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Casting the Net Wide: Bishop Mark starts the diocesan vision process

The Bishop of Chester is today launching the vision development process for the Diocese of Chester.

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 values that will shape the strategy for how the diocese works and grows together in the future.

Bishop Mark says: "One of the things we have the opportunity to do right now is to stop and to consider what is it that God is calling us to do in order that we can be the best news that we can possibly be in our communities? 

"We'd love you to come along to one of the Vision Cafe's, or to send in thoughts, to answer questions, and to engage with what we're doing, because we believe that Jesus is the best news for the whole Diocese of Chester and we'd love you to be involved in the process that we have going now, to help us discern the best way forward." 

Other resources will be made available in the coming weeks and shared on the diocesean website and in this E-Bulletin going forward. 

Black History Month: Julie Okundaye

Archdeacon Ian Bishop introduces us to Julie Okundaye, the new Chair of the diocesan Race and Ethnicity Forum. In this short video she talks about what Black History Month means to her. 

Black History Month: Julius Kililiku

Archdeacon Ian Bishop speaks to Bidston churchwarden, Julius Kililiku about Black History Month and how the Church of England played a big part in his life, inspiring him to move to the UK.

How church volunteers are helping, simply by listening

As the heartbreaking story of 14-year-old Molly Russell was widely reported this week, we hear from the Church House officers behind a project which is helping to offer a listening ear to struggling kids.

A family of servants

Christ Church, Wheelock, has been thanking God for George Wood, who recently marked 60 years as a Reader, and his sister June who has been playing the church organ for 75 years. George's nephew Carleton will be licensed as a Reader on Saturday.

Pray for our new lay ministers

This Saturday, 16 men and women, who have been called by God, will be licensed as Readers and Pastoral Workers in the Diocese of Chester. Nine people will be licensed into Reader ministry, seven people will be licensed as a Pastoral Worker. The service at Chester Cathedral begins at 3pm. 

Please pray for each of them as they are licensed and as they begin their new ministry. 
Latest News

Past Cases Review 2 publication

Tomorrow the Church of England is expected to publish its national Past Cases Review 2 report which encompasses the 42 independent reviews of files held in all dioceses of the Church of England. Our own Review concluded in April and was submitted and received by the National Safeguarding Team shortly thereafter. Further information about the PCR2 in the Diocese of Chester will be available on the diocesan website tomorrow. 

Statistics for Mission Return for 2022

Parishes are asked to submit their "Statistics for Mission" data for 2022, using the Church of England's online Parish Returns System. The system for data entry is open from 2 October 2022.and will close on 31 January 2023.  The help of parishes with the annual collection of Statistics for Mission is very much appreciated.  The returns provide data that helps the national church, the diocese and parishes make better decisions: the data gets better and more useful as more returns are submitted.  

If you would like help with logging in or with any aspect of completing the return, contact Rebecca Hathaway at Church House (01928 718834)

Reminder of maintenance grants available until end of October

The National Churches Trust’s Foundation Grant Programme for urgent maintenance works and small repairs offers small grants between £500 and £5,000. The final deadline for applications in 2022 will be the end of October. Apply as soon as possible to maximise your chances of obtaining the funds. Project costs should not exceed £10,000, excluding VAT, and awards will not exceed 50% of the costs. Items should be identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Small roof and masonry repairs are often funded through the programme. Further information and a link to the online application form can be found here.

The Queen’s Green Canopy

Many of you will be aware of the Queen’s Green Canopy, a scheme to encourage the planting of trees across the country. Permission has been given by the Patron, King Charles, for the scheme to be extended to include the whole of the forthcoming tree planting season (October 2022 – March 2023).  You might like to think if this is something your church or a school near you would consider.  More information can be found at their website, and advise about the (simplified) permission for planting in churchyards can be found hereMersey Forest have useful information and will help those who want trees.

What are 'subjugated knowledges' anyway?

The event description for Women's Voices has been catching the eye of people around the diocese with some people curious to learn more about the phrase "subjugated knowledges". Now into its 8th year, the event Women’s Voices promotes theology from a women’s perspective. It takes place on 15 October.

The Word Made Flesh

The Diocese of Chester, in conjunction with Chester Cathedral, are holding series of online lunchtime lectures over the next few weeks on the Gospel of John.  All begin at 1.05 and end at 1.50. They are also recorded and put on the Cathedral's YouTube site.

05 October 1.05pm Zoom 
What is Truth?
The Revd Canon Liz Shercliff

12 October 1.05pm Zoom
One Church - many denominations: why?
Dr Isabelle Hamley

Join each lecture using this same link

Church Development Tool

A National Church survey that can help some churches to look in more detail at some aspects of their church life, and begin to plan for the future. The tool is available until the end of November this year, and then from early 2023. There is a webinar on how you might analyse any results on 08 November, 12 noon, run by the National Church. More details.

