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Chester Diocese
June 2018

Friday 1st June 2018 The Big Church Day Out We hope you can join us in June at this exciting event which is coming to our Diocese again this year.
The Big Church Day Out draws together tens of thousands of Christians from all over the UK and Europe to worship and celebrate all that is good. It’s a one-of-a-kind expression of church unity that’s as vibrant and varied as its wonderful guests. Whatever your age, denomination or musical taste, you are welcome to join us for two days of discovery and enjoyment you’ll never forget.  We will be camping together in a Diocese ‘space’ especially allocated for us.

The Big Church Day Out is like one huge playground, bursting with activities and fun for all ages. From the Big Church Kids tent and fun-filled fête to the relaxing Tea Tent nestled in the beautiful gardens, you’re sure to find your favorite spot and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Saturday 2nd June 2018 The Big Church Day Out We hope you can join us in June at this exciting event which is coming to our Diocese again this year.
The Big Church Day Out draws together tens of thousands of Christians from all over the UK and Europe to worship and celebrate all that is good. It’s a one-of-a-kind expression of church unity that’s as vibrant and varied as its wonderful guests. Whatever your age, denomination or musical taste, you are welcome to join us for two days of discovery and enjoyment you’ll never forget.  We will be camping together in a Diocese ‘space’ especially allocated for us.

The Big Church Day Out is like one huge playground, bursting with activities and fun for all ages. From the Big Church Kids tent and fun-filled fête to the relaxing Tea Tent nestled in the beautiful gardens, you’re sure to find your favorite spot and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Monday 4th June 2018 13:30Let's Talk about Talking to New NeighboursThis session is open to all those who have built relationships (or hope to) with people of other faiths, refugees, migrants and asylum seekers or welcomed people of fresh cultures into their church community.

This event is to be held at Foxhill House and Woodlands, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6XB

The events are free to attend, and include tea and cake but places must be booked in advance via the Eventbrite link below. For more information please contact:
hannah.jones@chester.anglican.org Tel: 01928 718834 Ext 271

There will be 12 Let's Talk about events held though out the year. Find out more on link below.
Thursday 14th June 2018 10:00Explorers programme: in-kind supportPart of the Explorers Programme by the Diocese of Chester: providing the opportunity to visit and hear from churches that have managed a church building project or ongoing work to realise the potential of the building to enhance mission and ministry.

An opportunity to visit All Hallows Church, Cheadle and hear about how you can change your church without it costing you a penny. The morning will explore how All Hallows Church have gained support from links with local communities, groups and the local authority to support and promote the work of the church. The event will lead by Janet Tysoe, Community Development Worker for All Hallows and will include:
- Explore ways of obtaining goods and services free of charge
- Gain helpful tips and guidance about bringing others into your church building
- Top tips on fundraising

This event has been organised by the Diocese of Chester. The morning will also include finding out about support available for Anglican churches from the central team at Church House.

Booking is essential. To book, click on the link at the base of this page

Key information

Date- Thursday 14th June 2018

Time- 10am-12pm (refreshments available from 9.30am)

Location- All Hallows Church, 222 Councillor Lane, Cheadle. SK8 2JG. Website: www.allhallows-church.org.uk

Parking- Church car park at the back of the church; space for 30 cars. Additional parking available on local side streets


Tuesday 19th June 2018 10:00Safeguarding TrainingSafeguarding training (level C1 & C2 combined) for parish safeguarding co-ordinators and volunteers
Saturday 23rd June 2018 09:30Baptism Matters! The Diocesan Mission Team would love to invite anyone involved in baptism and anyone passionate about mission and growth to come and join us for a day exploring baptism.
Each week 2,200 families have a child under 12 baptised in the Church of England. This is an incredible mission opportunity to make contact with families and their guests, sharing the meaning of baptism and why it is just the beginning of an amazing journey. The Church of England Archbishops’ Council commissioned extensive research to help find out why families choose to have their children baptised, and why they might choose not to. The research focused on baptisms of children under 12 and offered a basis on which new resources could be developed to help churches:
· Attract more people to come to the Church for baptism
· Build understanding of what the Church of England provides
· Build understanding within the Church about what families think about baptism in today’s culture
· Care so much that when do people do come, they want to come back
Baptism is where we welcome a child into the family of God’s people, and rejoice in God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ. Ministry around baptism is also explicitly about church growth and at the beginning of every baptism service these words are said: “In baptism the Lord is adding to our number…” The research and resources aim to help churches deliver exactly that. This training day presents a major opportunity for the Diocese of Chester to engage with the research and resources emerging from this significant work commissioned by the Archbishops' Council. Revd. Lyn Weston, Diocesan Missioner and Jonathan Masters, Younger Generations Missioner are delighted to be joined by Revd. Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Projects and Development for the Archbishops' Council, who heads up the national agenda around baptism, funerals and weddings. Sandra has been a Parish Priest, a Diocesan Children's Advisor, following a career in marketing and research.
During the day, delegates will be provided with both the teaching and the space to discover:
· What really matters to families
· Why godparents are central,
· The importance of welcome
· Practical ideas and understanding
We hope and pray everyone will leave with new or refreshed confidence.

