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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 Praise for ministry training
All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry - the training scheme for Ordinands and Readers across six different dioceses, including ours - has received a highly positive report from its first Ministry Division inspection from the national Church.
undefined Fireworks as two Melanesians arrive in Wirral
The Secretary of the Brothers of Melanesia, Alphonse Garimae (pictured), and his wife Beglin, have arrived in our diocese for a visit to Eastham parish, Wirral. They are staying with the Vicar, the Revd Beth Glover and have already attended a traditional fireworks display and been to two churches.
undefined School's big day
Saighton C of E Primary School near Chester celebrated being 150 years old recently and held a special day to mark that milestone and to celebrate the Queen's jubilee year. The Bishop of Chester and Captain Spencer Taylor of Her Majesty Household Cavalry were among the visitors.
undefined Engaging with mental health issues
A special service focusing on mental health was held at St Peter's Church, Minshull Vernon, near Crewe, earlier this month. Organised by the diocesan Mental Health Forum, the service was both affirming and encouraging, says our Head of Counselling Services, Jane Knight (pictured).
undefined A great new project for Wirral
A Wirral vicar's concept for a community forum has led to the transformation of an empty building into a local asset that will benefit all. An official opening (pictured) was held recently in Eastham, attended by Alison McGovern MP; deputy mayor of Wirral Cllr Dave Mitchell; and the Bishop of Birkenhead, the Right Reverend Keith Sinclair.
undefined Our parishes give away more than 1m
Our churches last year gave more than 1 million to charities and organisations other than their own mission programmes. That was just one of the remarkable facts that emerged from the Archdeacons' Articles of Enquiry (*see footnote). The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Ven Ian Bishop (pictured), presented the findings to a meeting of rural deans this week.
undefined Celebrations in Cheadle
St Cuthbert's Church, Cheadle, celebrated its 125th anniversary recently with several services, a men's breakfast at a local pub, plus a gospel music show and a ladies' meal (also pub-based). Roger Murphy, a travelling evangelist, gave presentations of the faith at all the parish's celebrations.
undefined Called to Serve - a Pastoral Worker's story
Called to Serve is an event held annually in our diocese. It can lead to personal transformation in those who experience it - and to a great dedication to serving God. The next session will be held at Hartford in the new year - details at the end. Here Kirsty Allan (pictured) tells how her involvement led to her becoming a PASTORAL WORKER ...
undefined Christian Concern Crewe - 25 years on
Archdeacon of Macclesfield Ian Bishop preached at the 25th anniversary of Christian Concern Crewe (3Cs) - a remarkable ecumenical project with a great track record of helping the poor. The Diocese of Chester sold St Paul's Church in Crewe town centre 25 years ago to a group of local Christians who converted the building into a furniture re-location point.
undefined Uncle Eustace's funny booklet launch
The Revd Dr Gary Bowness, Vicar of Henbury and Broken Cross, launched a humorous booklet at the Christian Resources Exhibition North held near Manchester earlier this month (October).
undefined Our Taffy resplendent in gold!
Members of the clergy from across North West England took to the catwalk to show off the latest in 'parish fashions' at the Christian Resources Exhibition North, held in Trafford recently. Among the models was the Revd Taffy Davies (pictured), currently on secondment at Foxhill retreat centre, and formerly the Rural Dean of Macclesfield.
undefined New environmental policy statement
This states: "We believe that we have a Christian responsibility to care for God's creation. Therefore we believe that this ought to influence all our thinking, our actions and how we exercise our faithfulness in every function and activity, by every person; 24/7 - all day, every day."
undefined The Melanesians are coming!
A quiet time for refreshment and peace alongside our Brothers and Sisters from the Solomon Islands has been planned for next year, as part of the 'Simply Living' Melanesian mission visit to the UK. Between 1 and 4 May 2013 our diocese will host the 16-strong group at Foxhill, our retreat and conference centre in Frodsham.
undefined New chaplain at East Cheshire Hospice
The Revd Norman Jones was licensed recently as the new chaplain to East Cheshire Hospice. The Bishop of Chester, who is President of the Board of Trustees, licensed Norman and spoke from the Beatitudes about the importance to God of those who are weaker and struggling in life.
For three nights, this church ROCKED!
St Paul's Church in Compstall, near Stockport, rocked to the music of Godspell performed by local young people. Some of the cast from the three performances last month are pictured. The musical - based on the Gospel according to St Matthew - was directed by Mick Boyle, an experienced drama teacher who is the husband of Vicar Lynne Boyle.
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