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Church launches Persian Holy Communion service

The Church of England has launched a Persian language translation of Holy Communion to help growing numbers of Iranians in congregations who are learning English.


Poem for Women's World Day of Prayer

Nikki Bennett, Poet in Residence at Chester Cathedral has written a poem to celebrate Women's World Day of Prayer. She is a great believer in poetry as a way of highlighting women’s issues.


No bed of roses for our young people

The Diocese of Chester hosted a Valentine’s day training course to help those who minister with children and young people to better understand how to support them to make and maintain healthy relationships.


Bishop Libby legally made Bishop of Derby

The Service of Confirmation took place at St Mary-le Bow, Cheapside. The central London church is the traditional home of such occasions and the service conferred the legal authority of the role to Bishop Libby.


100-year-old parishioner reads lesson

A church-goer marked her 100th birthday last month and to celebrate provided the Bible reading for her church. By the wonders of modern technology, Mary Beck read and recorded the lesson from her care home in Poynton.


Restoring lives broken by divorce

"If you know the pain of divorce and betrayal, then God can still use you.” Married couple Mark and Helen Tomlinson have put their experiences of divorce to good use, by helping others going through separation and divorce.


Hope and light Northwich

Bishop Keith Sinclair, church and civic leaders, and congregations and residents of Northwich will gather on Saturday to pray for the town and those who live and work there.


Children raise money at Cathedral Christingle

Children from 22 schools across Cheshire have raised £3,500 following a special Christingle service at Chester Cathedral. The event marked the 50th anniversary of Christingle and was attended by Bishop Libby Lane.


A warm welcome for Wirral’s rough sleepers

A church-led night shelter will provide food and accommodation for 12 rough sleepers in Wirral. Organised by Wirral Churches’ Ark Project, the 12 guests will enjoy a warm meal, welcome and bed every night for eight weeks.


Archbishops ask Christians to join in prayer

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have published a letter in which they ask all Christians in every worshipping community to join them in prayer as part of Thy Kingdom Come.


Free first aid mental health courses for churches

Cheshire-based charity, Chapter, is offering free mental health first aid courses to churches and faith organisations across West Cheshire.


People come together to explore their calling

60 people gathered for Called to Serve, an annual vocation discernment event, at which attendees explored God's call to a particular ministry, both lay and ordained.


Farewell service for Bishop Libby Lane

A service of celebration and farewell will take place at Chester Cathedral on 30 March. Booking is essential for this ticketed event.


How your church could save hundreds of pounds

Phil Roberts is a member of the Church of England National Procurement Group, a retired Unilever global purchasing manager, and passionate about helping parishes save money.


Preventing period poverty in Ellesmere Port

St Thomas and St Lawrence Churches in Ellesmere Port launched their Giving Against Period Poverty (GAPP) initiative to help tackle period poverty in their community.


The diocese counters the negative press of Blue Monday

The third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title of Blue Monday. To counter the negative press, we asked parishes in the Diocese of Chester to tell us their good news stories.


Bishop Libby to be confirmed as Bishop of Derby on 11 February

Bishop Libby will be confirmed as the Bishop of Derby on the 11 February. This service of Confirmation of Election will take place at St Mary-le Bow, Cheapside.


Step Forward 2019

The next Step Forward event is to be held at Bishopthorpe Palace York, on Saturday 2 March 2019. This is a day for anyone aged 18 to 30 considering ordained ministry.


Not Blue Monday

We want your stories to show a positive alternative to the negative press that the third Monday of January is the gloomiest of the year.


Come and celebrate the different abilities of all

Chester Cathedral will host a special service to celebrate the abilities of all people. Organised by the diocesan Disability Forum, the service is designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible.


Following God's call to transform communities through exercise

A community park, built to remember a child, had fallen into disrepair. Beth Hayward decided to use her role as "vicar's wife" to find out why and transformed her community in the process.


New year hopefulness

Writing for the CDN magazine, the Dean of Chester, Tim Stratford, reflects on a new year, its uncertainties and a common hope.


St John's, Hartford, offering church weddings without the expense

St John’s Church is launching its Grand Wedding initiative to encourage couples to tie the knot without the huge expense.


Bishop Libby Lane named as the next Bishop of Derby

Bishop Libby will be the next Bishop of Derby, Downing Street has announced. She is currently the Bishop of Stockport, a post she has occupied since 2015.


Christian and up for a party. How to act at your work's Christmas bash

Ruth Bull reflects on how a work's Christmas party can be an unexpected opportunity to show what it means to be Christian.


New guidance for gender transition services is published

Guidance for parishes planning services to help transgender people mark their transition has been published by the Church of England. However, some in the Church have expressed their "concern".


Bishop Peter: "Jesus is, quite literally, God’s Christmas Present to us''

Bishop Peter reflects on the Christmas story and invites us all to be "taken by surprise, by the eternal, mysterious surprise and wonder of God’s love."


Bishop Libby: "It diminishes God to diminish women"

Bishop Libby Lane and Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen have held an open dialogue about women's rights and the experiences they share as faith leaders.


A Church Near You receives an upgrade for Christmas

The church-finder website, AChurchNearYou.com, which already receives around 10 million page views a year, has been upgraded with a range of new features. 


Bishop Peter calls for "peace on earth" in support of Christian Aid

The Bishop of Chester is inviting churchgoers and those in the wider community to help build ‘peace on earth’ this Christmas.

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