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The E-Bulletin will take a short break through August. The last one before then will be on 27 July. 

Applications open for Foundations for Ministry


Foundations for Ministry is open to anyone who would like to explore what their ministry might be. 

The course is for those who are looking to further their knowledge and understanding in support of a calling outside of the Church as well as individuals considering an ordained or licensed ministry in the Church. 

The Revd Simon Chesters, Director of Ministry says: "It forms the first year of training for Reader ministry and Pastoral Worker ministry, and quite a lot of people who are now ordained ministers in this and other dioceses have done Foundations for Ministry, but more people actually go on to a much wider range of different types of ministry and that might well be in the Church but also it's about equipping people for their calling in daily life."

The course begins in September. 

Email minstry@chester.anglican.org for more information. 

Enabling all God’s people


Vanessa Layfield invites you to the Enabling all God’s people service which takes place on 10 September at St Michaels and All Angels, Bramhall. The service will celebrate our different abilities and will be led by the Bishop of Birkenhead.

The Journey proves to be a hit


Young people from different parts of the diocese enjoyed being at Foxhill for The Journey, a weekend of activities and fun for young Christians. Expressions of interest for next year's weekend are open to youth and children's workers now.

Everyday Faith red hot roll-out continues

Over 40 people from the deaneries of Chadkirk, Stockport, and Mottram braved the heat to learn more about how the local church can encourage people to live out their faith in everyday life. Book your deanery event here.

David Hermitt reflects on his time at General Synod

As a former CEO of a local Multi-Academy Trust and Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel, David Hermitt is a well-known figure in the Diocese of Chester.

David stood for election to Diocesan Synod earlier this year but narrowly missed out. He was later invited to apply to serve in the House of Laity in response to the Archbishops' anti-racism report, From Lament to Action, which has called for greater representation on the General Synod of people from Global Ethnic backgrounds. 

In his maiden speech, David offered his support for a proposal to increase the representation of the Anglican Communion on the Diocese of Canterbury's Crown Nominations Commission (CNC), the body responsible for choosing the next Archbishop of Canterbury. 

In an interview with the Chester Box podcast, he reflects on his membership to General Synod and explains why he is resigning his role as Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel. 

Latest News

PCC Secretaries to receive an important request for information


Following the APCMs 2022, later this week the Diocesan Secretary, George Colville, will be writing to all PCC Secretaries to request an update on the details we hold relating to individuals on our PCCs. Included in his letter is important information about the Diocese of Chester's Privacy Policy and how we are changing the way in which we handle personal data. 

Last call to submit 2021 data to The Energy Footprint Tool


All parishes are asked to urgently submit their returns for their 2021 energy usage ahead of the 31 July 2022 deadline. After this date, the returns form will close until April 2023, when it will be reopened for submission of 2022 data. The data will help us understand our diocesan carbon baseline - where we are starting from - and how much progress we are making on the journey to net-zero carbon. 

Melanesia Mission UK Festival Day


Melanesia Mission UK is hosting its 2022 Festival Day on Saturday 13 August. The Archbishop of Melanesia will lead the service at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Please RSVP to MMUK by 01 August. More information can be found here

Chester to host this year's British Food Fortnight's Harvest Festival


British Food Fortnight holds a National Harvest Festival in cathedrals around the country each year and this year the event is being held in Chester Cathedral. A number of events are planned across the weekend, including a ‘Harvest Toch Procession’ around a number of food producers in our diocese on Saturday 24 September. On Sunday 25 September there will be a Farmers’ Market in the Cathedral. More info here. Feel free to share with others. 

A book about preaching


The Present Preacher: Discerning God in the Now, is a practical, confidence-building guide for all who want to develop their preaching, written by the Revd Liz Shercliff, Director of Studies for Readers. Listen to her talk about her new book here." 

How Village Churches Thrive by Robert Atwell and others


Many people will remember Bishop Robert Atwell who was Bishop of Stockport until 2014. His latest book, How Village Churches Thrive has been described by a Church Times review as a "must-read" for anyone wanting to see rural churches grow and become sustainable. The review states that the book "shows a deep love of rural England" and "will encourage and inspire anyone wanting ideas and stories to re-imagine rural ministry and would work well as a way into a group discussion or a PCC conversation." 

