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Welcome Service for the Bishop of Birkenhead

A Welcome Service for Bishop Julie Conalty will take place this evening at Christ the King, Birkenhead. The service will be attended by Bishops Mark, Julie and Sam as we give thanks for the beginning of Bishop Julie’s ministry amongst us. The event is fully booked but you will be able to watch the service online here, starting at 7pm. 

Bishop Sam's service took place at St George's, Stockport on 14 October and can be viewed here on St George's Facebook page. 

Cathedral COP 26 exhibition

As COP 26 approaches and world leaders set out their plans to combat the climate crisis, we ask: “What impact can little old me really make?” Expect free talks from experts, and panel discussions about the big sustainability questions facing society in the coming decades. 

Woodchurch receives Green Flag Award

Holy Cross Woodchurch Churchyard has achieved the Green Flag Award. The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces. Holy Cross Churchyard is one of 2127 award-winning green spaces.

Net zero service

Parishes are invited to hold a net zero service between now and the 7 November. Resources are available to help parishes measure the carbon footprint of their services, including travel emissions, heating, lighting and electricity. Take a look at the helpful resources

Lay Licensing Service

On Saturday 9 October Bishop Mark admitted and licensed twelve lay people at a special service held at Chester Cathedral. There were nine Readers, one Pastoral Worker and two Lay Pioneers. Seven Readers and one Pastoral Worker were licenced to this diocese, and eighteen Readers and four Pastoral Workers became emeritus. Please continue to hold all our lay ministers - new and emeritus, young and old - in your prayers. See some of the photographs here
Latest News

General Synod election results 2021

The voting and subsequent counting of the votes for the General Synod election for the Diocese of Chester has now been completed. The counting of votes took place on the afternoon of 13 October 2021. View the results here.

Clergy Gathering 2022 

The Revd Dr Sharon Prentis has been confirmed as a key note speaker at the Clergy Gathering 2022. The conference will take place between 16 and 19 of May 2022 at Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. Booking is essential but has not yet opened. Further details will be announced in the E-Bulletin. 

New guidance for church buildings: access and metal theft

The CofE’s Church Buildings Council has published guidance on Equal access to church buildings. Also, Historic England has updated its guidance on metal theft from church roofs and replacement materials and provided supplementary guidance specifically on Terne-coated stainless steel.

Keeping church roofs and rainwater goods safe and secure

Please see the diocesan guidance on preventing Heritage Crime and what to do in the unfortunate event of Metal Theft . The All Churches Trust (ACT) is offering funding to parishes to help towards the cost of roof alarms For more information click here. With the autumn leaves starting to fall, it is worth planning gutter clearance to prevent blockage and water ingress that may lead to larger, more costly repairs, for general advice please click on Gutters and Church Buildings Maintenance.

Funding for churches

Transforming Lives Together has funding available. If your church will be providing food to vulnerable people in your community over the next few months (including school holiday provision) or you are supporting families to become independent of food parcels, do get in touch with TLT to discuss how they can help you. Contact Wendy Robertson, TLT Community Missioner at

Filling the Gap

Has your church been thinking about providing food and activities to children and families during school holidays but doesn't know where to start? Transforming Lives Together are bringing a few of their existing 'Filling the Gap' churches together for a Zoom meeting on Monday 15 November at 10.30am. This will be the perfect opportunity for you to listen to their experiences and ask any questions you may have. Let TLT know if you would like to attend and they will send you joining details:

Partnership for Missional Church

For a number of years CMS have been offering Partnership for Missional Church, a programme helping churches understand themselves, their communities and their calling. It has been widely used and much appreciated. They are currently offering generous subsidies to churches in the 20% most disadvantaged parish areas. Find out more at Partnership for Missional Church - Church Mission Society.

Fundraising forum – invite to join

Do you have experience of fundraising that could help other parishes? Emily would like to set up a forum for fundraising, to collectively pool knowledge and enhance peer-to-peer support for parishes with less experience. The first online meeting will be held on Monday 29th November 2.00-3.30pm to discuss further. If you are interested in finding out more, whether or not you can make the first meeting, please email

Youth Work Week is Coming!

