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Bishop Peter's Easter Day 2018 Sermon
Easter day 1 April 2018
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Chester Diocese Congo building
We have received pictures of the new hall complex that has recently been completed in the Diocese of Aru.
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Arts and Faith Network
The Arts and Faith Network is producing a list of artists who are prepared to offer their services to local churches.
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New Communications Director joins the Diocese
Jim Butterworth has been appointed as our new Director of Communications.
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Scheme to fund listed building repairs - could your church benefit?
Churches in the Diocese of Chester could benefit from a Government-funded programme to repair and enhance England’s listed places of worship.
Open Scheme to fund listed building repairs - could your church benefit?

Fruit that lasts
Nearly 30,000 serving ministers, both lay and ordained, are being encouraged to hold at least one conversation a month about vocation with someone different from themselves, in a campaign unveiled by the Church of England.
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Invitation to the Cathedral
Installation of The Ven Tim Stratford as Dean of Chester Cathedral
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650 members of Macclesfield churches sign petition on climate
Churches working together as Hope in North East Cheshire, petition Government to bring forward the date by which they plan to have net zero emissions of greenhouse gases.
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Ordinations
Nineteen deacons will be ordained priest on Saturday 2 June
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Archbishop celebrates 150 years of St Mary’s Upton
The Archbishop of York Dr. John Sentamu joined the congregation and local community of St Mary’s Church, Upton to celebrate 150 years of the church building, to bless the recently completed extension and to commission the congregation for their ministry to those around them.
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Becky Hurst: Conversation Cafe, St Andrew's, Crewe
Four churches in Crewe are benefitting from the work of a Community Development Worker who is identifying new ways to serve the local community.
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2019 Church Architecture Awards
Has your church opened a new extension, completed a re-ordering scheme or undergone a major repair or conservation project? If so, you can enter it for the 2019 Church Architecture Awards.
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Repair fund helps cathedral prepare for WW1 commemorations
A national scheme to conserve and repair England’s cathedrals awarded Chester Cathedral £800k between 2014-2018.
Open Repair fund helps cathedral prepare for WW1 commemorations

New Dean of Chester Cathedral announced
The new Dean of Chester is to be the Venerable Dr Tim Stratford a highly experienced and respected priest, who is a published author and has strong connections to the North West.
Open New Dean of Chester Cathedral announced

Free tickets for Chester Cathedral Thy Kingdom Come event
Chester Cathedral is to host a special Beacon Event service to mark the final day of Thy Kingdom Come, the ecumenical prayer movement.
Open Free tickets for Chester Cathedral Thy Kingdom Come event

Diocesan Synod Elections 2018
We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people, clergy and laity, to be members of Diocesan Synod for the next three year term which begins on 1 August 2018.
Open Diocesan Synod Elections 2018

Harvest of Hygiene focuses on personal products
St Saviour’s Church, Stockport has held a harvest festival with a difference by collecting hygiene products instead of food.
Open Harvest of Hygiene focuses on personal products

Edgeley Church, Stockport, brings the community together
St Matthew’s Church, Grenville Street, Edgeley, brought the whole community together over the weekend of 23 September, as it celebrated its tenth Community Open Day. 
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Melanesian Brothers Arrive In The Diocese
We are delighted that two members of the Melanesian Brotherhood are currently visiting the UK and will be spending time in the Diocese of Chester.
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Cheadle church helps those facing divorce
St Mary's in Cheadle is running its Restored Lives course again. The course is both practical and supportive and is for anyone impacted by the end of a serious relationship whether separated, facing a divorce, or already divorced.
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All churches offered contactless payment trial
All churches in the Diocese of Chester are being offered the opportunity to trial a contactless payment system, free of charge. Churches will need to register with Parish Buying in order to take part.
Open All churches offered contactless payment trial

Funding made available to parishes for armistice art installation
Churches and schools have until 16 July to apply for fully funded grants to purchase transparent ‘silhouettes’ of military figures, as part of a nation-wide art installation to remember the fallen of the First World War.
Open Funding made available to parishes for armistice art installation

Prayers for those affected by moorland fires
The Archdeacon of Macclesfield has asked that people remember in their prayers all those affected by the moorland fires.
Open Prayers for those affected by moorland fires

Church of England launches Armistice worship and prayer materials
The Church of England has launched new worship and prayer resources to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Open Church of England launches Armistice worship and prayer materials

How to say goodbye
Writing to the parishes of the Diocese of Chester, Bishop Libby pens a heartfelt goodbye: "It has been my privilege and pleasure to live, serve and work alongside you all these years: thank you."
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Rector goes running in support of five-year-old church goer
This harvest time, one church and its Rector in Lymm is not only giving thanks for food but raising awareness of a rare genetic disorder at the same time.
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Changes to safeguarding arrangements
A statement from Bishop Peter Forster regarding changes to the safeguarding arrangements in the Diocese of Chester. Bishop Peter has delegated responsibility for safeguarding to Bishop Keith Sinclair.
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St Philip’s Church, Kelsall, marks its 150th
The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, led a service of thanksgiving and celebration at St Philip’s Church, Kelsall, to mark the 150th anniversary of the church’s consecration. 
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Bishop Libby thanks Filling the Gap volunteers
On Monday 25th June, the Bishop of Stockport gave thanks to volunteers that are providing fun and food to children during the school holidays.
Open Bishop Libby thanks Filling the Gap volunteers

Adventuring with God
Young families from across the Diocese of Chester flocked to an Outdoor Adventure Day at Brereton Heath on 13 April. The Diocese partnered with a Christian based outdoor activities organisation, to welcome 55 people to the day.
Open Adventuring with God

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