Full-time Christian Workers

As 23 deacons-to-be are commissioned to public ministry, Archdeacon Mike reminds us that we are all called to witness to Christ and that God "wants to live through you to bless the world". We are all FTCW's.

23 deacons-to-be commissioned online

The Diocese of Chester made history on 02 July 2020 when 23 deacons-to-be were commissioned to public ministry in parishes across the diocese via an online service. Hundreds joined in via Zoom and Facebook.

TEI's in the North West

A statement from the Acting Bishop of Chester, Keith Sinclair, regarding news that the North West bishops have decided to work for the formation of a new non-residential college which would open in September 2021.

Who is your neighbour?

On Tuesday 07 July, Archdeacon Ian will chair an online webinar about race and equality. Those taking part include the Revd Daud Gill, Incumbent at Broadheath, and the Revd Dr Jacob Davadason, Incumbent at Heald Green.

Praying for pupils returning to school

St Anne's, Sale wanted to show their support to children returning to school so they prayed for them. But in addition, they thought it might help the children if they knew that others were thinking of them in their prayers.

The light shines in the darkness

As we look ahead to public worship again, Archdeacon Ian says we should "return with a greater awareness that Christ is not locked down in a building" and reminds us that his light reaches far beyond the church walls.

Banns for forthcoming weddings

Lisa Moncur, Diocesan Registrar, has written directly to all clergy advising that when a church reopens for Sunday services, banns for forthcoming weddings should be read in the usual way as required by law.

Plas Newton church supports school in Zambia

St. Michael's in Plas Newton has been supporting a school in Zambia by helping to pay for state school fees and midday meals for the children. Recently, they have been helping to provide food to those affected by COVID-19.

Yesterday someone thanked me

In this Church House Blog, Stephen Freeman, Design and Communications Officer and "avid user of techno gadgetry" offers his thoughts on communication following a recent conversation with a member of the clergy.

Bishop Mark grilled by youths

Young people from around the diocese met online with the next Bishop of Chester recently to chat and ask him some very searching questions about his faith and what he has in store for the diocese upon his arrival.

Reopening of buildings for public worship

A statement from the Church of England following the Government announcement that church buildings can reopen for public worship from 04 July. Detailed advice for parishes will be updated and circulated in the coming days.

Quizzing with Bishop Mark

The Bishop-elect of Chester, Mark Tanner, will face questions from young people of Cheshire this evening in two online events. They will discuss a range of topics, from the fun to the serious. All are welcome to join in.

"Bring an end to racial injustice"

Following the recent protests around the world, senior clergy in the Diocese of Chester, including the Bishop of Birkenhead and the Archdeacon of Chester, have signed an open letter asking God to "bring an end to racial injustice".

End the sin of racism

The Church of England’s online weekly service will hear a call for action to build a fairer world ahead of a minute’s silence to lament the racism experienced by the Windrush generation and other black and UK minority ethnic people.

Deacons-to-be commissioning service

A service to commission 23 deacons-to-be to public ministry in their title parishes in the Diocese of Chester will take place on Thursday 02 July at 7pm. Family, friends, and parishioners are warmly invited to join in.

Black lives, like any other lives, do matter

The Revd Canon Lameck Mutete, Vicar of Tattenhall, Cheshire has produced this short video, reflecting on the death of George Floyd in the US, which sparked global demonstrations of justice and equity for all.

Update on clergy housing matters

Following the easing of lockdown measures, the Property Team based at Church House has issued an update detailing which work can resume at this time, and which work will remain on hold for now.

Parishes gifted £2,000 boost

All parishes in the Diocese of Chester will receive a grant of £2,000 to help towards the new missional challenges following the coronavirus crisis. Church House staff will begin transferring the money to parishes from today.

A reflection from lockdown

As church buildings begin to open again, we wanted to share with you a reflection, written in lockdown, about everyday discipleship and how we are called by the Holy Spirit to action or inaction at different times.

Weddings in churches

With churches now beginning the process of reopening initially for individual private prayer and funerals, church weddings, however, are still not permitted at present under the Government’s restrictions.

Church House Blog: Fundraising update

In this Church House Blog, Emily Allen, Church Buildings Missioner, updates parishes on the fundraising opportunities available to them, including new grants from Christian organisations as well as local authorities.

Fresh guidance from the national church

Fresh guidance from the national church brings together various previous documents about re-opening buildings and includes some revised guidance in the light of the Government guidance from yesterday morning. 

The institution of Revd Karen Brady

Despite the Coronavirus lockdown, the institution of Revd Karen Brady still took place, over Zoom, on 10 June 2020. People were able to watch online and send their messages during the ceremony.

Government guidance for places of worship

A guidance document has been published by the Government setting out in detail what activities are permitted in a church building and how we can ensure the safe use of churches during the pandemic.

Cathedral to re-open for private prayer

Preparations are underway and measures are being put in place at Chester Cathedral so it can re-open its doors and welcome people back into the building safely for private prayer and reflection.

Funerals in churches from 15 June

The House of Bishops today discussed a range of issues and approved further advice on funerals, the celebration of Holy Communion, and ordinations. The guidance advises that funerals are permitted from 15 June.

Archbishop lays down his crozier

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, accompanied by his wife, the Revd Margaret Sentamu, laid down his crozier of office on the high altar of York Minster on Sunday 7 June, his last act as Archbishop of York.

Royal Cheshire County Show goes virtual

In place of the annual live show, there will be an online event taking place over two days on 16 and 17 June. It promises to provide entertainment, education and the judging of livestock. What's more, it's totally free.

Take a virtual tour and raise money

In lieu of its usual Summer Fair activities, a church in Cheshire has offered an online tour of its ancient tower in support of the Neonatal Ward at Leighton Hospital. The tour is dedicated to the memory of baby George Whitney.

Archdeacon Ian on Trinity Sunday

Archdeacon Ian reminds us that God is the Father, God, and the Holy Spirit and in this shared commitment of one God in three persons, we find a model for a supportive, affirming, life-giving body that we call Church.

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