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Bishops Sam and Julie grilled by Archdeacons
Bishop Sam Corley and Bishop Julie Conalty have each had their Welcome Services in the last week. They were asked some very searching and personal questions by the Archdeacons who gave no quarter in their grillings.
Open Bishops Sam and Julie  grilled by Archdeacons

Church bells to ring ahead of COP26
Churches across the country are planning to ring their bells on the eve of COP26. Churches will join in the Ring Out for Climate initiative at 18:00 for 30 minutes on Saturday 30 October.
Open Church bells to ring ahead of COP26

Clergy Gathering speaker confirmed
The planning team behind next year's Clergy Gathering has confirmed the name of one of its key note speakers. The conference will take place between 16 and 19 of May 2022 at Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire.
Open Clergy Gathering speaker confirmed

Net zero Sunday Service
Parishes are invited to hold a net zero service between now and the 7th November. Resources are available to help parishes measure the carbon footprint of their services, including travel emissions, heating, lighting and electricity.
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Woodchurch receives Green Flag Award
Holy Cross Woodchurch Churchyard has achieved the Green Flag Award. The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces. Holy Cross Churchyard is one of 2127 award-winning green spaces.
Open Woodchurch receives Green Flag Award

General Synod election results 2021
The voting and subsequent counting of the votes for the General Synod election for the Diocese of Chester has now been completed. The counting of votes took place on the afternoon of 13 October 2021.
Open General Synod election results  2021

Lay licensing service 2021
On Saturday 9th October Bishop Mark admitted and licensed twelve lay people at Chester Cathedral. Seven readers and one pastoral worker were also there, as were eighteen readers and four pastoral workers who became emeritus.
Open Lay licensing service 2021

Chester Diocesan News out now
The October edition of the Chester Diocesan News is now available. Revd Canon Lameck Mutete talks about 'Black lives matter' and introduces the 'Global Images of Christ' exhibition at Chester Cathedral.
Open Chester Diocesan News out now

Racial Justice Commission members announced
The Archbishops have announced the names of the 11 Commission Members who have been appointed to the Racial Justice Commission, joining Lord Boateng whose Chairmanship of the Commission was announced in July.
Open Racial Justice Commission members announced

Equal access to church buildings
A new Church of England guide for parishes, to help them consider how to ensure their building is welcoming to all, has recently been published. Find out more and get in touch for further support.
Open Equal access to church buildings

Watch the lay licensing online
12 men and women will be licensed into lay ministry on Saturday at 2.30pm. Bishop Mark will lead the service which will be available to watch online. Please continue to pray for the new Readers, Pastoral Workers, and Lay Pioneers.
Open Watch the lay licensing online

Church service to commemorate Guide Dogs
A special service was held at St James’ Church, New Brighton, on Sunday 03 October, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Britain’s first Guide Dogs. Members of the Guide Dogs Association were also present.
Open Church service to commemorate Guide Dogs

Camino to COP walkers
Camino to COP is a pilgrimage for climate justice, which began in London and will finish in Glasgow on 31 October. We met the walkers in Hartford as they passed through our diocese.
Open Camino to COP walkers

New safeguarding team member
During the summer, Sean Augustin joined the safeguarding team at Church House as an Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser helping and supporting our Parish Safeguarding Officers (PSOs).
Open New safeguarding team member

Camino to COP walkers
A multi-faith group walking from London to Glasgow to raise awareness of climate crisis are about to arrive in our diocese where they will be explaining more about their walk and COP26.
Open Camino to COP walkers

Stolen church pathway repaired
On 16 August St Mary's Lymm had their pathway stolen. Since then, the church has had lots of support from the local community and Warrington Borough Council. The path is now fully restored.
Open Stolen church pathway repaired

Global Images of Christ opens
The opening of Global Images of Christ, the ground-breaking exhibition, has been well received at a special launch event at Chester Cathedral. The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 25 September until the end of October.
Open Global Images of Christ opens

Helping to restore broken lives
A course called Restoring Lives will support those impacted by separation or divorce. Run by Mark and Helen Tomlinson from St Mary's, Cheadle, they say the need to get alongside people "is as great as it has ever been".
Open Helping to restore broken lives

CDN to discontinue
The Chester Diocesan News is to discontinue at the end of 2021. The final edition will be the 2021 December edition. The CDN features stories from parishes and publicises upcoming events and initiatives from Church House officers.
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Clergy Gathering themes announced
The planning team for the Clergy Gathering 2022 have announced that the conference will focus on Mark 1:14-18 and will be titled: "Recasting the Net". Hundreds of clergy are expected to attend in May 2022 at Swanwick, Derbyshire.
Open Clergy Gathering themes announced

One million downloads for Daily Prayer podcast
Hundreds of thousands of people have rediscovered the ancient monastic cycle of daily prayer through a Church of England podcast which has received more than a million downloads in just six months.
Open One million downloads for Daily Prayer podcast

Marking Safeguarding Sunday
The Bishop of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty, is encouraging churches in the Diocese of Chester to mark Safeguarding Sunday and says: "We need to talk more about safeguarding," and address our "past failures".
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Pray for our new lay ministers
Please pray for the 12 men and women who are due to be licensed into lay ministry roles at Chester Cathedral on 9 October 2021. Pray for them, their new ministries, and for the parishes in which they will serve. 
Open Pray for our new lay ministers

An invitation to welcome Julie and Sam
All are invited to two special Welcome Services for the new Bishops of Birkenhead and Stockport, to praise, pray and offer thanks for the ministry of Julie and Sam as they begin their ministry amongst us.
Open An invitation to welcome Julie and Sam

Service for Emmanuel Theological College
A bright new dawn broke on Saturday as representatives from Church of England dioceses across the North West gathered together for a celebration service to launch the region’s newest theological college.
Open Service for Emmanuel Theological College

Teaching Day: Global Images of Christ
A teaching day to help us all think through the issues of race and ethnicity as they affect the Church today. Speakers include Revd Cham Kaur-Mann, Revd Shemil Matthew, and Revd Calvin Samuel.
Open Teaching Day: Global Images of Christ

General Synod elections 2021
The General Synod elections are currently underway. The diocese is required to elect four representatives in each of the two electoral areas to the House of Laity and six Proctors in Convocation.
Open General Synod elections 2021

Chester registers for Eco-Diocese
The Diocese of Chester has registered its intent to work towards Eco-Diocese status. To achieve bronze, silver, and gold status, the diocese must fulfill certain activities as part of the A Rocha environmental scheme.
Open Chester registers for Eco-Diocese

Global Images of Christ
A landmark exhibition of over 40 works of art, sculpture, and images will challenge perceptions of how Jesus Christ and other people of faith are depicted. The exhibition opens at Chester Cathedral on 25 September.
Open Global Images of Christ

Disability Awareness Day - 12 September
Our Engagement and Inclusion Officer Reverend Vanessa Layfield reminds us that Deaf and disabled people are an essential part of the Church. We celebrate the day with a video service which you can view online.
Open Disability Awareness Day - 12 September

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