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Please pray for our ordinands

On Sunday 3 July, 12 men and women will be ordained at Chester Cathedral. Please hold each of them in your prayers as they prepare for this special occasion. 

Jane Addenbrooke 
Ashleigh Askwith
Sarah Batchelor
Jane Crook
Julie Hassall
Charlie Laver
Tina Lightfoot
Jayne Manfredi
Jo Pemberton
Richard Reeve
Jonathan Roberts
Tom Ryan

The service begins at 10.30am. A live stream of the service from Chester Cathedral will be available to view on Youtube here.

Vocation stories: 'I assumed that was the national policy'

Tom Ryan, who will be ordained on Sunday, describes how he had previously been told he was too old to be accepted for training but was encouraged by others who saw in him the qualities he didn't necessarily see in himself.

Vocation stories: 'I’m starting to worry there might actually be a God'

Jayne Manfredi, who is due to be ordained, has described how a local toddler group in Crewe helped her find God. The mother of four children was raised an atheist until everything "clunked into place". 

Enabling all God's people

All are invited to a special service on 10 September in Bramhall to celebrate all of our different abilities.

As we give thanks for the unique gifts of those who are to be ordained on Sunday, so we look ahead to this diocesan event in September to celebrate the gifts of all those who minister and worship in our churches. 

The Bible says we are all fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God and so the Diocese of Chester is pleased to host a service to celebrate all of our different abilities. Join the Bishop of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty, who will lead the service, and Darius Traves who will be our guest speaker.

Join us on 10 September in Bramhall.
Latest News

Ministry hardship fund open to applicants

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

Helping Treasurers help each other

Sharon Taylor-Booth at Church House is hoping to bring Treasurers together into an informal and supportive network where individuals can share their experiences and ideas with each other. To get things off the ground, Sharon is inviting all interested Treasurers to join her online for a Treasurers’ Surgery event. The hour-long event will be a place to share your Treasury-related queries and questions, no matter how small, and offer your own insights to others as well. No need to register, just follow this link on Monday 11 July at the time that suits you best. 
Session 1, 1pm to 2pm
Session 2, 7pm to 8pm

FREE Mental Health and First Aid training

Together Wirral Churches Forum has teamed up with Transforming Lives Together and BeWell Wirral to provide a number of training opportunities for churches designed to help us be better equipped to respond to issues of mental health and suicide. Funding from Wirral CVF Renewal Fund is helping to provide free Mental Health and First Aid training, the normal cost being £300 plus VAT per person. Bishop Julie is encouraging all licensed clergy in Wirral to consider doing the MHFA training. For full details, see this poster

Knife Angel chaplains wanted

The Knife Angel will be visiting Birkenhead Park throughout July, and the Salvation Army is training local Christians to offer chaplaincy support. If you're a good listener and can sensitively share your faith and pray with others, why not get in touch? For more information, see this poster

3-week introduction to Christianity

Hope Explored, is a self-contained course that church leaders can use to help and guide others to look at the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel. It does not require a huge time commitment and is one of the easiest ways to introduce others to Christianity. 

Creating a faith-sharing culture lunchtime webinar

Leading in Evangelism is a brand new online course from the Church of England that church leaders can take with others from the congregation, at a time that works for them. It encourages your chosen group to think through what sharing the good news of God's love looks like in the place where you live. Together, you'll make a plan to create - and sustain - a faith-sharing culture in your community. It's happening on 5 July at 12pm. Take a look and sign up here

Last few places available for "amazing" mental health initative

At a time when mental health agencies are in great demand, an initiative developed by the Diocese of Chester to support churches serving their schools is now open to all. Here to Help has been described by one Birkenhead Deputy Headteacher as having had “the most amazing impact” on her students. There are just a few spaces left, sign up here

Tools with a Mission

Tools with a Mission (TWAM) is a Christian charity that transforms lives across Africa through the gift of skills, training and tools. They collect usable donated tools, refurbish them, sort them into trade kits and send them to the developing world for livelihood creation. They are looking for volunteers to help collect donated tools. For more information visit the TWAM website

Cranmer Awards open for entries

Young people aged 11 to 18 are invited to take part in this year's Cranmer Awards. The Cranmer Awards are an annual competition run by the Prayer Book Society to introduce young people to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer which has been described as the "bedrock of the Anglican Church".

Nominations open for National Church Awards

The first ever National Church Awards to celebrate churches and the people who use and look after them are now open for entries. The awards are open to any church, chapel or meeting house in the UK and are free to enter. Nominations will be judged by a team of church and heritage professionals.
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.

Here's a recently submitted event....

Spiritual Development in a Church School

05 July 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

Find out how churches can work with church schools to develop spirituality. Aimed primarily at schools, this morning will equip you to support your local school more effectively.

Prayer Spaces in Schools Training

05 July 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

This is an opportunity for churches and schools to come along together to find out how they can collaborate to run effective prayer spaces.

Here to Listen

07 July 2022 - Foxhill, Frodsham

Here to Listen is an initiative from the Diocese of Chester that links volunteers from churches to local schools to provide children and young people with a listening ear.

Everyday Faith in Birkenhead, Wallasey and Wirral North Deaneries

07 July 2022 - St Stephen’s Church, Prenton

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

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.

Enabling all God’s people

10 September 2022 - St Michaels and All Angels, Bramhall

A service to celebrate our different abilities, led by the Bishop of Birkenhead, with guest speaker Darius Traves. The Bishop of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty, will lead the service, and Darius Traves will be our guest speaker.

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.


Cheadle Hulme, St Andrew and Emmanuel

We are looking for a minister who will join with us in our aims to reach out and share God’s love with the local community, guide the churches as they seek to work more closely together and grow younger, wider and deeper.



We are seeking a creative, entrepreneurial priest who can immerse themselves in the Hattersley Estate and develop new forms of mission and ministry out of St Barnabas.There are big challenges, but there are great opportunities too, and the prayerful and committed congregation want to see their church grow.


Eccleston and Pulford

We are seeking an incumbent for this small semi-rural parish of central tradition near Chester (population 800). There are strong links with the church school.


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.

Youth Worker

St Michael’s, Chester

We are looking for a passionate and experienced Youth Worker who will coordinate the work amongst Young people and Young adults in building up their faith in Jesus Christ.

KS2 Teacher

Crowton Christ Church C.E. Primary

The post will be temporary from 1st September 2022 to 25th November 2022 to cover a maternity leave. Salary is MPS M6 £36,961 per annum, pro-rata. The post is for a small KS2 class with mixed year group.

Town Centre Pioneer

Exton Park Campus in Chester

The role will be split between Church Collective in various chaplaincy and planting ministries (22.5 hours per week), and the University of Chester, as chaplain to University Centre Warrington (16 hours per week).

Anglican Chaplain (Ordained)

University of Chester

The University is looking for someone who is an ordained Anglican priest with strong pastoral skills, who will actively take forward our vision for Chaplaincy. The role would suit an individual who is creative and pioneering, with the skills of building supportive and engaging community spaces in Chaplaincy. 

View all vacancies here

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