DDO, Magdalen Smith, takes up new role

The Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Revd Magdalen Smith, is to leave the Diocese of Chester to take up a national Church role.

Licensing of Pastoral Workers and Readers

Six Pastoral Workers and sixteen Readers were licensed at a special Eucharist service at Chester Cathedral

"Thought-provoking" exhibition begins tour of the diocese

Following the successful launch at Chester Cathedral, Journey into Light will now travel around the diocese for 12 months.

#FollowTheStar: A Journey Through the 12 Days of Christmas

The Church of England has announced its Christmas campaign and resources for parishes, #FollowTheStar

Mothers' Union elects President from outside Britain

Mothers’ Union has made history this week in electing its first ever Worldwide President from outside the British Isles.

Ministry of Sport Day at Bishopthorpe

The Ministry of Sport is a Church of England initiative but churches of all denominations are part of this ministry which assists individuals and local churches to build on sport-related opportunities.

Harvest of Hygiene focuses on personal products

St Saviour’s Church, Stockport has held a harvest festival with a difference by collecting hygiene products instead of food.

Edgeley Church, Stockport, brings the community together

St Matthew’s Church, Grenville Street, Edgeley, brought the whole community together over the weekend of 23 September, as it celebrated its tenth Community Open Day. 

Journey into Light set to launch at Chester Cathedral

An exhibition of prisoner artwork will be launched at a special event at Chester Cathedral next week before travelling to different locations around the Diocese of Chester.

Archbishop announces retirement

Dr John Sentamu has announced that he will retire from his post as Archbishop of York on 7 June 2020, Trinity Sunday, 3 days prior to his 71st birthday.

Celebrating 20 years of FfM

Around 300 people gathered at Chester Cathedral on Sunday the 23 September to give thanks and celebrate 20 years of the Foundations for Ministry (FfM) course.

Foxhill chef marks 25 years in post

As Foxhill House and Woodlands prepares to celebrate its 50th year, this week one member of Foxhill staff is celebrating his 25th year working for the Christian retreat house.

Rector goes running in support of five-year-old church goer

This harvest time, one church and its Rector in Lymm is not only giving thanks for food but raising awareness of a rare genetic disorder at the same time.

Higher religious affiliation amongst hospital patients

A member of clergy in the Diocese of Chester has found that people are more likely to self-declare religious affiliation when receiving hospital treatment.

Church celebrates faithful service of Reader Michael Coupe

St George's Church, Heaviley, has held a service to celebrate and give thanks for lay Reader's 60 years of service.

Christian charity CARE appoints Churches and Development Manager

Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) has recently appointed Mike Chesterton to the role of Churches and Development Manager based in Manchester.

100 years to the day after he died, a parish remembers a local hero

The parish of Wettenhall remembered Corporal John George Rathbone in a special church service, held 100 years to the day after he lost his life in the First World War. 

Less than one month to go until the launch of prisoners’ art exhibition

The launch of a major exhibition of prisoner artwork will take place at Chester Cathedral on Monday 08 October and will go on public display on Tuesday 09 October. 

House of Bishops adopt international definition of antisemitism

The bishops of the Church of England have formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

Organisers cancel Big Church Day Out North

The organisers behind Big Church Day Out (BCDO) have announced that the BCDO North event "will be cancelled in 2019 and beyond" due to "financial uncertainty".

New Dean of Chester welcomed and installed at Chester Cathedral

The installation of the new Dean of Chester took place on Saturday 08 September at Chester Cathedral. Hundreds of well-wishers gathered to share in the historic occasion.

Synodical committee nominations now open

The process for nominating individuals to a synodical committee has opened. Three of the committees are open to all.

Chester Cathedral set to welcome new Dean

The new Dean of Chester, the Revd Dr Tim Stratford, will be installed at Chester Cathedral on Saturday at a special service of welcome.

650 members of Macclesfield churches sign petition on climate

Churches working together as Hope in North East Cheshire, petition Government to bring forward the date by which they plan to have net zero emissions of greenhouse gases.

Scheme to fund listed building repairs - could your church benefit?

Churches in the Diocese of Chester could benefit from a Government-funded programme to repair and enhance England’s listed places of worship.

Repair fund helps cathedral prepare for WW1 commemorations

A national scheme to conserve and repair England’s cathedrals awarded Chester Cathedral £800k between 2014-2018.

Church helps festival-goers enjoy their weekend at Creamfields

Festival-goers were helped through their weekend at Creamfields this bank holiday by a team of 45 volunteers.

Growing numbers of young people train as priests

Growing numbers of young people are seeking ordination to the priesthood, according to new figures.

18 people ordained deacon at Chester Cathedral

A Consultant Physician, a former drug user, and a former primary school teacher are three of the 18 individuals that were ordained as a deacon in the Church of England on Sunday 22 July.

Bishop of Birkenhead blesses RRS Sir David at Birkenhead launch

The Bishop of Birkenhead today led a service of prayer and blessing for the RRS Sir David Attenborough as she was launched into the River Mersey.

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