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Bishop Libby to be confirmed as Bishop of Derby on 11 February
Bishop Libby will be confirmed as the Bishop of Derby on the 11 February. This service of Confirmation of Election will take place at St Mary-le Bow, Cheapside.
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Step Forward 2019
The next Step Forward event is to be held at Bishopthorpe Palace York, on Saturday 2 March 2019. This is a day for anyone aged 18 to 30 considering ordained ministry.
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Not Blue Monday
We want your stories to show a positive alternative to the negative press that the third Monday of January is the gloomiest of the year.
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Come and celebrate the different abilities of all
Chester Cathedral will host a special service to celebrate the abilities of all people. Organised by the diocesan Disability Forum, the service is designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible.
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Following God's call to transform communities through exercise
A community park, built to remember a child, had fallen into disrepair. Beth Hayward decided to use her role as "vicar's wife" to find out why and transformed her community in the process.
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New year hopefulness
Writing for the CDN magazine, the Dean of Chester, Tim Stratford, reflects on a new year, its uncertainties and a common hope.
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St John's, Hartford, offering church weddings without the expense
St John’s Church is launching its Grand Wedding initiative to encourage couples to tie the knot without the huge expense.
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Bishop Libby Lane named as the next Bishop of Derby
Bishop Libby will be the next Bishop of Derby, Downing Street has announced. She is currently the Bishop of Stockport, a post she has occupied since 2015.
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Christian and up for a party. How to act at your work's Christmas bash
Ruth Bull reflects on how a work's Christmas party can be an unexpected opportunity to show what it means to be Christian.
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New guidance for gender transition services is published
Guidance for parishes planning services to help transgender people mark their transition has been published by the Church of England. However, some in the Church have expressed their "concern".
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Bishop Peter: "Jesus is, quite literally, God’s Christmas Present to us''
Bishop Peter reflects on the Christmas story and invites us all to be "taken by surprise, by the eternal, mysterious surprise and wonder of God’s love."
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Bishop Libby: "It diminishes God to diminish women"
Bishop Libby Lane and Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen have held an open dialogue about women's rights and the experiences they share as faith leaders.
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A Church Near You receives an upgrade for Christmas
The church-finder website, AChurchNearYou.com, which already receives around 10 million page views a year, has been upgraded with a range of new features. 
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Bishop Peter calls for "peace on earth" in support of Christian Aid
The Bishop of Chester is inviting churchgoers and those in the wider community to help build ‘peace on earth’ this Christmas.
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News from the Congo
The latest newsletter from the Aru and Boga dioceses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including the latest on the spread of Ebola in the region.
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"Living away from their children is the hardest thing to take"
Lisa Davies, Managing Chaplain at a women's prison in the heart of Cheshire, paints a picture of what Christmas looks like for those behind bars in our diocese.
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School leaders gather together for conference
Over 80 school leaders from the Diocese of Chester gathered together for the annual Church School and Senior Leader Conference.
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School's new prayer garden is opened by Archdeacon
The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop, has opened a new prayer garden at Wincle Church of England Primary School.
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Christmas cathedral attendance figures break records - again
Attendance at Christmas services in England’s cathedrals has broken records for the second year running, statistics published by the Church of England have shown. 
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Free to what? Bishop Libby kick-starts season of conversation
Bishop Libby has started a season of conversation about women's rights to mark the centenary year of women winning the right to vote and stand for election in the UK.
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Course for people who work with children and young people open
A brand new "transformational" course for people who work with children and young people is open for applications until Friday 30 November.
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The Beautiful Game strengthens interfaith friendship in Birkenhead
Two faith leaders in Birkenhead took part in an interfaith football match on Friday 16 November as part of Inter Faith Week 2018.
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Newly-elected Diocesan Synod meets
The newly elected Diocesan Synod was formally welcomed by Bishop Peter on Saturday 10 November at St John's Church, Knutsford.
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Church's work to support local communities revealed
More than 33,000 social action projects are run or supported by churches, according to figures from the Church of England.
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Wilfred Owen remembered in Birkenhead
Jackie Harness, a Reader at Christ Church, shares her passion for Wilfred Owen in the week he is remembered in Birkenhead.
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A diocese remembers
As Remembrance Day approaches, we round up some of the activities taking place in the diocese to remember the fallen.
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Are you Called to Serve?
Two people give their perspectives on Called To Serve, a diocesan-run day to help you explore God's call on your life.
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The Dean urges churches to ring bells for Armistice
Chester Cathedral will respond to the Government's invitation for church bells to ring out at 12.30pm on the 11 November.
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A Taste of Harvest
St John’s Church, Hartford has been giving local children the opportunity to think afresh about the things we take for granted in our day-to-day lives.
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A Hundred Years On
Ahead of Remembrance Day, Archdeacon Mike Gilbertson reflects on the lasting impact of the 'war to end all wars'.
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