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Online survey closes on 10 September

The first part of the consultation seeking views from the around the diocese on who the next Bishop of Chester should be is coming to a close on 10 September. Contributions after that time must be made at the public meeting or directly to the appointments secretaries.

There are three ways to participate in the consultation and anyone can contribute. 

ONE: Complete the online survey of five questions by 10 September

TWO: Attend the public meeting on 25 September

THREE: Write to the appointments secretaries by 30 September 

The Church at Creamfields

During the hottest August Bank Holiday on record over 60 volunteers from across the Diocese of Chester and the Diocese of Liverpool, came together to serve the revellers at Creamfields Festival.

Fire at Beechmere care home, Crewe

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield has praised the community in Crewe following the fire at Beechmere care home in August. Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke he described the response as "wonderful” and "precious". 

Grappenhall's bells ring out again

The wait is finally over for a band of bell ringers in Grappenhall who have returned to ringing after a hiatus of seven months in order to remove old bells and cast and install new ones. 
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Consultation: Baptised children and Holy Communion

At the start of the summer, we published information regarding a questionnaire commissioned by Bishop Peter on Admission of Baptised Children to Holy Communion. Thank you to all that have responded. If you wish to contribute, there's still a chance and we would welcome your views. The deadline for submissions is 30 September. Read more and complete the questionnaire. If you would like to contribute but found it difficult to do so through the questionnaire, please email comments to  

Good governance in parochial ministry

The Ecclesiastical Law Society presents a series of regional day conferences looking at the challenges and importance of good governance in parochial ministry. These days are open to anyone who is involved in leading or assuring governance and management of life in our parishes – clergy, churchwardens, PCC secretaries, registrars, diocesan staff and trainers etc.
London event - 15 November 2019
Birmingham event - 22 November 2019

Chester Festival of the Bible 

In October over 24 different churches and organisations will be providing over 70 events as part of The Chester Festival of the Bible. Everyone is welcome to attend and most of the events are free. The Festival runs from the 1 to 31 October. See the Festival programme here

Tour of Britain Cycle Race

The Tour of Britain is coming to the Diocese of Chester on the 05 and the 14 of September. If your church is along the route you might want to show your support by opening up your church for spectators. You can see detailed maps of the two stages below.
Wirral - Stage 5   
Altrincham to Manchester - Stage 8

Historic England mapping tool

Ever found yourself lost, looking for a remote Rectory down uncharted, windy Cheshire roads? One local priest has offered a piece of practical advice for anyone in that position... Historical England has a website with a mapping section that allows you to find listed properties and churches by name, even in very remote areas. He says it might be useful where the postcode itself isn't precise enough. The priest says: "It's been very helpful to me finding where many of our parishioners live when the house only has a name and no number."

Christian Blind Mission Sunday

Christian Blind Mission Sunday is an uplifting addition to the church calendar to mark World Sight Day (10 October). You can register your support by visiting or call 0800 567 7000 to find out more and receive free resources to help your congregation learn, pray and give to ensure people living in the world’s poorest places with avoidable blindness are no longer out of sight and out of mind.

Cathedral and Church Shops Association Trade Fair

The CCSA is a Voluntary organisation which works with cathedrals and churches across the UK and Ireland to help and support their Retail Shop Managers in their role in raising funds. Their annual Conference and Trade Fair is being hosted by Durham Cathedral on the 25 and 26 September, with over 40 Religious/Gift Suppliers attending the Trade Fair. 

Science and the Language of Prayer

Bramhall Methodist Church has organised a series of five seminars to be held this autumn. The programme of seminars will explore how a modern understanding of science might influence the way we think about God and the language we use to express our prayers. 

Church House training for 2020

Each year, Church House staff organise training opportunities for parishes that cover a wide variety of aspects of church life. As we plan next year’s programme, we would like to understand your perspective to ensure we cover topics of greatest need as much as possible. Please share with us your thoughts on training/learning opportunities.

Free poetry writing event

Calling all wordsmiths, young, old, established and green. On 14 September, St Helen Witton Church is holding a writing workshop. The event will be run by local volunteer writing groups who focus mainly on poetry. The idea is to encourage local people to write down their experiences of St Helen's Church - perhaps a poem about the stained glass windows, or the peace and quiet. Drop-in and join them between 10am and 4pm. See the poster for more details. 

Managing events in your church

Hartford - 07 September 2019

This interactive workshop for people who run events in and for their church will give the basics of event management and planning and will be delivered by two senior UK events management academics with decades of professional events experience in the industry.

Living in the Spirit 7 days a week

Foxhill, Frodsham - 11 to 13 September 2019

Led by Kevin and Anne Roberts, we will look at what it means to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’ day by day, and at how we can trace his presence and provision in the different seasons and experiences of life.

Anti modern slavery training for all

Chester - 11 September 2019

An evening looking at what modern slavery and human trafficking is, and how we can all spot signs of it in our communities.

Explorers of church buildings: Audio/Visual at St Mary’s

Birkenhead - 26 September 2019

Hear why and how St Mary’s decided to install new audio/visual equipment of a projector and screen in the church building and the difference it has made to church services. 

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. 

Myers-Briggs workshop

Church House, Daresbury - 15 October 2019

The Myers-Briggs model can help us identify our own personality preferences and can enhance understanding and ability to communicate with those different from ourselves – so that we work and worship together more harmoniously.

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.

Encountering the Kingdom Retreat

Foxhill, Frodsham - 05 to 08 November 2019

Led by the Revd Catherine Williams, this is an opportunity to rest and retreat as we explore the reign of God in our lives, churches and world. £220 - Includes en-suite accommodation, all meals and refreshments 

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