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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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Archdeacon Ian Bishop - encouraging Christian fellowship A men's fellowship service
A Men's Fellowship annual service will be held at St Paul's Church, Compstall, SK6 5HU, on Thursday 19 April, starting at 7.30pm. The Evensong will be followed by a buffet supper. The service is open to men across our diocese. The preacher will be the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Ven Ian Bishop (PICTURED).
Tom Hughes, a Cheshire bagpiper and a Chester Minstrel, receives a blessing from the Revd David Chesters Church events in central Chester
It's going to be a busy spring and summer for the ancient churches of St Peter's and St John the Baptist in central Chester. The churches, which form one parish, are increasingly outward looking and seek to draw in the community. St Peter's - which stands at The Cross, very close to where Roman legionaries were quartered nearly two millennia ago - is due to host both a bagpipe festival and a Night Church on Saturday 10 March. Our picture shows Cheshire bagpiper Tom Hughes receiving a blessing from the Rector of Chester, the Revd David Chesters.
One of the photographs in the exhibition Photo exhibition with an Easter theme
A long-standing parishioner at St John's, Hartford town centre, is to hold his first solo photographic exhibition at the church's adjoining church centre in School Lane. Paul Bundle, 62, will hold his display 'From the Sun's Rising ...' over Easter. One of the images is PICTURED HERE. The glory and drama of light through the day and seasons is shown in more than 40 other images of international, UK and local scenes. See dates and times of the exhibition below ...
Helen Ellis ... keen to share information about Messy Church 'Messy Church' could work for YOU!
The Messy Church regional coordinator for Cheshire and Wirral, Helen Ellis (pictured), wants to spread the word about the growing appeal of this form of inclusive and creative worship. Helen has been running a Messy Church at All Saints, Hoole, Chester, for more than two years and has lots of advice, resources and enthusiasm to share.
riar Des Alban – gave an inspiring talk to ‘Called To Serve’ An inspirational talk in Chester
Franciscan friar Desmond Alban (pictured) spoke at 'Called To Serve' - an event organised for those who are thinking of developing their faith into formal Christian ministry. Each year this event invites those who feel called to ministry to hear from those already serving God as Priests, Readers, Pastoral Workers, members of the Church Army or members of religious orders.
Dr Sentamu with sixth formers and Year 10 and 11 students who were involved in a Q and A session with him Archbishop's 'inspirational' visit to high school
The Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School in Chester recently hosted a visit from Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York. He spent several hours in the school meeting students and staff. More than 500 students and staff attended a special assembly with musical items from the choir and from Alice Capper, a sixth former at the school. Rachel Ellis gave a reading for Epiphany from the Bible.
Salt & Light (L to R): Fred Varden, Helena Summerfield, Catherine Goodwin, and Josh Potts Parishioners' worship songs now online
Songs performed by Salt & Light, a praise music group from St Mary's Church, Partington, on the south-west edge of Manchester, have been put on the parish website. You can hear 'St Mary's Prayer' (the parish prayer set to music), 'Fill Me With Your Spirit', 'Heavenly Father' and 'Jesus Divine', which also feature on a CD titled 'Songs for St Mary's'. Read on for the website link ...
The joy and laughter of Cursillo - Carol Thayer and Linda Lewis from Nantwich Cursillo: let's have your memories
Twenty-four years ago the Diocese of Chester was given a gift, in the shape of Cursillo, a short course which invites Christians to meet with God, guided by lay-led talks and clergy-led meditations. The course seeks to give those taking part Christian love, deep reflection and much fun. So since 1988 Christians in our diocese have found their relationship with Christ enriched through the Cursillo experience. Have you been on a Cursillo weekend or know someone who has? If so, we would like to hear your memories and maybe you would like to tell where Christ has led you since.
Photographic competition at central Chester church
This has been organised around the illuminated artwork being featured on the walls of the Grade-I listed St John the Baptist Church near Grosvenor Park. The ancient church – which was for some ten years in the eleventh century a cathedral – is currently undergoing a big redevelopment as part of a parish which also includes St Peter’s Church at Chester Cross. St John the Baptist has ecclesiastical ruins attached to it. Onto these, illuminated artforms have currently been projected (pictured here by David Heke).
Bishop Robert - a leading article in the new issue of CDN Get your latest CDN now!
February's issue of Chester Diocesan News (CDN) is out now in our parishes. It includes a thought-provoking article by Bishop Robert in which he asserts: "We do not commend the Gospel by being po-faced and negative." With a total readership of some 138,000 each month, CDN is one of the best read diocesan publications in the country. It's packed with diocesan news and views and carries many stories about the vital work going on across our parishes. The latest issue contains news of how ...
Big turn-out for unity service at Chester Cathedral
A special service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was held at Chester Cathedral on Sunday (22 January). It drew a crowd of nearly 700 to hear an address by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, pictured here (*) with the Dean of Chester,the Bishops of Stockport and Chester, and (right) the RC Bishop of Shrewsbury.
Back to Church Sunday 2012
Last year nearly a hundred churches from our diocese took part in Back to Church Sunday (BTCS). On average, 19 extra people attended these churches on the day, an increase in attendance of 23 per cent. Research in two dioceses suggests that somewhere between 12 per cent and 15 per cent of those who returned to church on BTCS will still be regular worshippers six months later.
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A member of Holy Trinity, Capenhurst, near Chester, Lisa Williams, has been touched that her friends have decided to have their heads shaved in solidarity with her. Lisa, 33, has been battling several forms of cancer since February 2011. Her pals are hoping to raise funds by their visit to the barbers to send Lisa and her young son on a holiday to Disneyland in Florida.
Thanking community helpers – Jackie Hall Parish stalwart from the Wirral is honoured
A member of St John's Church, Meols, Wirral, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours. Mrs Jackie Hall (pictured), who lives in nearby Hoylake, has been honoured for her community work over many years.
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