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News from General Synod

General Synod took place in York over the weekend of 05 July to 07 July. Here is a list of media releases from the Church of England regarding decisions taken by General Synod. 

General Synod backs expansion in new forms of church gatherings

Synod backs further steps towards communion with the Methodist Church

Synod votes to adopt Covenant on Clergy Care and Well-Being

Synod unanimously backs call to act on serious youth violence

Revd Josie Tuplin on BBC Merseyside

Revd Josie Tuplin is one of the 22 people who recently ordained at Chester Cathedral. In an interview with Helen Jones, host of the BBC Radio Merseyside programme 'Daybreak', Josie, a former “militant atheist”, talks about her journey to ordination.

Appointing the next Bishop of Chester

The process for choosing the next Bishop of Chester has begun. The Vacancy in See Committee, the group responsible for holding the initial discussions, held its first meeting on Monday 01 July.

Consultation: baptised children and Holy Communion

Bishop Peter has commissioned a Review Group to review the practice of allowing parishes to seek permission to admit baptised children to Holy Communion before Confirmation. A questionnaire has been created and all parishes are invited and encouraged to complete it in order to paint a full picture of the practice in the Diocese of Chester.
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Form the Solomon Islands, with love

Canon Jane Brooke has just returned from visiting the Solomon Islands. Here she shares some of the experience, including a service at Honiara Cathedral.

Quarterly marriage returns fees

Quarterly marriage returns fees, which used to be payable to the DBF, now belong to the parishes.  As such, with immediate effect, fees for these should no longer be remitted on your monthly DBF fees returns. The latest version of the 2019 fees return has this element removed.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Max Southwick at Church House, Daresbury. Don't hesitate to contact Max Southwick, Finance and HR Officer at Church House, Daresbury, if you have any queries. 

Foundations for Ministry

Discover your gifts and calling while learning with others. This course is open to anyone who wants to grow and develop in Christian ministry and forms the first year of training for Reader and Pastoral Worker ministries. The next course begins in September. For further information or an application form please contact Jane Hood on 01928 718834 ext 257 or email

Even more features for A Church Near You

The Church of England has released a series of new features on A Church Near You. Churches using the site will now be able to embed videos, add biographies for clergy and use the site as a Benefice website.

Bishop Peter gives evidence to IICSA

Bishop Peter gave evidence to IICSA on Wednesday 03 July. He was called upon to provide information into three specific cases. A transcript is available here.  

Parish Pixels

Ecclesiastical is running its annual church competition to celebrate churches across the UK through photography. The competition is broken into two stages, with nine regional winning churches and one overall winning church. The winner will be announced before 29 February 2020. Each winning church will receive £1,500. The overall winning church will be chosen from the nine regional winning churches, and will be determined by a public vote as well as a judging panel. Find out how to enter

Songs of Fellowship (1991)

St Cross, Appleton Thorn, has about a hundred copies of Songs of Fellowship (1991) which are no longer used. Free to a good home; they would need to be collected. Contact Alan Jewell (01925) 730276.

New Churchwarden Training

Church House, Daresbury - 17 July 2019

The Archdeacons invite all new Churchwardens to a training session to learn what is required in their role. The aim is for new Churchwardens to leave feeling confident in how to fulfil their role and who to turn to when difficulties arise.

Managing Events in Your Church

Hartford - 07 September 2019

This interactive workshop for people who run events in and for their church will give the basics of event management and planning and will be delivered by two senior UK events management academics with decades of professional events experience in the industry.

By Still Waters - mini retreat

Foxhill, Frodsham 09 September 2019

Psalm 137 - Led by Roger Clarke. A chance to step back from your busyness, and listen to what God is saying to you.

Living in the Spirit 7 days a week

Foxhill, Frodsham - 11 to 13 September 2019

Led by Kevin and Anne Roberts, we will look at what it means to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’ day by day, and at how we can trace his presence and provision in the different seasons and experiences of life.

Explorers of church buildings: Audio/Visual at St Mary’s

Birkenhead - 26 September 2019

Hear why and how St Mary’s decided to install new audio/visual equipment of a projector and screen in the church building and the difference it has made to church services. 

Encountering the Kingdom 

Foxhill, Frodsham - 5 to 8 November 2019

Led by the Revd Catherine Williams, this retreat in an opportunity to rest and retreat as we explore the reign of God in our lives, churches and world.

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Facilities Manager and Caretaker

Upton, Wirral

The person we are looking for will be self-motivated and flexible;
work on their own as well as be part of teams serving in our buildings.
They will have caretaker and administrative duties and be responsible for upkeep and maintenance, cleaning and the smooth running of our buildings.


Hazel Grove, Stockport

St Thomas Norbury are praying for an enthusiastic leader to continue to build on their success as a well-attended and active church.

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