Bishop Keith on VE Day

As the nation marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Bishop Keith reflects on that victory and says "it does not bear thinking about to contemplate the world if the victory had gone the other way."

"Very limited access" to church buildings

The Acting Bishop of Chester and the archdeacons have written to clergy giving permission for parishes in the Diocese of Chester to allow very limited access to church buildings if they so wish. 

Bishop's Council to meet by Zoom

For the first time in its history, Bishop’s Council in the Diocese of Chester will take place virtually, with members taking part via video call. The next Bishop’s Council is due to be held in the afternoon of Tuesday 12 May.

Faith at Home

Faith at Home is a national campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Resources will be added to weekly.

Virtual Civic Service for VE Day

The Lord Mayor of Chester, the Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester Cathedral have come together to produce a Virtual Civic Service to commemorate 75 years since the end of World War II.

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. May 21st - May 31st 2020

Bishops discuss church buildings

The House of Bishops has provided some guidance on when church buildings may be able to reopen, following a meeting today via Zoom. The bishops say they back a phased approach to revising access.

Funeral fee change reminder

A reminder to clergy about changes to funeral fees which came into effect on 01 January 2020 and a subsequent diocesan plan to offer grants to parishes as compensation for lost fee income.

Live streaming goes hi-tech in Wallasey

For the past nine months, Alex White has been quietly building a TV studio in his house. Little did he know when he started out on his venture, just how his own personal interest would become so entwined with his church life.

Revd Taffy Davies on Graham Norton

If you saw the Graham Norton show this last weekend you might have recognised a familiar face. Our own Revd Taffy Davies (retired) was interviewed about an embarrassing incident that happened in a library.

READ MARK, learn and inwardly digest

Clergy from around the diocese, including Bishop Keith Sinclair will talk about sections of Mark’s gospel each week and will take us through the whole gospel. There are two ways you can join in.

The May edition of the CDN is now available

The May edition of the Chester Diocesan News is now available online as a PDF. This edition includes a reflection from Bishop Keith, pictures from parish videos and a list of online events. You can download it here.

Church House Blog: Church Halls

In this Church House Blog, Emily Allen, Church Buildings Missioner, looks at how Church Halls, that usually play a vital role in binding the community together, are responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

The power of poetry

Three members of clergy in the Diocese of Chester who enjoy writing poetry held a conversation via Zoom to explore why it is that poetry still has such an appeal and a power. Listen to their conversation.

The truth that underlines the Christian faith

In this season of Eastertide, Archdeacon Mike Gilbertson reflects on John 10 and Psalm 23, and the truth that underlines the Christian faith. But what does that mean in a time of suffering and sadness for our nation and the world?

Food for the frontline

The Revd Elaine Chegwin Hall has been working with local coffee shop, the Funky Monkey, to serve local frontline workers with food. On Monday they delivered food to funeral directors and crematorium staff.

Church House Blog: Communications

In this Church House Blog, Jim Butterworth, Director of Communications in the Diocese of Chester provides updates on a range of national and diocesan resources that are rolling out to parishes now. 

Big Picnic for Hope

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May 2020 a number of cathedrals are uniting in a project to remember heroes of the past and present. The Big Picnic for Hope is an opportunity to be part of a virtual get together.

A pillow case study

Strategic thinking isn't the sole domain of big companies and high-flying executives. The Revd Canon Paul Dawson, Vicar of St Mary's, Whitegate, recently applied his problem-solving ability to a small manufacturing operation.

Statement from the Diocese of Chester

A statement from the Diocese of Chester in response to media reports of residents in Winsford “cleaning” churchyard headstones and memorials. Permission must be sought before any intervention can take place.

Vocations Sunday is this Sunday

Vocations Sunday is fast approaching and this year the Diocesan Director of Vocations, Sarah Fenby, says she is most encouraged by the examples of the ways in which people and parishes are exploring God's calling.

Archbishop launches worship phone line

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed.

Archbishop to stream to pupils

On Thursday 30 April, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a message of hope to school pupils across the country in the first assembly at Oak National Academy, it was announced today.

Praying for our frontline workers

The Diocese of Chester want to support frontline workers with prayer and are asking for people to send us a little information that will help guide our prayer team in their thoughts and prayers for you.

Clubbing with Christianity

Currently an ordinand at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sale, Simon Stride's combined interests in theology and dance music have helped guide his spiritual direction through his adult life.

Church House Blog: Staying connected

In this Church House Blog, Jim Butterworth shares a selection of resources and training to help parishes get the most out of their new role keeping people connected in a society forced to be apart.

Learning to lament

The Revd Dr Steve Torr reflects on what it means to lament. He says that in recent years the practice "has been largely overlooked" but suggests now is the time to (re)introduce ourselves to it.

A safeguarding note from the NST

The National Safeguarding Team has issued further helpful advice and guidance for parishes. This follows on from conversations the NST has had with charities and other organisations during this challenging time.

Church House Blog: God is still calling

In this Church House blog, Jenny Bridgman looks at how the current Covid situation might shape our work across the diocese and how we can adapt and shape ourselves to what may lie ahead.

New guidance on closed church buildings

The Church of England's Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division has issued a revised version of its guidance on caring for closed church buildings, reflecting the decision of the government to extend the lockdown.

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