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Vision webinar with Bishop Mark

A few weeks ago, Bishop Mark and Harriet Roberts, Director of Development (Vision and Strategy), held a webinar for clergy to explain the vision process and what it's all about.

If you weren't able to join them or you would like a reminder of why we're inviting everyone to participate, you can watch a recording of the webinar here.

Bishop Mark and Harriet plan to hold another webinar in the New Year. Further details will be shared in the E-Bulletin. 

Find out more about Casting the Net Wide on our website. 

Is your A Church Near You page up to date?

We know that every Christmas there is a huge spike in visitors to A Church Near You as people in your parish look for details of your services. Please make sure your page is up to date! There are free Follow the Star resources to help your page sing!

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 in Bidston last year by the Revd Joe Smith. But something in that flyer compelled Jim to go to church. This is his story.

Thank you for taking part in Safeguarding Sunday

Bishop Julie Conalty has thanked churches for participating in last week's Safeguarding Sunday service. Around 3,500 churches took part nationally. Julie says: "I hope a growing number of churches in our diocese can take part next year.”

10th Women's Voices Conference set for 2023

The 10th Women's Voices Conference will take place on Saturday 14 October 2023. Event organiser and Church House employee, the Revd Liz Shercliff, has said she hopes the event will be as memorable as this year's.

The conference always aims to be academically rigorous, and 2022 was no different. The conference theme was "bleeding women" and focused a lot on the female body as the speakers explored the “subjugated knowledges” of women and the "truths about God, faith, and life."

Listen to the talks

All five talks from the 2022 conference are now available to hear on the Chester Box podcast. You can listen via the podcast providers below. Search "Chester Box" wherever you get your podcasts. 

Google Podcasts
Amazon Music

Latest News

Deanery Representatives for each parish

The APCMs must elect Deanery Synod representatives. The number of Deanery Synod representatives eligible for election is based on the number of people on a parish's Electoral Role. Find out how many Deanery Representatives are allocated to your parish by downloading the document below. Parishes elect Deanery Synod members at their APCMs which must have taken place by 31st of May 2023. Further instructions about how to return the names of your Deanery Synod representatives back to Church House, will follow in the New Year. All PCC Secretaries, Deanery Synod Secretaries and Rural Deans, were sent this information on Tuesday 22 November. 

Numbers of Deanery Synod representatives by parish

Safeguarding Team news

Pauline Butterfield has left her role as Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) for the Diocese of Chester with effect from 10 November 2022. We know that you will miss Pauline and we wish her well for the future. Commenting on the news, Bishop Julie said she will be missed, saying: "I greatly admire the persistence Pauline has demonstrated over many years, in very challenging circumstances, as she has sought to improve the safeguarding practice and culture in our diocese. I will really miss her passion for safeguarding and her expertise." Please email Sean Augustin, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for any safeguarding help and support.

Domestic abuse must not be a taboo subject

The Church of England is supporting the international campaign for 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence, as newly released figures show that there has been a 37% increase in reports of domestic abuse to diocesan safeguarding advisers over the past three years (2019-2021). 16 days of video resources call on the Church to recognise and act on domestic abuse within the communities it serves.

Nicholas Rank is the new DAC Chair

Nicholas Rank is the new Chair of the DAC. Nick says: “I feel privileged to take up this responsibility and know I will have some big shoes to fill, following Bob Munn's retirement. I know he is well-liked. I hope I can chair the DAC team to best serve and support the ministry of the parishes." Find out more about the new DAC Chair here

Cycle of Prayer

The December edition of the Cycle of Prayer has been published. It's available in two formats, as a downloadable PDF document on our website and also via Prayermate, a freely available phone app. If you download the app just search for Diocese of Chester once you have installed it.

Human Trafficking Seminar

The Red Cross and Transforming Lives Together are delivering a 90 minute seminar on human trafficking for churches and organisations across the Diocese of Chester. There are two dates available on the 6 and 13 December. You can find out more and sign up here

Science and Faith workshop

This workshop takes place in Chester Cathedral on 15 February 2023 and aims to answer questions about the ethics of new discoveries and technologies, whether there is scientific ‘proof for God’, or why we feel such awe and wonder when watching nature documentaries.

