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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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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 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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Celebrating 50 years of women Readers
This year marks 50 years since the first women were licensed as Readers in the Church of England. To celebrate, the Diocese of Chester is hosting a special service and afternoon tea at Foxhill House and Woodlands on Sunday 28 July.
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100-year-old parishioner reads lesson
A church-goer marked her 100th birthday last month and to celebrate provided the Bible reading for her church. By the wonders of modern technology, Mary Beck read and recorded the lesson from her care home in Poynton.
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Hope and light Northwich
Bishop Keith Sinclair, church and civic leaders, and congregations and residents of Northwich will gather on Saturday to pray for the town and those who live and work there.
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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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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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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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Could your church help Fill the Gap during the holidays?
A free resource is available to help parishes who want to provide "food and fun" to children in the school holidays
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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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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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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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Church opens Cheshire Show
"The Church at the Show" will play an important part of the Show once more this year.
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A focus on helping children and families
The Connect Conference, held at Foxhill on 22 March, brought together people from across the Diocese to share and discuss the different ways to connect with children and families.
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Fifty gather to explore calling
Our annual Called to Serve event recently brought together more than 50 people wanting to find out more about the four licensed ministries that Chester Diocese offers: Pastoral Worker, Reader, Church Army and Ordained Ministry.
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Diocesan Youth, Children and Families Missioner
Jonathan Masters has been appointed as the new Diocesan Youth, Children and Families Missioner from February 2017.
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Diocesan Board of Education Reformed
The Diocesan Board of Education (DBE), which oversees local developments and supports schools on a day to day basis, has been reformed into a smaller strategic group of 11 members. This new group, drawn from Diocesan Synod members and external appointments, came into force on 1st January 2017.
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Holy Trinity Blacon gets funding
Holy Trinity Blacon’s Community Outreach Project has received a boost with three years’ funding from The Morgan Foundation for one of the project’s two Community Outreach Workers.
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YBible at Thurstaston and Irby
On Advent Sunday the congregations of St Bartholomew, Thurstaston and St Chad’s, Irby were all given a copy of 52 thoughts and encouraged to use them, one a week throughout this Church year.
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Chester team heads to Durham for mission
Twenty five Bishops and their teams from the northern half of The Church of England will be heading to the Diocese of Durham for a weekend of mission called ‘Talking Jesus’ from 2nd - 5th March.
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Poetry Competition
Manchester Cathedral has announced its 2017 Poetry Competition with a First Prize of £450. Poems submitted should be broadly religious or ‘spiritual’ in nature and have appeal to those who would not necessarily describe themselves as ‘religious’.
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Cathedral Dead Sea Scroll Exhibition Opens
From February 1st until November 10th 2017, Chester Cathedral Library is hosting an exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the first discoveries of Dead Sea Scrolls.
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A Heart 4 Refugees
A Heart 4 Refugees is the response to the refugee crisis as expressed by Anne Egan and Penny Faux, two artists from Bath. The exhibition is at St John the Baptist Great Meols. This is the first time the exhibition has been on display in the North.
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Neston Parish Church YBible Exhibition
The exhibition will be from Monday 22nd May until Friday 26th May. It will be aimed at key stage two children.
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New Dean of Blackburn
The Collation, Induction and Installation of the new Dean of Blackburn took place on Saturday 25th March at Blackburn Cathedral.
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New church Director of Education appointed
Mr Chris Penn has been appointed as the new Director of Education for the Diocese of Chester. Chris is currently the Headteacher at Heswall St Peter CE Primary. He will lead an Education Department which supports the 116 Church of England Schools across the Diocese of Chester.
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Holy Land pilgrimage update
More than 100 people from Chester Diocese are currently on pilgrimage in the Holy Land. Please keep the pilgrims in your prayers. Below are some images sent by George Lane who is part of the group.
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Bishop’s party lands in the Congo
Bishop Keith and six travellers from the Diocese of Chester are currently visiting our link Diocese of Aru and Boga in the Democratic republic of Congo.
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Congo team visit Bunia
The visit to Bunia has gone very well, with the team feeling hugely blessed and humbled by the faith.
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