As with all Diocesan Mission Training, this Baptism Matters day will be funded by the Diocesan Board of Finance, with refreshments provided. Please could we ask each of you to bring your own packed lunch.

We very much look forward to seeing you there!
Tuesday 26th June 2018 19:00Digital Giving Evening

The Mission Team would like to invite you to an evening event for Parish Giving Officers and others who have an interest in developing digital giving in the parish. We are living in an increasingly cashless society and new forms of giving are growing fast. This is particularly true amongst younger givers, but many older givers give through digital giving portals too.

Although regular giving is the bedrock of support for most churches, one-off donations are a very useful additional supplement to this. Enabling people to make a one off donation online, by mobile phone or by card can really increase the amount your church can raise for the mission of the local church and specific appeals. Led by Eleanor Stead and Esther Stewart from the Church of England’s National Stewardship Team, we will be exploring the world of digital giving. During the first part of the evening Eleanor and Esther will:

  • Introduce the Digital Giving scene and explain what Digital Giving is
  • Introduce us to various donation platforms
  • Talk about Text Giving and Crowd Funding

The second part of the evening will take the form of a Card Reader Workshop when Eleanor and Esther will: Introduce us to Card Readers Talk about the Church of England’s Card Reader Trials Introduce and demonstrate Card Readers that are available through the Parish Buying Service.

Explore how card readers can be used in your church There will also be an opportunity to practice using a card reader and download the card reader app so please do bring your mobile phone.

We expect this evening will be well attended so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Thursday 28th June 2018 10:00Joyful Apologetics:

Articulating Christian Freedom, Peace and Desire What are we to make of the ‘New Atheism’ and of those hugely popular 21st century books which argue that Christianity is not just wrong but intolerable, and which seek to marginalize and silence Christian voices in the public square?

Joyful Apologetics is a one-day course which argues that, if we are to respond effectively to this contemporary wave of thought and emotion, we need to begin by listening to it and taking it seriously. In other words, before we speak, we need to learn why it is that so many people feel that Christianity offers a joyless and futile life – constricted, inauthentic, immoral, dangerous, hostile to human flourishing. This course is for licensed ministers, both lay and ordained. We shall ask what makes the New Atheism plausible and appealing in our society, and we shall spend time together considering how to respond – by articulating and communicating, effectively and confidently, the freedom, peace, joy, fulfilment which we find in following Christ. In this task, we shall draw from the riches of the Bible and we shall learn from a range of examples in Christian history. There will be plenty of opportunities to develop ideas and discuss options in small group work throughout the day. The day is led by the Revd Dr Joe Kennedy, and is a sequel to his CME day entitled ‘Rethinking Apologetics’ which ran in June and November 2017. It is also accessible as a stand-alone course if you were unable to attend the first day. Joe Kennedy is Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College, where he teaches both apologetics and missiology. In addition, Joe is Vicar of Oxton St Saviour in Birkenhead. Before coming to Oxton seven years ago, Joe was Principal of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and Dean and Fellow of Selywn College in the University of Cambridge. Venue: Foxhill House and Woodland, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA6 6XB Refreshments and lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this event. To book your place, click on the link below or contact Jane Hood jane.hood@chester.anglican.org tel: 01928 718834 ext 257


Saturday 30th June 2018 12:30Whitegate Village Fair

Whitegate traditional village fair is being held as usual on the village green, school and playground on 30th June, from 12.30pm. This year we are holding the 63rd consecutive event in our village but we have moved the date to the end of June as our usual date was chosen by Prince Harry and Megan Markle for their wedding day. We hope this will mean that the weather is perfect and more child-centred games can be held including soak the teacher, hook a duck and spin to win. There will be the opportunity to have your face painted as a character for the afternoon and your hair braided as these are always popular.



The maypole dancing will be on the green and here the ribbons will be woven into an intricate pattern around the decorated pole. This year the King and Queen leading the parade will be Jake Blockley and Katie Wilkinson this is a colourful spectacle with many of the children from the school taking an active part in these traditional ceremonies.  Some new and traditional games will be set out for children of every age to try and there will be a raffle with many valuable prizes.  Raffle tickets will be available on the day or in advance from a committee member.



The various stalls will be packed full of toys, games, plants, bric-a-brac, books, cakes and other produce. Delicious teas will be available in the new school hall and also in the refurbished Mews during the afternoon. Homemade cakes, scones, biscuits and a variety of sandwiches will be served with tea, coffee and soft drinks, come and see our new facilities as well as the colourful and traditional fair.  Look out for the Strawberries and Prosecco area as this is new to the fair for this year.



 St. Mary’s Church will be open for a selection of fun summer songs for you to enjoy. It will be a most enjoyable and colourful event so come along and join us for the afternoon. All proceeds contribute to the upkeep of St Mary’s Church and the village school. Our thanks to the headmistress and staff of Whitegate school for permission to use their new hall and grounds to enlarge the fair this year. If you require any other information please contact Carole Sweet on 01606883257 or by email,  c.m.sweet@outlook.com  or from other members of the committee and our church website.