Envoy


The Church Army is starting the next series of their ‘Envoy’ learning programme this September. Its aim is to encourage and equip individuals to live evangelistically in the place they find themselves – home, workplace or wherever. It's FREE to participants and facilitated by the Church Army. There are two streams, one for 18 – 30 ages, and one for 30+. To find out more, visit the Envoy website.
Events and Webinars

List your events on our website


DID YOU KNOW: 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.

Recently submitted events....
 

Safeguarding Leadership Training For Clergy whose accreditation has expired

30 August 2022 - Online

The Leadership Pathway is about leadership and cultural change. Clergy who attend this course should play a lead role in shaping the culture of their Church body.

Safeguarding Training:  For Those With PTO and others Authorised for Ministry

01 September 2022 - Bramhall, Stockport

For those with PTO and others authorised for ministry (and whose role does not meet the Leadership Pathway criteria). This course will explore and reflect upon the safeguarding dimensions involved in the ministry of those who hold PTO and others who are also authorised to minister, but whose role does not meet the leadership pathway training criteria.

Everyday Faith in Bowdon & Knutsford Deaneries

06 September 2022 - St Peter’s Church, Hale

An evening event to learn more about how the local church can encourage people to live out their faith in everyday life.

Safeguarding Training: For Those With PTO and others Authorised for Ministry

09 September 2022 - Online

For those with PTO and others authorised for ministry (and whose role does not meet the Leadership Pathway criteria). This course will explore and reflect upon the safeguarding dimensions involved in the ministry of those who hold PTO and others who are also authorised to minister, but whose role does not meet the leadership pathway training criteria.

Enabling all God’s people

10 September 2022 - Online

Join others for a service to celebrate our different abilities, led by the Bishop of Birkenhead, with guest speaker Darius Traves. The Bible says we are all fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God and so the Diocese of Chester is pleased to be to host a service to celebrate all of our different abilities.
 
Vacancies

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 stephen.freeman@chester.anglican.org. Please remember to include all relevant information about the role, such as contact details and closing date. 

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Church House, Daresbury

Applications are invited for this newly-created, additional 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.

PA to the Archdeacon of Macclesfield

Daresbury or Congleton

As PA you will be required to deal proactively with correspondence and enquiries, ensuring that the Archdeacon is well informed about issues and well prepared for meetings.

Part time Priest in Charge

High Legh

Lord Grey, patron of High Legh St John, is looking for a part time (25% stipend, 2.5 days plus Sunday) Priest in Charge for this rural parish on the edge of Greater Manchester. St John’s is very much focused on the parish and local community and have a congregation who are hospitable and want the church to be a beacon of hope.

Incumbent

Stockport and Brinnington

We are praying for a person of vision, confidence, resilience and drive to come and lead this parish forwards. Stockport is a growing town with big ambitions. It is an exciting place to live and minister and there are massive opportunities for the church to bless, serve and reach out into the town.

Incumbent

St Barnabas, Bredbury

We are seeking a part-time Incumbent (50% stipend 3.5 days plus Sunday). The parish has a small, faithful, friendly and caring congregation who are looking for an Incumbent who will bring excellent skills as a Pastor.

Incumbent / Priest in Charge

Rostherne with Bollington and Over Tabley

The churches are all situated in largely rural settings and in lovely parts of Cheshire. All churches have faithful congregations who work hard to keep the buildings in good condition.

Caretaker and Groundskeeper

Bowdon Parish

To provide caretaking and grounds services for Bowdon Parish grounds and buildings. Previous experience of this kind of work is highly desirable. DBS Check required.

Children and Families Missioner

Bowdon

We are looking for a committed Christian, with experience in children and families work who will develop and coordinate this work in the church and community.

EYFS Practitioners L2 & L3

Christchurch CE School, Moreton Wirral

We have an exciting opportunity to extend our Early Years department from September 2022. The Local Governing Body at Christ Church C of E Primary School, Moreton are looking for enthusiastic, experienced Early Years assistants to join our successful Foundation Stage team.

Part time Priest in Charge

High Legh

Lord Grey, patron of High Legh St John, is looking for a part time (25% stipend, 2.5 days plus Sunday) Priest in Charge for this rural parish on the edge of Greater Manchester. St John’s is very much focused on the parish and local community and have a congregation who are hospitable and want the church to be a beacon of hope.

View all vacancies here
 

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