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Vocations Sunday is this Sunday

Vocations Sunday is fast approaching and this year the Diocesan Director of Vocations, Sarah Fenby, says she is most encouraged by the examples of the ways in which people and parishes are exploring God's calling.

Walking with God booklet

‘Walking with God’ contains a number of readings, with contributions from representatives of the Cathedral community. It has been collated for the year 2020 as part of Chester Cathedral's theme of 'pilgrimage'. 

Clubbing with Christianity

For the last two years, Ordinand Simon Stride has been leading DJ worship for the youth congregation at St Mary's, running clubland style events that play Christian dance music.
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Vocations: Foundations for Ministry course

This course is open to anyone who wants to grow and develop in Christian ministry in the Church and in the wider world. It forms the first year of training for Reader and Pastoral Worker ministries. The next course will begin in late September, running in an exciting new format from previous years with the inclusion of online learning sessions. For further information or an application form please email

Vocations: Leadership development for women

This is for women clergy and is designed to enable women with potential for senior leadership in the Church to develop the confidence to apply for and take up such roles. The programme is based on a year-long experience of professional and personal development and involves three residential events, regional action learning groups, and also the opportunity to pursue other leadership training such as shadowing a role or mentoring as each participant feels is appropriate. The leadership team are currently inviting applications for this programme from experienced ordained women. The closing date for applications is 31 May 2020. Places are very limited and the programme, which runs every few years is usually oversubscribed. If you think that you would like to have a conversation to find out more as part of a process of discernment towards possibly applying for this programme please contact Revd Christine Broad Dean of Women in Ministry for further information as soon as possible.

Praying for our frontline workers

We want to support frontline workers with prayer and are asking for those people to send us a little information that will help guide us in our thoughts and prayers for you. If you, or someone you know, would like to be supported in these times through prayer, just fill in our really simple form. Your submission will be anonymous. The form can be found here: Please circulate the link to anyone working on the frontline who might welcome one of our diocesan intercessors praying for them. 

A Church Near You (ACNY)

If your church is listed on A Church Near You, please update your details on the website to reflect the current circumstances. If you stream your services you can now add a 'live streaming' tag to your ACNY entry.

Energy Footprint Tool now live

The Church of England’s Energy Footprint Tool is now available nationally, following its trial period. The easy-to-use free Energy Footprint Tool will tell your church what your "carbon footprint" is, based on the energy you use to heat and light your building. This can support you in understanding, and then managing, your carbon footprint.

Do you need a faculty?

On 1 April 2020, the Faculty Jurisdiction (Amendment) Rules 2019 came into effect, updating the legal framework for works carried out to repair, maintain and improve our church buildings. The new rules add to both List A (works that can be done without permission).

Two Cheshire churches receive £15k grant

Two much-loved Cheshire churches are to receive a share in a £330,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust. A £15,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help provide disabled access, toilet facilities, a warm environment and dedicated area for preparation and serving refreshments at St Mary the Virgin Church, Bosley and a £15,000 grant will help fund the installation of kitchen facilities, a disabled toilet and a meeting space at St Philip Church, Kelsall.

Practical Theology Reading Group

Online - 6 May 2020 2.00pm

The group normally meets at Foxhill - but this time will meet virtually. This will make it possible for others to join the group. They will be welcome - and should contact David Herbert T:07889 217589 if interested. Two further meetings are planned: June 3rd and July 1st. The book we are reading is Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness and Gentle Discipleship. It is by John Swinton and published by SCM (2016). It was winner of the Michael Ramsay Prize 2016. In our first session we will do no more than look at the introduction and the first part of the book (to page 53). The book is available for about £15.
Archbishop to stream to pupils

Online -  Thursday 30 April 2020 10:00am 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a message of hope to school pupils across the country in the first assembly at Oak National Academy.
Chester Cathedral Services
The Cathedral is holding regular services online. Their homepage provides daily updates on forthcoming video streams.
Parish video content and services
A number of parishes are publishing videos and streaming their services online, which you can find on the dicoesan website.

Labs Learning webinars

The national Church of England, based in Westminster organise regular online training sessions which are open to parishes. Forthcoming webinars include 'Make the most of your A Church Near You page ' and 'Youth and young people: Keeping connected'.  

Priest in Charge

Whaley Bridge

The very attractive village of Whaley Bridge hit the national headlines last year when the dam at the Toddbrook resovoir came close to bursting. It was at that moment the Christian community really rose to the occasion and showed the whole village what a significant part of the community it really is.

Priest in Charge


We are seeking an interim Priest in Charge for a period of two years to help the parishes move towards new benefices. The new Priest in Charge will have the opportunity to lead through this exciting time in the churches life.

View all vacancies here

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