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"That's when I come out changed"

The Bishop of Chester, Mark Tanner, is urging the whole diocese to join in with Thy Kingdom Come and says "let's look forward in the hope of Christ!"

Writing in the May edition of the Chester Diocesan News, Bishop Mark also hints at the power of prayer upon his own life, saying: "How do you pray ‘Thy kingdom come!’ when times are challenging without resorting to simplistic formulae? I ask because I find there is great richness here. When we get beyond the polite ‘stuff’ of prayer and get into the real wrangling, naming how things appear to be and holding them in the open… that’s when grace gets to work and I come out changed."

Read Bishop Mark's reflection in May's CDN here.

Thy Kingdom Come 2021, 13 to 23 May

What is it?
Who is it for?
How can I get involved?

The Diocese of Chester is committed to helping you participate in Thy Kingdom Come. If you are still unsure of how to get involved or don’t know where to start, email Peter Froggatt, Director of Outreach.

"Preach the kingdom of heaven"

Paul Nelson, Churchwarden at St Andrew's, West Kirby, prays that he and his parish is able to preach the kingdom of heaven out in the streets to the whole community and not just to those "in our fine church buildings".

"Pray for our children"

John Mason, Treasurer, and worshipper in Bunbury, shares some of the things he and his parish will be praying for during Thy Kingdom Come, the global initiative in which Christians are called to pray from Ascension to Pentecost.

A secret out in the open

The Revd Lynn Boyle was emotionally burdened for decades by the memories of abuse she suffered as a child. She finally sought support from her family and parish and with God's help has come through the process a stronger person

TLT gets fresh funding

Transforming Lives Together has been successful in obtaining funding from the Cheshire Community Fund and the Albert Gubay Foundation to continue supporting churches to provide food to vulnerable people. 

Songs of Praise for St Chad's

When married couple Nigel and Rachael Stephens decided to leave the estate agent business behind to concentrate on what God wanted them to do, things just grew and grew beyond their expectations. They shared their story with Songs of Praise
Latest News

Thy Kingdom Come at Chester Cathedral

The Cathedral Canons will be praying a six-fold office during Ascensiontide and welcome and warmly invite others in the diocese to join, should they wish. We will be focussing each day on various themes of mission and ministry in our intercession for the diocese, cathedral, and world.
For more details, email Canon Sarah Fenby

Chester Diocesan News is out now

The May edition of the Chester Diocesan News is now available. It focusses on Thy Kingdom Come which will happen from 13 - 23 May 2021. Bishop Mark writes the introduction.

Clergy who are soon-to-be parents

Clergy who are soon-to-be parents should be made aware of the information on our website relating to statutory leave and pay. Completed forms should be returned to the HR Department by email to or sent by post to Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4GE.

Melanesian Mission newsletter

The latest Melanesian Mission newsletter is now available which includes a report on the  Melanesian Brotherhood celebrating the feast of the seven martyred Brothers and St Mark’s day.

Covenant for the Care and Wellbeing of the Clergy

The Clergy Covenant is a document that has been developed to support and care for clergy and their wellbeing and was made an Act of Synod in February 2020. Clergy are encouraged to find out more by visiting the Church of England website. Further information about how we can help initiate and guide discussions in our own diocese will be communicated soon. 

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 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. To register your interest, email

Pastoral Worker and Reader Training

For those wishing to apply for Pastoral Worker and Reader training, we would like you to speak first to a Vocations Adviser. To set this process in motion, please complete this form Vocational Conversation - Initial Enquiry Form and then send it to who will arrange the initial contact with a Vocations Adviser. The deadline for selection packs for Reader and Pastoral Worker training is now 31 July 2021.

Table of Parochial Fees 2021 – new version

A new Table of Parochial Fees has been published for use after 4 May 2021 and can be found on the diocesan website here. This has been amended to reflect the change in marriage registration, whereby churches should not be collecting marriage certificate fees in respect of weddings taking place after 4 May 2021. After this date the local Register Office will collect this fee.

Living Judaism

Organised by Chester Cathedral, this is a talk by a Rabbi about Judaism today - in Chester Town Hall on 06 July 2021. It is followed by an introduction to Passover meal led by Ann Angel, a consultant who teaches Judaism in schools and with teachers.

The Benedictine Way

Join Chester Cathedral for a day workshop led by Esther de Waal, author of 'Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict' on Saturday 24 July, 10am - 3.30pm.

Chester’s Theological Claim to Fame: the Significance of W.H. Vanston

This lecture 05 May is organised by the Chester Theological Society and Led by the Revd Canon Dr Michael Brierley, Worcester Cathedral. It will draw on research and an archive of Vanstone’s unpublished writings in order to scrutinize his thought, suggest reasons for his appeal, and illuminate his continuing significance for theology today. Please email Rachel Barlow ( or Elaine Graham ( for access code and password.

Free 'Bouncing Forwards' book

Written by Patrick Regan, this book explores resilience, acceptance, and emotional agility. It has been chosen for the Big Church National Read for September and is available for free to church leaders. Order your copy here
Events and Webinars

Poetry Break

13 May 2021 - Online

Poetry Break is an online monthly refreshment break for poetry lovers.

Being Inclusive: Including those with Dementia in Church Life.

17 May 2021 - Online

This session aims to support parishes to become more inclusive of those with dementia.

Training for new Churchwardens

20 July 2021 - Church House

A training session to learn what is required in the role of Churchwarden. Talks will be given by both Ian Bishop and Mike Gilbertson and other Diocesan staff.

Parish Vacancies

If your parish has a vacancy, perhaps for a youth worker or church administrator etc, then you 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.


West Kirby and Liscard

The Bishop of Chester and the Chapter of Chester Cathedral are looking to appoint a priest with a missional heart to this exciting post at a new stage of the life of these two parishes.


Barnston and Pensby

We are seeking a mission-minded incumbent for this parish of evangelical tradition on the Wirral. This is a thriving parish with a population of 16,000 and an electoral roll of over 300. There are two churches: Christ Church Barnston, in the more rural setting of Barnston Village, and St Michael’s Pensby in a more heavily-populated suburban location.

Assistant Minister (special focus on youth work)


We are looking for someone with experience in Christian ministry and youth work; a committed believer who seeks daily to grow personally in the knowledge and love of God and desires to help others to do the same.

Children and Families Worker


Key to the role will be the establishment of a programme of children’s ministry, renewing and reinvigorating our toddler groups and support to our youngest church members, supporting church and community-based activities and working alongside schools’ curriculum to support local primary school visits.

Healing Adviser

Diocese of Chester

Applications are invited for the position of Healing Adviser in the Diocese of Chester. This is a voluntary post, envisaged to require a time commitment of 0.5 to1 day per week. The role is open to ordained and lay applicants and is a Bishop’s appointment, initially for a term of 3 years.


Runcorn All Saints C of E Primary School

We believe that this is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated candidate to build upon and continue the journey the school is on at this present time. They must be prepared to share and enhance our vision of excellence and be committed to providing a high quality, broad and enriching educational experience for all pupils, within our strong family ethos, based on Christian principles.

View all vacancies here

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