Diocese publishes its Statement of Needs

The Diocese of Chester has published its Statement of Needs, a brief description of the diocese and statement setting out the desired profile of the next Bishop of Chester. Interviews will take place early next year.

Wake Up to Advent!

The Archbishop of York is releasing a new book for Advent. He says: “My hope is that anyone who picks up this book will be able to discover their true humanity, that they are wonderfully and fearfully made by God.”

Fifty years in licensed ministry

On 30 October the Revd Joan Wagstaff celebrated fifty years in licensed ministry, all of it in Chester Diocese. Her church of St John’s Great Sutton surprised her with a special service on Sunday 27 October to mark this occasion.

Celebrating Readers in our diocese

Three Readers in the Diocese of Chester have recently marked significant milestones in their ministry. Readers play an important complementary role to our ordained ministers right across the diocese.

Franklin Graham announces UK tour

Sixty-five years after Billy Graham’s first historic UK missions his son, Franklin Graham has announced plans for an eight-city UK tour beginning in the summer of 2020. He comes to our region on 12 June

More children knowing the love of Jesus

Mission programme Filling the Gap continues to grow in the Diocese of Chester. There are now eleven churches across the Diocese of Chester taking part in the initiative from Transforming Lives Together.

The finale of Journey into Light

The Diocese of Chester has announced that the finale of Journey into Light, an exhibition of artwork produced by prisoners from Styal and Thorn Cross prisons, will take place on 17 December.

Pastoral Workers and Readers licensed

On Saturday 12 October, 14 Pastoral Workers and 7 Readers were licensed at Chester Cathedral. The Bishop of Birkenhead, Keith Sinclair conducted the service in front of hundreds of well-wishers, friends and family.   

Everyday Faith: Jane Holland, Pastoral Worker

On October 12 the Bishop of Birkenhead licensed Jane Holland as a Pastoral Worker, along with a cohort of others. Here Jane tells us how her faith was seriously challenged, almost before it had got started.

200,000th brick placed on LEGO cathedral

BBC Breakfast presenter, Louise Minchin placed the 200,000th brick onto the "Chester Cathedral in LEGO" replica during a special event. You can see the replica at Chester Cathedral.

Six people elected to the CNC

The diocesan Vacancy in See Committee has elected six people to represent the diocese on the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) the body overseeing the appointment of the next Bishop of Chester.

Bishops call for respect on all sides amid Brexit debate

The bishops of the Church of England have issued a call for respect on all sides amid growing acrimony over the debate on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

Oxton hosts Liverpool Bach Collective

Liverpool Bach Collective recently opened its 2019-2020 cycle of cantatas at St Saviour’s Church, Oxton. The ensemble aims to produce performances of Bach’s cantatas in churches in and around Liverpool.

Sarah Fenby appointed Diocesan Director of Vocations and Residentiary Canon

The Revd Sarah Fenby has been appointed to the joint role of Diocesan Director of Vocations and Residentiary Canon. She takes up her role on 14 October.

Apple juice harvest at Dunham Massey

Alan Hewitt, owner of the Dunham Massey Apple Juice company and Warden of St Mark's Church Dunham Massey, takes inspiration from St Paul to help him to be a better farmer and Christian.

Hundreds share views on who next Bishop should be

The Vacancy in See Committee received 430 responses to its consultation seeking views on who the next Bishop of Chester should be.

Parents still value Harvest Festival for their children

Parents have warm memories of taking part in Harvest Festivals and want their children to do the same - new polling by the Church of England shows.

Men in sheds project builds community spirit

Christ Church Bebington have set-up a Men in Sheds group within the grounds of the Church. It's open three times a week and is a hive of activity where people get together to build planters, bird tables and friendships.

Grant awarded for Messy Church research

The Church of England will fund new research to help deepen the faith of families and children attending Messy Churches. The research will focus on Bristol, Hereford and Durham dioceses.

Seeking your views on the next Bishop of Chester

The deadline is fast approaching for you to share your views on who the next Bishop of Chester should be and the qualities you think he or she should have.

The Church at Creamfields a continuing success

For the third year, a Christian presence at the electronic dance music festival Creamfields in Daresbury continues to be a blessing to both the Church volunteers and festival-goers alike.

Bishop shares urgent call for prayer

The Bishop of Birkenhead says prayer is urgently needed for our Christian brothers and sisters, following reports of rebel attacks on the town of Boga, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

LEGO® brick pool opens at Chester Cathedral

LEGO® brick pool opens alongside the world-first exhibition ‘The DEEP’ - made with LEGO® bricks. Both are open until Sunday 8 September 2019. A perfect rainy-day activity during the school holidays.

CCTV installed to protect church against vandalism

A local resident and business owner in Lymm has donated CCTV cameras to St Mary’s Church after learning of reported vandalism and damage to the building.  

Archdeacon praises community of Crewe

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield has praised the community in Crewe following the fire at Beechmere care home in August. Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke he described the response as "wonderful” and "precious".

Crewe fire: Call for donations, volunteers and prayers

Local businesses, organisations and residents are being urged to help by donating, offering practical support and praying for all those affected. Please respond if you can. 

Grappenhall's bells ring out again

The wait is finally over for a band of bell ringers in Grappenhall who have returned to ringing after a hiatus of seven months in order to remove old bells and cast and install new ones.

Whaley Bridge: Statement from Bishop Peter

Bishop Peter issues a statement in support of the residents of Whaley Bridge and remembers those who have been evacuated and all those who are working to resolve the situation.

A prayer for those affected by flooding

A prayer for those affected by flooding, particularly the residents of Whaley Bridge who have been evacuated from the town because of damage to the dam at Toddbrook Reservoir.

Christians more likely to say climate should be top priority for PM

Christians are more likely than the general public to believe that climate change should be a top priority for the next Prime Minister, a new survey has revealed.

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