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A huge thank you to all those in our parishes who do so much to live out their faith everyday with joy, dedication, and commitment in the service of their parish. From everyone at Church House, we wish you a happy Easter!

Ukraine: How can we help?

We know that churches across the Diocese of Chester have already been responding generously and compassionately to the situation in Ukraine and that each and every person's situation and capacity to help will be different.

For those who are considering how they can help, there is some guidance and links to resources and support. It is divided into three sorts of responses: 


Separate and specific guidance for clergy living in clergy housing and wanting to offer lodging to refugees has also been created

How one parish is "waging peace" on Putin

Congregations in the parish of Stockton Heath are "waging peace" on Putin by sending letters directly to him at the Kremlin in a simple act of "love" in support of the people of Ukraine. Could you do this too? 

In a warring world, what does resurrection look like? 

Writing to the diocese as part of his Easter message for 2022, Bishop Mark reflects on the resurrection of Jesus and the hope that it grants us, saying: "It accompanies the refugee, pursues the migrant, and clothes the homeless."

City Passion Chester returns

Following years of postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chester City Passion is set to return to the historic streets of Chester on Good Friday. 

Composer and director Matt Baker says: “It has been wonderful to finally be able to rehearse with a terrific company of actors, singers, musicians and drummers, in preparation for the telling of this well-known story in the unique setting of our beautiful city centre”.

This year the main role of Jesus will be played for the first time by Matt Banks of Ellesmere Port. Matt Banks says: “Though it is a really daunting prospect, it is a huge privilege to take on this role and perform alongside a talented company of players”.

The play begins on Eastgate Street on Good Friday at 10.30am and is free to everyone. 

Book your spot on an Everyday Faith deanery evening

Over 40 people from parishes in the deaneries of Chester and Malpas are already registered for the Everyday Faith event on 26 April led by the Everyday Faith Team. Come and learn more about Everyday Faith with neighbouring parishes. 

Bishop Julie appointed to national safeguarding role

The Bishop of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty, has been appointed a deputy lead bishop for safeguarding with a focus on survivor engagement. She takes over from the Bishop of Southampton, Debbie Sellin.
Latest News

A Church Near You at Easter

Holy Week is the second busiest week of the year on A Church Near You - and 80 percent of visitors are there for the first time. If you haven’t already, please update your church listing to include your Holy Week services so visitors to A Church Near You can find you and the transforming story we have to share.  

Poetry Break

A break for poetry lovers to listen to the work of others and for those who want to share a poem of their own. The next poetry break is on Thursday, 12 May 11:00 to 12:30pm. You are welcome to submit a poem on any theme you like for this session. To join, register here.
Events and Webinars


By "following" the Diocese of Chester on Eventbrite, you can receive details of all our events, straight to your inbox, as they're published.

Responding to the refugee crisis

20 April 2022 - Online

Many in our churches are wondering how best to help refugees from Ukraine and elsewhere. We are running this introductory webinar to provide basic information about sponsoring, supporting and welcoming refugees. It will also enable the diocese to gauge what support churches would most appreciate, and enable concerned individuals to link up with others in their area.

Retreat Day: Still, Small Voice…

22 April 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

Sensing Silence: This day will explore ways to encounter God in the moment, making full use of our senses. It is aimed at those who find themselves busy and distracted.

Other Events...

We also list events from parishes and external organisations on our website. Recently added events include:
  • Join an under 16s club night for Jesus in Stalybridge in April
  • Explore and study the poem Four Quartets in Nantwich in May
  • Watch a play in Chester about the stories of four children in care
You can see these and all the other events here. You can add your own event to the list too. 

Everyday Faith in Chester and Malpas Deaneries

26 April 2022 - Handbridge, Chester

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

Social Action with Young People

29 April 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

If you want to inspire young people, serve your local community or learn how to organise social action trips abroad, this day is for you. Youth leaders, children and families leaders, and volunteers will all benefit from this day. You will learn how to make social action a strategic part of your ministry and learn some very practical ideas you can begin to implement straightaway.

Safeguarding Leadership Training - For Parish Safeguarding Officers

05 May 2022 - Online

For Parish Safeguarding Officers following the Leadership Pathway. The Leadership Pathway is about leadership and cultural change. PSOs are required to attend this course as they play a lead role in shaping the culture of their Church body.

Safeguarding Leadership Training - For Clergy

05 May 2022 - Online

For Clergy following the Leadership Pathway. About this event 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.

‘All manner of thing shall be well!’ (Julian of Norwich)

06 May 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

A weekend retreat drawing upon the spiritual wisdom of Julian of Norwich to help us engage more deeply with God and help us in our awareness.

Making Peace with Conflict

11 May 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

Whether you are a person who is deeply embroiled in a church conflict, tyrannised by the thought of conflict, or just interested in the dynamics of human relationships – this course is for you

Walking in the Footsteps of Giants

23 May 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

This retreat will reflect on some of the prayer methods used and encouraged by Saints of the Christian Tradition and will be a time of looking at how we can avail of them today.

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.


Leighton cum Minshull Vernon and Warmingham

St Peter’s and St Leonard’s offers a potentially very rewarding opportunity for the right Vicar. St Peter’s has the look and feel of a beautiful village church, but its close proximity to Crewe means that it is rapidly having to adjust to the ever-expanding conurbation that is increasing the parish population and bringing a missional challenge to its door.

Senior Administration Assistant

Bishop's House, Chester

This is a unique opportunity for a highly professional and experienced Senior Administration Assistant to provide a variety of administrative support to the Bishop of Chester and his team. As Senior Administration Assistant, you will provide a variety of administrative support including overseeing finances, preparing the Bishops’ accounts, facilitating and maintaining an efficient and secure system for filing electronic files and papers.

Buildings for Mission Adviser

Church House, Daresbury

The Diocese of Chester has a vacancy for a Buildings for Mission Adviser who will work to provide advice and support to parishes in the Diocese of Chester so as to enable the missional use of church buildings.

Deputy Headteacher

Guilden Sutton C of E Primary

The Governing Board believe that this is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated candidate to help the continued success achieved over the years.


Little Bollington C of E Primary

The applicant will be a skilled communicator who can engage with all sections of our community and who will have a clear vision for excellent Christian education. The new headteacher will appreciate the benefits of working with a supportive team of staff, governors, parents and the wider community.

KS2 Teacher

Pott Shrigley Church School

The school is looking for an enthusiastic and inspiring Class Teacher to join their team in September 2022. They are are looking for enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to ensuring every child does their best.

View all vacancies here

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