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Readers and Pastoral Workers Gather at Community Days

Pastoral Workers and Readers from across the Diocese of Chester gathered together earlier this month, as part of two community days for licensed lay ministers, which included over 70 Readers and over 50 Pastoral Workers.

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Parish Nursing

Parish Nursing enables local churches to offer help and advice in a nursing context, to people during their visits to church or community centre. We visit St Saviours Church in Stockport to see Parish Nursing in action.

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What does fundraising look like?

For Revd Hannah Hupfield, fundraising has looked like... spending every single night in October sleeping in a cold, damp, and draughty tent in her back garden, but in her own words, "I loved every minute of it".

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Church of England awards £9 million to help parishes

The Church of England has awarded £9 million to dioceses for repairs and specialist advice to parishes, with the Diocese of Chester to receive £123,750.

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Pastoral Supervision – Places available

Described by one of our own Clergy as, “The most helpful thing for me in ministry”, Pastoral Supervision is available for clergy who want to gain insight and space for reflection in a relaxed and informal context. To experience how this might benefit you, there’s a 1-day course on 30 November.

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Lucy Moore to speak at Growing Faith Conference

Lucy Moore, creator of Messy Church, and Head of the Growing Faith Foundation will be the keynote speaker at our Growing Faith Conference on 02 December 2023, open to anyone interested in developing and growing the faith of children and young people.

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BBC visits St Mary's, Stockport

BBC Radio Manchester presenter, Mike Sweeney spoke with Revd Chris Blunt (pictured) when he visited Stockport to take in the sights and sounds of the town's market and adjacent church, St Mary's.

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Cathedral to host unique debating forum

Chester Cathedral will launch a debate forum this October to create a space where big topics affecting our local, national, and global communities such as climate change, free speech, the distribution of wealth, and issues of race and gender can be discussed, explored, and learnt about in a central space in Chester.  

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Revd Dan Harris chairs international exhibition

The Moorman Library, celebrated it’s 50th year, in Rome with an exhibition titled ‘ Sharing  Treasures and Inpiration in the Anglican Centre, Rome. It was attended by Anglicans from around the world including the Archbishop of Canterbury and our own, Revd Dan Harris. 

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Richard Walker to take up new ordained discernment role and Cathedral post

The Bishop of Chester is delighted to announce that in the new year the Reverend Richard Walker will be taking up the new post of Bishop’s Adviser for Diocesan Discernment of Ordained Ministry,  and Residentiary Canon Diocesan at Chester Cathedral.

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House of Bishops agrees to commend Prayers of Love and Faith

The Church of England’s House of Bishops has agreed in principle that prayers asking for God’s blessing for same-sex couples – known as Prayers of Love and Faith – should be commended for use.

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Church Chats

Christ Church in Higher Bebington is helping people who are struggling with mental illness, to talk through their issues with professional therapists, who visit the church on a weekly basis. It's all part of a new venture called 'Church Chats'.

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Licensing of Pastoral Workers and Readers

Eight Pastoral Workers and four Readers were licensed at a special service at Chester Cathedral on Saturday 07 October. The service was led by the Bishop of Chester, Mark Tanner. The service can be viewed on the Chester Cathedral YouTube channel

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The Light House Church Opens

After years of development, from the idea to the final completion of the building, the Lighthouse Church in Heswall was officially opened on 05 October 2023. The building sits on the same ground of the previous Church of the Good Shepherd and has been completely reimagined to better serve the community.

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Waterways Chaplaincy

John Phillips is a Churchwarden at St James Church, Ince, and also a Waterways Chaplain on the stretch of canal between the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum and Chester. He describes it as a very rewarding role, but what does it actually involve?

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New role for Revd Jenny Bridgman

On Monday, 25 September 25, at a service at Church House, Bishop Sam licensed Revd Jenny Bridgman to a new role as Bishop’s Adviser for Curate Development and Clergy Transitions.

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What is an Ecumenical Officer?

Reverend Beverley Jameson is the Vicar at St Mary's, Lymm. She also has a secondary role as the Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of Chester, but what does that involve?

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Parish and town councils can provide support to churches

Legislation clarifying that parish and town councils can provide support to churches for repairs and improvements has cleared its final stages in the House of Lords.

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Admission of Children to Holy Communion before Confirmation

Arrangements for the Admission of Children to Holy Communion before Confirmation were revised at Diocesan Synod in March this year.. A new information pack has been published, which provides full details of the new arrangments, including background information.

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Digital Giving devices on their way to Parishes

Fifty free contactless donation devices are being handed over to parishes across the diocese, enabling them to accept donations via a contactless card machine that can automatically process donations through the swipe of a bank card.

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Cranmer Awards - Local Heat

On Saturday, 0 4November at 2pm St Mary’s Nantwich will host the Chester Diocesan Archbishop Cranmer Awards for young people. This is a reading competition open to young people from all backgrounds and faiths aged 11 – 18, split into Juniors and Seniors (11 – 14 and 15 – 18). 

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Celebrating Self-Supporting Ordained Ministry

As part of the Anniversary Celebrations, marking 60 years of Self-Supporting Ordained Ministry, a National Service of Thanksgiving was held at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 9 September 2023.

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Room booking available on A Church Near You

There's new update for A Church Near You that works with users of The Church Organiser, a free tool provided by The Church of England to manage your room bookings. The update enables churches to display a bookings page on their ANCY website.

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Bishop Mark commissions the new interim Archdeacons

On 12th September, Bishop Mark commissioned Lesley Currie and Jane Proudfoot as Assistant Archdeacons for Macclesfield Archdeaconry.  Mark chats with them about their roles in a short video filmed in the garden of Bishop's House.

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A Man's Faith in Airbus

Andy Liston has worked at Airbus for 34 years and is also training to become a Pastoral Worker. As part of the course, Andy wanted to explore the idea of bringing his faith into his workplace at the Airbus factory in Broughton and the project has really taken off.

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Casting the Net Wide - Report

Casting the Net Wide was a 12-month process of learning and discovery across the diocese, to enable us to form a vision and strategy that will provide us with a clear way forward in our mission and ministry. This report explains the process and what we discovered along the way.

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Diversity Service: Who is the stranger? 30 September

We invite you to this year's Diversity Service in the Chester Cathedral on 30th September at 4.15. The service will focus on who is the stranger - the hospitality of Christ. The service will be led by Bishop Julie and guest speaker Revd Dr Anderson Jeremiah.

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Wirral Waters

It’s been just over three months since Debbie Wilkinson was appointed to the new role as Mission Lead for the huge development project called Wirral Waters, in Birkenhead.  We visit Debbie to find out more.

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Chester Cathedral Heritage Discovery Day

Chester Cathedral’s popular Heritage Discovery Day explores the Tudors in Chester’s most iconic historic church and grounds.  Join the Cathedral’s very own heritage team – the Works Department on Saturday 9 September to explore Chester Cathedral in this free event. 

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Foundations for Ministry

The Foundations for Ministry course helps people to understand how to hear where God is leading them. Helen Kershaw, a retired nurse, discovered that God was asking her to put her people skills to great use by continuing to be a Churchwarden, instead of the route she had envisaged before starting the course.

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