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18 people ordained deacon at Chester Cathedral
A Consultant Physician, a former drug user, and a former primary school teacher are three of the 18 individuals that were ordained as a deacon in the Church of England on Sunday 22 July.
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New CEO of Chester Diocesan Academies Trust
Mr Neil Dixon has been appointed as the new CEO of CDAT with effect from 1st May 2019. Neil comes into the role with a wealth of experience in Education, working in the primary phase for nearly 25 years.
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New funding for church work with kids
Allchurches Trust has launched a new grants programme – Growing Lives – aimed at helping churches and Christian organisations throughout the UK and Ireland to connect with children and young people.
Open New funding for church work with kids

People come together to explore their calling
60 people gathered for Called to Serve, an annual vocation discernment event, at which attendees explored God's call to a particular ministry, both lay and ordained.
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Free first aid mental health courses for churches
Cheshire-based charity, Chapter, is offering free mental health first aid courses to churches and faith organisations across West Cheshire.
Open Free first aid mental health courses for churches

Archbishops ask Christians to join in prayer
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have published a letter in which they ask all Christians in every worshipping community to join them in prayer as part of Thy Kingdom Come.
Open Archbishops ask Christians to join in prayer

A warm welcome for Wirral’s rough sleepers
A church-led night shelter will provide food and accommodation for 12 rough sleepers in Wirral. Organised by Wirral Churches’ Ark Project, the 12 guests will enjoy a warm meal, welcome and bed every night for eight weeks.
Open A warm welcome for Wirral’s rough sleepers

Children raise money at Cathedral Christingle
Children from 22 schools across Cheshire have raised £3,500 following a special Christingle service at Chester Cathedral. The event marked the 50th anniversary of Christingle and was attended by Bishop Libby Lane.
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Wanted: Passionate individuals for DBE Board
"If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you." The Board of Education is seeking new members to sit on its Board and standing committees and shape the strategic purpose of schools and academies within the Diocese.
Open Wanted: Passionate individuals for DBE Board

Churches to hold Brexit tea and prayer drop-ins
The Church of England has called for communities to join together in conversation and prayer. Churches will be encouraged to host informal café-style meetings over the weekend of 30 March.
Open Churches to hold Brexit tea and prayer drop-ins

Church awarded birthday development grant
St Peter's Church, Macclesfield, has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) grant of up to £121,500 towards the repairs of the church building – just in time to mark 170 years since the completion of the building in 1849.
Open Church awarded birthday development grant

Poem for Women's World Day of Prayer
Nikki Bennett, Poet in Residence at Chester Cathedral has written a poem to celebrate Women's World Day of Prayer. She is a great believer in poetry as a way of highlighting women’s issues.
Open Poem for Women's World Day of Prayer

Church launches Persian Holy Communion service
The Church of England has launched a Persian language translation of Holy Communion to help growing numbers of Iranians in congregations who are learning English.
Open Church launches Persian Holy Communion service

Cathedral seeks Independent Lay Chair
Chester Cathedral is seeking the services of an Independent Lay Chair for its Cathedral Safeguarding Advisory Panel (CSAP) which will set the strategic direction for its ongoing safeguarding work.
Open Cathedral seeks Independent Lay Chair

Well-known Christian becomes High Sheriff
Well known Cheshire Christian and successful businessman, Mark Mitchell, has been appointed High Sheriff of Cheshire, a secular post dating back over 1100 years. Mark Mitchell becomes the 606th High Sheriff of Cheshire.
Open Well-known Christian becomes High Sheriff

The Singing Kettle celebrates its first birthday
The Singing Kettle in Stretton, is a place where you can chat to others, make new friends and most importantly, sing-a-long to some great tunes - all served up with some tea and cake.
Open The Singing Kettle celebrates its first birthday

Pray for brothers and sisters in DRC
News has been received by the Diocese of Chester indicating further unrest in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ven Jean Bagada, Diocesan Secretary for Boga, has asked for continued prayers for our brothers and sisters.
Open Pray for brothers and sisters in DRC

Chester church to celebrate 150th year
A much loved Chester church will be celebrating an impressive anniversary on Sunday 16 June. The Parish Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Chester will be celebrating its 150th year since the laying of its Foundation Stone.
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Appointing the next Bishop of Chester
The process for choosing the next Bishop of Chester has begun. The Vacancy in See Committee, the group responsible for holding the initial discussions, held its first meeting on Monday 01 July.
Open Appointing the next Bishop of Chester

Even more features for A Church Near You
The Church of England has released a series of new features on A Church Near You. Churches using the site will now be able to embed videos, add biographies for clergy and use the site as a Benefice website.
Open Even more features for A Church Near You

Hundreds attend leavers' service at Chester Cathedral
Hundreds of primary school children attended a Year Six Leavers' Service at Chester Cathedral on Tuesday 09 July. as they began the transition from primary to high school.
Open Hundreds attend leavers' service at Chester Cathedral

Bishop Peter bids farewell to the diocese
Hundreds of well-wishers journeyed to Chester Cathedral from across the Diocese of Chester on Saturday 20 July to mark Bishop Peter Forster’s long ministry as the Bishop of Chester.
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Whaley Bridge: Statement from Bishop Peter
Bishop Peter issues a statement in support of the residents of Whaley Bridge and remembers those who have been evacuated and all those who are working to resolve the situation.
Open Whaley Bridge: Statement from Bishop Peter

Everyday Faith: Revd Dr Jenny McKay
“It’s important that as Christians we’re confident and bold enough to share our faith every day of the week." The Revd Dr Jenny McKay shares a little of her story of ministering in the workplace.
Open Everyday Faith: Revd Dr Jenny McKay

Foxhill marks 50 years
Foxhill hosted a celebration event to mark its 50th anniversary on the 19 and 21 July. People who have been closely involved in the ministry at Foxhill were invited to attend.
Open Foxhill marks 50 years

Christians more likely to say climate should be top priority for PM
Christians are more likely than the general public to believe that climate change should be a top priority for the next Prime Minister, a new survey has revealed.
Open Christians more likely to say climate should be top priority for PM

Grappenhall's bells ring out again
The wait is finally over for a band of bell ringers in Grappenhall who have returned to ringing after a hiatus of seven months in order to remove old bells and cast and install new ones.
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Archdeacon praises community of Crewe
The Archdeacon of Macclesfield has praised the community in Crewe following the fire at Beechmere care home in August. Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke he described the response as "wonderful” and "precious".
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CCTV installed to protect church against vandalism
A local resident and business owner in Lymm has donated CCTV cameras to St Mary’s Church after learning of reported vandalism and damage to the building.  
Open CCTV installed to protect church against vandalism

A prayer for those affected by flooding
A prayer for those affected by flooding, particularly the residents of Whaley Bridge who have been evacuated from the town because of damage to the dam at Toddbrook Reservoir.
Open A prayer for those affected by flooding

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