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Chester Diocese
November 2017

Saturday 4th November 2017 09:30Encountering God in Science & CreationChurches in and around the Diocese of Chester are warmly invited to an ecumenical day conference on science and faith. This event is being organized by Scientists in Congregations project members, at St John’s Lindow (Wilmslow) in collaboration with the Bishop of Chester, Dr Peter Forster, who will give the opening address.

You are invited TO A DAY CONFERENCE
Saturday 4th Nov. 2017
Venue: Church Centre, School Lane,
Hartford, Cheshire, CW8 1NP
Start: 9:30 for 10:00
Finish: 16:30
Booking: via Eventbrite

Dr Ruth Bancewicz, Faraday Institute, Cambridge
Prof. Roger Barlow, University of Huddersfield
Dr Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester
Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys, University of Cambridge
Prof. David Watts, University of Manchester
A little Philosophy inclineth Mans Minde to Atheisme;
But depth in Philosophy, bringeth Mens Mindes about to
Religion. Sir Francis Bacon: "On Atheism" in Essays (1597)
Monday 6th November 2017 18:45McDonald LectureSt Mellitus North West are delighted to be hosting Professor Walter Moberly from Durham University who will be speaking on “The Book of God:The Bible in a Disenchanted World”. This is part of the McDonald Lecture Series 2017 and will take place on 6th November 2017 at Liverpool Cathedral.
Wednesday 8th November 2017 10:00Rethinking ApologeticsTry asking a room full of Christian leaders what they think about apologetics. How would they respond? Some would speak of dusty arguments, too clever by half. Others would surely describe bad-tempered wrangles and intellectual squabbles. How much better, many people would feel, to avoid all of this and get back to the simple Gospel message! 

Rethinking Apologetics is a one-day course which aims to persuade that apologetics is not about the abstract and the argumentative, but is for everyone. It’s about real people and real situations – in fact, its whole purpose is to equip us to root our conversations about Jesus in the culture of our own day.

The course is for licensed ministers, both lay and ordained. We shall ask how we can explain the Gospel in ways that make sense in our communities, and how we can communicate the attractiveness and joy of the Gospel to our culture. In answering these questions, we shall examine together the witness of the New Testament and look at a range of examples of good apologetics in Christian history, as well as asking questions about contemporary secularism and postmodernity. There will be plenty of opportunities to develop ideas and discuss options in small group work throughout the day.

The day is led by the Revd Dr Joe Kennedy, Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College, where he teaches both apologetics and missiology. In addition, Joe is Vicar of Oxton St Saviour in Birkenhead. Before coming to Oxton six years ago, Joe was Principal of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and Dean and Fellow of Selywn College in the University of Cambridge.

Session Programme

09:30      Refreshments available
10:00      Welcome and opening worship
10:10      Session 1: What is apologetics and why is it important?
11:45      Session 2: Commending Christianity – a case study
13:00      Lunch
14:00      Session 3: Responding confidently to the New Atheism
15:20      Closing worship and depart

Event and booking details
  • Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:00 to 15:30

  • Venue: Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE

  • Refreshments and light lunch included.  Please advise dietary or other requirements when booking

  • Booking is essential; to book click on the link below to access our booking system

  • Closing date for bookings: Tuesday, 7 November 2017

  • There is no charge for this event

  • If you have any questions please contact Jane Hood by email or phone 01928 718834 ext 257

    19:30Luther and the Reformation Hollybank House, University of Chester, Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1AB

    The Revd Dr Robert Pope (Westminster College, Cambridge)
    In October 2017, the world of Protestant Christianity will mark the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther's protest against the sale of Indulgences, the event which is widely held to have initiated the Protestant Reformation.

    This lecture will highlight the nature of the context in which Luther worked as well as his character in order to see what precisely we might be commemorating. It will also consider Luther's theological insights and ask what relevance they have for today's church.

    Robert Pope was brought up in South Wales, and was educated at Bangor and Cambridge Universities. He taught Church History and Christian Doctrine at Bangor University and at the University of Wales Trinity St David and is currently Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine at Westminster College, Cambridge. He has published extensively on Nonconformist history and theology as well as in the relationship between theology and culture. He is an ordained minister of the United Reformed Church and a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey.

    Admission at the door: £3.00 (Students: £1.00) Soft Drinks, Wine and Refreshments available
    Friday 10th November 2017 10:00Explorers programme- Re ordering RelaunchBOOKINGS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW CLOSED. If you would like to be added to the reserves list, please email emily.allen@chester.anglican.org

    Part of the 'Explorers of Church Buildings Project' Programme by the Diocese of Chester: providing the opportunity to visit and hear from churches that have managed a church building project to enhance mission and ministry.

