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Meet our new clergy


On Sunday 3 July, 12 men and women were ordained at Chester Cathedral. Please continue to pray for our new clergy as they go forward to do God's work in our diocese. Read more, see the photos and view the video of the service here.

Stellar steps forward for Chester Cathedral


Chester Cathedral is undertaking a significant step toward reducing its carbon footprint by installing roof-mounted solar panels. The solar panels are one part of the Cathedral’s activity towards becoming net-zero carbon.

Bob Pullan remembered by A Rocha


Christian environmental charity, A Rocha, has published an obituary for Upton Churchwarden Bob Pullan. Bob was the first chair of the A Rocha trustees in 1983 when the organization was established.

Everyday Faith event gets thumbs up


The latest Everyday Faith deanery event has been given a big thumbs up. Over 60 people from more than ten churches came along to learn more about how the local church can encourage people to live out their faith in everyday life. 

For part of the evening, the Director of Outreach, the Revd Peter Froggatt, led discussions around "frontlines", those places in which God has placed each of us to do his work.
 

Future events:
 

17 March: Great Budworth and Middlewich - Watch a short review
26 April: Chester and Malpas 
07 July: Birkenhead, Wallasey and Wirral North - Read a short review
18 July: Chadkirk, Stockport, and Mottram REGISTRATION OPEN
06 September: Bowdon and Knutsford REGISTRATION OPEN
14 September: Nantwich and Congleton REGISTRATION OPEN
06 October: Frodsham and Wirral South REGISTRATION OPEN
17 October: Cheadle and Macclesfield REGISTRATION OPEN
 

National resource for evangelism


Leading in Evangelism” is an online, learning resource supporting leaders to create and sustain a faith-sharing culture. It has been developed collaboratively by the National Church, Anglican Minority Ethnic Network, CPAS and Leading your Church into Growth. For more information or help on how to use the resources, contact the Mission Adviser, John Hellewell.
E: john.hellewell@chester.anglican.org
 
Latest News

Final chance to apply for the current hardship grant tranche


The Diocese of Chester has received a grant of £72,000 from the Archbishops’ Council as part of a nationwide scheme to assist clergy who are struggling with the cost of living crisis. After reading the accompanying information, clergy who think they may be eligible can complete an application and submit it for consideration. Full details can be found here. Applications must be made no later than 11 July. 

Are you or your PCC due a council tax rebate? 


The Government has provided some support for fuel bills in the form of a Council Tax rebate of £150 for properties in Council Tax Bands A-D.  The rebate may be applicable to some PCCs. If applicable, rebates attached to clergy housing should be claimed by the bill payer, ie PCCs. We ask that you claim any rebate due and that the rebate is passed on to the clergy to help support them with the rising cost of energy bills.

Foundations for Ministry


Discover your gifts and calling while learning with others. 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. To register your interest, email ministry@chester.anglican.org

Growing Good Toolkit


Transforming Lives Together is working in partnership with the Church Urban Fund to help churches grow new connections and make a difference in their communities. They are holding an event on Tuesday 20 September in Lostock Gralam where they will introduce the Growing Good Toolkit, a free course for churches to explore the connections between social action, discipleship, and growth. Find out more here and register for the event here

Tips and tricks for parish communicators


July's newsletter from the Church of England's digital team is packed full of tips and tricks for parish communicators, including information on how to communicate well as a church; details of the Church Development Tool, a free online survey tool for worshipping communities; Facebook tips and training for churches; and digital news roundup. Read more here

Safe car wash app


The Clewer Initiative has relaunched its Safe Car Wash App. The app helps users spot the signs of modern slavery and gives users the power to automatically report concerns to the Modern Slavery Helpline at the touch of a button.

General Synod currently sitting in York


General Synod is currently sitting at the University of York and the final day is tomorrow. Please pray for our diocesan representatives: Janette Allotey, Samuel Wilson, Julie Withers, Deborah Woods, Jason Clarke, Alan Dowen, John Mason, Elizabeth Olsen, Joshua Askwith, Ian Bishop, Christopher Blunt, Clair Jaquiss, Gary, Kennaugh, Robert Munro. 

