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Clergy Quiet Day
03/09/2017 - Foxhill - Frodsham

The day will include good food, hospitality and reflections from Bishop Libby.
Women's Voices 3
09/09/2017 - Foxhill

Missing Women
24 Hours with Zoe Bennett
15/11/2017 - Foxhill

Using the Bible in Practical Theology


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Confirmations - services in 2017
A full list of dates and services in the Archdeaconries of Macclesfield and Chester.

Bishop's CrestAd Clerum
Marriage of Persons from Outwith the European Economic Area. Visit of the Archbishop of York. Stipends and Fees.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
28 March - 6 April 2017

Archdeacons Visitation Services 2017

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undefined A course on women and children in the Bible
This short course will to be held at the church of St Francis in Budworth Road, Sale Moor. The course will be led by the Revd Canon Trevor Dennis on Wednesdays – on 22 January and the following two Wednesdays, 29 January and 5 February.
undefined Church ... in a pub!
Local drinkers and diners at the Rake & Pikel pub in Huntington, Chester, found themselves participating in an informal carol-singing session on the night before Christmas Eve. The pub, in Chester Road, played host to 'Beer and Carols' – led by members of nearby St. Luke's church.
undefined Local man joins Church Commisioners
The Queen has approved that Ian Watmore be appointed a Church Commissioner in succession to the Canon John Andrew Spence. Ian recently took up his new role. Cheshire-based Ian has a civil service background, having held Permanent Secretary posts under three Prime Ministers; first at the Delivery Unit of Number 10 Downing Street then at the department now known as Business, Innovation and Skills, and latterly at the Cabinet Office.
undefined Getting to know them … our ordinands meet
Ordinands gathered in Chester as guests of the Bishop of Chester for lunch and a social event. They are pictured on the stairway at Bishop’s House. The ordinands enjoyed a choice of vegetarian lasagne or lamb casserole, followed by pavlova and fresh fruit.
undefined A cathedral first for local choir
The choir of St Oswald’s church, Malpas (pictured)sang Evensong at Chester Cathedral. The choir sang the Canticles in F by George Dyson, featuring soloists Robyn Jones and John Smith.
undefined Church school is judged ‘best in England’
St Oswald’s C of E primary school in Mollington near Chester has been rated top of the league nationally in the SATS results. The school’s Key Stage 2 results (official tests and assessments of pupils’ abilities before they go on to high schools) are the highest in the land.
undefined A Christmas broadcast from Chester Cathedral
BBC Radio 4 will on Christmas Day broadcast a service from our cathedral. It will be aired from 9am. The theme will be ‘Shepherds’ Delight’ and it will explore Christmas from the perspective of the shepherds in St Luke’s gospel.
undefined Warmest wishes to all our readers …
As Christian communities prepare to celebrate the coming of God’s presence into the world, the Diocese of Chester wishes that happiness and love will abound this Christmastide. We look forward to 2014 with confidence – to living in hope, to building faith and justice for future generations.
undefined Participant Observers at House of Bishops meeting
The House of Bishops welcomed eight women as Participant Observers to its meeting in York back in December. The welcome follows the election of the eight senior women clergy from regions across the country … including the Revd Libby Lane, our diocesan Dean of Woman in Ministry.
undefined Christmas tree joy in Stockport
St George’s Church in Heavily, Stockport, enjoyed a big success with its seventh annual Christmas Tree festival back in November (pictured). The event featured 82 trees and attracted nearly 4,000 visitors. It raised thousands of pounds for the church and its current special project – the repair of the organ.
undefined Transforming Lives Together – tackling poverty
Transforming Lives Together (TLT) is a new joint venture between Church Urban Fund and Diocese of Chester. TLT will have the vision of transforming lives and communities through every person in every church in every community tackling poverty.
undefined ‘One Degree’ course – feedback & follow-up
February this year saw the start of this course for Readers in our diocese. It was called One Degree because it explored how making one degree of change – by taking faith into one’s work and general life spheres – can make a big difference to whole-life discipleship.
undefined Refurbishing for community benefit in Weaverham
Re-ordering and refurbishing of the church hall at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Church in Weaverham is about to start. Vicar Andrew Brown is pictured clearing out the last of long-stored bits and pieces from the building before the builders move it.
undefined A big restoration of Congleton’s Georgian church
The 18th century Georgian church of St Peter in Congleton is about to begin a remarkable project of restoration and improvement. The work will start with repairs to damaged timberwork on the interior of the roof of the Grade I-listed building.
undefined Chester Cathedral’s new nativity sculpture
This nearly life-sized artwork, fashioned from hammered copper and bronze, has been placed in the nave for Advent, Christmas and through to Sunday 2 February. The sculpture is Kingsley-based Tony Evans’ first nativity commission. He specialises in animal figures. The figure of the Christ child in the tableau is based on his young grandson, Luke.
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