Diocesan podcast now on additional platforms

Chester Box is the new podcast from the Diocese of Chester. Launched in the middle of the lockdown, it is a place for Christians in Cheshire and the surrounding areas to talk about Jesus, God, faith, and ministry.

Bishop Mark to chair board of new college

The Anglican Bishops in the North West have welcomed the appointment of the Revd Dr Michael Leyden as the first Dean of Emmanuel Theological College, and Bishop Mark as the proposed chair of the board of trustees.

Goal for 188 churches to share sermon

A Church Army Captain is hoping that 188 churches will make his video sermon a part of their service in support of the Church Army's 1882 Challenge, which aims to raise £82,000 for marginalised communities across the UK and Ireland.

Battle of Britain Day - today

The Revd Dr Joe Kennedy, has created a video service to commemorate the Battle of Britain, eighty years since the Battle of Britain – the air battle in the summer of 1940 which proved to be one of the great turning points in the War.

Cathedral pays tribute to Christian martyrs

Chester Cathedral has re-dedicated one of its chapels to commemorate the lives of Christian martyrs. In recognition of the link between the Diocese of Chester and the Anglican Church of Melanesia, an icon has been installed.

Learning about holiday food and activities

Transforming Lives Together are holding online conversations about food provision to children during school holidays. Whether you currently provide holiday food or not, join the conversation to learn more and support others.

Provision for online APCMs

In a letter to all parishes, the Diocesan Secretary writes that Annual Parochial Church Meetings can now be held online up to the 31 October in order to improve safety and accessibility of annual parish meetings in this emergency period.

Duchess chooses Bunbury photo for exhibition

Kate Middleton has chosen a photograph, taken within a church in Bunbury to form part of a national exhibition by the national portrait gallery. Just 100 photos were chosen from over 30000 entrants.

Public worship can continue

Following the announcement of the new 'rule of six' restrictions, the Church of England last night issued a brief statement confirming it had received reassurances from the Prime Minister that "public worship can continue."

New tool helps measure carbon footprint

More than 3,000 churches are using a tool created by the Church of England to understand their carbon footprint. The tool aims to help parishes measure their carbon output and energy use and provides pointers for improving efficiency.

Crozier service live

On the 20 September, Bishop Mark will begin his public ministry, a moment that in times of normality is symbolised by the bishop taking up the "cathedra". Dean Tim Stratford, explains the significance of the cathedra.

"Back up and running smoothly"

One Church of England High School re-opened on 07 September after a tumultuous summer. Its Head says her school’s focus on positive relationships has helped them to respond to the pandemic with strength and resilience.

A reflection from the Dean

Writing in this month's CDN, the Dean of Chester reflects on how recent events have impacted on us and looks ahead to key event at the Cathedral this autumn, including a welcome for Bishop Mark and our new ordinands.

September CDN is now available

The September edition of the Chester Diocesan News is now available online as a PDF. This edition includes an article from the Dean of Chester and a feature on Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School, Warrington.

Delaying re-opening of church buildings

In this guidance note, the archdeacons advise that parishes will need to pass an appropriate resolution to delay the re-opening of their church buildings for public worship beyond Sunday 6 September. Full details here.

I saw a sign

In this Church House Blog, a walk along a canal towpath for communications officer, Stephen Freeman, leaves him with a painful memory and a lesson in how to see things from other people's perspective.

British Army recruits oldest female chaplain

The British Army has set a new record in recruiting the oldest female ever to take up the role of chaplain. Ailsa Whorton, currently a curate in our diocese will be commissioned as an officer in the British Army on 07 September.

Is your church seeking to install broadband?

Under certain circumstances, it will no longer be required for churches to seek faculty consent for a new telephone line for provision of broadband, provided a short process is followed, including consultation with the office of the DAC.

Tranforming Lives Together delivering food

Transforming Lives Together have been busy throughout the pandemic, providing hot meals and bags of food to people in the community. TLT has so far distributed over £15,000 (raised from different funders) to 19 churches.

New Director of Outreach

We are delighted to announce that Reverend Peter Froggatt has been appointed as the Director of Outreach. Peter is currently the Vicar of the benefice of Barnston and Pensby on Wirral.

£92million Culture Recovery Fund

The government has committed £1.57 billion to support thousands of arts and cultural organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is relevant to churches, cathedrals. The funding closes to applications on 17 August.

The August edition of the CDN is now available

The August edition of the Chester Diocesan News is now available online as a PDF. This edition includes Bishop Mark's confirmation, a reflection from Archdeacon of Chester, Mike Gilbertson and a list of online events.

Annual Parochial Church Meetings

In the Diocese of Chester the bishop has made special provision extending the time for holding annual meetings of parishioners to choose churchwardens and annual parochial church meetings (APCMs) to 31 October 2020.

In the Company of Jesus

Archdeacon of Chester, Mike Gilbertson, looks at how these times have made people tired and how it is important to take time to rest in all of its dimensions. Jesus still offers us the rest and refreshment that comes from being closer to him.

The C Number

In this Church House Blog, Stephen Freeman, Design and Communications Officer, with a basic knowledge of maths, wonders how Christianity passes from one person to another.

Confirmation of election of Bishop Mark video

The video of the confirmation of the election of Bishop Mark Tanner is now available to view. The footage of the service has been edited to include a signer, for those who are hard of hearing.

"Nearly there!"

The latest sonnet from the Revd Alec Brown, Rural Dean of Great Budworth, and poet in his spare time. If you enjoy poetry, there is an active poetry group in the diocese that meets to discuss and share poetry.

Bishop Mark is interviewed by BBC Radio

Following the confirmation of election service earlier in the week (15 July), Bishop Mark Tanner was interviewed by the BBC for the first time in his official role as the Bishop of Chester.

Banns of marriage

The Diocesan Registrar, Lisa Moncur, has prepared an update to information about reading wedding banns at Sunday services. There are also details about the fee for a common licence.

Providing food for the community

Since lockdown began, Holy Trinity Church Blacon, Chester have been a principle member of Blacon Action Team, which is a collaboration of different local organisations and agencies, providing food for those who are in need.

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