Pray for our ordinands

A total of 12 men and women will be ordained priest at Chester Cathedral on Saturday 18 June. Please hold them in your prayers as they embark on their ministry in the Church.

Church House Blog: Do less churchyard maintenance!

Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop, looks at how church yards could be more biodiverse by doing less maintenance and general upkeep to allow wild grasses and flowers to flourish naturally.

Creation Comes to Church Lawton

The sound of busy knitting needles has been heard all over Church Lawton and the surrounding area.  It's all been part of All Saints' Church’s “Creation Community Festival”, to be hosted in July.

Was the Clergy Gathering a success?

Clergy have returned back to their parishes after a four-day conference at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire at which they enjoyed activities and networking in the spring sunshine.

Bishop Mark kicks off Clergy Gathering

The Bishop of Chester has kicked off the Clergy Gathering 2022 by welcoming clergy and leading them in worship and Bible study focusing on teaching around Mark 1:14-18.

Serving God by serving Ice Cream

When Jo Rodman first began thinking about her calling to God, little did she know that it would lead her down a path that would result in her setting up an Ice Cream shop in Poynton called 'Just-Ice'

Church of England national funding to increase 30%

The Church of England has announced plans for a significant increase in funding for the next three years to support God’s mission and ministry across the country, supporting local parishes and growing many more new worshipping communities.

Cathedral awaits delivery of Pilgrim Porch

Chester Cathedral is expected to take delivery of its new Pilgrim Porch and nave platform furniture in the next couple of weeks. The Dean of Chester has described bronze and stainless-steel porch as a "thing of beauty".

Final preparations for Clergy Gathering

Clergy from the Diocese of Chester will gather in Derbyshire from Monday for a four-day conference. A booklet can be downloaded containing workshop, seminar and live stream details.

Director of Development to begin in June

Harriet Roberts has been appointed as the new Director of Development. The new role, funded by the National Church, has been created to help build a new vision and strategic direction for the diocese. 

Living in Love and Faith course experiences

The Diocese of Chester has had a wide engagement with the Living in Love and Faith process. We asked some people who attended the course what they thought of it. You can see the video here.

Dance music worship

The Revd Simon Stride, a curate at Holy Trinity, Stalybridge, believes that dance music is a great way to spread the word of God and to attract the younger generations into church. Recently he organised an EDM worship event.

Easter Sunday proposal

On Easter Sunday there was one last special announcement to be made at St Michael & All Angels Church in Middlewich before people left the All Age Service. The Director of Music and Family Worker had one last egg to present to his partner of two years.

Married priests take on Director job share

Married, ordained couple, Lucy and David Brewster have been appointed to the role of Director-Designate of Foxhill. They will take up the job share in September, with Lucy titled Director-Designate and David as Chaplain.

Five ways to get involved with TKC

With Thy Kingdom Come just around the corner here are five ways your family and church can be involved this year. Thy Kingdom Come runs between Ascension and Pentecost, beginning on 26 May.

How the Clergy Gathering will be COVID secure

The planning team behind this year's Clergy Gathering is making final preparations, including steps to ensure the event is COVID secure and guests feel comfortable.

70 years of remarkable service

On Easter Day, Heather Braddock and her church family joined together in celebrating her 70 years of continual service to the choir of Christ Church, Woodford.

Last chance to contribute to LLF consultation

The Living in Love and Faith process is coming to the end of the consultation stage on 30 April 2022. You have until this date to engage with the resources on the LLF learning hub and fill in the survey.

New arrival at Church House

Ruth Laemmel has joined the team at Church House where she has begun her dual role as Executive Assistant to the Diocesan Secretary and Pastoral Reorganisation Adviser.

Smiles all round at Family Fun Day

Our Family Fun Day, which took place on 09 April at Foxhill, Frodsham, was a great success, due in no small part to the great activities on offer and also because the event was blessed with glorious sunshine.

How to secure funding for essential day-to-day costs

Join expert speakers Gill Jolly, from the Directory of Social Change, and Andrew Evans, from Philanthropy Company who will share tips on securing funding for essential day-to-day costs

How one parish is waging peace on Putin

Congregations in the parish of Stockton Heath are waging peace on Putin by sending letters directly to him at the Kremlin in an act of "love" in a show of support for the people of Ukraine.

What does resurrection look like?

Writing to the diocese, Bishop Mark reflects on the resurrection of Jesus and the hope that it grants us, saying: "This gospel hope resounds even over the echoes of war and the weeping of pandemic."

City Passion play returns to Chester

Following years of postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chester City Passion is set to return to the historic streets of Chester on Good Friday.

Ukraine: How can we help?

In Holy Week we think about wrong-doing and forgiveness, death and life perhaps more than at any other time in the Christian calendar and for many the situation in Ukraine is prompting many to want to help.

New deputy lead bishop for safeguarding

The Bishop of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty, has been appointed a deputy lead bishop for safeguarding with a focus on survivor engagement. She takes over from the Bishop of Southampton, Debbie Sellin.

Melanesian Mission Covid appeal

As we in the UK begin to come out of the pandemic, our brothers and sisters in Melanesia are facing their first wave of COVID-19, with limited resources. MMUK is raising funds to send to the Anglican Church of Melanesia.

Cheshire student wins Cranmer Award

Young parishioner, Brendan Ritchie, from St Michael and All Angels, Middlewich has won the senior category in the national Cranmer Awards recently at Hampton Court Palace.

Lay Conference success

Over 200 people attended the diocesan Lay Conference at the Hayes Conference Centre where delegates heard from guests speakers and offered each other encouragement on how to live out our faith every day of the week.

Random acts of kindness

Pupils from Dawpool Primary School, Thurstaston were out and about on the streets of their village last week to share random acts of kindness to local residents. It's all part of the Archbishop of York's Young Leader Award.

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