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Chester Diocese
March 2018

Saturday 3rd March 2018 09:30Baptism Matters CANCELLEDCANCELLED DUE TO PROBLEMS ARISING FROM ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
The Diocesan Mission Team would love clergy and lay leaders, readers, local missioners, baptism visitors, welcome teams, family ministers/advisors and anyone passionate about mission and growth to come and join us for a day exploring baptism.

Each week 2,200 families have a child under 12 baptised in the Church of England. This is an incredible mission opportunity to make contact with families and their guests, sharing the meaning of baptism and why it is just the beginning of an amazing journey. The Church of England Archbishops’ Council commissioned extensive research to help find out why families choose to have their children baptised, and why they might choose not to. The research focused on baptisms of children under 12 and offered a basis on which new resources could be developed to help churches:

· Attract more people to come to the Church for baptism
· Build understanding of what the Church of England provides
· Build understanding within the Church about what families think about baptism in today’s culture
· Care so much that when do people do come, they want to come back

Baptism is where we welcome a child into the family of God’s people, and rejoice in God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ. Ministry around baptism is also explicitly about church growth and at the beginning of every baptism service these words are said: “In baptism the Lord is adding to our number…” The research and resources aim to help churches deliver exactly that. This training day presents a major opportunity for the Diocese of Chester to engage with the research and resources emerging from this significant work commissioned by the Archbishops' Council. Revd. Lyn Weston, Diocesan Missioner and Jonathan Masters, Younger Generations Missioner are delighted to be joined by Revd. Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Projects and Development for the Archbishops' Council, who heads up the national agenda around baptism, funerals and weddings. Sandra has been a Parish Priest, a Diocesan Children's Advisor, following a career in marketing and research.

During the day, delegates will be provided with both the teaching and the space to discover:

· What really matters to families
· Why godparents are central,
· The importance of welcome
· Practical ideas and understanding
We hope and pray everyone will leave with new or refreshed confidence.

As with all Diocesan Mission Training, this Baptism Matters day will be funded by the Diocesan Board of Finance, with refreshments provided. Please could we ask each of you to bring your own packed lunch.

We very much look forward to seeing you there! To book your place please click on the below link:
Tuesday 6th March 2018 13:30Let's Talk about Rural IssuesThis session is open to all those who work in a rural parish or worship in a rural setting – what is the distinct nature of their experience and is there scope for co-operative working and a new way to see living faith in a rural setting.

This event is to be held at Foxhill House and Woodlands, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6XB

The events are free to attend, and include tea and cake but places must be booked in advance via the Eventbrite link below. For more information please contact: hannah.jones@chester.anglican.org Tel: 01928 718834 Ext 271

There will be 12 Let's Talk about events held though out the year. Find out more on link below.
19:30Frederic Shields and Evangelical Iconography in the 19th Century: the Stained Glass and Mosaics in Eaton Hall Chapel

Speaker: Professor Philip Alexander (University of Manchester)

A close friend of Dante Rossetti, Frederic Shields (1833-1911) was a respected artist in his day, admired for his consummate draughtsmanship. His most substantial surviving work is the scheme of stained glass windows and mosaics that adorn the Chapel at Eaton Hall in Cheshire, the seat of the Duke of Westminster. In this illustrated lecture Professor Alexander will analyse in depth Shields' iconography and argue that it represents a distinctive evangelical style, the inspiration for which can be traced in evangelical Bible commentary of the period. The mosaics in nearby Chester Cathedral will be used as a point of reference.

Philip Alexander is Emeritus Professor of Postbiblical Jewish Literature at the University of Manchester, and a Visiting Professor at St. Andrews, Liverpool Hope, and Chester
in the 19th Century: the Stained Glass and Mosaics in Eaton Hall Chapel

Hollybank House, University of Chester, Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1AB

Admission at the door: £3.00 (Students: £1.00) Soft Drinks, Wine and Refreshments available
19:30Being There: Working safely with volunteers and teamsTwo sessions are running on Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 9.30pm:

March 6 Principles of working with volunteers and teams,
led by the Revd Peter Mackriell, Director of Studies for Pastoral Workers

March 13 Safe and ethical working with volunteers and teams led by Mrs Liz Geddes, Diocesan Director of HR.

Venue: Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE

To book a place on either, or both, contact Peter Bacon
peter.bacon@chester.anglican.org tel: 019128 718834 ext 237
Wednesday 7th March 2018 11:00The Long Haul: developing resilience in ministry and lifeMost of us will serve in public ministry for decades, not just years. How do we flourish and grow on this long journey, rather than merely survive? This event is designed to help us understand our needs as travellers through the landscape of licensed ministry, and suggest how we might sustain ourselves.

Michael Sadgrove lives in Northumberland where he continues to be engaged in theological writing and speaking, church matters, European issues, arts and heritage, and the culture of North East England. He blogs regularly on a variety of subjects. He was Dean of Durham Cathedral from 2002 to 2015. He has written a number of books including Wisdom and Ministry (2008) and I will trust in you: a companion to the evening psalms (2009).

Venue: Foxhill house and Woodland, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA6 6XB
Refreshments and lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this event.

To book your place, click on the link below or contact Jane Hood jane.hood@chester.anglican.org tel: 01928 718834 ext 257
Monday 12th March 2018 10:00The Power of the CrossSt John the Baptist Great Meols, on the north Wirral coast, invites you to experience with them the power of the Cross.

This is a re-imagining of the Stations of the Cross - the journey with Jesus to his cross.

It has been a whole Parish project and every image has been worked on by many different people. The journey will be suitable for all ages using different reflections for children and young people.

