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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.   
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.  
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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".
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Foxhill marks 50 years
Foxhill hosted a celebration event to mark its 50th anniversary on the 19 and 21 July. People who have been closely involved in the ministry at Foxhill were invited to attend.
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Everyday Faith: Revd Dr Jenny McKay
“It’s important that as Christians we’re confident and bold enough to share our faith every day of the week." The Revd Dr Jenny McKay shares a little of her story of ministering in the workplace.
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Bishop Peter bids farewell to the diocese
Hundreds of well-wishers journeyed to Chester Cathedral from across the Diocese of Chester on Saturday 20 July to mark Bishop Peter Forster’s long ministry as the Bishop of Chester.
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School bank teaches the value of saving
School children from Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School are celebrating the launch of a pioneering project arming them with vital life skills including how to save money and budget.
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Becky Hurst: Conversation Cafe, St Andrew's, Crewe
Four churches in Crewe are benefitting from the work of a Community Development Worker who is identifying new ways to serve the local community.
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Hundreds attend leavers' service at Chester Cathedral
Hundreds of primary school children attended a Year Six Leavers' Service at Chester Cathedral on Tuesday 09 July. as they began the transition from primary to high school.
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Saving The Deep opens at Chester Cathedral
Created by North Wales artist, Jacha Potgieter, Saving The Deep features over ten sculptures each created from waste collected from just three beach visits. All of the sculptures within Saving The Deep depict endangered species.
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