Vocations Sunday is this Sunday

Vocations Sunday is fast approaching and this year the Diocesan Director of Vocations, Sarah Fenby, says she is most encouraged by the examples of the ways in which people and parishes are exploring God's calling.

Archbishop launches worship phone line

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed.

Archbishop to stream to pupils

On Thursday 30 April, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a message of hope to school pupils across the country in the first assembly at Oak National Academy, it was announced today.

Praying for our frontline workers

The Diocese of Chester want to support frontline workers with prayer and are asking for people to send us a little information that will help guide our prayer team in their thoughts and prayers for you.

Clubbing with Christianity

Currently an ordinand at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sale, Simon Stride's combined interests in theology and dance music have helped guide his spiritual direction through his adult life.

Church House Blog: Staying connected

In this Church House Blog, Jim Butterworth shares a selection of resources and training to help parishes get the most out of their new role keeping people connected in a society forced to be apart.

Learning to lament

The Revd Dr Steve Torr reflects on what it means to lament. He says that in recent years the practice "has been largely overlooked" but suggests now is the time to (re)introduce ourselves to it.

A safeguarding note from the NST

The National Safeguarding Team has issued further helpful advice and guidance for parishes. This follows on from conversations the NST has had with charities and other organisations during this challenging time.

Church House Blog: God is still calling

In this Church House blog, Jenny Bridgman looks at how the current Covid situation might shape our work across the diocese and how we can adapt and shape ourselves to what may lie ahead.

New guidance on closed church buildings

The Church of England's Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division has issued a revised version of its guidance on caring for closed church buildings, reflecting the decision of the government to extend the lockdown.

Domestic abuse incidents increase

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser has provided a list of support organisations for those concerned by domestic abuse and says the number of domestic incidents has "increased significantly".

Melanesia emergency fund launched

Melanesia Mission UK (MMUK) has today launched an emergency appeal following Cyclone Harold which has caused widespread destruction, killing people and damaging buildings and growing lands.

New coronavirus prayer resource from CofE

The Church of England has announced that its coronavirus prayers are now available as a booklet to order, or as a PDF to share digitally or print locally. Over the past four weeks, the prayers have been accessed widely.

TalkRadio ask about online worship

In a time of coronavirus, a number of our churches have embraced new technology and thrown themselves into live-streaming worship and prayer, and it is not going by unnoticed with the media.

Church House Blog: Parochial giving

In this Church House Blog, Martin Smith writes about the importance of encouraging church members to continue their giving during the coronavirus crisis and shares some tips for sustaining giving.

Virtual PCCs now permitted

The Church of England's legal team has issued new guidance that states it is now permissible to hold PCCs via Zoom or other "virtual means". This change in policy will help parishes with the continuity of key decisions and discussions. 

Support for vulnerable individuals

Local authorities across the Diocese of Chester are working in partnership to support individuals and households who may be vulnerable during this period of restricted travel and social distancing. 

Online St George's Day sing-along

This month the parish of St Matthew’s, Stretton, will host a Facebook party with a St George's Day theme to mark the second anniversary of its monthly ukulele sing-along, Singing Kettle.

Easter Week reflection from Archdeacon Ian

In Easter Week, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop offers a reflection and asks will we live in fear or embrace the new reality that is offered to us through Jesus Christ's resurrection.

Bishop Keith's Easter Day sermon

In his Easter Day sermon, Bishop Keith Sinclair reminds us that we are known to God by name and asks us to “listen out for his word of invitation to his new beginning” through Jesus Christ. 

Holy Saturday with Archdeacon Mike

Archdeacon of Chester, Mike Gilbertson, reflects on the "desperate" words of Psalm 142 and encourages us not to rush to Easter Day but to stop and "remember that the Bible speaks of every kind of human experience".

"Give thanks, and pray for those who can’t"

The Dean of Chester, Tim Stratford, used his Maundy Thursday sermon to highlight the differences the coronavirus was having on the rich and the poor and to call on all those in relative comfort to be thankful.

Domestic abuse and Covid-19

Domestic abuse may affect anyone at any time, but the isolation resulting from Covid-19 is particularly affecting victims of domestic abuse. On this page is advice and signposting to support, for you or someone you know.

Sing Resurrection

This coming Easter Sunday many believers will be connecting with their churches via livestream in their own homes, but a new initiative called Sing Resurrection aims to get them out of their houses for a few minutes.

Diocesan Maundy Thursday service 11am

The Diocesan Maundy Thursday service from Chester Cathedral will premier here at 11am. Bishop Keith is due to take part from home, and the Dean, Tim Stratford is due to preach. The service was recorded yesterday afternoon.

The Week That Changed the World

The Week That Changed the World, is an audio journey through Holy Week. You can listen via the web and people without internet access can listen over the phone by simply dialing in from home.

Bishop of Boga's message to the diocese

Bishop William Bahemuka, the Bishop of Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has shared a Holy Week video message with the Diocese of Chester in which he encourages us to trust in the Lord. 

Chester Mystery Plays go online

The renowned Chester Mystery Plays will be streamed on YouTube on Good Friday for the first time in its 700-year history. The live recordings will be broadcast at 10.30am and remain available online to view for eight weeks.

Fraud warning for Treasurers

The Diocesan Secretary, George Colville, has issued a warning to parishes to be on guard for people trying to take advantage of the current situation by fraudulently requesting payments from them.

Two Cheshire churches receive £15k grant

St Mary the Virgin Church, Bosley, and St Philip Church, Kelsall will both receive £15k grants from the National Churches Trust. The churches are two of 31 churches and chapels that will receive a share of £330,000.

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