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A great day for licensing people into lay ministry

It was a glorious sunny day on 08 October when 16 men and women were licensed into lay ministry roles at Chester Cathedral. A further six Readers and Pastoral Workers transferred to or within the Diocese of Chester, and a group of ministers were given emeriti status.

Please pray for them, as they begin or continue in their ministries, and for the parishes in which they will serve.

Are you sensing God's call to minister as a Pastoral Worker or Reader? Why not take a leap of faith and attend Called to Serve, the flagship vocation event for people of all backgrounds to consider what it is God might be calling them to be and do.

New starter at Church House

Deb Toole has arrived at Church House to begin her role as PA to the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop. She was previously a medical secretary at Halton and Warrington Hospital, where she worked for twenty-nine years.

Ban school uniforms in sex shops and pornography

Bishop Julie met with students from Sandbach High School who are campaigning to make it illegal for school uniforms to be sold in sex shops and used as a costume in pornography.

Together in Love

What is Divine Love, and how is it interpreted by the Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths? This question forms the basis of the Together in Love event which is being held on 14 November during Interfaith Week. All are welcome to attend.

Diversity Service at Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral held a Diversity Service on Sunday 16 October to welcome and celebrate those from diverse and minority communities from different races, sexuality, and physical and mental abilities.

Bishops respond to PCR2

On 5th October, the Church of England published its national Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) report. The purpose of PCR2 was to identify both good practice and institutional failings in relation to how allegations of abuse have been handled, assess any identified risks and respond to these where appropriate, and to provide recommendations to the Church that will lead to improvements in its safeguarding work.

Alongside the national report, the Diocese of Chester published an extensive Summary Report detailing the findings of its own review of diocesan files that was undertaken as part of the national PCR2 process. 

Ahead of the national report publication, Bishop Mark, Bishop Julie and Bishop Sam recorded a conversation in which they reflect on the PCR2 process and findings of poor safeguarding practice in the diocese and the Church.

If you or anyone you are in contact with are affected by the publication of the national PCR2 Report or the local diocesan Summary Report and want to talk to someone independent, please call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056 or visit

Diocese to receive £300k to help parishes with energy costs

The Diocese of Chester is to receive £300k from the Church of England to help churches struggling to pay energy costs. The Energy Costs Grant will be distributed to dioceses to enable them to help parishes to cover heating and lighting bills. 

Vision process: Casting the Net Wide

The vision development process for the Diocese of Chester continues. On Saturday, at the Churchwardens Training, Churchwardens were invited to share their views through different creative activities. More Vision Cafe events have also been added to the website. The grassroots consultation aims to "cast the net wide" in order to capture the views of the widest number of people in our churches and communities to determine the vision for the future. More information here
Latest News

Relocating public worship

Against the background of high energy costs, some parishes have been in touch to ask about the possibility of relocating public worship out of the church to another building during the winter period. This might involve sharing a church building in a nearby parish, or moving to a different building, such as a church hall. If as a parish you wish to do this, please write to your Archdeacon with the following details:
  • A brief explanation of why you wish to take this step;
  • Details of where you wish to move worship to, and over what period of time;
  • A risk assessment for the temporary venue, unless this is another parish church or a building already licensed and used for public worship;
  • Evidence that you have considered any safeguarding implications;
  • A PCC resolution requesting the move.
Requests will be considered as promptly as possible.

Safeguarding e-learning course on Modern Slavery

The Clewer Initiative has recently updated the Modern Slavery module on the Church of England’s online safeguarding portal.  As the number of vulnerable people in our communities increases and the risk of being targeted by criminal gangs grows, we must ensure that key people in our parishes know how to slavery-proof their projects and what to do if they have worries about an individual or situation. The modern slavery module equips participants to know how to recognise, respond, refer and record concerns.

Early submission of October attendance figures

The diocese is participating in an initiative helping dioceses and the national church to understand attendance trends following COVID, for children and for adults, in church and at home. In order for this to happen data needs to be received earlier than normal. Therefore, we would be very grateful if at the end of October, you could update your return with your October attendance figures in your building, plus any Church at Home during that time. This is not something extra and when you complete your return in January with numbers of weddings and funerals etc., all the figures you have already entered will have been saved there for you. If you need help doing this, please contact Rebecca Hathaway at Church House.

Prayer for action on climate change

This summer the UK has felt the impact of unprecedented 40-degree temperatures, wildfires and drought. Global national action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is seen as an imperative by many and yet individual nations can find it hard to commit to the policies required. Each year the COP27 international climate change talks try to bring about this collaboration to protect our global home, God’s earth. The Diocese of Leeds has produced prayers, thoughts and videos that can be used daily. Join others across the country in praying for the talks that will be taking place from Sunday, November 6 to Friday, November 18 in Egypt. Sign up to receive COP27 Daily Prayers

Warm Hubs

If you are interested in your Place of Welcome or church being a warm hub over the coming winter, the Warm Welcome website may be of use. Information and resources are available for organisations hoping to provide a warm space for those struggling to heat their homes this winter. Churches and other venues that haven't yet joined the Place of Welcome network are invited to do so.

Growing on the Frontline

This new course from LICC is ideal for churches exploring more of what it means to encourage Everyday Faith. Building on the highly successful ‘Fruitfulness on the Frontline’, this 8 session course helps everyone to “Grow more like Jesus where you are”. Using videos full of biblical insight, real-life stories, and practical steps to spark discussion, it looks at some of the things that get in the way of us being more like Jesus, and helps us to grow past them. 

