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Proclamation ceremonies take place across the diocese

Ceremonies proclaiming the accession of King Charles III to the throne have taken place across the Diocese of Chester and the country.

From Sandbach to Stockport, Neston to Northwich, hundreds of people came to hear the news and to hold the King and the Royal Family in prayer.

On Sunday 11 September at the proclamation ceremony outside Chester Town Hall, the Bishop of Chester and the Dean of Chester led the assembled crowd in prayer. Later in the day, the bishop traveled to Nantwich with the Bishop of Stockport for the East Cheshire Civic Service. 

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop, attended the Cheshire East proclamation at Westfield’s Council Offices in Sandbach where he led prayers for the King, the country and the wider commonwealth

Earlier in the day, in an interview with BBC Stoke, Archdeacon Ian reflected on the passing of the Queen, saying: "She has been a remarkable lady doing a remarkable job." 

Bishop Mark pays tribute to the Queen in BBC interview

Bishop Mark spoke with BBC Radio Merseyside about the Queen's legacy and the impact that she had around the world. For Bishop Mark, who was born in Canada, she was also the Queen of his homeland. Listen here.

Cathedral to lead services of thanksgiving ahead of funeral

Around the diocese parishes of all size, churchmanship, and tradition are preparing to give thanks for the life of the late Queen ahead of the state funeral on Monday 19 September.

Parishes encouraged to list services on ACNY

Parishes are encouraged to list any services of thanksgiving they have planned on A Church Near You. It only takes a few moments to update your details and doing so will ensure anyone searching for information for a local service can easily find it. 

Churches open books of condolence

Parish churches, cathedrals, and chapels across the country have been open for prayer and reflection, including in Grappenhall where people were queuing even before the church doors had opened. 

A diocese in mourning

The bishops and other senior leaders, as well as clergy and lay leaders around the Diocese of Chester have been offering prayers and tributes to Her Late Queen Elizabeth II.

The Bishop of Chester: "We pray with gratitude for her long, wise, and compassionate reign. We pray for our nation and the Commonwealth. We pray for the Royal Family in their loss and grieving. And, in particular, we pray for our King. May he, and we, be upheld and strengthened by the grace of her Lord and ours, Jesus Christ."
The Bishop of Stockport: "For many of us, the late Queen has been a symbol of stability throughout our lives. In her death, just as throughout her long life, we are comforted and inspired by the reminder of the source of that stability in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which was the ground of her faith and can be the wellspring of our hope.
The Bishop of Birkenhead: "There will be many fine words about her servant leadership. Words such as steadfast, hard-working, committed, faithful, wise… All apt tributes, but I would like to pay homage, in particular, to her courage - courage to lead as a woman in what is so often a man’s world; courage to steer a steady course through some deeply troubled times..."
The Archdeacon of Macclesfield: "St Paul told us to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable (Phil 4:8), and somehow I’ve always associated that verse with the Queen; the life she lived, the values she held and the example she set. Her faithfulness and the inner strength she gained from that faith were evident to all..."
The Archdeacon of Chester: "Queen Elizabeth has been a wonderful example of duty and dedication to her people. But more than that, she was a steadfast example of Christian discipleship, being totally clear about her commitment to serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us give profound thanks for her life, and pray for King Charles as he takes on huge new responsibilities."
The Dean of Chester: "Her Majesty the Queen has given outstanding service to our nation, Commonwealth and church. Over seventy years of stability and prosperity have characterised her reign. Many of us have lived our whole lives in this second Elizabethan period and should never take for granted the security and prosperity it has offered us..."
Latest News

Buildings for Mission Advisor joins Church House team

Sheena Wilson has joined the team at Church House where she has begun her role as Buildings for Mission Advisor working in the Outreach Team. The broad remit of the role is to support parishes with the use of their church buildings in ways that will encourage and advance church mission. Making good use of the spaces available and exploring funding opportunities are just two of the avenues that Sheena intends to help parishes with, though each church will present its own unique opportunities for ideas.

Everyday Faith deanery roll-out event to go ahead 

The Everday Faith team has decided to continue with Wednesday's event with a plan to adjust the format to focus on the outstanding example of Christian discipleship set by the late Queen. The Everyday Faith team Chair, Archdeacon Mike Gilbertson, said: "We have decided that it would be appropriate to go ahead. We will adjust the tone of the event to fit with the national mood of reflection, and include a particular focus on the outstanding example of Christian discipleship set by the late Queen."
Events and Webinars

List your services of thanksgiving for our late Queen

Please 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. 

Sponsoring, supporting and welcoming refugees networking event

22 September 2022 - Church House, Daresbury

An opportunity to meet with others who are sponsoring, supporting and welcoming refugees, to share ideas and experiences and answer any questions you might have.

Poetry Break Out

22 September 2022 - Online

At this event Linda Cosgriff will be encouraging us to explore our appreciation of poetry, and work on ideas and techniques for our own poetry writing.

‘Now that I’m free to be myself, who am I?’ (Mary Oliver)

23 September 2022

A creative space to reflect on the impact that change has on our lives. We will engage with art, poetry, scripture, music, and times of silence, bringing our personal situation into the presence of God.

British Food Fortnight National Harvest Festival Service

25 September 2022

The Service is the culmination of a series of events celebrating the production of local food. This service is open to all. If you are Clergy or Readers then you are invited to robe. 
Art – Opening our Minds to Encountering God

30 September 2022

Foxhill Enjoy a retreat from everyday life and return feeling refreshed and renewed to continue hearing the ‘still small voice of calm’. This Day Retreat seeks to help Christians encounter the living God expressed through art and images in our time.

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.

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.

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. 


Christ Church Willaston

We are seeking a part-time priest-in-charge offering Sunday duties plus three days per week for this small benefice (population 2,600) in an attractive part of the Wirral. Overall, the church tradition is fairly central, although the incoming priest-in-charge will be someone who can relate well to a breadth of traditions. 


Eccleston and Pulford, near Chester

We are seeking an incumbent for this small semi-rural parish (population 800). There are strong links with the church school. The patronage is held by the Duke of Westminster, and the Eaton Estate provides the housing for the rector, in Eccleston.

Leader of Children and 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. Berteline’s, Runcorn

This is an exciting opportunity for an existing Headteacher or Deputy Head who has the leadership ability, enthusiasm, drive, determination and commitment to continue to develop this unique school now and into the future.


Norley C of E Primary School

Due to the retirement of our current bursar, the Governing Body of this friendly Church of England Primary School are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and committed person to join our dedicated office team.

View all vacancies here

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