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Chester Diocese
October 2017

Friday 6th October 2017 10:00Conversations about mental health For the third consecutive year we are linking with World Mental Health Day (10 October) by organising a day for picking up conversations on mental health issues, sharing experiences and resources. The day will build confidence amongst the delegates in their engagement with mental health matters.

The morning will consist of facilitated conversations and workshops on the following:

• Addictions
• Anxiety and depression
• Dementia
• Eating disorders
• Psychoses
• Self-harm and suicide

Delegates are asked to choose two conversations to join when they book (plus a reserve).

The afternoon will consist of workshops on, for example:
• Liturgy
• Language
• Spiritual aspects of mental health

• 10.00 Welcome, introduction and opening worship
• 10.50 Refreshments and group conversations
• 12.45 Lunch (supplied)
• 13.30 Afternoon workshops
• 14.15 Plenary
• 15.00 Closing worship and depart

The day is organised by:
• Steven Sheridan (P-in-C St Oswald & St Thomas of Canterbury, Chester)
• Tina Upton (Vicar of Blacon)
• Jane Knight (Head of Counselling)
• David Herbert (Continuing Ministerial Development Officer)

Conversation and workshop facilitators are Barbara Sharp, Graeme and Philippa Skinner, Steve Sheridan, John Harrison, Tina Upton, Christine Blair, Tricia Berry, Philip Goggin, Sharon Meyer, Linda Buckley.

Venue: St John's Church Centre, School Lane, Hartford CW8 1NP

Refreshments and a sandwich lunch will be provided.

Booking is essential. To book your place please click on the link below, or contact Jane Hood 01928 718834 ext 257

Saturday 7th October 2017 09:30 Churchwarden TrainingA morning of training available for all Churchwardens in the Diocese of Chester led by the Archdeacons.

Speakers will include Jonathan Masters,Youth, Children and Families' Missioner talking about "Reaching out to the younger generation", Director of Social Responsibility, Debbie Dalby will be encouraging churches to get involved in social issues, Mike Gilbertson with further news about Grant funding and Diocesan Secretary, George Colville will update you with news from the Diocese.

The morning starts with coffee at 9.30am followed by worship and ends with a buffet lunch.

Monday 9th October 2017 19:00World Mental Health Day Service This Years theme in Loneliness. The service is for all who have an interest in good mental health.

The service will be held at St Peters, Minshull Vernon, Middlewich Road, CW1 4RD
Saturday 14th October 2017 09:30Missional Messy ChurchA Day of Celebration and Learning

Saturday 14th October 2017, 09.30 – 15.30

Ashton upon Mersey, St. Mary Magdalene, Sale M33 6GD

The Diocese of Chester Mission Team is excited to invite clergy with their Messy Church leaders and teams from across the Diocese, as well as churches thinking about starting a Messy Church, to share in the fun at our Messy Church Celebration and Learning Day. We are delighted to welcome the wonderful Lucy Moore, the founder and national ambassador of Messy Church to share her breadth of experience with us. We’ll really get into the feel of Messy Church (without the children!) and the day will comprise of two inspiring sessions led by Lucy Moore, interactive all-age worship led by the Josh Walker Band, example messy crafts and activities, and we’ll finish with a question and answer session. There will also be time for chatting and fun, networking and action planning so participants leave with clear direction and next steps agreed for what to do next.

 To enable participants to feel part of a vibrant diocesan-wide Messy Church community
 To enthuse and inspire new growth in Messy Churches across the Diocese
 To make a direct impact on Messy Church practices to improve discipleship amongst families

Please click the link below to book your place:
Monday 16th October 2017 10:00How to get the best from your Church HallA one day training event exploring how to better manage and realise the potential of church halls. The day will be led by Claire Jones, Community Development Officer, from Cheshire Community Action (www.cheshireaction.org.uk). This event is organised by the Diocese of Chester (Church of England). All church denominations in the area are welcome.

The day will include
1. Introduction to Cheshire Community Action and Cheshire’s Community Buildings Network
2. Good business management – how to get the best income from your church hall (including business planning, financial management, bookings and hire costs and policies, keeping running costs down, publicity)
3. Building management – making sure you comply with all relevant legislation for community buildings (e.g. fire safety, health and safety, risk assessments, employment)
4. A tour and Q&A session by St. John’s Church Centre, Hartford
5. Fundraising for building improvements – where to look for funding and how to prepare a good quality grant application

Event details
• Monday 16th October 2017
• 10.00am-3.30pm
• St John’s Church Centre, School Lane, Hartford, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 1NP
• Lunch and refreshments provided
• This is a free event

Booking is essential

Any queries, contact Emily Allen on tel: 01928 718834 ext 268

Wednesday 18th October 2017 Myers-Briggs Workshop

They say variety is the spice of life, and this is reflected in the diverse personalities we encounter around us. The Myers-Briggs model can help us identify our own personality preferences (bearing in mind that how we express these remains our choice) and appreciate our particular gift of personality. It can also enhance our understanding and ability to communicate with those different from ourselves, so that we work and worship together more harmoniously. 

All clergy, Readers and Pastoral Workers would benefit from taking part in a Myers-Briggs Workshop.

Julia McGuinness is a Reader in Ellesmere Port Team Parish. Since qualifying as a Myers-Briggs Practitioner since 1997, she has led numerous workshops in the Dioceses of Southwell & Nottingham and Chester.  Her book, Growing Spiritually through the Myers-Briggs Model (SPCK), was published in 2008.

Event Details

  • Wednesday, 18 October 2017; 10am to 3.30pm

  • Venue: Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE

  • Booking is essential; to book, click on this link to Eventbrite
    Closing date for bookings: Monday, 18 September 2017

  • Refreshments and a light lunch are provided; please advise dietary or other requirements at time of booking

  • If you need more information,  contact Jane Hood by email
    or phone 01928 718834 ext 257

  • There is no charge for this workshop

Saturday 21st October 2017 10:00AGM of The Readers' SocietyChurchill Building, Queen’s Park Campus, University of Chester

Follow this link for AGM papers
14:15Reader Licensing Service2.15pm Chester Cathedral.

Nine new Readers will be admitted and licensed by Bishop Peter. The preacher is the Revd Simon Chesters, Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Liverpool.

All are welcome at the service.