Science and Faith Workshop

Chester Cathedral are hosting a Science and Faith Workshop on 15 February 2002 and will ask 'How exploring science and faith with children and young people can help Creation Care?' 

Ring out for climate change

On the eve of COP27, churches are being asked to rings their bells in support of climate change on 05 November at 5pm for 15-30 minutes. Find out more

Growing Good: Joining the dots between social action, discipleship and growth -  webinar

This webinar, organised by the Church Urban Fund, will ask what is the relationship between social action and church growth and how is Christian social action distinct?' Sign up

Anti-Slavery Day

This year, Anti-Slavery Day falls on Tuesday 18 October. To mark Anti-Slavery Day, The Clewer Initiative invite churches, communities, businesses and individuals to sign-up to the pledge to Make It Slavery 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 

23 October 2022: Baby Memorial Service, Chester Cathedral

29 October 2022: RSCM Area Festival, Chester Cathedral

Everyday Faith in Frodsham & Wirral South

06 October 2022 - Helsby

An evening event to learn 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 Frodsham and Wirral South.

World Mental Health Day Service

09 October 2022 - Stretton

Bishop Sam will join us at this service to talk about Mental Health. It has been a particularly challenging couple of years and this gives us chance to pray together and look towards the future.

Treasurer Support Network

10 October 2022 - Online

We will explore how to make financial reports more engaging, relevant, clear, and easier to interpret. This event will look at the different reports that are available and those that are necessary and most relevant. It will look at different methods of presenting reports making them easy to understand and ways to keep the reader interested and engaged.

Still Small Voice of Creation

13 October 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

This event is for anyone who longs to discover more of God's voice through creation. It is an opportunity to slow down, rest, and notice trees, flowers, birds and other creatures. As we wonder at the beauty and complexity, we open ourselves up to God's abundant love for us and all God has made.

October Poetry Break

13 October 2022  - Online

A break for poetry lovers to listen to the work of others and for those who want to share a poem of their own. If you would like to submit a poem, this month’s theme is 'The Field'.

Treasurer Support Network – MyFundAccounting Software Demonstration

Option of 13 October (link above) or 17 October 2022 Online

The demonstration will provide you with an overall understanding of how the package works, highlight the main functions, and explain how it can make managing parish finances and reports easier.

Training for All Churchwardens

15 October 2022 - Northwich

The Archdeacons invite all Churchwardens to a training session where they will receive useful updates from the Archdeacons, Diocesan Secretary, George Colville along with sessions from Harriet Roberts (Director of Development – Vision and Strategy) and Bessia Kanengoni ( Digital Giving Advisor).

Women's Voices 2022: Bleeding Women

15 October 2022

 What do our bodies tell us about God? This year's conference focuses on the “subjugated knowledges” of women; truths about God, faith, and life that have traditionally been controlled by others.

Diocesan Diversity Service

16 October at 3pm - Chester Cathedral

This is a first for the Cathedral as all are welcome to come and celebrate stories from Christians. From different backgrounds including – Deaf, LGBTQI, Elderly and Youth are included. Music comes from Proud Mary’s (LGBTI Choir) and Dee Sign Choir. Bishop Julie will be leading the service with the Revd Nick Bundock, Vicar of Emmanuel Didsbury preaching. Hear his moving story on what it means to be an Open Inclusive Church.

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.


Refreshed and Renewed

28 - 30 November 2022 Foxhill, Frodsham

Recognising that the last few years have been particularly demanding for those in church leadership, this retreat offers clergy, other leaders and their spouses a ‘spiritual MOT’ with refreshment and renewal at its heart.

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. 

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



The two Churches are central tradition and seek to develop their community links. There is a good choir at St Bartholomew’s. There is strong potential for the growth of the congregations. The modern Vicarage is right in the heart of the town a short walk from St Bartholomew’s.


Barnton and Winnington

We are seeking a full-time priest-in-charge for this area of rapidly-growing population and huge missional opportunity. The church tradition is open evangelical. The post is a great opportunity for a priest who can work strategically and creatively.

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.


St Oswald’s Worleston CE Primary School

The position will commence on 1st January 2023. Rural Church School Academy Trust (RCSAT) are looking to appoint an inspiring, capable and creative leader who will relish the exciting challenge of leading and promoting the overall Christian ethos, vision, aims and distinctiveness of our Church of England school and nursery.

Pastoral Support Worker & Coffee Bar Coordinator


Located amidst the shops, Holy Trinity is right at the heart of Warrington’s rapidly evolving town centre. Our mission is to reflect the love of Christ in Warrington town centre; to be God’s thumbprint in that place. Coffee Bar is one of our key contact points with our town, enabling us to put our mission into practice.

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.

View all vacancies here

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