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Parishes gifted £2,000 boost


All parishes in the Diocese of Chester are to receive a grant of £2,000, made possible thanks to a World War 2 investment fund.

The announcement was made in a letter from the Diocesan Secretary to parishes on Monday 15 June. 

Diocesan Secretary, George Colville, says: "The generosity of past generations has made this gift a reality today. So, as we give thanks for the old, and prepare and look forward to a new chapter in the history of our diocese, it is my prayer that these acts of generosity in the past can advance our collective mission to those in our care today.

"From today, we will begin transferring money to every parish. It will be paid without any other considerations and without the need to complete an application process."

Read George Colville's letter in full.
Read the FAQ regarding the grants to parishes.

Church House Blog: Fundraising special


In this Church House Blog, Emily Allen, Church Buildings Missioner, updates parishes on the fundraising opportunities available to them, including new grants from Christian organisations as well as local authorities.
 

A reflection from lockdown


As church buildings begin to open again, we wanted to share with you a reflection, written in lockdown by the Revd Anne-Marie Naylor, about everyday discipleship and how we are called by the Holy Spirit to action or inaction at different times.

Black lives, like any other lives, do matter


The Revd Canon Lameck Mutete, Vicar of Tattenhall, Cheshire has produced this short video, reflecting on the death of George Floyd in the US which has sparked global demonstrations of justice and equity for all.

Lameck says: "As Christians, we are committed to playing our part in seeing racism eradicated and the restoration of justice for all. For so long the oppressed voice has been crying, 'I can't breathe, take your knee off my neck.'

"But the perpetrators of injustice have been silent.

"Finally, God spoke through George and the words went into flames of unquenchable fire. His final utterings have shaken the world and transformed it forever."

Watch the short video reflection here
 
Latest news

Historic England announces COVID-19 Heritage at Risk Fund


Grants of up to £25,000 will be offered to fix urgent problems at locally-cherished historic buildings and sites which are normally visited by the public so that they can re-open as quickly as possible, subject to COVID-19 restrictions, and thrive once again. The deadline for expressions of interest is midnight on 28 June 2020. Those successful at this stage will be informed by 27 July 2020 and invited to submit a full application by 31 August 2020. 

Transforming Lives Together funding


TLT have been working throughout Covid-19 to support churches distributing food to vulnerable people in our local communities. We have obtained funding to enable us to work with 11 churches so far and that number will increase over the next few months. Our most recent funding means we can support churches within the Diocese in the Tameside, Trafford and Stockport Boroughs of Manchester. Please contact Wendy Robertson for more information.

Updating on clergy housing matters


Following the easing of lockdown measures, the Property Team based at Church House has issued an update detailing the which work can resume at this time and that which will remain on hold for now.

Visit England Re-opening Campaign
 

The Church Buildings Council has met with Visit England, who are in the process of preparing an online assessment tool for visitor attractions of all types and sizes to use to establish that they have done the best they can in relation to making their sites safe for visitors to return to. This ‘Good to Go’ toolkit will be launched in the next two weeks. This may be useful for parishes and cathedrals who want to show they are open and able to welcome visitors and tourists once more. For now, Visit England is keen to hear of re-opening plans that they could use as part of their social media campaign. Short bullet points accompanied by photos or videos of cleaning, virtual tours on offer, installing physical distancing measures, etc. would be very welcome. If you would like to send anything in, please email it to pr@visitengland.org
Events

Equipping people to start their faith journeys

18 June 2020 - Online webinar

Organised by the National Church in Westminster, this webinar will explore what we can learn to equip people to start out and continue their faith journeys.

Youth gathering with Bishop Mark x 2

23 June 2020 - Online Meeting

Bishop Mark Tanner will join young people from across the diocese to discuss a range of topics, from the fun to the serious. This is an open event and observers will be encouraged to share their own questions and comments with the new Bishop-elect of Chester.

Video Streaming for Beginners

26 June 2020 - Online Meeting

If you would like to know how to broadcast your sermons and prayers etc using social media, but don't quite know how to go about it, then this course is for you.
Receiving online donations

18 June 2020 - Online Webinar

The Church of England’s National Giving Team and Digital Team are running a one-hour webinar which covers setting up and receiving online donations, encouraging online donations, communicating with your community, as well as providing an opportunity to ask questions.
Urban clergy get-together

24 June 2020 - Online meeting

Revd Tina Upton is hosting a Zoom meeting for those ministering in urban parishes to get together (virtually) and share some joys and woes and to pray with one another. The meeting time will be from 2.30-4.30pm. You'll need Zoom details to access the meeting. Email hannah.jones@chester.anglican.org for information. 
Opening the Doors 2/2

29 June 2020 - Online webinar

Organised by the National Church, this webinar will offer help and guidance to serve and connect with our communities well when we re-open our doors and invite people in to worship.
Coming out of lockdown with a new mission initiative

15 July 2020 - Online webinar

Join the National Church in Westminster for a session that will explore the Loving First Missional Journey, which can act as a map for starting a new mission initiative with the potential to become a fresh expression of church for your parish.

Poetry Group

08 October 2020

A monthly poetry group is being launched in the Diocese of Chester. The first meeting will be led by John Lindley. This will be followed by lunch, and an afternoon meeting for those who can stay to discuss how the group will operate. For more information, please contact David Herbert.
 
Vacancies

Incumbent

Cheadle Hulme

The parish seeks a Vicar to deepen their faith, and lead them to be better disciples of Jesus and to help continue to enrich the community.

Part-Time Church Administrator

Mickle Trafford and Guilden Sutton

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative person to take on the role of part time administrator and assist our Rector to move forward with our church vision.

View all vacancies here

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