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Women's Voices 3
09/09/2017 - Foxhill

Missing Women
Clergy Quiet Day
18/09/2017 - Foxhill - Frodsham

The day will include good food, hospitality and reflections from Bishop Libby.
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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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.
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).
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