|Help raise funds for rural people in need
Volunteers are wanted to help with the fundraising work of the Agricultural Chaplaincies Team. The team – which operates within Churches Together in Cheshire – offers support to farmers and farm workers and their families in these very difficult times for rural communities.
|Spiritual reflection AND a pub quiz at clergy conference
Some 300 priests enjoyed spiritual refreshment and fellowship at the 2013 Diocesan Clergy Conference held at Swanwick in Derbyshire. The four-day event – themed on worship – included workshops, daily worship and bible study, expert talks and a prayer labyrinth.
|Young people seeking to serve the Lord
On one of the hottest weekends of the year, a group of young people (pictured) from around the diocese attended the Young Vocations weekend at Foxhill. Headed up by our young vocations adviser, the Revd Paul Cumming, it was a chance to talk together and hear from young people already involved in serving God.
|Approaching 70 years a church organist
Christine Jones, 82, of Bessancourt, Holmes Chapel, will have completed 70 full years of service as a church organist on Sunday 8 June next year. There will be a party to celebrate her achievement after the main morning service at St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel, on that day.
|Crewe church plans big arts festival
All Saints Church, Crewe will this autumn hold an ‘Artsfest’ – featuring live music, a great variety of artwork (some for sale) and craft stalls. The event will also offer craft demonstrations, substantial refreshments, and a ‘make and take' arts and craft session for youngsters.
Bishop Peter preached at the triennial clergy conference at Swanwick. Here is his sermon in full.
|Golf and the links to God
The sixth annual Cheshire Churches Golf Tournament took place at Heyrose Golf Club, Tabley, Knutsford, recently. Eighty-eight golfers from all over Cheshire took part on a blisteringly hot day which challenged stamina as well as technique. Amongst the victors were the players from St George’s Poynton (pictured) who won the Team Competition.
|Building on the success of the Melanesian visit
A special open day will be held at the new Church House this autumn – so that people can find out more about getting involved with the Melanesians, some of whom visited our diocese back in spring. PICTURED – Melanesians giving a performance of ‘The Prodigal Son’ at Bishop’s House in Chester.
|A show about mental health - and divine mood swings!
To mark World Mental Health Day, our diocesan Committee for Social Responsibility will this autumn present ‘Mind Your Head’ – a one-woman show. In the production, writer and actress Eva McIntyre explores how religion can become embroiled in our issues around self-esteem and collude in leading us further into dark and life-limiting places.
|Confirmation comes at last!
Fred and Barbara Tooley have been regular attenders during the past year at Christ the King church, near Birkenhead’s famous park. After a few months of joining the parish community they asked about being confirmed.
|Our newly-priested …
Pictured here – those ordained priest in Chester Cathedral on Saturday 8 June 2013 by the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester, along with senior clergy who took part in the service. Comprehensive caption information follows …
|And those to be ordained deacon …
On Sunday 21 July Bishop Peter (pictured) will at Chester Cathedral ordain 12 people as deacons. Read on for their names and parishes, and please remember them in your prayers. Also, don’t miss the July issue of Chester Diocesan News in which the bishop writes about the importance of deacon ordination to the Church.
|Diocesan Synod 2013 - Presidential Address
Bishop Peter presents the presidential address at Diocesan Synod of 22 June.
It has been my custom to give an address each year to the Diocesan Synod, setting out briefly my view of some of the key issues which currently confront us. Let me say at the outset that there is much in the Diocese, in particular, which can be an encouragement to us.
|Upton’s community choir starts up
Upton parish, near Chester, has employed a music leader to develop music in the wider community as well as directing the church choir. Clare Newbould, a teacher by profession, is pictured at the first meeting of the Upton Community Choir, attended by 40 people - mainly from outside the church community.
|A God-centred gathering in Wallasey
The fourteenth Wallasey Deanery Day will take place at St. Chad's Church, Leasowe, on Saturday 7 September. The day will run from 10.30am to 4pm. There will be an overarching theme of ‘Growing into God’. The event will begin with coffee and registration prior to a welcome. Those attending will divide into three groups – one for each workshop.