Young People’s Poetry Competition

Chester Cathedral’s Poet-in-Residence has announced the Cathedral’s very first Young People’s Poetry Competition, which is open to 16-25 year olds. Poems are to be based on the Cathedral’s 2020 theme of ‘Journeys’.

Called to Serve

Come along and explore your potential vocation at this special event on 25 January 2020. What is God calling you to be and do with your life? Find out by booking on to Called to Serve.

Praying for the diocese

Bishop Keith Sinclair has begun the New Year with an invitation to all in the Diocese of Chester to join him in prayer, for the diocese, the CNC, and the person God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chester.

Meet the new Head of Counselling Services

The counselling service is available to everyone in the Diocese of Chester via a team of dedicated counsellors, led by the recently appointed Head of Counselling Services, the Revd Peter MacKriell.

100s of Christmas gifts donated to prisoners

After 14 months, Journey into Light the exhibition has come to an end, but the journey continues for many who are feeling brokenhearted and lost in our prisons and communities. 

Malpas family make one of world’s largest Christingles

Two young siblings from Malpas in Cheshire have made one of the largest Christingles in existence for their local church service to raise money for The Children’s Society.  

Bishop Stephen Cottrell to be the next Archbishop of York

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell as the next Archbishop of York, Downing Street has announced.

Journey into Light on Radio 4

The exhibition of prisoner art that has been touring the diocese for the last year was featured on Radio 4 this weekend and includes an interview with the Archdeacon of Stockport.

A Christmas Tree for Life, not just for Christmas

The tree, made up of 500 plastic bottles, rounds off the Cathedral’s year of ‘waves’ – a year of special events themed around the theme of water, which sought to provoke thought about how we care for the world.

Tree-cycled Festival opens at Cathedral

Chester Cathedral’s Christmas Tree Festival has returned for its seventh year, allowing visitors to lose themselves in the cloisters - beautifully transformed into tree-lined winter walkways.

Real-life stars feature in Christmas advert

With dragons, talking carrots, and ET all vying for centre stage in the annual festive advertising bonanza, the Church of England is putting real-life stars at the heart of its campaign to invite more people to church this Christmas.

Diocese announces plans for the Lay Conference 2020

The Lay Conference Planning Team has announced details of the Lay Conference 2020. It will be held on the weekend of 15 to 17 May and is open to all lay church members.

The Children's Society annual report 2019

The Children’s Society has just published its annual report for 2019 which highlights by postcode the issues of exploitation, child poverty, mental health, child trafficking, abuse and neglect.

Young people in Middlewich put trust in Jesus

A week of ecumenical mission activity in Middlewich resulted in around 15 young people, many with no formal contact with the church, responding to an invitation to follow God's call to trust in Jesus.

Partington churchyard recognised by RHS

St Mary’s, Partington has been awarded the highest “Level 5 – Outstanding Award” by the Royal Horticultural Society, for the transformation of a previously neglected area of the churchyard.

Chester church wins national innovation award

Representatives from Holy Trinity Church, Blacon, on the outskirts of Chester, travelled to Mercer’s Hall in the City of London on 15 November to receive an Innovative Church Project award.

Headteachers and Senior Leaders Conference

The Headteachers and Senior Leaders Conference, hosted by the Diocesan Board of Education, is a time for people to network and share experiences, and hear from a number of visiting speakers.

Entire school experiences Messy Church

It’s not often that an entire school gets to experience Messy Church. But that’s what happened when the whole of Oxton St Saviour’s School set out to explore the story of the creation.

All parishes invited to Journey into Light

The finale of Journey into Light is just a few weeks away and all parishes, via their PCC Secretaries, should now have received letters in the post inviting representatives from the parish to attend the event.

Waterways Chaplaincy

If you don't live on a boat, chances are that you might not have heard of the Waterways Chaplaincy. We visit Nantwich marina to find out what it means to offer spiritual support to the boating community.

Support for women in ministry

Dean of Women in Ministry in the Diocese of Chester, the Revd Christine Broad, is encouraging all in the diocese, men and women, to contact her with any matters relating to women in ministry.

Bishop Keith gives Presidential Address to Synod

Bishop Keith Sinclair has used his Presidential Address to Diocesan Synod to invite people and parishes to pray with him for the diocese, the wider Church and the nation at large. 

Anthology of poetry for St Helen's, Northwich

On Friday 13 December, St Helen's Church, Northwich will launch its anthology of poetry. A collection of poems written by local residents. Some of the books will be donated to local organisations.

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.

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