Church responds to final IICSA report

The Church of England has responded to the publication of the final report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The Church of England was one of the first institutions to call for the Inquiry and a spokesperson for the Church says it is "taking its recommendations very seriously."

Gold Eco Church award for Christ Church, Higher Bebington

Christ Church, Higher Bebington has been celebrating becoming the first church in the diocese to receive a gold Eco Church award - the highest accolade possible in the award scheme from A Rocha, the Christian environmental organisation.

Planning for Christmas

The Christmas campaign theme for 2022 from the Church of England is 'Follow the Star - The Great Invitation'. Some resources have already been released with more promised and a webinar, which you can watch here, explains what's happening.

Christmas with A Church Near You

Many churches across the diocese are already registered with A Church Near You, the website that helps people to find a church in their area. For churches it’s a great way to put yourself on the map, literally, so that people know where you are, how to find you and who to contact, via phone or email.

Diversity Service at Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral held a Diversity Service on Sunday 16 October to welcome and celebrate those from diverse and minority communities from different races, sexuality, and physical and mental abilities.

'Divine Love' the topic of exploration for Interfaith Week

What is Divine Love, and how is it interpreted by the Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths? This question forms the basis of the 'Together in Love' event which event is being held on 14 November during Interfaith Week. All are welcome to attend.

£15 million to help churches with energy bills

The Church of England is to provide £15 million for dioceses to help churches struggling to pay energy costs. The Diocese of Chester is set to receive £299,000 to support parishes. Further details will be communicated shortly.

A great day for licensing people into lay ministry

It was a glorious sunny day on 08 October when 16 men and women were licensed into lay ministry roles at Chester Cathedral on 8 October 2022.  Please pray for them, as they begin their new ministries, and for the parishes in which they will serve.

New starter at Church House

This week, Deb Toole arrived at Church House to begin her role as P.A for the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop. She was previously a medical secretary at Halton and Warrington Hospital, where she worked for twenty-nine years.

National report on Church of England's second past cases review published

The Church of England has published its national Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) report, the purpose of which was to identify both good practice and institutional failings in relation to the handling of allegations of abuse. The Diocese of Chester has also published its Summary Report.

Ban school uniforms in sex shops and pornography

Bishop Julie has met with students from Sandbach High School who are campaigning to prevent the sexualisation of school uniforms by the porn industry and well-known retailers, who market such uniforms to an adult market in a way that degrades and undermines children.

'Amazing servants' celebrated in Wheelock

Christ Church, Wheelock recently gave thanks for the dedicated service of two members of its congregation. George Wood has recently marked 60 years as a Reader alongside his sister June who has been playing the church organ for 75 years. George's nephew Carleton will be licensed as a Reader on Saturday.

Casting the Net Wide

The Bishop of Chester is today launching the vision development process for the Diocese of Chester. The grassroots consultation aims to "cast the net wide" in order to capture the views of the widest number of people in our churches and communities to determine the vision and strategy for the future.

Churchwarden Julius Kililiku on life in the UK

As we mark Black History Month throughout October, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop, speaks to churchwarden Julius Kililiku about his role as churchwarden in Bidston and about how he came to the UK from Kenya.

Statement from the Bishop of Birkenhead

The Bishop of Birkenhead and the Lead Bishop for Safeguarding, Julie Conalty, has issued a statement following the sentencing of Richard Owens, a former choirmaster in the Diocese of Chester who pleaded guilty to non-recent sexual offences.

Pray for our new lay ministers

Please pray for the 16 men and women who are due to be licensed into lay ministry roles at Chester Cathedral on 8 October 2022. Pray for them, their new ministries, and for the parishes in which they will serve.

Farmers grow congregation at Cathedral

It was the National Harvest Service at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 25 September. The service was well-attended, not least because a number of farmers from across the diocese came together to give thanks to God and rejoice in the splendor that nature has provided them.

How church volunteers are helping, simply by listening

The Church House officers behind the Here to Listen project have told how they were prompted to act after hearing about a suicidal school child who had been told they could not access support for eight months. In November, the team behind the project will offer training to new church volunteers.

Church administrator's art exhibition launches in Ellesmere Port

Charmaine Maw, administrator at St Thomas & All Saints Church, Ellesmere Port is an artist who appeared on the television programme Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist, after one of her pieces of art was shortlisted for the Royal Academy exhibition.

What are 'subjugated knowledges' anyway?

Women’s Voices, the event that promotes theology from a women’s perspective, is now into its 8th year and is due to take place on 15 October. The event description has been catching the eye of would-be-attendees, particularly the phrase "subjugated knowledges", a term coined by French philosopher Michel Foucault.

National Harvest Service at Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral has been chosen as the venue for this year’s National Harvest service, which will be taking place this coming Sunday 25 September, and will include a farmers market. The National Harvest service is organised by ‘Love British Food’ and was first held in Westminster Abbey in 2013.

Introducing Julie Okundaye

Julie Okundaye is the new Chair of the diocesan Race and Ethnicity Forum. Here she speaks with Archdeacon Ian Bishop about the role on the eve of Black History Month, the event held in recognition of the contribution and achievements of those with African or Caribbean heritage.

Autumnal maintenance of church buildings

The summer is officially over, and we are now into autumn, a season that brings with it certain weather conditions and natural phenomena that can cause damage to church buildings. If left unchecked and unresolved, damage can become much more of an issue come winter, costing more money and time to fix.

Called to Serve confirmed for February 2023

The Director for Vocations in the Diocese of Chester has confirmed that Called to Serve, will go ahead on Saturday 04 February 2023. The flagship event will be held at Foxhill and is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to consider what it is God might be calling them to be and do.

Queen's Christian discipleship honoured at Everyday Faith deanery event

In the week when the nation mourns the passing of our monarch, the Everyday Faith team made some changes to its planned deanery event in Elworth to honour the example of Christian discipleship and everyday faith set by Queen Elizabeth. 

'I always went away afterwards feeling affirmed as a person'

The Revd Canon Ian Davenport, someone well known to the Diocese of Chester, reflects on being a chaplain to the Queen and what he says was “the greatest privilege" of his life. It's a role he held until her passing on 08 September 2022.

Proclamation ceremonies take place across the diocese

Ceremonies to proclaim the accession to the throne of King Charles III have taken place across the Diocese of Chester. From Sandbach to Stockport, Neston to Northwich, people came to hear the news and to hold the King and the Royal Family in prayer.

Cathedral to lead services of thanksgiving ahead of funeral

Services of thanksgiving at Chester Cathedral and other locations around the diocese will be held this week ahead of the state funeral for the late Queen on Monday 19 September. Parishes are encouraged to list their services on A Church Near You.

Parishes encouraged to list services of thanksgiving on ACNY

Parishes are encouraged to list services of thanksgiving for the late Queen on A Church Near You. It only takes a few moments to update your details and doing so will ensure anyone searching for details of a local service can easily find them.

Proclamation of the king

Click for a list of ceremonies taking place around the diocese at which Charles III will be proclaimed king. The Queen's funeral will take place on Monday 19 September. 2022.

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