demographic change and an increasing diversity of ethnicities, nationalities and faiths. He has worked closely with the Church Urban Fund and other partners to support the development of thinking and practice around ‘Asset-Based Community Development’, and has recently completed a PhD, developing a ‘radically receptive political theology in the urban margins’.

Venue: Foxhill House and Woodland, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA6 6XB
Refreshments and lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this event.
To book your place, click on the link below or contact Jane Hood jane.hood@chester.anglican.org tel: 01928 718834 ext 257


Saturday 27th January 2018 09:00Called to ServeCalled to Serve is a great opportunity to come and find out more about how you might serve God and the church. People at all different ages and stages offer themselves for ministry in God’s church.

Showcasing our four licensed ministries (Church Army, Ordained, Pastoral Worker, Reader) the event is an opportunity to find out the distinctions between these ministries, to talk to real people who are already involved and to listen to what you think God might be asking you to do.

The event is free and held at our Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre, Foxhill, just outside Frodsham. It includes lunch but booking is essential via Peter Bacon at Church House (peter.bacon@chester.anglican.org or 01928 718834 ext 237)
Wednesday 31st January 2018 16:30Using the Arts to Think Theologically24 Hours with a theologian ... David Brown
31 January 2018 to 16:30, Thursday, 1 February 2018

Five sessions will explore how Christian belief and doctrine can be illuminated by taking seriously their treatment in the arts. Because the speaker has written extensively on the subject e.g. in five fat volumes published by Oxford University Press between 1999 and 2008, and across all the arts, inevitably some selectivity is required in this case! So the first lecture will be used to provide an overall introduction, and then the next three will deal with more specific topics, with painting and poetry used as the primary examples, though discussion could easily broaden out to other arts such as film or music (David Brown has just finished with a colleague a joint volume on experiencing God through music, both classical and popular).


Session One: Why theology needs the arts
Here we will explore four important ways in which from the nineteenth century onwards society’s intellectual presuppositions came to be seen as quite different from that in which Christianity received its classical formulation. David Brown will argue that, provided we take the role of the arts and the imagination seriously, so far from this being a disadvantage, it brings with it considerable potential in communicating the Christian faith.

Session Two: Finding God in art and architecture
Here we will explore how even in our own largely secular society encounters with certain styles of architecture (including that of churches) and landscape painting may be used to initiate discussion about a God whom they may help mediate. Some musical examples may also be considered.

Session Three: The Incarnate God in 20th and 21st century art
This session will challenge the view that the arts of today are overwhelmingly secular. In particular, it will observe how some artists use symbolism to raise deep questions about Jesus and the significance of his life, death and resurrection, with even non-believers sometimes contributing with surprising effectiveness.

Session Four: Making the Trinity comprehensible
Preaching on Trinity Sunday is often said to be the assignment clergy most fear. Yet over the history of Christian art there has been an extraordinary range of treatments, many of them profound. Were artists of the past sometimes better than preachers or professional theologians, or how should we read this richness?

Session Five: The Meaning of Christ’s death
It is very easy to get fixated on one particular way of giving an account of the significance of Jesus’ death and suppose that this must therefore be advocated at the expense of all alternative approaches. But if the New Testament is approached as offering a wide range of metaphors rather than a single theory, then a different approach is possible since images and metaphors, unlike theories, do not necessarily conflict with one another. To illustrate how this can happen, we will explore, so far as time allows, the way in which six biblical images were treated in subsequent Christian imaginative reflection: sacrifice, victory, beauty, satisfaction, penalty and pattern.


David Brown retired from the University of St Andrews as Professor of Theology, Aesthetics and Culture in 2015, having previously held positions at Oxford and Durham. His principal interest has been twofold: relations between theology and philosophy, and theology and the arts and wider culture. His most recent publication reflecting the former is God in a Single Vision: Integrating Philosophy and Theology (Routledge, 2016); and the latter a fat edited volume on Durham Cathedral: History, Fabric and Culture (Yale 2015). He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002 and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012. He was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1977, and continues to celebrate and preach on a regular basis at local Episcopalian church in St Andrews.

Venue: Foxhill, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA6 6XB

ALL RESIDENTIAL PLACES ARE BOOKED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND ON A NON-RESIDENTIAL BASIS, contact Jane Hood 01928 718834 ext 257 jane.hood@chester.anglican.org