Could you give someone the gift of life?

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.

Funerals and ministers over 70

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.

Bishop Keith: "Share a prayer, pray a prayer"

The Acting Bishop of Chester, Keith Sinclair, is inviting you to “share a prayer and pray a prayer” as part of a diocesan-wide effort to support and serve one another through the coronavirus crisis.

Safeguarding and DBS factsheet

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser wishes to highlight government information designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time.

Download the latest CDN

The April edition of CDN is out now and this month prayer is the focus. Produced before coronavirus had taken hold in the UK, the CDN will become digital-only until further notice, to help to reduce the risk of transmitting the disease.

Brilliant new faith resources

In this blog, Jonathan Masters, Youth, Children and Families Missioner, shares some brilliant new faith resources for families to use at home. He says the resources on offer mean that being a church family at home, "has never been easier."

Public notices for faculty petitions

Display of public notices for faculty petitions during the Coronavirus restrictions, a Direction from the Chancellor for the Diocese of Chester

Church House Blog: Being a House of Prayer

In this Church House Blog, Emily Allen, Church Buildings Missioner reflects on the decision to close church buildings and provides practical tips and thoughts on how your church building can be a blessing, even when the doors are shut.

Bishop Keith's sermon at Passiontide

Bishop Keith offers a sermon at Passiontide from his home in Wirral. Readings include: Ezekiel 37: 1-14, John 11: 1-45, Romans 6: 8-11. The home sermon follows the archbishops advice to "stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives".

Bishop Keith: "What does a good day look like?"

Bishop Keith offers a reflection for us all, based on his own personal experiences and concerns and asks us to think about what a good day looks like and how we might nurture that at this time.

Securing and caring for your church building

The Church of England has issued some helpful 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.

Archbishops reiterate their guidance

The archbishops have written to all clergy to reiterate their advice to stay at home and follow government advice. They say: "The Church of England is called to model the very best practice. We must lead by example."

New resources to support good mental health

The Church of England has published resources to support good mental health and to cope with anxiety and loneliness. The resources have been welcomed by Head of Counselling Services in the Diocese of Chester.

Safeguarding guidance from the NST

As the Church finds new ways to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable in our society, the National Safeguarding Team (NST) has issued new guidance to help the Church observe good safeguarding practice.

G'day from Grappenhall

Revd Jane Proudfoot has recently taken to YouTube to share sermons and children’s worship with the local community. So, she was surprised to receive an email from someone 10,464 miles away thanking her for her new style of ministry.

Join in with the #prayerjarchallenge

School children across the Diocese of Chester are being encouraged to take part in the #prayerjarchallenge, a fun competition to see who can come up with the most exciting and creative prayer jar.

Love in a time of Corona

A couple from Wistaston were married on Monday afternoon, hours before the Prime Minster announced strict measures to close all church buildings. Alana and Joe were due to be married on 04 April in front of some 100 guests.

"The church of Jesus Christ is never closed"

In an open letter to the diocese, following the Prime Minster's address to the nation, the Acting Bishop of Chester, Keith Sinclair says "the church of Jesus Christ is never closed" and through technology, "the church is more open than ever."

Diocesan advice on parish finances

The Diocesan Secretary, George Colville, has written to parishes to explain what measures are being put in place by the Diocese of Chester and the National Church to support parishes during this time of uncertainty.

Financial measures for parishes

The UK Government has issued financial measures and a package of support for businesses, including charities, through the period of disruption caused by Coronavirus. The national Church has published guidance for parishes.

A letter from the Archbishops

The Archbishops have issued a letter in response to the Prime Minister's decision to close all places of worship. The letter says: "it is imperative...the Church of England strictly observes the new guidelines".

Bishop and the Dean: "regrettable" but "necessary"

The Acting Bishop of Chester, Keith Sinclair, and the Dean of Chester, Tim Stratford, have offered their support for the Prime Minister’s decision to close all places of worship.

Archbishops and Bishops: stay at home

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Lambeth Conference postponed till 2021

Archbishop Justin Welby has announced the postponement of the Lambeth Conference. Writing in a letter to the Bishops of the Anglican Communion, he said: "God is calling us to be ‘God’s Church for God’s World’ in new and responsive ways."

Mothering Sunday baptism joy

Sisters Olivia and Ella Williams were baptised at St Bartholomew’s, Thurstaston on Mothering Sunday. It was just one of a number of baptism services that took place across the diocese and the country.

Mothering Sunday sermon from Bishop Keith

In his Mothering Sunday sermon, Bishop Keith refers to John 19:25-27 to remind us that this moment at the cross is one of the moments in which the Church is formed. We are given to each other as brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.

Coronavirus: Are you a Key Worker?

The Diocese of Chester has issued guidance following the announcement that the Government has put in place an arrangement for children of those deemed to be Key Workers to continue to be accommodated at school.

Coronavirus Blog: Youth and families

Jonathan Masters, Youth, Children and Families Missioner highlights some useful resources, and shares some thoughts on the current situation and how it is affecting those that work with younger people in our diocese.

Coronavirus and the use of church halls

The Diocese of Chester has issued guidance on the use of church halls. PCCs should consider how the church hall is being used and whether it is appropriate in the present crisis we face.

Changes to the APCMs in 2020

For 2020, the time for holding a meeting of parishioners to choose churchwardens is extended until 31 October (instead of 31 May). Read an explanatory note on what this means for parishes.

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