Oil theft

A number of churches in the northwest have recently experienced theft of oil from external oil tanks located in the churchyard. Ecclesiastical offer some tips and advice to help prevent oil theft.

CTBI Event 'Life Beyond Borders'

Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) are holding a conference and networking event at Liverpool Hope University on Tuesday, 8th November 2022, 11am - 4pm called ‘Life Beyond Borders’. This conference explores what borders look like from a theological, historical and cultural perspective. Registration is free.
Events and Webinars
You can list your church event on our website by filling in a simple form. Once approved, it will be published on our Event calendar page for all to see. You might also wish to list it on A Church Near You so people in your community can easily find local service information.

Here are some recently added events 

30 October - Cranmer Awards for Young People

05 December - Nativity Activity at Runcorn

Everyday Faith in Cheadle & Macclesfield

THIS EVENING - 17 October 2022 - Poynton

The final deanery event in the series to help you find out more about how the local church can encourage people to live out their faith in everyday life. This session is aimed particularly at the parishes in Cheadle and Macclesfield. 

Tackling Disadvantage as Schools and Churches

19 October 2022 - Ellesmere Port

The meeting will be framed by conversation and sharing from churches and schools where all will be invited to share examples of how they are tackling disadvantage, working with local agencies, and what is working for them. The aim is that everyone will go away with one or two new ideas to try in their context.

Being There: Ministering to Bereavement

31 October 2022 - Online

An opportunity to join a learning community as we explore aspects of ministry to the bereaved. Licensed Readers and Pastoral Workers can attend this course as part of the preparation for undertaking funeral ministry.
Six sessions starting on 31 October 2022.


Retreat Day: Still, Small Voice

04 November 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

An opportunity for you to find inner stillness through noticing and writing. The day will be focused on the spirituality of the natural world, especially trees. This day will offer an opportunity to be still with among the things that live and grow around Foxhill House – the Book of Nature that so often speaks to us of God.

Here to Listen

07 November 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

The goal of Here to Listen is to support schools by providing a safe person from the local church to listen to the concerns of children and young people and to allow them time and space in a busy day to process some of their internal anxieties.

Together in Love

14 November 2022 - Chester Cathedral

Come and listen to leaders of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths explore the meaning of divine love. The event is being held during Interfaith Week which aims to help build good relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths and beliefs in the UK.

All for Jesus! All for Jesus!

25 - 27 November 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

Using the themes ‘hope to live in and strength to live by’ from the hymn 'All for Jesus', this Advent retreat with Ian Bishop, Archdeacon of macclesfield, will offer a chance to rest before the Christmas rush. £175pp - includes en-suite accommodation, meals and refreshments. 

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 full-time incumbent for this large parish with three churches, covering the whole of the market town of Neston. We are looking for a wise and mature priest with strategic vision, a track record of collaborative leadership, and an open and inclusive approach to ministry. A good, modern, 4-bedroom vicarage is provided.


St Peter's Rock Ferry

We are seeking a full-time incumbent for this busy and welcoming Wirral parish of evangelical tradition, which has recently planted a new congregation in a local school. There is a desire to reach out to younger generations, building on good existing youth and children’s work. A good modern vicarage is provided.

Associate Minister - Wirral Waters Mission Lead

Priory Parish Birkenhead

Applications are invited to take the lead in developing mission within the bounds of the Wirral Waters regeneration project, so as to create a new Christian community appropriate to the nature and needs of the people who live, work or study there. To apply for this exciting opportunity you will need to be an ordained minister in the Church of England, who has completed IME2 and been signed off at the end of their curacy.

Part time Incumbent

St Barnabas, Bredbury

The Bishop of Chester and the Patron (Vicar of Bredbury St Mark) are seeking a part time Incumbent (50% stipend 3.5 days plus Sunday) for the parish of St Barnabas, Bredbury which is part of the Borough of Stockport. The parish has a small, faithful, friendly and caring congregation

Leader of Children & Families Ministry


Are you excited by the opportunity to help lead and renew Christian children & families work? Do you have the vision to lead teams in re-shaping discipleship and outreach in our post-Covid world? Are you passionate about enabling children and families to discover and follow Jesus? If the answer is yes, St Andrew’s and Townfield churches might have just the right job for you.

Parish Youth Minister

Cheadle Parish

You will be involved in teaching, training and outreach, working with a large, dedicated team of staff and volunteers, with plenty of opportunities to connect in with other local church and parachurch ministries.

Energy Redress Adviser


Transforming Lives Together has acquired joint funding with Citizens Advice for an ‘Energy for Life’ project. They are currently seeking to recruit an Energy Redress Adviser that will advise and support residents of Cheshire East to manage their energy costs and provide them with the tools they need to make long-term, sustainable behavioral changes that will reduce their energy consumption and cut costs.

Lead Chaplain

Mission in the Economy, Liverpool

Mission in the Economy (MitE) is seeking to appoint a Lead Chaplain to launch, manage and develop a multifaith chaplaincy at CSL Seqirus. The ideal person will have a passion to see something new take shape, excellent organisational skills, and have a desire to make a difference to the people that they are working with. 

View all vacancies here

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