Youth Work week is coming from 1 November – 7 November. The theme is Youth Work Champions. The National Youth Agency is inviting organisations, including churches, to let them know about youth work champions in their area – either a young person or a youth worker. Nominate your youth worker, find out more and get involved here.
Events and Webinars

Living in Love and Faith with Young People

19 October 2021 - Online

If you’re wondering how to engage young people with the Living in Love and Faith resources to enable conversations about identity, sexuality, relationships and gender, this webinar is for you.

Fundraising in a Box

20 October 2021 - Online

Find out about the new fundraising resource for Ecclesiastical Insurance customers. A simple step-by-step guide, printed in five easy-to-navigate booklets packaged up in a neat little box and full of tips, suggestions and resources to help churches with their fundraising.

4 Week Creation Care Course - Week 3: Living Climate Change

21 October 2021 -  Online

We will learn about the effects of climate change on people and draw upon examples of climate impacts and human responses in Melanesia. We will take a theological perspective on creation care using bible studies and theological resources.

Retreat day Still, Small Voice

27 October 2021 -  Foxhil, Frodsham

A day to take time to look afresh at our 'Anchors' as we navigate our lives into the future. What do we depend on and what is holding us back.

Being There: Ministering to Bereavement

09 Nov - 14 Dec 2021 - Online

An opportunity to join a learning community as we minister to the bereaved. Readers and Pastoral Workers can attend this course as part of the preparation for undertaking funeral ministry. 9, 16, 23 and 30 November; 7 and 14 December 2021.

24 Hours with a Theologian led by Revd Robert Evans

10-11 November 2021 - Foxhill, Frodsham

This residential at Foxhill is a resource for licensed ministers in the Diocese of Chester and is part of a series of other 24-hour sessions with leading theologians. Robert Evans has a passion for St Paul’s theology and ethics. He wants this 24 hours to be spent with our first Christian theologian, Paul. 

Through a glass darkly: exploring self-awareness

15 November 2021

A day for licensed ministers, with a limit of 15 places. All those who attend will be asked to participate fully and the group will agree a contract in order that the space can be a safe, confidential place of meeting. 

Making the most of RE lessons and assemblies

19 November 2021 - Foxhill, Frodsham

If you work with your local primary school(s), or would like to, this day is for you – clergy, children and families leaders and volunteers will all benefit from this day.
View all events here

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.

PA to the Archdeacon of Chester

Church House, Daresbury

The Diocese of Chester is looking to recruit an experienced Personal Assistant to provide excellent administrative support to the Archdeacon of Chester. As PA you will be required to deal proactively with correspondence and enquiries, ensuring that the Archdeacon is well informed about issues and well prepared for meetings.


Over St Chad Estates and Suburban Ministry in Winsford

We are seeking a mission-minded incumbent for this parish of central tradition in Winsford, with a population of 11,000. St Chad’s is a striking medieval church, serving a mixed community of suburban and social housing with a rural hinterland. There is a good, modern vicarage.

Youth Worker

The Mill Youth Centre, Bramhall

The successful candidate will lead youth sessions, as well as one-to-one mentoring, small group support, preparing schools work and some detached youth work across weekdays and some Saturdays. To work out availability with other team members.

Caretaker / Facilities Support

St Mary's Upton

St. Mary’s Church seeks applicants for the role of Caretaker and Facilities Support. This involves forty hours work a week involving some cleaning (alongside a paid cleaner and volunteers), minor maintenance, basic security, and oversight of elements of facilities compliance (e.g. fire safety measures).

Deputy Headteacher

St Mary’s CE Primary, Runcorn

The Governors of St Mary’s CE Primary are seeking to appoint an outstanding, energetic, and innovative leader to the post of Deputy Headteacher, to work in partnership with the Head teacher and other colleagues. We are looking for an outstanding practitioner to lead on teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment across the school.

School Governors

School governors are the largest volunteer group in the country. Governors come from all walks of life, but all share a passionate belief that every child deserves the chance to go to a really good school. The schools across our trust are always looking for new, enthusiastic governors – and maybe being a school governor could be a role for you?

View all vacancies here

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