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New Diocesan Director of Vocations and Residentiary Canon

The Diocese of Chester is delighted to announce that the Revd Sarah Fenby has been appointed to the newly created joint role of Diocesan Director of Vocations and Residentiary Canon. Starting on 14 October, Sarah will divide her six-day working week between Church House, Daresbury, and Chester Cathedral.

Readers and Pastoral workers prepare for licensing service

This year's cohort of Readers and Pastoral Workers enjoyed a weekend retreat at Foxhill in preparation for their licensing service at Chester Cathedral on Saturday 12 October. This year 14 Pastoral Workers and 7 Readers will be licensed. Please hold them all in your prayers over the coming days.

Christopher Burkett celebrates 40 years of the priesthood

On Monday 30 September the Revd Canon Dr Christopher Burkett, Director of Ministry in the Diocese of Chester celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He marked the day by leading prayers at Church House, presiding and preaching at the Eucharist at Foxhill, and sharing cake with Church House staff! 

The apple harvest, Dunham Massey

Farms usually have to operate on a large scale in order to survive, but in the heart of Dunham Massey, Alan Hewitt has been successfully running his ten-acre apple Juice business for several years. Alan, who is the Churchwarden of St Marks, Dunham Massey, attributes much of his success and inspiration to the letters of St Paul, saying: "They always use the words of hopefulness and patience and forbearance and gratefulness. You need all of these to be a good farmer as well as a good Christian.” Watch his video here. 

Latest news

Six people elected to the CNC

The diocesan Vacancy in See Committee has elected six people to represent the diocese on the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC), the body that will interview candidates and ultimately nominate someone to be the next Bishop of Chester. The election took place on Tuesday 24 September.  

All Saints Centre Open Lecture:  Christian Faith and Deep Ecology

On Wednesday 06 November, the Revd Canon Professor Keith Ward will consider the relation between the concept of Deep Ecology and the Christian faith. He will also engage with the claim that Christianity, and especially the book of Genesis, are to blame for our ecological crisis.  The lecture will be followed by an informal drinks reception. Find our more here

Big Welcome Singathon

St Matthew's, Stretton is planning a sponsored 'Singathon'. After the morning service on Sunday 13 October, they will attempt to sing through at least one verse of every hymn in the hymnbook. It's all part of their Big Welcome project. Want to know more, see their introductory video on Facebook here

Server robes, free to a good home

Ten server robes, washed and vacuum-packed are ready to be sent on to a new home. They're all white and of assorted lengths. If you could give them a new lease of life, email Rosemary Lunt, Churchwarden at St Michael's, Runcorn. 

Graham Kendrick to be guest Men's Breakfast speaker this Saturday

This Saturday, join in with a Men's Breakfast get together at Thornton Hall Hotel, Wirrall. Special guest speaker will be Graham Kendrick, Christian songwriter and recording artist best -known for songs including Shine Jesus Shine, Knowing You, The Servant King and Amazing Love. Find out more

DBF Fees Direct Debit Collection October

Due to various staff meetings/conferences in October, the monthly fees DD will need producing earlier than usual.  Please therefore be advised that your September fees forms will need to be in by 5pm on Monday 7 October at the latest.  The collection will still take place around the 20th of the month.

Any fees returns for collection by DD received after this time will be carried forward to the November run.  Fees forms should be emailed to

Clergy Moves – October 2019

Clergy Moves page of our website lists appointments, resignations, retirements and deaths from across the diocese. 

How is Church House doing?

Each year, Church House staff organise training opportunities for parishes. Some are well attended, others not so much. As we plan 2020's programme, we would like to understand what it is you require from us to ensure we cover topics of greatest need as much as possible. Please tell us here in this short survey. Thank you.

Church accessibility audit training

St Thomas Church, Stockton Heath - 09 October 2019

Our churches can often do more to be more inclusive. This training event will focus on church accessibility for those with different abilities.

How to write a successful grant application

Church House, Daresbury - 12 October 2019

This one-day workshop is designed to help you secure grant funding for your church building projects. 

Safeguarding training: Safer recruitment

Church House, Daresbury - 17 October 2019

This course explores the scope of safer recruitment procedures in a church context for all paid staff  and volunteers of children and adults.

Safeguarding training: Responding to domestic abuse

Church House, Daresbury -17 October 2019

Helping the church to respond domestic abuse, especially vulnerable groups and children in the context of adult abuse.

Breaking new ground: engaging in new housing areas

St Peter's Church Hall, Sandbach - 19 October 2019

A conference for Christians of all traditions who have a vision for engaging with new housing communities.

Explorers of church buildings: sharing ecumenical space

Oakhanger Church & Community Centre - 31 October 2019

See why and how shared ecumenical space was developed at Oakhanger and the lessons learnt from creating a new church building.

Connecting with poetry: With John Lindley

Foxhill, Frodsham - 14 November 2019

John Lindley is a freelance poet, songwriter and creative writing tutor. An experienced performer, he has read at Ledbury Poetry Festival and at the Buxton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

24 hours with a theologian: Al Barrett

Foxhill, Frodsham - 20 November 2019

This is a 24 hour event and open to anyone interested in theology and keen to deepen their knowledge and understanding. The event is part of the Diocese of Chester's popular lecture series exploring theology with different academics and thinkers. Note: Only non-residential places available due to popular demand. 

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Astbury and Smallwood

Applications are invited for the parishes of Astbury and Smallwood, in the beautiful Cheshire countryside on the edge of the Peak District. The churches strive to be people of God and witness to the presence of Christ in their community. Both have close links with their village primary school.


Audlem St James CE Primary School

The Governors of Audlem St James CE Primary school are looking for an inspirational Headteacher for this happy, hard-working successful school at the heart of the community.

View all vacancies here

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