InÂ a time of coronavirus, a number of our churches have embraced new technology and thrown themselves into live-streaming worship and prayer, and it is not going by unnoticed with the media.
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In this Church House Blog, Martin Smith writes about the importance of encouraging church members to continue their giving during the coronavirus crisis and shares some tips for sustaining giving.
The Church of England's legal team hasÂ issued newÂ guidance that states it is now permissible to hold PCCs via Zoom or other "virtual means".Â This change in policy will help parishes with the continuity of key decisions and discussions.Â
Local authorities across the Diocese of Chester are working in partnership to support individuals and households who may be vulnerable during this period of restricted travel and social distancing.Â
This month the parish of St Matthewâ€™s, Stretton, will host a Facebook party with a St George's Day theme to mark the second anniversary of its monthly ukulele sing-along, Singing Kettle.
In Easter Week, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop offers a reflection and asks will we live in fear or embrace theÂ new reality that is offered to us through Jesus Christ's resurrection.
In his Easter Day sermon, Bishop Keith Sinclair reminds us that we are known to God by name andÂ asks us to â€œlisten out for his word of invitation to his new beginningâ€ through Jesus Christ.Â
Archdeacon of Chester, Mike Gilbertson, reflects on the "desperate" words of Psalm 142 and encourages us not to rush to Easter Day but to stop and "remember that the Bible speaks of every kind of human experience".
The Dean of Chester, Tim Stratford, used his Maundy Thursday sermon to highlight the differences the coronavirus was having on the rich and the poor and to call on all those in relative comfort to be thankful.
Domestic abuse may affect anyone at any time, but the isolation resulting from Covid-19 is particularly affecting victims of domestic abuse. On this page is advice and signposting to support, for you or someone you know.
This coming Easter Sunday many believers will be connecting with their churches via livestream in their own homes, but a new initiative called Sing Resurrection aims to get them out of their houses for a few minutes.
The Diocesan Maundy Thursday service from Chester Cathedral will premier here at 11am. Bishop Keith is due to take part from home, and the Dean, Tim Stratford is due to preach. The service was recorded yesterday afternoon.
The Week That Changed the World, is an audio journey through Holy Week. You can listen via the web and people without internet access can listen over the phone by simply dialing in from home.
Bishop William Bahemuka, the Bishop of Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo,Â has shared a Holy Week video message with the Diocese of Chester in which he encourages us to trust in the Lord.Â
The renowned Chester Mystery Plays will be streamed on YouTube on Good Friday for the first time in its 700-year history. The live recordings will be broadcast at 10.30am and remain available online to view for eight weeks.
The Diocesan Secretary, George Colville, has issued a warning to parishes to be on guard for people trying to take advantage of the current situation by fraudulently requesting payments from them.
St Mary the Virgin Church, Bosley, and St Philip Church, Kelsall will both receive Â£15k grants from the National Churches Trust. The churches are two of 31 churches and chapels that will receive a share of Â£330,000.
Emily Allen, Church Buildings Missioner, offers some practical signposting to potential streams of income and fundraising in this Church House Blog. Not everyone will be eligible for the funding, but they may be worth investigating.
The Revd Jess Piper has been appointed to the role of Associate Minister for the parish of Stockport St Mary, Stockport St Thomas and Brinnington St Luke. Jess will take up her post sometime over the summer.
More and more parishes are taking advantage of social media and video technology to take their worship online, engaging with their local communities and some unexpected far-off places.
The Diocese of Chester and Chester Cathedral have announced a schedule of live-streaming worship and music to mark Holy Week. As the symbolic centre of the diocese, it is hoped people from across the diocese will join in.
A Palm Sunday sermon from Archdeacon Ian in which he says: "We're the resurrection people and through the pain of the days ahead we have, as Jesus had, a hope that is born in the promise of eternal resurrection life."
Clergy should now have received notice that this yearâ€™s cycle of MDR conversations will be postponed until 2021. The decision was taken due to the fact that clergy are of necessity and having to focus on the immediate pressures of ministry.
Owing to the fact that an increasing number of funerals are being conducted at crematoria, a number of people have asked about funeral fees. The Diocesan Secretary has requested that the usual fee arrangements continue.
The Church of England has issued an update to its advice for Incumbents, Churchwardens and PCC members to help with some of the practicalities of closing a church building for an extended period of time.
As many will miss the blessing and distribution of Palm Crosses on Sunday, weâ€™re joining dioceses across the country in a campaign, to encourage as many people as possible to make a cross and place it in a window of their home.
As Boris Johnson announced everyone should stay at home, Holy Trinity Blacon had just begun work serving the local population of Blacon with emergency food, organised by a multiagency collaboration called Blacon Action Team.
A Bunbury parishioner with life-limiting cancer, is appealing for people to sign up for a stem cell donation scheme to see if they are a match for him and others like him. Even with today's restrictions, people are still registering from home.
The bishop and the archdeacons have today written to advise ministers over 70 that they should not be engaging in ministry which involves direct public contact, such as conducting funerals. Read their note in full here.
The Acting Bishop of Chester, Keith Sinclair, is inviting you to â€œshare a prayer and pray a prayerâ€ as part of a diocesan-wide effort to support and serve one another through the coronavirus crisis.