Latest news from Synod: 
Events and Webinars

List your events on our website


DID YOU KNOW: You can 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.

Recently submitted events....
 

Poetry Break

14 July 2022

A chance to take a break from the busyness of life and from daily routine. Some read a poem they’ve written, or one from a book they like; others just listen, and join in the discussion if they wish. If you would like to submit a poem, this month’s theme is Song..

Training for NEW Churchwardens

16 July 2022 - Daresbury

The Archdeacons invite all new Churchwardens to a training session to learn what is required in their role. Talks will be given by both Ian Bishop and Mike Gilbertson and other diocesan staff including Caroline Hilton, DAC Secretary. 

Everyday Faith in Chadkirk, Stockport and Mottram Deaneries

18 July 2022 - All Saints Church, Marple

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

Safeguarding Leadership Training For Clergy whose accreditation has expired

30 August 2022 - Online

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.

Safeguarding Training:  For Those With PTO and others Authorised for Ministry

01 September August 2022 - Online

For those with PTO and others authorised for ministry (and whose role does not meet the Leadership Pathway criteria). This course will explore and reflect upon the safeguarding dimensions involved in the ministry of those who hold PTO and others who are also authorised to minister, but whose role does not meet the leadership pathway training criteria.

Everyday Faith in Bowdon & Knutsford Deaneries

6 September 2022 - St Peter’s Church, Hale

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

Safeguarding Training:  For Those With PTO and others Authorised for Ministry

09 September August 2022 - Online

For those with PTO and others authorised for ministry (and whose role does not meet the Leadership Pathway criteria). This course will explore and reflect upon the safeguarding dimensions involved in the ministry of those who hold PTO and others who are also authorised to minister, but whose role does not meet the leadership pathway training criteria.
 
Vacancies

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 stephen.freeman@chester.anglican.org. Please remember to include all relevant information about the role, such as contact details and closing date.

Incumbent

Stockport and Brinnington

We are praying for a person of vision, confidence, resilience and drive to come and lead this parish forwards. Stockport is a growing town with big ambitions. It is an exciting place to live and minister and there are massive opportunities for the church to bless, serve and reach out into the town.

Incumbent

St Barnabas, Bredbury

We are seeking a part-time Incumbent (50% stipend 3.5 days plus Sunday). The parish has a small, faithful, friendly and caring congregation who are looking for an Incumbent who will bring excellent skills as a Pastor.

Incumbent / Priest in Charge

Rostherne with Bollington and Over Tabley

The churches are all situated in largely rural settings and in lovely parts of Cheshire. All churches have faithful congregations who work hard to keep the buildings in good condition.

Community Engagement Intern

Holy Trinity Hurdsfield, Macclesfield

Your role will be to apply the training which we and others will give you to engage creatively with Hurdsfield people. You’ll also do this in other areas of Macclesfield where other churches or charities are seeking to do the same thing.

School Chaplain

Bishop's Blue Boat School, Chester

We are seeking to appoint a school chaplain whose main purpose is to support the school community in furthering the distinctive Christian ethos in the school. You will find the school a rewarding and friendly place to work with good relationships between staff and students.

Head Teacher with teaching commitment

Pott Shrigley Church of England VA Primary School

The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic and effective leader, keen to inspire a love of learning and to continue to develop our school’s ethos and vision.

Part Time Parish PA to Vicar and Clergy

St. Mark’s, Lache-cum-Saltney

The church is are looking for someone with enthusiasm, commitment, and who enjoys working with a lively diverse team, to take on the role of part time PA. Experienced in Microsoft, excel and website management.

Governor Vacancies

Various Locations

Would you, or someone you know be interested to become a school governor? You might be just the person one of our schools are looking for without realising it. You don’t have to have a background in Education as a wide variety of professional and life skills add strength to a governing board.

View all vacancies here
 

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