Higher religious affiliation amongst hospital patients

A member of clergy in the Diocese of Chester has found that people are more likely to self-declare religious affiliation when receiving hospital treatment.

Church celebrates faithful service of Reader Michael Coupe

St George's Church, Heaviley, has held a service to celebrate and give thanks for lay Reader's 60 years of service.

Christian charity CARE appoints Churches and Development Manager

Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) has recently appointed Mike Chesterton to the role of Churches and Development Manager based in Manchester.

100 years to the day after he died, a parish remembers a local hero

The parish of Wettenhall remembered Corporal John George Rathbone in a special church service, held 100 years to the day after he lost his life in the First World War. 

Less than one month to go until the launch of prisoners’ art exhibition

The launch of a major exhibition of prisoner artwork will take place at Chester Cathedral on Monday 08 October and will go on public display on Tuesday 09 October. 

House of Bishops adopt international definition of antisemitism

The bishops of the Church of England have formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

Organisers cancel Big Church Day Out North

The organisers behind Big Church Day Out (BCDO) have announced that the BCDO North event "will be cancelled in 2019 and beyond" due to "financial uncertainty".

New Dean of Chester welcomed and installed at Chester Cathedral

The installation of the new Dean of Chester took place on Saturday 08 September at Chester Cathedral. Hundreds of well-wishers gathered to share in the historic occasion.

Synodical committee nominations now open

The process for nominating individuals to a synodical committee has opened. Three of the committees are open to all.

Chester Cathedral set to welcome new Dean

The new Dean of Chester, the Revd Dr Tim Stratford, will be installed at Chester Cathedral on Saturday at a special service of welcome.

650 members of Macclesfield churches sign petition on climate

Churches working together as Hope in North East Cheshire, petition Government to bring forward the date by which they plan to have net zero emissions of greenhouse gases.

Scheme to fund listed building repairs - could your church benefit?

Churches in the Diocese of Chester could benefit from a Government-funded programme to repair and enhance England’s listed places of worship.

Repair fund helps cathedral prepare for WW1 commemorations

A national scheme to conserve and repair England’s cathedrals awarded Chester Cathedral £800k between 2014-2018.

Church helps festival-goers enjoy their weekend at Creamfields

Festival-goers were helped through their weekend at Creamfields this bank holiday by a team of 45 volunteers.

Growing numbers of young people train as priests

Growing numbers of young people are seeking ordination to the priesthood, according to new figures.

18 people ordained deacon at Chester Cathedral

A Consultant Physician, a former drug user, and a former primary school teacher are three of the 18 individuals that were ordained as a deacon in the Church of England on Sunday 22 July.

Bishop of Birkenhead blesses RRS Sir David at Birkenhead launch

The Bishop of Birkenhead today led a service of prayer and blessing for the RRS Sir David Attenborough as she was launched into the River Mersey.

Honorary Bishop urges world leaders to take action on climate change

The Rt Revd William Alaha Pwaisiho, Honorary Assistant Bishop of Chester, and Rector of Gawsworth and North Rode, has called for greater action to tackle climate change at the 29th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum.

Bishop Libby thanks Filling the Gap volunteers

On Monday 25th June, the Bishop of Stockport gave thanks to volunteers that are providing fun and food to children during the school holidays.

St Philip’s Church, Kelsall, marks its 150th

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, led a service of thanksgiving and celebration at St Philip’s Church, Kelsall, to mark the 150th anniversary of the church’s consecration. 

Bishop appoints officer for Self-Supporting Ordained Ministry

The Bishop of Chester has appointed the Revd Lyndon Bannon as Bishop’s Officer for Self-Supporting Ordained Ministry.

Church of England launches Armistice worship and prayer materials

The Church of England has launched new worship and prayer resources to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Prayers for those affected by moorland fires

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield has asked that people remember in their prayers all those affected by the moorland fires.

3000 people enjoy bible experience

Over 3000 people turned out at St Michael’s Church, Middlewich, to enjoy the ‘The Big Story’, a multi-sensory experience of bible stories. 

Funding made available to parishes for armistice art installation

Churches and schools have until 16 July to apply for fully funded grants to purchase transparent ‘silhouettes’ of military figures, as part of a nation-wide art installation to remember the fallen of the First World War.

Church of England helps protect young people from modern slavery

New resources to be released in September will help schools raise awareness of modern slavery and help protect their students from becoming victims

Chester and Melanesia Celebrate Thirty Years of Partnership

There was a joyful celebration at Foxhill on 16 June to mark thirty years of the link between the Diocese of Chester and the Anglican Church of Melanesia.

The Bishops appeal for the Congo

From Bishop Peter, Bishop Libby and Bishop Keith

Gafcon statement

The Bishop of Chester and the Bishop of Stockport have offered their prayers for the Bishop of Birkenhead as he prepares to attend the Gafcon conference in Jerusalem.

Fifty Years of Service

A great record of service to the local church and community was commemorated at one of this year’s Archdeacon’s Visitations, which took place at St Wilfrid’s Grappenhall.

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