Church House staffing

Church House has closed until further notice. A skeleton staff at Church House will continue to carry out urgent and essential functions and all contact details for staff at Church House and those working remotely can be found here.

Church of England to become radically different

Archbishops call for Church of England to become radically different as public worship put on hold to help stem spread of coronavirus. The archbishops said it was necessary to put public services on hold.

Diocesan Synod cancelled

Saturday's Diocesan Synod has been cancelled due to the developing Coronavirus situation. The decision was communicated by the Diocesan Secretary in consultation with the bishop and the Chairs of the Houses of Laity and Clergy.

Parishes to take urgent continuity planning

The Archdeacons of Macclesfield and Chester are requesting parishes to take urgent action to put into place the necessary steps to plan for further development of the Coronavirus situation.

Students offer prayer for appointment process

Students from Sir Thomas Boteler C of E High School have written prayers for all involved with appointing the next Bishop of Chester. The CNC is due to meet on Monday and Tuesday to interview candidates.

Updated guidance in relation to Common Cup

The archbishops have written to all clergy to inform them that updated guidance has been issued in relation to the suspension of the Common Cup in response to Coronavirus Covid-19.

Safeguarding "due regard", what does it mean?

The Church of England has issued a note to explain what "due regard" means in relation to safeguarding policy. It is a legal duty of clergy, readers, lay workers, churchwardens and PCC's to have "due regard" to safeguarding guidance.

The everyday faith of the MU in our diocese

This week, Wendy Sykes marks the first anniversary of her three-year term as local Mothers’ Union President. She leads the 72 branches in our diocese which are supporting our communities, especially families and those who are lonely. 

New Director of Studies for Pastoral Workers

The Revd Jenny Bridgman has this week taken up her role as Director of Studies for Pastoral Workers in the Diocese of Chester. Jenny will be familiar to many in the diocese from her previous role as Assistant Director of Ordinands.

Ash Wednesday in Crewe

Revd Catherine Cleghorn, a curate of three churches in Crewe, St Andrew's, All Saints and St Peter's, ventures out onto the streets of the town to offer 'Ashes To Go' to people on Ash Wednesday.

Church House closed on Thursday 27 February

Church House will be closed to all visitors on Thursday 27 February. All Church House staff are taking part in a training day at Foxhill. We're sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

40 small steps and prayers to protect creation

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the CofE's Lent campaign, a set of 40 daily reflections, actions and prayers. #LiveLent 2020 is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book, Saying Yes to Life, by Dr Ruth Valerio.

How are you observing Lent this year?

As Christians, Lent and the Easter story are at the heart of our faith. But the way in which we observe this important festival varies depending on your church tradition and orthodoxy. Here are a few things happening around the diocese.

Bishop urges abuse survivors to come forward

The Bishop of Birkenhead is urging anyone with information regarding church-related abuse to report it. The request comes as an independent review of safeguarding files gets underway in the diocese.

General Synod round up

Following the meeting in February 2020 of the General Synod, the national assembly of the Church of England here is a round-up of what was discussed and voted on. The news is taken from the national media office. 

Guidance for parishes on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs division has published advice to parishes on practical steps to reduce the risk of infection from Coronavirus (COVID-19).

General Synod: Apology for racism

The General Synod voted today to apologise for racism experienced by black and minority ethnic people in the Church of England since the arrival of the Windrush generation.

CNC holds its first meeting

The Crown Nominations Commission has held its first meeting. The CNC is made up of six elected members from the diocese, six members of the General Synod, and the two archbishops.

How do you live out your faith day-to-day?

As Christians, we are called to live out our faith through our words, deeds and actions. Two Christians in our diocese share their thoughts on how they live out their faith day-to-day.

Reflection: What is God’s plan for you today?

The Archdeacon of Chester, Mike Gilbertson, reflects on the importance of living out our faith every day of the week, as we go about our own business. This was first published in February's CDN.

Bishop statement on quarantined Brits

The Bishop of Birkenhead, Keith Sinclair, has issued a short statement ahead of the arrival of 83 Britons from China to Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, where they will be quarantined for two weeks.

Bishop announces details of safeguarding review

The Bishop of Birkenhead has announced details of Past Case Review 2 (PCR2), a new national past case review into the handling of safeguarding files in the Church.  

Passion returns to Chester this Easter

The outdoor production of Chester City Passion, is once again going to be performed in Chester after a three year break. A huge turnout is predicted on the day of the performance, which takes place on Good Friday, 10 April 2020.

Young People’s Poetry Competition

Chester Cathedral’s Poet-in-Residence has announced the Cathedral’s very first Young People’s Poetry Competition, which is open to 16-25 year olds. Poems are to be based on the Cathedral’s 2020 theme of ‘Journeys’.

Called to Serve

Come along and explore your potential vocation at this special event on 25 January 2020. What is God calling you to be and do with your life? Find out by booking on to Called to Serve.

Praying for the diocese

Bishop Keith Sinclair has begun the New Year with an invitation to all in the Diocese of Chester to join him in prayer, for the diocese, the CNC, and the person God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chester.

Meet the new Head of Counselling Services

The counselling service is available to everyone in the Diocese of Chester via a team of dedicated counsellors, led by the recently appointed Head of Counselling Services, the Revd Peter MacKriell.

100s of Christmas gifts donated to prisoners

After 14 months, Journey into Light the exhibition has come to an end, but the journey continues for many who are feeling brokenhearted and lost in our prisons and communities. 

Malpas family make one of world’s largest Christingles

Two young siblings from Malpas in Cheshire have made one of the largest Christingles in existence for their local church service to raise money for The Children’s Society.  

Bishop Stephen Cottrell to be the next Archbishop of York

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell as the next Archbishop of York, Downing Street has announced.

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