Vicar's Valentine's Day dance

A video of two members of our clergy performing a choreographed Valentine's Day dance routine has been viewed thousands of times on social media since it was posted. The idea for the dance, which is fast becoming an annual routine, began in 2021 as a way of lifting the spirits of the community.

Crafty Café in Liscard

You could be mistaken for thinking that the ‘Crafty Café’ at St Mary’s, Liscard is so-called because of some sneaky way of skimping on their ingredients, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. Crafty Café is a weekly event that unites people together through their shared interest in crafts, such as knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting, etc.

A 'silly flyer' can make a difference

A "silly flyer" is how Jim Johnson describes a church leaflet that was put through his letter box last year. But something in that flyer compelled Jim to go to church. This is his story.

Everyday Faith deanery events conclude

The Everyday Faith events held across the diocese for parishes from every deanery to attend, have concluded with a final event in Stockport. Over the course of seven months, hundreds of representatives from parishes in every deanery have come to learn more about how the local church can encourage people to live out their faith in everyday life.

'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.

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. 

Church makes community links and raises money through half-marathon

For the second year in a row, St Michael’s Church in Middlewich partnered with its local running group, Run Middlewich, to organise a charity half-marathon event. In total, 42 runners ran the half-marathon, starting and finishing in the churchyard.

Everyday Faith red hot roll-out continues

Around 40 people from parishes in the deaneries of Chadkirk, Stockport, and Mottram braved the heat at the latest Everyday Faith deanery event to learn more about how the local church can encourage people to live out their faith in everyday life.

Everyday Faith event gets thumbs up

The third of the Everyday Faith deanery events was given a big thumbs up by those attending in Prenton. Over 60 people from more than ten churches came along to learn more about how the local church can encourage people to live out their faith in everyday life.

Everyday faith deanery events return in July

After a short hiatus, the plan to roll out the Everyday Faith project across the diocese continues with a meeting for parishes in the deaneries of Birkenhead, Wallasey and Wirral North on the 7th July, followed but a meeting for parishes in the deaneries of Chadkirk, Stockport and Mottram on the 18th.

70 years of remarkable service

On Easter Day, Heather Braddock and her church family joined together in celebrating her 70 years of continual service to the choir of Christ Church, Woodford.

How one parish is waging peace on Putin

Congregations in the parish of Stockton Heath are waging peace on Putin by sending letters directly to him at the Kremlin in an act of "love" in a show of support for the people of Ukraine.

Lay Conference success

Over 200 people attended the diocesan Lay Conference at the Hayes Conference Centre where delegates heard from guests speakers and offered each other encouragement on how to live out our faith every day of the week.

Everyday faith across the diocese

All parishes in the Diocese of Chester are invited to a series of deanery meetings beginning in March to learn more about how we the local church can encourage people to live out their faith in everyday life.

Church@28: New style church returns

Church@28 is an informal service that includes a fifteen-minute interview. Their next guest is Bishop Mark which takes place on 13 February and will be broadcast live across the internet.

Poppies at Christ Church, Bebington

Over the past year, over 100 parishioners have been knitting thousands of poppies for an amazing display at Christ Church, Bebington, to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion poppy appeal.

Motorbike ride-out pays tribute to the fallen

The Revd Lynn Boyle joined 100 bikers on a ride-out from St Paul’s, Compstall to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Each motorbike carried the name of a soldier who had died in battle.

Christian social enterprise opens in Poynton

Just-Ice, Poynton opened its doors to the public in October. The ice cream shop and community hub in the centre of the village is run on Christian values, where “all are welcome" and aims to offer employment to survivors of slavery.

Knitted Bible in Hartford

In November, St John's Church in Hartford is excited to be hosting an exhibition of The Knitted Bible. The exhibition will be visited by school children and is also open to the general public to enjoy.

Woodchurch receives Green Flag Award

Holy Cross Woodchurch Churchyard has achieved the Green Flag Award. The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces. Holy Cross Churchyard is one of 2127 award-winning green spaces.

Helping to restore broken lives

A course called Restoring Lives will support those impacted by separation or divorce. Run by Mark and Helen Tomlinson from St Mary's, Cheadle, they say the need to get alongside people "is as great as it has ever been".

How to run a church

St Michael’s Church in Middlewich partnered with their local running group to organise a charity half-marathon event. The event raised funds but also served as a way to re-engage with the community after a difficult 18 months.

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