    Title- Re ordering Relaunch: Using the church space in new and creative ways

    Theme for the morning- A major re-ordering project in a large urban church.

    How to book
    Booking is essential. There is a limited number of places (max of 60 people).
    To book, please click on the link at the bottom of this page. This will direct you to our booking system. Click on the green ‘Register’ button to reserve a place.

    This event is open to all church denominations in the area.

    St Mary’s Church, Ashton upon Mersey, began looking at their building afresh around 2010. As a large and growing church that is very active in engaging local communities, there was need to improve both the worship space for all ages and abilities and enhance and increase opportunities for further missional activities, including better hosting conferences.

    This lead to a comprehensive re-development project to make the building both fit for purpose and fitting for its grade listed status. Changes were made to improve the worship space, access, and versatility of the space for its many activities; also new audio visual, lighting, prayer space and storage.

    Completed in Spring 2017, come and see the transformation and hear from the church about their experiences of developing and managing this project, including:
    • Developing the vision for the project and getting a team together
    • Architectural solutions and working with the architect
    • Fundraising approach
    • The difference the project has made
    • Lessons learnt and top tips
    • What’s next for the church

    This event has been organised by the Diocese of Chester. The morning will also include finding out about support available for Anglican churches from the central team at Church House.

    Key information

    Date- Friday 10th November 2017

    Time- 10am-12pm (refreshments available from 9.30am)

    Location- St Mary Magdalene Church, 44 Moss Lane, Sale. M33 6GD. Website: www.stmarysaom.org

    Parking- available at the church

    Public transport- nearest Metro stop is Brooklands

    Any queries?
    Please contact Emily Allen, Church Buildings Development Officer. E: Emily.allen@chester.anglican.org. T: 01928 718 834 ex 268
    Monday 13th November 2017 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

    Wednesday 15th November 2017 24 Hours with Zoe Bennett

    This is the latest in our series of 24 Hours with distinguished theologians which have included Kate Coleman, Diarmuid O’Murchu, Martyn Percy, Helen Cameron, Paula Gooder, Elaine Graham, Keith Ward and Linda Woodhead.

    Zoe writes:

    The theme I would like to explore in this 24 Hour gathering  is how to use the Bible in practical theology.  (I wouldn't like anyone to think that because they wouldn't think of themselves as a practical theologian that it wouldn't be relevant to them.)

    I will be especially addressing the place of the Bible - what is our story of what the Bible means to us? And what is our experience of relating it to our world? What are our joys, our struggles and our fears when we think of the Bible in our lives and the Bible in our world? I will be looking at the connections between contemporary life – our experiences, our practices and the serious issues of the world we live, and our tradition of faith.

    I will be drawing on the life of John Ruskin, a great Victorian art and social critic, to provoke us into some challenging questions about our relationship with the Bible and our use of it in the contemporary world.

    Zoe Bennett is Director of Postgraduate Studies in Pastoral Theology in the Cambridge Theological Federation and Anglia Ruskin University. She has been a Reader in the Church of England for much of her life, but just at the moment all her spare time is taken up with 4 delightful grandchildren. She loves walking in the hills and watching good films (the latter is easier than the former in Cambridge!) She has been working for 25 years in the business of enabling reflective practice and theological discovery.

    Event and booking details

    • Wednesday, 15 November to Thursday, 16 November 2017 (4.30pm to 4pm) 

    • Foxhill Retreat and Conference Centre, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA4 4GE

    • Booking is essential; to book  please click on this link


      If you have any questions please contact Jane Hood by email

    • or phone 01928 718834 ext 257

    • Closing date for bookings:Friday, 27 October 2017

    • There is no charge for this event

    Saturday 18th November 2017 10:00Safeguarding TrainingA re-run of our popular training course for both parish safeguarding co-ordinators and volunteers.
    Monday 20th November 2017 10:00Meeting for Bloggers and MicrobloggersThis is planned as an opportunity for bloggers and microbloggers in the diocese (as well as those who are thinking about blogging) to meet up and share the whys and wherefores of their blogging and learn from one another’s practice. (Microbloggers are those who post to Facebook or Twitter and similar platforms.)

    Those joining the conversation are asked to bring a device through which they can access wifi in case we want to refer to blogs.

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

    To book your place click on the Eventbrite link below or contact Jane Hood jane.hood@chester.anglican.org / 01928 718834 ext 257

    There is no charge for this event