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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


Bishop's House (more)

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 Cheers, Vicar! This beer’s for you
When the Revd Verena Breed went to bless a local brewery in Wincle (a few miles south-east of Macclesfield) she didn’t realise that it would lead to her face appearing on the labels of beer bottles.
undefined Caring for creation
June 2 is Environment Sunday. Church communities around the diocese will be holding special services and telling of their efforts at conservation and raising awareness of environmental concerns. It is Cherishing Churchyards Week (June 8 to 16), which will showcase how parish communities are using churchyards to enhance biodiversity.
undefined Popular event now to be held biennially
A gardens event run by a Wirral church this Easter was very successful despite the cold weather. It drew visitors from as far afield as Mold and Manchester. Pictured is a garden themed on the denial of Christ by Peter – from the Easter Gardens project run by St Michael’s Church, Newton, West Kirby.
undefined Lit up with hope – a great hilltop symbol
Before the joy of Easter is celebrated each year, Christians traditionally reflect on Christ’s Passion - including His cleansing of the temple, His agony in the garden, and His trial and execution. Good Friday is the solemn commemoration of Christ’s death on the cross. Each year for the past 40 years (*) it has been marked with the raising of a 24-foot high illuminated cross (pictured) on Kerridge Hill by Rainow near Macclesfield.
undefined ‘Caged’ for a most humane cause …
Young people and adults volunteered to be locked in a giant cage at St Bartholomew’s Church, Wilmslow to raise money and awareness for the human rights organisation Amnesty International. The event was thought up by Eve Smith – a Year 7 student at Wilmslow High, and daughter of Paul and Magdalen Smith, Rector and Assistant Priest at the parish.
undefined After the big freeze, something summery for your diary
Bickerton Church Flower Festival and Bank House Open Garden nearby will take place Friday 31 May to Monday 3 June from 10am to 5 pm, with refreshments and stalls. Our picture shows the floral displays on the altar from the festival two years ago.
undefined A little church’s big WELCOME!
St Paul's Church at Over Tabley, near Knutsford, reached out to families this Easter. After the Easter Sunday service at the recently spruced-up roadside church there was a sale of locally-made cakes. There was also the offer of a meal for only £1 per child (adults paid the usual prices) at the nearby Little Chef restaurant.
undefined Ride to help young adults
Three people from a Chester church are going a 200-mile cycle ride to raise money for a respite centre in NW England for young adults with life limiting conditions. In all 12 people will be cycling, a mix of family and friends.
undefined Archbishop of Canterbury is enthroned
The Most Revd Justin Welby (pictured) has been formally enthroned as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans in a service at Canterbury Cathedral.
undefined The Revd Shawn Verhey receives award
The co-ordinating chaplain at Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institution has been commended for “dedication and skill in support of prisoners, their families and the victims of crime”.
undefined Faith renewal in Wallasey
The Bishop of Birkenhead attracted more than 700 people to his five big talks this Lent at The Light cinema in New Brighton. The Come to the Light talks covered serious issues for humanity, including: What about suffering and a God of Love?; What about science and a God who creates?; What about Jesus and a God who becomes human?; and What about the future and a God of judgement?’.
undefined Chester Cathedral's poverty-themed exhibition May 2013
A new work of art about global poverty, along with a photographic exhibition of Christian Aid’s work in poor countries, will be exhibited at Chester Cathedral from 11 to 27 May. The centrepiece of the tour is a specially commissioned sculpture (pictured) by British artist Mel Howse – paid for by a sponsor.
undefined For young people thinking about ordained ministry ...
Paul Cumming (pictured) is curate at Poynton near Macclesfield and the young vocations adviser for our diocese. As someone who felt a call to ministry in his early twenties, Paul’s excited by the way young people are once again being encouraged to think about ordained ministry.
undefined Kingsley Mothers’ Union 70th anniversary
Wedding dresses and baptismal gowns from members over the past 70 years are to be displayed in Kingsley church on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June. Organiser Hilary Merrington is PICTURED. Her Christening robe will be among the items on show. It was first used at her grandmother’s baptism in Bangor Cathedral in 1895.
undefined ‘Open Door’ opens further …
Open Door is one of the diocese’s most creative examples of Fresh Expressions. It works with both the evangelical and catholic traditions and reaches out with God’s love to one of the most deprived areas of Birkenhead. The project is part of the parish of St Paul with St Luke, Tranmere, but will soon be spreading its wings to plant a new congregation at The Resurrection church, Liscard, Wallasey.
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