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To mark the season of Lent in the Diocese of Chester, 40 individuals from across the diocese have contributed daily reflections with a focus on the environment and creation. Starting tomorrow with Bishop Keith and finishing on Easter Day with Bishop Mark, each of the 40 contributors from right across the diocese will delve into scripture and share inspiring personal stories about the small ways in which they are moved to cherish the gift of life.

As well as the daily reflections, the diocesan Environment Forum has set 7 mini challenges for you to try and take on through out Lent (and beyond). 

In a video on social media, Archdeacon Ian says: "Our Earth is deeply damaged. For Christians, this should be a cause of deep sadness because our whole existence is grounded in the gift of life. It's right there in the first chapter of Genesis."

Take a look at the resources and share them with others
  • Watch and share the launch video on social media and parish websites
  • Follow the daily reflections on the website and social media 
  • Download the weekly PDF booklet and share with others
  • Download the print-friendly weekly booklet to print and post to those unable to easily access the internet
  • Take on the 7 mini challenges and share the handy images on social media across Lent 
Access all of the resources on the website here: 

Environment Forum record Chester Box episode

In this episode Archdeacon Ian is joined by Revd Debbie Dalby, curate at Grange, and co-chairs of the diocesan Environment Forum, the Revd Joe Kennedy and the Revd Mike Loach to talk about the Lent campaign and their hopes for the diocese.

Forward steps on carbon reduction target

The first findings from a nationwide study to capture carbon impacts in the Church of England have been published, a year on from a vote committing the Church to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Get your church to net zero by 2030

A number of webinars by the Church of England that provide clarity, knowledge and best practice examples of how to start your church’s Net Zero Journey. Various dates available

Memories of Bishop Keith

Bishop Keith Sinclair will retire as Bishop of Birkenhead on the 07 March after 14 years in the post. Before he and his wife Rosie embark on a new adventure, Bishop Mark is asking people in the diocese to do two things, if you can and are able to: 

1.  Contribute to a leaving gift by cheque or electronic transfer. Please do this by Monday 1st March. Full details here

2. Contribute a postcard memory. One of the many things that we will miss out on due to COVID is the first-hand sharing of memories. Bishop Mark would like to present Keith and Rosie with an ‘album' made up of postcards of memories and thanksgivings from his time in the diocese. Please do this by Monday 1st March. Full details here

Ideally, it would be great if you send a printed photo, with a handwritten message on the back. Alternatively, you can send a digital image by email, just remember to include a message with that too.

Send your printed photo to:

Bishop Keith Cards,
Bishop’s House,
Abbey Square,
CH1 2JD.

Digital photos should be emailed to

Bishop Keith's final service as Bishop of Birkenhead will be at 3pm on the 07 March. Here's a link to the online service.

New bishop for Hanuato'o

The Diocese of Hanuato’o, Melanesia, has elected the Revd Arthur Stanley Abui as its fourth bishop. Hanuato'o and Chester have strong links, with representatives from both dioceses having enjoyed each other's hospitality over the years. 

Latest on bishop appoitnments

A document setting out a description of the two bishop roles and an overview of the diocese has been published and made available to potential candidates. Read the document and follow the discernment process


Latest News

DBF Fees Forms 2021

This year both the Serving Clergy Fees Form (form 1) and Retired Clergy/PTO Fees Forms (form 2) are contained within one PDF document. This document is for PCC use only and can now be downloaded from the forms section of the parochial fees pages. There will be a separate form for instances when retired clergy remit fees for services that haven’t been administered through a PCC and this will be made available in the coming weeks. The form is available here.

Important change to marriage preliminaries due to Brexit

Marriages to take place after 1st July 2021 of European Citizens who are not British or Irish will require a Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate. This already applies to all other nationalities. European citizens will no longer be able to marry by banns or common licence after this date unless they have European Union Settled Status. Whether someone has EU Settled Status can be checked via the website. Any queries can be directed to Lisa Moncur or Jo Williams at the Diocesan Registry

Statistics for Mission - Extension of Deadline for Submission

The deadline for parishes to submit their "Statistics for Mission" data for 2020 has been extended to 3 April 2021 and parishes are asked to submit their data by that date using the Church of England's online Parish Returns System. Thank you to all parishes who have already submitted their data. The help of parishes with the annual collection of Statistics for Mission is very much appreciated, especially at this difficult time. Further information about the collection of "Statistics for Mission" can be found on the diocesan website.

