Please pray for our ordinands

As we approach the ordination services in the Diocese of Chester, please hold in your prayers all those who are to be ordained priests and deacons at Chester Cathedral on 19 June and 4 July, respectively.

Church buildings case study report

Bishop Mark has welcomed a case study report, published by Church House, featuring 14 parishes in the Diocese of Chester that have each redeveloped their church buildings and halls to support their local vision for mission.

Coronavirus restrictions Church statement

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the coronavirus restrictions, the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group, has published a comment in response.

Chester Diocesan News out now

The June edition of the Chester Diocesan News is now available. We introduce the next Bishops of Birkenhead and Stockport, the Venerable Julie Conalty and the Revd Canon Sam Corley.

Surivivors of abuse welcome Julie Conalty

Survivors of church-related abuse have welcomed the news that Julie Conalty is to be the next Bishop of Birkenhead describing her as “one of very few senior figures who recognise that corruption in the Church needs to be faced.”

Mayor welcomes Bishop-designate Sam

Christian and the new Mayor of Stockport, Adrian Nottingham, has warmly welcomed the Bishop-designate of Stockport and raised a glass to his ministry in the region during a visit to a family-run brewery.

New Diocesan Representative for the RSCM

The Revd Catherine Cleghorn, Vicar of St Peter's, Leighton cum Minshull Vernon and St Leonard's, Warmingham has been appointed as the new Diocesan Representative for the Royal School of Church Music.

Consecration of Churchyard extension

Bishop Mark has consecrated an extension to the graveyard at St. Peter's Church, Waverton. The sizable piece of land was generously donated by the Eaton Estate and will serve their needs for at least the next 100 years.

The diocese welcomes Julie and Sam

People from around the Diocese of Chester and beyond have welcomed the announcement that Julie Conalty and Sam Corley are to be our new bishops of Birkenhead and Stockport. They will be consecrated bishops in July.

Who is bishop-designate Sam Corley

A bit more background on the bishop-designate of Stockport, Sam Corley, including photographs and comments from him and others taken from the two-day mini-tour of the diocese this week.

Who is bishop-designate Julie Conalty?

A bit more background on the bishop-designate of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty, including photographs and comments from her and others taken from the two-day mini-tour of the diocese this week.

The next Bishops of Birkenhead and Stockport

The Venerable Julie Conalty, currently Archdeacon of Tonbridge, will be the next Bishop of Birkenhead, and the Revd Canon Sam Corley, currently Rector of Leeds Minster, will be the next Bishop of Stockport.

23 May TKC: Revd Hannah Hupfield

In this final video for Thy Kingdom Come 2021, the Revd Hannah Hupfield offers a prayer for us all as we mark Pentecost. Hannah is the Vicar of High Lane in the Diocese of Chester.

22 May TKC: Revd Jeremy Dussek

The Revd Jeremy Dussek asks God to help us to know that it is from God that human love and human touch comes, like everything else that is good and beautiful. The video is part of a series for Thy Kingdom Come.

21 May TKC: Revd Peter Froggatt

The Revd Peter Froggatt contributes a prayer video for Thy Kingdom Come. In it he asks God to give us today the things we need for today and save us from wanting more than our share.

The Mustard Seed Project

St Wilfrid’s Church, Grappenhall has commissioned a creative project in response to the Covid 19 pandemic. This project has now launched and is called The Mustard Seed, to respond to the theme of ‘faith from home’.

Youth Speak aims to shape future diocese

The diocese is seeking young people to contribute to shaping the future of the diocese. If you know of any young people who would like to be involved in growing and changing the church, do let them know about Youth Speak.

20 May TKC: Revd Gary Kennaugh

The Revd Gary Kennaugh is the vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Stalybridge. Schools, students, and those who have lost their jobs are among the people his parish is praying for as part of the 'Thy Kingdom Come' series of prayers. 

19 May TKC: Bishop Mark

Bishop Mark offers a prayer for Thy Kingdom Come in which he asks the Holy Spirit to help us to help others, especially those who have drifted from God, or who find it impossible to believe, or who are trapped by fear and guilt.

18 May TKC: Revd Cathy Helm

The Revd Cathy Helm asks God to change our hearts and for help in praying for others so that they can know Christ for themselves. Her prayer is part of a daily series of prayers in contribution to Thy Kingdom Come.

17 May TKC: Andy Glover

Andy Glover, Team Leader at HBC Chester, invites the Holy Spirit to fill those we pray for with a yearning for God. Andy's prayer is one in a series from people who are praying for our parishes as part of Thy Kingdom Come.

16 May TKC: John Hulse

John Hulse, Churchwarden of St Mary's, Astbury, reminds us that we are all sinners and asks God for forgiveness and mercy. John's prayer is one in a series from individuals across the diocese being shared as part of Thy Kingdom Come.

15 May TKC: Emily Allen

Emily Allen shares a prayer in which she invites God to fill our hearts with thanksgiving for all the blessings we receive in life. Individuals from around the diocese are sharing a prayer a day until 23 May as part of Thy Kingdom Come.

14 May TKC: Revd Dr Oliver Igwe

As we take part in Thy Kingdom Come, the Revd Dr Oliver Igwe and his daughter share a prayer in which they invite the Holy Spirit to give them the gift of story-telling and help those we pray for hear and be changed by our story.

13 May TKC: Rachel Hsuan

Rachel Hsuan from St Mary's Church, Upton, shares a short video to mark the beginning of Thy Kingdom Come. Individuals from parishes across our diocese are sharing daily prayers as part of the global prayer initiative.

Elections to the Diocesan Synod

The Diocesan Secretary, George Colville, says the process for elections to the Diocesan Synod is due to start with the issue of nomination papers to Deanery Synod members on 17 May. The deadline for returning them will be 11 June.

Register now for LLF taster days

Commending the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) materials, Bishop Mark asks everyone to engage in the process. Two taster days in June will offer people an overview of the LLF materials and help parishes hold conversations locally.

90 laps of the City Walls by 90 year old

The Reverend Canon John Stanley, OBE, who is 90 on 20 May has challenged himself to walk the City Walls of Chester 90 times by his birthday. He aims to complete his goal on Thursday 20 May 2021.

New guidance on contested heritage

The Church of England has published guidance for parishes and cathedrals to consider the history of their buildings and congregations and potentially address concerns over memorials with links to slavery and other contested heritage.

Bishop Mark pays homage to the Queen

The Bishop of Chester, Mark Tanner, has paid homage to the Queen, paving the way for his installation on 26 June at Chester Cathedral. Speaking afterward, Bishop Mark said he was "honoured".

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