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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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Vicar Tim with his poetry book Vicar produces a book of poems
The Revd Dr Tim Robinson, Vicar of St Paul's, Stalybridge, wrote a poem on every day of Lent this year. The result is a book he's produced called 'The Bogus Poet: or maybe not!'. The book is being sold for £2 per copy to aid church funds. The first batch has already sold out but more are being published.
Partying for the Queen in Gatley, Cheadle Jubilee celebrations round-up
St James Church, Gatley, near Cheadle, held a party (pictured) attended by 100 parishioners. There was a 1950s theme and the Vicar, the Revd Canon Bob Read, dressed as a teddy boy.
The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster 'Spiritual trust on behalf of the nation' - BISHOP PETER on how Britain's monarchy has worn so well
The following is the Bishop of Chester's sermon, given at Chester Cathedral's recent service for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and at other jubilee services ...
CANCELLED - 'Battle of the Organs' in Congleton
A 'Battle of the Organs' concert planned for St Peter's Church, Congleton,on Saturday 16 June, has been cancelled. Due to 'unforeseen circumstances' the organisers say they have had to cancel the organ concert, which was to have featured Carlo Curley (PICTURED) and Keith Hearnshaw. It is hoped to reschedule the event for next year. If you've already booked, here's what to do ...
PICTURED (L to R) are: Bishop Keith; project leader Martin Harrison; Montse; Esther McVey MP; architect Alisdair MacDonald; the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Gerry and Margaret Ellis; and Rector, the Revd John Bleazard. Church's new centre open in West Kirby
The Bishop of Birkenhead was in West Kirby recently for the opening of the new St Bridget's Centre - a modern, accessible and sustainable building which replaces the dilapidated 1968 hall. Parishioner Montse Benitez - wife of former Liverpool FC manager, Rafa - unveiled the plaque. The parish has raised nearly 1 million over six years for the project through donations, grants and events.
Chris carried the torch through Saltney Cathedral Precentor carries Olympic torch
The Revd Canon Chris Humphries is PICTURED carrying the torch through Saltney - a suburb of Chester that's actually in Wales - as part of the UK-wide relay leading up to the opening of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July. Chris - the music leader of Chester Cathedral - said: "It was a great privilege and a wonderful experience to take part in the relay as the torch made its way through Saltney.
GLO volunteers running a free community car wash New funding for our great mission initiatives
Two applications by projects based in our diocese have won awards from the Church Commissioners' Developing Church Growth Fund. The grants are intended for developing mission from ideas which have already been seen to work, and adapting those initiatives for use in other places.
Chris and John Bowers Our cycling Canon to set off again ...
Cycling Canon John Bowers will soon set off again to raise money for a good cause. In July he will be joined by his son Chris for a sponsored pedal-powered pilgrimage to Ireland. Last year it was John's daughter Ruth, who helped him raise £16, 600 with a ride to Keswick. This year Chris will join John, who is a retired priest in our diocese.
Mollie Bushell (right) is presented with the booklet by writer Betty Jones A little church's great history is told ...
A booklet has been published to tell the remarkable story of how a Deeside church has served three different Christian denominations in its 169-year-old history. 'Saint Thomas's Church, Parkgate - a short history' was commissioned by the Bishop's Trust for St Thomas's and written Betty Jones, who lives in Parkgate -a village in south Wirral famous for its riverside views and ice cream shops.
Curate Andrew Lythall (right) with Dan Cook, the ROC cafe co-ordinator New Christian club for young people
A ROC cafe for youngsters is now open in Adswood, near Stockport. The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop, performed the official opening in the presence of local dignitaries, some 50 children, plus representatives of the Church, the local authority, the police and fire services. The cafe has been developed in collaboration with St George's Church, Stockport, alongside other local churches, community groups and residents. Its name reflects the big role played by the charity ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) in the setting up of the project.
undefined GAP 3 gets underway - and we've got the T-shirt
The latest round of Growth Action Planning (GAP) involves new parish packs being given out during the Archdeacons' Visitations, and parish teams giving presentations about how the process is working for them. St James, Gatley, entered into the spirit of things with gusto by putting their own spin on the occasion. They wore T-shirts bearing the slogan 'St James GAP ley'. PICTURED are Vicar Bob Read and members of the congregation. Archdeacon Ian Bishop is standing behind them.
Bisdhop Keith receives a sample of rock salt from Harold James, Managing Director of Compass Minerals UK, owners of Salt Union Salt - so often mentioned in the Bible - gains a new significance
Eight parishes in our diocese will celebrate a Sunday morning service with a difference at a special Salt Sunday this weekend (Rogation Sunday, 13 May). Salt Union, operator of a salt mine and supplier of road salt to local authorities, has presented every church holding a Salt Sunday service with a sample of Cheshire rock salt - mined from almost 200 metres underground at Winsford Rock Salt Mine.
Friends say farewell to Jenny at Church House, Aldford A much-loved figure retires ...
Jenny Dent retired after nearly 30 years of faithful service to the Diocese of Chester as part of our administrative team. Mum-of-two Jenny, aged 65, first worked as a secretary in the Swinging 'Sixties in Manchester. In her first role for the diocese, she was a secretary based in Abbey Square, and later worked at the old Church House in Raymond Street, Chester, before coming to our current office sat Aldford, where she has worked in support of various departments covering ministry, mission, social responsibility DAC functions.
Pamela Booher, pictured in the regalia of her current role, as Deputy Lord Mayor An invitation to prayer ...
Councillor Pamela Booher would like to invite all parishes in the Cheshire West and Chester area to pray with her at a civic service as she begins her year in office as Lord Mayor of Chester. The service - at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 20 May, starting at 3.30pm - is an opportunity to come together to pray for the civic life of the borough, which covers Chester, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Helsby, Neston, Malpas, Northwich, Winsford and rural areas. There will be light refreshments afterwards at Chester Town Hall.
Praise for the Queen - from Bishop Peter Bishop invites all to celebrate our Queen's achievements
A service of celebration for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee will take place at Chester Cathedral from 3pm on Sunday 27 May. The Bishop of Chester is encouraging people from right across our diocese to attend. Bishop Peter will preach at the service, which he says will give a chance for people to come together and celebrate the magnificent achievements of our Queen, who he says has been an "inspiration throughout the years".
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