Home Office research into safety and security of faith institutions

The Home Office has launched a research survey to better support faith institutions to be a safe and welcoming place for worship. They are asking for view and opinions on safety, security and counter terrorism within faith institutions. It closes at the end of February.

Giving webinars

There are a number of useful 'Giving' webinars being organised by the Church of England that cover topics such 'Contactless Giving', 'Legacy Giving' and 'Online Giving'. Various dates are available. 

Find out more about the Waterways Chaplaincy

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer in Christian work on the waterways? You don’t need a boat, just a desire to share God’s love to those you meet. The Waterways Chaplaincy is hosting an online 'Familiarisation day' on 24 March. Find out more here.

Introducing Heather Ford – Church Insurance Consultant, Ecclesiastical Insurance

As one of a network of regionally based Church Insurance Consultants with Ecclesiastical Insurance, Heather is here to support their church customers across Chester Diocese with insurance, health and safety and risk management matters and is available to attend face to face meetings and events or lead training in these areas (once the pandemic allows). In the meantime church customers with any enquires can contact her at; or 07765 246720
Practical Theology Reading Group

02 March 2021 - Online

The Practical Theology Reading Group will focus on a book by David Carr - Holy Resilience: The Bible’s Traumatic Origins (Yale: 2014). The Reading Group is meeting monthly. Please feel free to join, particularly as we move on to this new book.

The Circle as Process and Set-up for Peace

04 March 2021 - Online

How to use Circle Process to build relationships and resilience. This session is to help anyone who facilitates group conversations, to develop their skills, and consider how a few changes in format and structure vastly improve the quality of the outcome.

Bishop Keith's Retirement Service

07 March 2021 - Online

Bishop Keith Sinclair will retire as Bishop of Birkenhead on the 07 March after 14 years in the post. His final service as Bishop of Birkenhead will be at 3pm on Sunday 07 March in the Cathedral. Due to COVID, attendance will be online.

Explorers of Church Building Projects

16 March 2021 - Online

Discover how part of an urban churchyard was transformed to create an award-winning spiritual garden. The transformation has brought together church members and others from the local community, giving volunteers a sense of purpose and achievement.

Support Trios

18 March 2021 - Online

An open meeting for any licensed ministers who are interested in being part of a “support trio”.  Support trios offer a different support dynamic to the coaching or mentoring relationship. This meeting is open to those who would like to explore being part of a support trio with an opportunity to developing some guidelines for how they might operate.
Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel
The Bishop of Chester is seeking to appoint a voluntary Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel to work with the diocesan bishop, the senior staff team, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) to ensure that the DSAP’s advisory and scrutiny functions are carried out effectively.

Community Missioner

Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is seeking to appoint a part-time Community Missioner (22.5 hours per week) on an initial one-year contract. An accomplished facilitator, who can speak from their personal Christian commitment, this individual will bring groups together and create a movement to tackle poverty within the Chester Diocese and will work in conjunction with Transforming Lives Together.


West Kirby St Andrew & Liscard St Thomas

St Andrew’s West Kirby and St Thomas’s Liscard are parishes which stand in the Catholic tradition. They are both affiliated to the Society of St Wilfred and St Hilda and are under the extended episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Beverley.

Part-Time Priest in Charge

St Martin, Ashton upon Mersey

The Bishop of Chester is seeking a Part time (0.6 stipend 4 days plus Sunday) Priest in Charge for St Martin Ashton upon Mersey. The patron is The Society for the Maintenance of the Faith but the patronage is currently suspended.

Sports Coach

Utkinton St Paul's C of E Primary School

The role requires the candidate to plan, deliver and assess quality PE lessons, lead the development of playtime provision and the Daily Mile, engage pupils who are least active and/or require intervention.


Guilden Sutton C of E Primary School

The School is situated in the heart of a thriving semi-rural village on the outskirts of Chester. It is a Group 2 school with 214 pupils on roll and operates with classes of 30 pupils.

View all vacancies here

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