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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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The Revds Steve Rathbone and Ian Sparks on the Pilgrimís Causeway at Lindisfarne A pilgrimage by clergy
A twelve-strong group of clergy from our diocese went on a walking pilgrimage along St Cuthbert's Way from Melrose in Scotland to Lindisfarne in Northumberland back in March. The pilgrims included the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Ven Ian Bishop, and his predecessor, the Ven Richard Gillings, who now lives an active retirement in Scotland. PICTURED are the Revds Steve Rathbone and Ian Sparks on the Pilgrim's Causeway at Lindisfarne.
Ian Rumsey is our new Parish Development Officer
The Revd Ian Rumsey (pictured) is our new Parish Development Officer for the Macclesfield Archdeaconry. Ian, who has been Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hurdsfield (near Macclesfield) since 2004, has been a priest in parish ministry since 1991. He worked as a seismologist in oil and gas exploration before being called to ordained ministry. The 54-year-old father of two sons is married to Colleen, a teaching assistant. In his new role he takes over from the Revd Steve Wilcockson, who left our diocese late last year to become Archdeacon of Doncaster.
Celebrating Her Majesty's reign
Parishes across our diocese will be celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee over the next few months, with most of the special lunches and events taking place in June. Her Majesty's Coronation took place on 2 June 1953. Among those parishes commemorating the jubilee will be Tattenhall and Partington & Carrington - and there are many others. Also, the Bishop of Chester will take part in a special jubilee civic service at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 27 May, (which all are welcome to attend) and will also attend a Churches Together in Crewe service at St Michael's Church, Ford Lane, Coppenhall, on Saturday 2 June. Bishop Keith will attend an ecumenical jubilee service at Christ the King Church, Birkenhead, on Sunday 10 June, starting 3.30pm.
New font at Mossley church
The new solid oak font at Holy Trinity Church, Mossley, Congleton, replaces a Victorian stone font which was removed during the development work at the west end of the church. The new font was designed and made by Garry Olson, a furniture-maker from Wilmslow - PICTURED HERE with the Revd Canon David Taylor, Rural Dean of Congleton and Team Rector in the town.
Grateful for the return of a treasured stave - Vicar Ed McKenna Penitent thief returns church stave
A thief who stole an ornate stave from St Martinís Church in Marple has handed it back with an apology. The silver-topped, hand-crafted Churchwarden's stave (used in escorting visiting bishops) was stolen eight years ago during a break-in at the church, causing dismay among parishioners. All efforts to trace the stave came to nothing. Then one day late last year a penitent thief knocked at the vicarage door and handed back the solid silver top of the stolen stave - wrapped in a carrier bag.
Parishioners celebrate getting the award Award for Wirral parish's ecology work
St Mary's Church in Upton, Wirral, has gained an Eco-congregation Award. The criteria for the award was met - after much hard work by parishioners - across three areas of activity: spiritual, practical and community. Parishioners are PICTURED celebrating after receiving the award.
The CD CD funds-booster for Frodsham church
Six organists have come together to make a CD (pictured) of the James Jepson Binns organ being played in St Laurenceís Church, Frodsham. The idea behind the recording is to sell it to raise funds for the Grade 1-listed church (which needs work doing in its tower and other parts) and for conservation of the churchís magnificent organ.
Ian Bishop - looking for those with stories to tell about the Coronation Tell us YOUR memories of the Coronation
The Archdeacon of Macclesfield wants to hear from any east Cheshire people who remember going to London in 1953 to line the streets and witness the Queen's Coronation. The plan is to invite those people to tell their memories of the historic day as part of a special church service in April for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Those with fond memories will be interviewed by BBC radio presenter Jenni Murray as part of a service for Cheshire East Council's jubilee celebrations for all the towns and villages which make up the borough.
A break in filming in the garden at Bishop's House TV drama filmed in Bishop's garden
A film crew of around 40 took over Bishop's House and garden in Chester to record a scene for a four-part political drama to be shown on Channel 4 later this year. After alterations - including the erection of a synthetic brick wall and the hiding of a summer house by fake trees - the garden, off Abbey Square, was transformed into a look-a-like garden of Number 10 Downing Street.
Runner to take the Olympic torch - Canon Chris Humphries Cathedral Precentor to carry Olympic torch
The Precentor (music leader) of Chester Cathedral has been selected as a torch bearer when the Olympic flame arrives in Chester on Tuesday 29 May. Canon Chris Humphries has always been interested in sport, particularly cricket, hockey and football. He ran for Bancroft School in the Essex Trials in his youth, and he rekindled his interest in running after taking part in the Great North Run with his son, Michael. Chris will be taking part in that again in September; running in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which is appropriate as his wife Barbara is a Macmillan nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Archdeacon Ian - encouraging participation in 'Ride and Stride'. Picture by Dan Bishop A big day out to boost our churches
People throughout our diocese are being asked to get involved in a tour of some of our beautiful churches by foot, by cycle - or even on horseback. It's all part of a big Ride and Stride event organised by the Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust. The idea is to get lots of people out in the fresh air on Saturday 8 September on a sponsored journey around all the participating churches. The event will raise funds for the Trust to be used for repair and preservation work at churches across Cheshire.
Easter message 2012 - from Bishop Peter
Over this long weekend Christians will commemorate, on Good Friday, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and reflect on His passion and His sacrifice. On Easter Sunday they will celebrate the Saviour's resurrection and His great and enduring commitment to humanity. The Bishop of Chester reflected on our God, who is Creator and Redeemer, in the current (April 2012) issue of CHESTER DIOCESAN NEWS, our monthly newsletter ...
Pray, Invite, Plant - the evangelistic message from BIshop Keith Bishop Keith's 'Food for Thought' talks
The Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Revd Keith Sinclair (pictured) gave a series of talks at St Mary's Church, Upton, Wirral, before Easter 2012. The talks addressed big issues and asked big questions.
Rachel - advising girls in our challenging era A talk on what today's teen girls face
The latest person to give a thought-provoking 'Sundays at 7' talk at St Mary's Church, Upton, Wirral, is Rachel Gardner, a youth worker who has appeared in BBC TV's 'No Sex Please, We're Teenagers'. Rachel is the Creative Director of Romance Academy - a nationwide sex and relationships education initiative run by youth workers. She tackles head-on the issues facing teenage girls, including: self-image; the pull of the in-crowd; puberty; and boys.
Looking forward to married life, Pete Atkins and the Revd Lesley Harding A real romance in church
Wednesday 29 February was a morning when Revd Lesley Harding celebrated a Holy Communion at the parish church where she serves as Priest-in-Charge, St Barnabas, Hattersley, in the north-east of our diocese. It was also, of course, that leap year day of great significance to sweethearts - the date when a woman can feel emboldened to follow tradition and ask a man to marry her. And that is precisely what Lesley did, as she explains: "Directly after the service I did indeed, in front of everyone, ask my boyfriend Pete to marry me, presenting him with a gold wrist watch. He said 'yes', and then put a diamond solitaire ring on my finger. There were many 'ooohs' and 'ahhs' and much joyful surprise.
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