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'I’m starting to worry there might actually be a God'

Jayne Manfredi, who is due to be made a deacon at Chester Cathedral, has said a local toddler group in Crewe helped her find God. The mother of four children, who was raised an atheist, will be ordained on 03 July 2022.


Ordinands to become deacons on 03 July

Twelve ordinands will each be ordained as 'deacon' this coming Sunday in a service, led by Bishop Mark, at Chester Cathedral. Please hold in your prayers those to be ordained deacon. A live video stream of the event will be available


Readers Awarded Bachelor’s Degrees in Theology 

Four Readers from the Diocese of Chester have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. Deborah Rowlands, Belinda Priestley, Les Hutchinson, and Andrew Bradley-Gibbons each completed their degrees with Honours


A glorious day for the Ordination of Priests

On Saturday 18 June, 12 men and women were ordained as priests at Chester Cathedral. The sun was out in full splendour which made for some great photos of the ordinands in the Bishop's garden and after the service, outside of the cathedral.


'Amazing' Here to Listen initiative opens to all

A Deputy Headteacher in Birkenhead has described how a service offered by the Diocese of Chester has transformed the mental health of her students. Here to Listen links volunteers from churches to local schools.


One year on from ordination

It's been a year since we first filmed the Revd Jonny Frost shortly before he was about to be ordained deacon in July 2021. We caught up with him recently to see how he's been doing as Curate at Holy Trinity Church, Hurdsfield.


Refugee Week 20-26 June

Refugee Week is just a few days away, starting on the 20 June, and ending on Refugee Sunday, 26 June. With refugees and asylum seekers still in the headlines, this is an opportunity to join together in prayer and raise awareness of the needs of refugees. 


New Eco Church Officer for the North

Lucy Foster has joined Christian conservation charity, A Rocha UK, as their Eco Church officer for the North of England. Her appointment underscores A Rocha UK’s commitment to supporting Eco Churches.


Remembering the Falklands War

Churches around the country and parts of the Diocese of Chester will lead services to remember the Falklands War later this month, including at St Paul's, Sale which will be the venue of a civic service organised by Trafford Council.


Unity at the Cross

A number of different Christian churches from Chester, including Orthodox, Baptist, Catholic, Free Church, Charismatic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist, gathered outside St Peter’s at the Cross in Chester for a united act of prayer and worship.


How churches celebrated the Queen's Jubilee

It's estimated that over 1000 churches and cathedrals celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Churches were at the heart of the community celebrations in our own diocese through song, dance, and cake.


Everyday faith deanery events return in July

After a short hiatus, the plan to roll out the Everyday Faith project across the diocese continues with a meeting for parishes in the deaneries of Birkenhead, Wallasey and Wirral North on the 7th July, followed but a meeting for parishes in the deaneries of Chadkirk, Stockport and Mottram on the 18th.


Warden of Pastoral Workers and Readers retires

The Revd Canon Vivien Gisby is soon to retire from her dual role as Warden of Pastoral Workers and Warden of Readers, positions that she has held for ten years and five years respectively. She is moving to become vicar of St Paul’s church in Macclesfield.


Pray for our ordinands

A total of 12 men and women will be ordained priest at Chester Cathedral on Saturday 18 June. Please hold them in your prayers as they embark on their ministry in the Church.


Church House Blog: Do less churchyard maintenance!

Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop, looks at how church yards could be more biodiverse by doing less maintenance and general upkeep to allow wild grasses and flowers to flourish naturally.


Creation Comes to Church Lawton

The sound of busy knitting needles has been heard all over Church Lawton and the surrounding area.  It's all been part of All Saints' Church’s “Creation Community Festival”, to be hosted in July.


Was the Clergy Gathering a success?

Clergy have returned back to their parishes after a four-day conference at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire at which they enjoyed activities and networking in the spring sunshine.


Bishop Mark kicks off Clergy Gathering

The Bishop of Chester has kicked off the Clergy Gathering 2022 by welcoming clergy and leading them in worship and Bible study focusing on teaching around Mark 1:14-18.


Serving God by serving Ice Cream

When Jo Rodman first began thinking about her calling to God, little did she know that it would lead her down a path that would result in her setting up an Ice Cream shop in Poynton called 'Just-Ice'


Church of England national funding to increase 30%

The Church of England has announced plans for a significant increase in funding for the next three years to support God’s mission and ministry across the country, supporting local parishes and growing many more new worshipping communities.


Cathedral awaits delivery of Pilgrim Porch

Chester Cathedral is expected to take delivery of its new Pilgrim Porch and nave platform furniture in the next couple of weeks. The Dean of Chester has described bronze and stainless-steel porch as a "thing of beauty".


Final preparations for Clergy Gathering

Clergy from the Diocese of Chester will gather in Derbyshire from Monday for a four-day conference. A booklet can be downloaded containing workshop, seminar and live stream details.


Boost to diocesan discretionary funds

The Church of England is to make extra funding available to dioceses for grants to help clergy and lay workers struggling with the cost of living crisis, it was announced today.


Director of Development to begin in June

Harriet Roberts has been appointed as the new Director of Development. The new role, funded by the National Church, has been created to help build a new vision and strategic direction for the diocese. 


Living in Love and Faith course experiences

The Diocese of Chester has had a wide engagement with the Living in Love and Faith process. We asked some people who attended the course what they thought of it. You can see the video here.


Dance music worship

The Revd Simon Stride, a curate at Holy Trinity, Stalybridge, believes that dance music is a great way to spread the word of God and to attract the younger generations into church. Recently he organised an EDM worship event.


Easter Sunday proposal

On Easter Sunday there was one last special announcement to be made at St Michael & All Angels Church in Middlewich before people left the All Age Service. The Director of Music and Family Worker had one last egg to present to his partner of two years.


Married priests take on Director job share

Married, ordained couple, Lucy and David Brewster have been appointed to the role of Director-Designate of Foxhill. They will take up the job share in September, with Lucy titled Director-Designate and David as Chaplain.


Five ways to get involved with TKC

With Thy Kingdom Come just around the corner here are five ways your family and church can be involved this year. Thy Kingdom Come runs between Ascension and Pentecost, beginning on 26 May.


How the Clergy Gathering will be COVID secure

The planning team behind this year's Clergy Gathering is making final preparations, including steps to ensure the event is COVID secure and guests feel comfortable.


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