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DDO, Magdalen Smith, takes up new role
The Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Revd Magdalen Smith, is to leave the Diocese of Chester to take up a national Church role.
Open DDO, Magdalen Smith, takes up new role

Mental Health Day focuses on social media and young people
Around 100 delegates gathered to discuss mental health issues. The day had a particular focus on the mental health of young people. 
Open Mental Health Day focuses on social media and young people

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".
Open New guidance for gender transition services is published

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.
Open Bishop Libby: "It diminishes God to diminish women"

Bishop Peter announces his retirement
"It has been a huge privilege to serve in this Diocese." The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, has announced that he will be retiring from his role on Monday 30 September 2019, after more than 22 years in the post.
Open Bishop Peter announces his retirement

Growing a congregation in the gym
A local vicar has turned to the gym to get fit and has found a new “frontline” for her ministry in the process. Having joined and quit gyms in the past, this time she has felt at home and is able to share her faith with others too.
Open Growing a congregation in the gym

Continuing a centuries-old tradition
On Mothering Sunday, the Choir of St Saviour's Church, Oxton, visited its 'mother' church - Holy Cross, at Woodchurch. Visiting the mother church on Mothering Sunday is a centuries-old tradition
Open Continuing a centuries-old tradition

A Hundred Years On
Ahead of Remembrance Day, Archdeacon Mike Gilbertson reflects on the lasting impact of the 'war to end all wars'.
Open A Hundred Years On

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.
Open A Taste of Harvest

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.
Open Are you Called to Serve?

Terms of lessons learnt review announced
The Terms of Reference and Chair of the independent lessons learnt review into the former Bishop of Chester, Victor Whitsey, have been announced by the National Safeguarding Team.
Open Terms of lessons learnt review announced

YEC inspires leaders to reach young people
150 youth leaders gathered together on Saturday 23 March in Preston to network, learn and worship together. The Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) exists to inspire and equip leaders to reach young people.
Open YEC inspires leaders to reach young people

Restoring lives broken by divorce
"If you know the pain of divorce and betrayal, then God can still use you.” Married couple Mark and Helen Tomlinson have put their experiences of divorce to good use, by helping others going through separation and divorce.
Open Restoring lives broken by divorce

A diocese remembers
As Remembrance Day approaches, we round up some of the activities taking place in the diocese to remember the fallen.
Open A diocese remembers

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.
Open Wilfred Owen remembered in Birkenhead

Volunteers needed at Creamfields
Applications to volunteer with the We are the Church team at Creamfields are now open. Around 80,000 people travel to Daresbury each year to enjoy the latest in electronic dance music from around the world at Creamfields.
Open Volunteers needed at Creamfields

Creation Celebration at Chester Zoo
People from parishes across the Diocese gathered at Chester Zoo on 05 June to give praise, celebrate creation and to think about the preservation of our world. The event was free and began with a visit to the sunken garden.
Open Creation Celebration at Chester Zoo

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.
Open Church's work to support local communities revealed

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.
Open Newly-elected Diocesan Synod meets

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.
Open The Beautiful Game strengthens interfaith friendship in Birkenhead

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.
Open Course for people who work with children and young people open

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.
Open Free to what? Bishop Libby kick-starts season of conversation

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. 
Open Christmas cathedral attendance figures break records - again

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.
Open School's new prayer garden is opened by Archdeacon

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.
Open School leaders gather together for conference

"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.
Open "Living away from their children is the hardest thing to take"

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.
Open News from the Congo

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.
Open Bishop Peter calls for "peace on earth" in support of Christian Aid

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.
Open St John's, Hartford, offering church weddings without the expense

Flying high for the angels
On 26 June, the Revd Heather Atkinson will be straying well outside of her comfort zone by taking on a zip-wire challenge in North Wales, in a bid to save the nineteenth-century wall paintings at St James', New Brighton.
Open Flying high for the angels

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