There will be a prayer ministry for those who want it and refreshments, if you would like to bring a parish group please let us know through the contact page on our website
via the link below or by emailing us at stjohnschurchmeols@yahoo.co.uk
19:30Arts and Faith Network EveningAn informal meeting for all interested in the link between art and faith. For more information, please email david.herbert@chester.anglican.org


Venue: The Legh Arms, Brook Lane, Knutsford WA16 8EB

To book: Please register for this event by clicking on the link to Eventbrite below or contact Jane Hood by email or phone 01928 718834 ext 257


Tuesday 13th March 2018 10:00The Power of the CrossSt John the Baptist Great Meols, on the north Wirral coast, invites you to experience with them the power of the Cross.

This is a re-imagining of the Stations of the Cross - the journey with Jesus to his cross.

It has been a whole Parish project and every image has been worked on by many different people. The journey will be suitable for all ages using different reflections for children and young people.

There will be a prayer ministry for those who want it and refreshments, if you would like to bring a parish group please let us know through the contact page on our website
via the link below or by emailing us at stjohnschurchmeols@yahoo.co.uk
Wednesday 14th March 2018 10:00The Power of the CrossSt John the Baptist Great Meols, on the north Wirral coast, invites you to experience with them the power of the Cross.

This is a re-imagining of the Stations of the Cross - the journey with Jesus to his cross.

It has been a whole Parish project and every image has been worked on by many different people. The journey will be suitable for all ages using different reflections for children and young people.

There will be a prayer ministry for those who want it and refreshments, if you would like to bring a parish group please let us know through the contact page on our website
via the link below or by emailing us at stjohnschurchmeols@yahoo.co.uk
Thursday 15th March 2018 10:00The Power of the CrossSt John the Baptist Great Meols, on the north Wirral coast, invites you to experience with them the power of the Cross.

This is a re-imagining of the Stations of the Cross - the journey with Jesus to his cross.

It has been a whole Parish project and every image has been worked on by many different people. The journey will be suitable for all ages using different reflections for children and young people.

There will be a prayer ministry for those who want it and refreshments, if you would like to bring a parish group please let us know through the contact page on our website
via the link below or by emailing us at stjohnschurchmeols@yahoo.co.uk
15:30Social Responsibility Reach Out session This event is aimed at parishes to share and celebrate the work they do to engage and support their local communities and highlight issues they are passionate about in the wider world.

The format of the event will be mainly informal with a “speed dating” approach to encourage networking and sharing of ideas and inspiration. There will be space for two people from your parish to come to this event and an opportunity for you to demonstrate your work on a stand or table top presentation.

Staff members not only from the Social Responsibility department but from the wider Church House team will be present to run small “surgeries” to answer questions, explore ideas and discuss activities.

This session will be held at St Peter's Church Hall Elworth, School Lane, Elworth, Sandbach CW11 3HU

For the following deaneries: Nantwich, Congleton, Macclesfield

See link below for information and how to book
Friday 16th March 2018 13:00The Power of the CrossSt John the Baptist Great Meols, on the north Wirral coast, invites you to experience with them the power of the Cross.

This is a re-imagining of the Stations of the Cross - the journey with Jesus to his cross.

It has been a whole Parish project and every image has been worked on by many different people. The journey will be suitable for all ages using different reflections for children and young people.

There will be a prayer ministry for those who want it and refreshments, if you would like to bring a parish group please let us know through the contact page on our website
via the link below or by emailing us at stjohnschurchmeols@yahoo.co.uk
Saturday 17th March 2018 09:30Rethinking Mission: Living in a Religiously Diverse WorldUSPG’s second one day Conference ‘Rethinking Mission: Living in a Religiously Diverse World’ will be held on Saturday 17th March 2018, 9.30am – 3pm, in Birmingham Cathedral.

Speakers from around the world will inspire, challenge and enthuse us as together we reflect on how we live and engage in mission in religiously diverse situations.
The day will be inspiring, informative and participative. The speakers will be:

The Very Revd Canon Hosam Naoum
Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem and Secretary of the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

Deaconess Yit Ching Li
Deaconess in the Diocese of West Malaysia, Anglican Province of South East Asia

The Revd Christine Benoit
First woman ordained in the Diocese of Seychelles, Anglican Province of the Indian Ocean

Richard Reddie
Theologian, researcher and author, UK

Each will present from their own context; there will be group discussion and a plenary as we reflect on how mission, dialogue and praxis in the contexts shared may help us in our own understanding as Christian leaders both locally and globally.

Follow this link for more information http://rethinkingmission.org/

Booking
£10 per participant; £5 for ordinands, lay ministers in training and those in their first three years of ministry, and their partners. This cost includes lunch.
Book online here
10:00The Power of the CrossSt John the Baptist Great Meols, on the north Wirral coast, invites you to experience with them the power of the Cross.

This is a re-imagining of the Stations of the Cross - the journey with Jesus to his cross.

It has been a whole Parish project and every image has been worked on by many different people. The journey will be suitable for all ages using different reflections for children and young people.

There will be a prayer ministry for those who want it and refreshments, if you would like to bring a parish group please let us know through the contact page on our website
via the link below or by emailing us at stjohnschurchmeols@yahoo.co.uk
11:00Step ForwardBishopthorpe Palace, York, England YO23 2GE

A day for anyone aged 18 to 30 considering ordained ministry in the Church of England. There will be:

Time for worship, prayer and Bible study

An opportunity to find out what being ordained is really like its highs and lows

Space to look at your own experience and what God might be calling you to in the future

The chance to discover how the selection process and ordination training programmes work.

Step Forward is for anyone aged 18 to 30 who is wondering whether God might be calling them to ordained ministry in the Church of England.

To register for the event, follow this link