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Was the Clergy Gathering a success?

Clergy have returned back to their parishes after a four-day conference at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire. 

The Clergy Gathering 2022 was the first time Bishop Mark Tanner had had the opportunity to draw clergy together in this way following a number of false starts due to the pandemic.

Attendees were blessed with warm spring sunshine which helped people to make the most of the space and enjoy walks in the surrounding countryside. 

Creation comes to Church Lawton

The sound of busy knitting needles has been heard all over Church Lawton and the surrounding area.  It's all been part of All Saints' Church’s “Creation Community Festival”, to be hosted in July.


Serving God by serving ice-cream

When Jo Rodman first began thinking about her calling to God, little did she know that it would lead her down a path that would result in her setting up an Ice Cream shop in Poynton called 'Just-Ice'. Find out more here

Do less churchyard maintenance

In this Church House Blog, Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop, looks at how churchyards could be more biodiverse by doing less maintenance and general upkeep to allow wild grasses and flowers to flourish naturally.

Thy Kingdom Come begins

The global prayer movement runs from Ascension Day (tomorrow) to Pentecost. Parishes across the diocese will take part in different ways. Find daily resources on their social media pages and on the TKC website

Latest News

Marking the Jubilee at Chester Cathedral

From the 03 June Chester Cathedral is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with an exciting exhibition, 'Chester and the Crown'. Chester and the Crown is a vibrant journey through the city’s relationship with the monarchy. Learn new things, see never-before-seen objects, and join in with the Jubilee celebrations!

June's Cycle of Prayer

The Cycle of Prayer is updated on the first day of every month and can be downloaded from the front page of the diocesan website. The next one will be available on 01 June from the website here and also available on social media and Prayer Mate, the Christian prayer app. 

Stipend increase

Further to a request from Diocesan Synod, Bishops’ Council considered the request for a further increase of 1% to stipends and salaries. We are pleased to say that, due to a better financial position than that anticipated, a further increase of 1% will be made to stipends and salaries with effect from 1 July 2022. This is in addition to the 2% increase applied in April 2022.

There will also be an increase in the National Insurance threshold announced in the Spring Statement which will also be applied in July 2022, resulting in a reduction to the employee national insurance paid of around £30 per month.

Clergy Moves

The latest 'Clergy Moves' list is now available. It includes recent appointments, resignations, retirements, and deaths that have occurred across the diocese since December 2021.

Hosting Ukrainian refugees

The Congleton Area Ukraine Support Network matches hosts with Ukrainian refugees and provides support for both groups on an ongoing basis. They currently have over 70 hosts and over 80 Ukrainians. If you want to host refugees but don’t know what to do please complete the online form or contact Paul Nixon: T 07885 494313 E

Thy Kingdom Come

Staff at Church House are intending to pray for the parishes of the diocese during Thy Kingdom Come. If you have recently sent information for use in the Cycle of Prayer this will be used during the week. Otherwise, please send requests for thanksgiving or prayer to

Help to find funding webinar

Open4Community, provided by Idox, is an external funding search facility which is free for parishes in the diocese. It is an excellent tool and all parishes are encouraged to register and use it on a regular basis to gain the maximum benefit. This webinar on 24 May, organised by The Diocese of Manchester, will explain how to register and use the service.

Festival Manchester volunteers

Festival Manchester is a free festival on July 1st – 3rd, in Wythenshawe Park. It features top Christian musicians and fun activities for all ages. Could you or people in your church volunteer to make it happen? Help is needed in all kinds of ways, at different times over the weekend.  Find out more and sign up here.

Survey of Planned Giving in 2021

Parishes are reminded to submit their completed Survey of Planned Giving in 2021 form.  The Survey form can be downloaded here. When completed, survey forms should be emailed to

The Melanesian Mission

The latest newsletter from The Melanesian Mission newsletter is now available. It includes news that the Archbishop of Melanesia and some of the Melanesian Bishops and their wives will be attending the Lambeth Conference from 26th July to 8th August.
Events and Webinars

List your events on our website

You can list your church events on our website by filling in a simple form. 
Once it has been approved it will be published on our Event calendar page for all to see.


Rural Mission and Ministry Network

25 May 2022 - Church House, Daresbury

People in ministry can often feel isolated or unseen. This may be particularly the case for those living in rural areas. There is great value in meeting with others in similar situations to share experiences and ideas. Tthere will be plenty of time for conversation.

Retreat Day: Still, Small Voice…

26 May 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

Consider the Lilies: A reflective look at the awe and wonder of creation and the tranquillity we can receive from that.  This is a reflective look at the awe and wonder of creation and the tranquillity we can receive from that.

Urban Mission and Ministry Network (Macclesfield)

07 June 2022 - Partington

Share experiences and ideas, particularly about training and encouraging lay people in disadvantaged areas. There will also be time to talk and support one another more generally.

Blessed to be a Blessing

10-12 June 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

A weekend retreat offering spiritual refreshment with ReSource. Reflect on what it is to hear God’s call; and discern where and how the Spirit is calling you to be a blessing to others.

Urban Mission and Ministry Network (Chester)

13 June - St Thomas Church, Ellesmere Port

Share experiences and ideas, particularly about training and encouraging lay people in disadvantaged areas.

Retreat Day: Still, Small Voice…

15 June 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

Bread for the Journey: An opportunity to listen to God and to find sustenance in prayer and Scripture for the next stage in the journey. About this event An opportunity to step out of our usual routines, to enjoy the quiet and beautiful surroundings of Foxhill and to explore praying with Scripture.

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.



We are seeking a part-time priest-in-charge offering Sunday duties plus three days per week for this small benefice (population 2,600) in an attractive part of the Wirral. There is a desire to reach out to younger generations, building on good existing children’s work and strong links with the church school. 
Key Stage 2 Teacher (MPS)

St Oswald’s CE Primary school - Mollington, Chester

The successful candidate will be a highly enthusiastic classroom practitioner, who can demonstrate great potential in the appointment process and can fit seamlessly into our motivated and supportive team. A desire and passion to promote our Christian distinctiveness and to lead RE across the school are desirable.


Stockport, St Saviour

St Saviour’s offers a wonderful ministerial opportunity. Situated in the south of Stockport on the A6, St Saviour’s is at the heart of a residential and commercial area that is vibrant with life. There are significant opportunities to minister to a community that includes schools, Stepping Hill Hospital, many businesses and a growing residential community.

Incumbent (Part-time)

St Bartholomew Barrow

We are seeking a part-time incumbent offering Sunday duties plus two days per week for this small rural benefice (population 1,000) near the historic city of Chester. The church tradition is central. There is a desire to reach out to younger generations, building on good existing children’s work and strong links with the church school. An excellent rectory is provided in the village and there is a 15% stipend.

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Church House, Daresbury

Applications are invited for this newly-created, fixed term post to act under the direction of the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to strengthen the existing Safeguarding Team working towards the delivery of a safeguarding service that reflects best practice.

View all vacancies here

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