Historic England net zero survey

Historic England is working to support micro, small and medium size heritage organisations on their journey towards Carbon Net Zero. They are asking for individual historic places of worship to complete a short survey to get a clear picture idea of how many organisations need support and identify the key issues they are facing. The survey deadline is 4 December.

CUF Advent resources

This advent season CUF is supporting churches, families and individuals to reflect, pray and share a message of hope. They've produced a set of practical, free resources for use in services, small groups and at home. You can find out more and access the resources on their website here

Energy Workshops

Transforming Lives Together are working in partnership with Citizens Advice to support the most vulnerable residents of Cheshire to reduce their energy bills and make the most of their energy supply. Two Energy Advisors are available to deliver FREE workshops to groups at your church.
Events and Webinars
Don't forget to list your Christmas carol events, concerts, Christingle services and nativities on A Church Near You.

We know from monitoring the website that in the run up to Christmas many more people come to A Church Near You in search of a local church service. If you require any support with A Church Near You, email the Church House Communications Team who will be happy to help as best they can. 


Shifting Sands: Finding God in an Uncertain World

06 December 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

A ‘Still, Small Voice…’ day with reflections, worship and space to simply ‘be’. Enjoy a retreat from everyday life and return feeling refreshed and renewed to continue hearing the ‘still small voice of calm’.

Poetry Break

08 December 2022 - Online

A chance to take a break from the busyness of life and from daily routine, where people who appreciate poetry, read a poem they’ve written, or one from a book they like, or just listen to others.

Carols at Foxhill

11 December 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

Join the team at Foxhill to celebrate Christmas. Refreshments from 2pm, Carol Service at 3pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Donations given to The Children’s Society.

Treasurer Support Network

12 December 2022 - Online

Helping Treasurers to prepare parish accounts for the year end to ensure parish accounts are complete.

Crafty Christmas

19 December 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

Come and enjoy a carousel of Christmas craft activities followed by a short time of worship and refreshments. This is a free event for families at the start of the school holidays. There are two sessions to choose from 10am or 2pm

Storms and Deserts

13 January 2023 - Online

A weekend retreat for Leaders of Young Generations. The weekend will give plenty of space for individual reflection and leisure time. Alongside this, other helpful input will enable you to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead.

Refugee Networking Event

25 January 2023 - Online

If you either host refugees in your own home, volunteer a specific skill, help refugees integrate into a new culture, employ refugees, offer opportunities for refugees to volunteer, hold awareness or fundraising events to support refugees, or if you want to hear more about what you can do to help, you’d be most welcome to attend this online event.

Parish Vacancies

If your parish has a vacancy, please let us know so that we can advertise the role on our website. Just email your vacancy to Please remember to include all relevant information about the role, such as contact details and closing date. 

Incumbent - Part time


We are looking for a part time Incumbent (15% stipend £4,103.25, plus house which equates to 2 days plus Sunday) in the lovely suburban setting of Compstall. Compstall is surrounded by stunning parks yet close to excellent access links to Manchester and beyond.

Incumbent - Part time

Nether Alderley

St Mary’s has a faithful and committed congregation who worship in a well-maintained historic church building set in beautiful Cheshire countryside. The church has strong traditions upon which to build and a proven commitment to adapt worship in order to reach out to families with children.

Priest in Charge - Part time


Offerton is a suburb of Stockport. It has a small but committed congregation willing to participate in the running of the church and who are keen to develop its Christian faith and its outreach and mission.

Priest in Charge - Part time

Macclesfield St John and Henbury, St Thomas

St John’s is on the edge of the market town of Macclesfield and is in a suburban area which includes the St John Aided Primary School. The congregation offer a friendly welcome to the community and are part of the Cheshire East Connected Community Scheme in the way the building is used.


Hartford CE High School

We are looking for a dynamic, resilient, compassionate individual able to lead a large and growing Church of England school into the next phase of our journey. This is a fantastic opportunity to become an integral part of the community in Hartford and the surrounding area and to make a real difference to the lives of our pupils and their families.

View all vacancies here

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