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Clergy Quiet Day
03/07/2017 - Foxhill - Frodsham

The day will include good food, hospitality and reflections from Bishop Libby.
Church Building Projects
08/07/2017 - Daresbury

Purpose, Planning, Procurement: How to start a building project in your church building or hall
Arts and Faith Network Pub Night
10/07/2017 - Knutsford


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Confirmations - services in 2017
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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
28 March - 6 April 2017

Archdeacons Visitation Services 2017

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undefined Life-size puppets a hit in Compstall
Young people enjoyed a church service featuring life-sized puppets recently. The event was part of the parish’s continuing development of ministry with young people as part of Growth Action Planning (GAP). The puppets (PICTURED) were used in a memorable, candle-lit nativity service held at St Paul’s in Compstall, north-east Cheshire.
undefined Epiphany and Candlemas services at the cathedral
There will be a Sung Eucharist to mark Epiphany at Chester Cathedral on Wednesday 6 January, starting at 5.30pm. The Revd Canon Elaine Chegwin Hall will be the preacher and the service will be accompanied by Chester Cathedral Choir. Come along for an exciting service of carols, light and holiness.
undefined Church ‘flashmob’ choir at Wirral supermarket
St Mary’s church, Upton, Wirral, was invited back to their local supermarkets again during the pre-Christmas build up to surprise shoppers with its flashmob choir. A flashmob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place and perform for a time before quickly dispersing. The cultural event is believed to have originated in the USA.
undefined Farewell to a highly-regarded colleague
David Bell, the Diocesan Adviser for Ministry among Children, is leaving his post at the end of this month. David joined the team in February 2006 following a period as a freelance writer and editor for Christian organisations specialising in children’s, youth and all-age resources.
undefined An impressive Nativity scene at Neston
Anyone passing through Neston, Wirral, in recent weeks will have noticed the impressive nativity artwork installed in the grounds of St Mary and St Helen church. The Revd Alan Dawson, Vicar, explained: "The inspiration was to create a scene to be seen in silhouette form and light up in the evenings.”
undefined Developing the ministry of children in Compstall
Parishioners at St Paul’s, Compstall, have just welcomed their newest and youngest Eucharistic Assistants. Amelia Yarwood (13) and Lily-Ann Ditcher (12) were installed and served at their first Eucharist on the 3rd Sunday of Advent 2015.
undefined The charm and big meaning of Christingle
This scene from the Christingle service at St Philip’s church, Hassall Green, near Sandbach, was captured by one of the congregation. It shows two young girls looking at their Christingle oranges, bedecked with the traditional red ribbons, candles and sweets on cocktail sticks.
undefined The talent behind this Christmas card …
Prashanti Guruprasad, a 10-year-old pupil of The Firs School in Chester, designed the beautiful nativity scene which won the competition for this Christmas card sent out by our bishops and archdeacons. Some 20 people (including children and staff from the Christian school) attended a prize giving event and tea party at Bishop’s House in Chester.
undefined An unusual licensing …
A double licensing took place recently which also saw four local churches come together in a new group. The Revd Philip Robinson was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of St John, High Legh, and St Paul, Over Tabley.
undefined Book published after Christian worker felt call to write
The parish administrator at Congleton Team Parish has published a book about the Lord … after feeling a call to write it. David Aston’s book essentially tells the story of the four gospels in one narrative, but is written in the first person style with Jesus telling the story.
undefined Christians active on climate change issues
Members from several Wirral churches – including three Anglican ones – walked to Hilbre Island at the tip of the peninsula recently to show solidarity with environment campaigners and the Paris Climate Change Convention.
undefined Why they all wore pink …
Staff at Church House, Daresbury, wore pink to show support for the battle to find a cure for breast cancer –and donations came pouring in for the charity 'Breast Cancer Now'. The ‘Wear it Pink’ day was organised by Maxine Southwick, our Finance and HR Officer.
undefined Out now – the latest CDN!
Our December issue of Chester Diocesan News (CDN) is now being distributed around the parishes. There are photographs of Christmas scenes from Chester Cathedral on page 1 – plus suggestions of the upcoming festive attractions you can experience there.
undefined A striking new annexe at Prestbury church
The congregation of St Peter’s church, Prestbury, near Macclesfield, held an opening event and services for their new building – an annexe to the old church. The annexe to the Grade I-listed church is a modern construction of striking design. Called St Peter’s Rooms, it contains meeting space for young church, choirs, Alpha courses and education, plus toilets, a kitchen, a vestry, a robing room for the choir, and a room for the parish office.
undefined A talk on rehabilitation for Prisons Week
The Criminal Justice Group in our diocese marked Prisons Week (23 to 27 November) by inviting speakers Sheila McGregor and Janina Miklaszewicz from the Community Rehabilitation Company for Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
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