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Costa del Holiday in Hoole

All Saints in Hoole are currently hosting all-inclusive break for older members of the Church Family and the local community. The event lasts from 17 – 19 August and is themed around a trip to the Caribbean and includes a variety of activities, games and excursions for people to enjoy during the 3-day experience.  


National survey seeks input from victims and survivors

There is just one month left to contribute to a vital national survey that is seeking to understand how victims and survivors would like to be involved in the development and implementation of a Church of England survivor engagement framework.


Bishop Julie joins call for ban on sexualised school uniforms

The Bishop of Birkenhead has signed a petition calling on the Government to make it illegal for school uniforms to be sold in sex shops and used as a costume in pornography. The petition was set up by students at Sandbach High School.


Lambeth Conference welcomes bishops from around the world

Bishops Mark, Julie, and Sam have joined their peers from across the Anglican Communion at the Lambeth Conference which runs from 26 July to 08 August. Please pray for all who are attending, the conversations they will have and the fellowship they will share.


Children leave with hope and joy

Hundreds of children received prayers and encouraging words for the next stage of their school journey. They congregated at Chester Cathedral for the traditional leavers' service which takes place as children move from primary to secondary school.


Bishop Julie thanks outgoing DSAP Chair

The Bishop of Birkenhead has thanked the outgoing DSAP Chair, David Hermitt, for his role in "establishing a better safeguarding culture" in the Diocese of Chester. David has resigned from the Chair after being co-opted to serve on General Synod.


Everyday Faith red hot roll-out continues

Around 40 people from parishes in the deaneries of Chadkirk, Stockport, and Mottram braved the heat at the latest Everyday Faith deanery event to learn more about how the local church can encourage people to live out their faith in everyday life.


Enabling all God’s people

Engagement and Inclusion Officer, Vanessa Layfield, invites you to come along to the 'Enabling all God’s People' service which takes place on 10 September at 2pm at St Michaels and All Angels, Bramhall. The service will be led by Bishop Julie.


Last call to submit 2021 data to The Energy Footprint Tool 

We are asking all parishes to urgently submit their returns for 2021 energy usage ahead of the 31st July 2022 deadline. After this date, the returns form will close until April 2023, when it will be reopened for submission of 2022 data.


Applications open for Foundations for Ministry

Foundations for Ministry is again open to anyone who would like to explore what their ministry might be. Director of Ministry, the Revd Simon Chesters, says the course is a good basis for lots of different people and prior academic knowledge is not necessary. 


The Journey weekend proves to be a hit

Young people from different parts of the diocese enjoyed being at Foxhill for The Journey, a weekend of activities and fun for young Christians. Expressions of interest for next year's weekend are open to youth and children's workers.


David Hermitt reflects on his time at General Synod

David Hermitt gave his maiden speech at General Synod in support of a proposal to change the makeup of the CNC that will decide the next Archbishop of Canterbury. David was "co-opted" to the House of Laity in response to the Archbishops' anti-racism report, From Lament to Action.


A book about preaching

The Revd Liz Shercliff is the Director of Studies for Readers. Her newly published book, 'The Present Preacher: Discerning God in the Now', is a practical, confidence-building guide for all who want to develop their preaching "by homing in on that which points to God in the now."


Stellar steps forward for Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is undertaking a significant step toward reducing its carbon footprint by installing roof-mounted solar panels on the ancient monastic building. The solar panels are one part of the Cathedral’s activity towards becoming net-zero carbon


Bob Pullan remembered by A Rocha

Christian environmental charity A Rocha has published an obituary for Upton Churchwarden Bob Pullan. Bob was one of the first chairs of the A Rocha trustees in 1983 when the organization was established.


Everyday Faith event gets thumbs up

The third of the Everyday Faith deanery events was given a big thumbs up by those attending in Prenton. Over 60 people from more than ten churches came along to learn more about how the local church can encourage people to live out their faith in everyday life.


End modern slavery at hand car washes

The Clewer Initiative aims to combat modern slavery. Their Safe Car Wash App, which has been downloaded 31,000 times, enables people to report concerns of possible exploitation of people working in unsafe, unfair, and controlling conditions.


Meet our new clergy

On Sunday 03 July 12 men and women were ordinand as deacons at Chester Cathedral. Please hold the newly ordained deacons in your prayers as they go forward to do God's work in our diocese.


Nominations open for National Church Awards

The first ever National Church Awards to celebrate churches and the people who use and look after them are now open for entries.  


Cranmer Awards open for entries

Young people aged 11 to 18 are invited to take part in this year's Cranmer Awards. The Cranmer Awards are an annual competition run by the Prayer Book Society to introduce young people to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.


Ministry hardship fund open to applicants

The Diocese of Chester has received a grant of £72,000 from the Archbishops’ Council as part of a nationwide scheme to assist clergy who are struggling with the cost of living crisis. Clergy can apply here.


'I assumed that was the national policy'

The journey to ordination has not been straightforward for retired judge, Tom Ryan, who describes how he had previously been told he was too old to train for ordination but was encouraged by others seeing in him the qualities he didn't necessarily see in himself.


'I’m starting to worry there might actually be a God'

Jayne Manfredi, who is due to be ordained at Chester Cathedral, has said a local toddler group in Crewe helped her find God. The mother of four children, who was raised an atheist, will be ordained on 03 July 2022.


Ordinands to become deacons on 03 July

Twelve ordinands will each be ordained as 'deacon' this coming Sunday in a service, led by Bishop Mark, at Chester Cathedral. Please hold in your prayers those to be ordained deacon. A live video stream of the event will be available


Readers Awarded Bachelor’s Degrees in Theology 

Four Readers from the Diocese of Chester have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. Deborah Rowlands, Belinda Priestley, Les Hutchinson, and Andrew Bradley-Gibbons each completed their degrees with Honours


A glorious day for the Ordination of Priests

On Saturday 18 June, 12 men and women were ordained as priests at Chester Cathedral. The sun was out in full splendour which made for some great photos of the ordinands in the Bishop's garden and after the service, outside of the cathedral.


One year on from ordination

It's been a year since we first filmed the Revd Jonny Frost shortly before he was about to be ordained deacon in July 2021. We caught up with him recently to see how he's been doing as Curate at Holy Trinity Church, Hurdsfield.


Refugee Week 20-26 June

Refugee Week is just a few days away, starting on the 20 June, and ending on Refugee Sunday, 26 June. With refugees and asylum seekers still in the headlines, this is an opportunity to join together in prayer and raise awareness of the needs of refugees. 


New Eco Church Officer for the North

Lucy Foster has joined Christian conservation charity, A Rocha UK, as their Eco Church officer for the North of England. Her appointment underscores A Rocha UK’s commitment to supporting Eco Churches.


Remembering the Falklands War

Churches around the country and parts of the Diocese of Chester will lead services to remember the Falklands War later this month, including at St Paul's, Sale which will be the venue of a civic service organised by Trafford Council.


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