|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.
|Top music duo in fundraiser for parish
Renowned guitarists the Katona Twins (pictured) are to perform at a Wirral church to help raise funds for a planned refurbishment project. Critically-acclaimed Peter and Zoltán Katona have performed at some of the world’s biggest venues, and have won numerous awards.
|Dedicating a school’s restored entrances
The Bishop of Stockport, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, visited Wincle C of E Primary School to dedicate the restored pupil and visitor entrances. The original pupil entrance was built in 1865 and used for almost a hundred years before being blocked up some time in the 1950/60s and used as store cupboard.
|Photo display with spiritual message
An exhibition of photographs by Peter Robinson – a member of St Michael and All Angels Church, Pensby, Wirral – is to be held at Chester Cathedral this autumn. Peter’s collection ‘The Living Water’ contains mainly photographs taken within and around the cathedral.
|Melanesians’ visit - special report
In April and May our diocese had the privilege of hosting the brothers and sisters of Melanesia over a period of three weeks. The four Orders of the Anglican Church of Melanesia were represented – the Melanesian Brotherhood, the Melanesian Sisters, the Sisters of the Church and the Franciscans.
|A movie about God’s transforming power
A Wirral man who changed his life for the better, dramatically, after accepting Christ is to have his story told in a film. Christopher Power (pictured) – an actor and a member of Holy Trinity, Spital – had a troubled life as a young person growing up in Rock Ferry and Birkenhead.
|A grand quilting celebration for parish
All Saints, Cheadle Hulme, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. To mark the event members of the church and other helpers have been creating a celebration of the life of Cheadle Hulme in art and needlework.
|A ‘royal’ event at Siddington
Redesmere Fete will be held on Saturday 27 July at Siddington Village Hall. It will once again feature the rowing of the ‘Water Lily Queen’ across the lake for her picturesque crowning by the ‘King of Redesmere’
|More photos and news from the Melanesians’ visit
Visiting brothers and sisters from Melanesia joined parishioners from around Birkenhead at an early morning open-air Ascension Day service on 9 May. The short communion service (pictured) was led by the Revd Jenny Gillies at 6.45am on Bidston Hill. More photos of the ‘Simply Living’ mission visit follow …
|Hard-working parish creates bright new worship space
Parishioners in Winnington, Northwich, rolled up their sleeves and did the fund-raising and practical work needed to create a new ‘temporary’ worship space after St Luke’s church showed serious signs of wear and tear. Pictured is the first service in the new worship space – a former library close to Winnington Recreation Club.