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Caring for God's creation in the Diocese of Chester

The Diocese of Chester has joined up with environmental charity Caring for God's Acre to provide a number of webinars in a series titled Outdoor Connections. The webinars are aimed specifically at encouraging churches to make better use of their churchyards as places of ecological and social significance.  

Outdoor Connections begins on Tuesday 04 May. Sign up here. 

Director of Outreach, Revd Peter Froggatt, says: "You will receive training and encouragement on many aspects of using churchyards as places of ecological and social significance. The webinars cover a variety of topics related to ecological issues and participants will also be helped to run an activity at some point over the summer, drawing in people from the community around them."

The course follows the season of Lent and an emphasis on the environment and creation, and the pledge from the Diocese of Chester in February to aim towards becoming an Eco-Diocese. 

There are lots of opportunities approaching for parishes that want to do more to protect God's creation and the environment. Planning is underway for a number of further activities later in the year ahead of COP26 which will be held in Glasgow in November. 

What is the biodiversity of your churchyard?

Join hundreds of churches in a week-long ‘nature count’ occurring this summer, which will encourage people to visit churchyards and record what they see. Churches Count on Nature will run between 5 June and 13 June and is being described as a citizen-science event covering churchyards across England and Wales. Find out more. 

Beating the bounds for Christian Aid

The new Rector of the Parish of Congleton, the Revd Ian Enticott, and the Treasurer, Mike Laurence, are running the 16 miles of the parish boundaries to raise money for the Christian Aid Week appeal which this year is helping to support poor communities in Kenya affected by severe drought and unpredictable changes in weather.

Thy Kingdom Come 2021, 13 to 23 May

Thy Kingdom Come, the global initiative in which Christians are called to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus, is fast approaching.

What is it?
Who is it for?
How can I get involved?

The Diocese of Chester is committed to helping you participate in Thy Kingdom Come. If you are still unsure of how to get involved or don’t know where to start, email Peter Froggatt, Director of Outreach.

As we approach the start of Thy Kingdom Come on Thursday 13 May, individuals from around the Diocese of Chester having been sharing their prayers in a short video. 

Prayers in Birkenhead

Denise Price is a community worker from Christ the King, Birkenhead. Here she offers a prayer in the lead up to Thy Kingdom Come in which she asks God to help her and her parish "to build meaningful relationships". 

Prayers in Stockport

The Revd Lynne Cullens is the Incumbent of Stockport and Brinnington. Here she offers a short prayer for her parish in which she reflects on the idea that we judge ourselves on our intentions, but others judge us on our impact.

Latest News

Anti-Racism Taskforce calls for urgent changes

The Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Taskforce has published its report From Lament to Action proposing a suite of changes to begin bringing about a change of culture in the life of the Church of England.

"Take the vaccine when offered"

The Chair of the Race and Ethnicity Forum in the Diocese of Chester, Father Lameck Mutete, has voiced his concern at the statistical trend indicating a lower vaccine uptake in areas of the country with a larger proportion of ethnic minority people. He also also described the "injustice" of the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Church of England People System

The new people system is due to go live in May 2021. Clergy will receive a letter by email regarding actions that need to be taken. It is a substantial piece of work that will bring together people and data.

Fundraising in a box

Ecclesiastical Insurance has presented an online webinar called 'Fundraising in a Box' which is a simple step-by-step guide to fundraising. If you missed the live presentation you can watch it here online.

Churches Together in Cheshire

Churches Together in Cheshire has created a video of some of the great ecumenical social action projects that churches in Cheshire have been working on. The Revd Steve Clapham is the Ecumenical Officer in the Diocese of Chester. He says: "From my point of view, I see the Ecumenical dimension of church touching on all of what we do – especially in terms of local mission, outreach, social responsibility, and even education." You can watch their video here

The Children's Society

The latest newsletter from the Children's Society has been published, which you can download here

New role for Bishop Keith

Bishop Keith Sinclair, formerly Bishop of Birkenhead, has been appointed as an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Manchester. Bishop Keith retired in March after 14 years of service. An announcement on the appointment of the two new suffragan bishops is expected in May.
Events and Webinars

C of E vision for the 2020s

Monday 26 April - Online

Join Archbishop Stephen Cottrell and panel members in this webinar to find out more about the emerging vision and strategic priorities for the Church for the next decade. This is the second in a series of webinars that will explore what it means to be a church that is centred on Jesus Christ. Monday 26 April, 12.30 – 1.30pm. 

Outdoor Connections

04 May 2021 - Online

Our church’s outdoor spaces are more significant than ever as we emerge from isolation. Outdoor Connections is a series of webinars run for us by Caring for God’s Acre that will help churches to use churchyards well, to reconnect with church and community, and to enrich the environment. The first webinar is on 04 May at 2pm and will answer the question ‘What’s so special about Churchyards?’

Poetry Break

13 May 2021 - Online

Poetry Break is an online monthly refreshment break for poetry lovers.

Being Inclusive: Including those with Dementia in Church Life.

17 May 2021 - Online

This session aims to support parishes to become more inclusive of those with dementia.

Training for new Churchwardens

20 July 2021 - Churchhouse

A training session to learn what is required in the role of Churchwarden. Talks will be given by both Ian Bishop and Mike Gilbertson and other Diocesan staff.

Parish Vacancies

If your parish has a vacancy, perhaps for a youth worker or church administrator etc, then you 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.


West Kirby and Liscard

The Bishop of Chester and the Chapter of Chester Cathedral are looking to appoint a priest with a missional heart to this exciting post at a new stage of the life of these two parishes.

Associate Youth Worker


This is a transitional role established to assist in leading our youth work out of the Covid-19 Pandemic, to support our Youth Worker in handing over her overall strategic and pastoral leadership to another by the end of 2023, and beginning to utilise The Lighthouse Church once it is built.

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser


The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that that offenders returning to the community to worship are appropriately supported and managed, including carrying out risk assessments in conjunction with police/probation service where required, and establishing robust Safeguarding Agreements.

Healing Adviser

Diocese of Chester

Applications are invited for the position of Healing Adviser in the Diocese of Chester. This is a voluntary post, envisaged to require a time commitment of 0.5 to1 day per week. The role is open to ordained and lay applicants and is a Bishop’s appointment, initially for a term of 3 years.



The applicant will be a skilled communicator who can engage with all sections of our community, and who will have a clear vision for excellent Christian education. Our new headteacher will also appreciate the benefits of working closely with other schools within CDAT, learning from and sharing best practice.

Cover Supervisor


We are seeking to appoint a Cover Supervisor with enthusiasm, creativity and the ability to motivate pupils and keep them on task. You will be expected to respond to questions and generally assist pupils to undertake set activities.

Children and Families Worker


Key to the role will be the establishment of a programme of children’s ministry, renewing and reinvigorating our toddler groups and support to our youngest church members, supporting church and community-based activities and working alongside schools’ curriculum to support local primary school visits.

View all vacancies here

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