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This is an amended E-Bulletin on 16 July to include the latest Church Coronavirus guidance ahead of Monday's lifting of restrictions. The guidance was published just before 5pm. 

The final E-Bulletin before the summer break will be sent in the week commencing 26 July 2021. Got something to say? Get in touch.

New Church guidance ahead of Monday

As restrictions are lifted, the Church has issued guidance about opening and managing church buildings safely. The Bishop of London has also urged churches and individuals to continue to take precautions to protect the vulnerable.

Bishop Mark "very disappointed" by aid decision

Bishop Mark has said he is "very disappointed" by the House of Commons decision on international aid and says that vital work, in communities we "know and love" in our link dioceses around the world, risks being cancelled.

Consecration begins at 11am

Julie and Sam will be consecrated on Monday. The service begins at 11am and will be live-streamed. We'll also be posting to social media throughout the day. Go here for all the details, live-stream link, and Order of Service.

Mission Adviser begins Church House role

The Revd John Hellewell introduces himself in a short video and says he's looking forward to getting to know people in the parishes. As a Mission Adviser, John will be working to support parishes with their missional objectives.

1,000 HOPE booklets up for grabs

Parishes can claim a bundle of well-produced, accessible booklets produced by HOPE Together to share with others. The booklet, Hope in Uncertain Times has been written as a resource for churches. Claim a bundle of 50 today.

Huge model railway at Chester Cathedral

A massive model railway has come to life at Chester Cathedral today, the result of the Cathedral’s two-year collaboration with lifelong railway enthusiast Pete Waterman OBE.
Latest News

What will we do online in the future?

This is a question that many churches are working through at the moment. The Church of England have produced some resources to inspire and inform churches planning for the post-covid online world.

New diocesan Healing Adviser appointed

The Revd Timothy Hupfield has been appointed as a diocesan Healing Adviser. He was invited to take on the new voluntary role by Bishop Mark. He will remain Vicar of the parish of St Martin, Low Marple, and will be licensed on 21 July.
Events and Webinars

Reflections on mental health and the pandemic

21 July 2021 - Online

Peter Mackriell, Head of Counselling Services in the diocese, considers the impact of Covid-19 on mental health, asks what resources we can access to support recovery, and discusses good practice in a parish context.

Being There: Taking Funerals

16 September 2021

A five-session course exploring aspects of funeral ministry. Readers and Pastoral Workers can attend this course as part of preparation for undertaking funeral ministry. 16, 23 and 30 September; 14 and 21 October 2021.

Sanctuary Time: A Renewal Retreat for Church Leaders

29 Sept - 01 Oct 2021 - Foxhill, Frodsham

This retreat is being led for Foxhill by ReSource for Anglican Ministries. The programme will be unhurried, with time to relax, walk, eat and sleep, as well as times of collective worship.

Sanctuary Time: A Renewal Retreat

01 - 03 October 2021 - Foxhill, Frodsham

This retreat is for all-comers, from all churches and denominations. The programme will be unhurried, with time to relax, walk, eat and sleep, as well as times of collective worship.

Training for all Churchwardens

02 October 2021 - Online

The Archdeacons invite all 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 George Colville (Diocesan Secretary) as well as Heather Ford (Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.
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.

Part-Time Priest in Charge

St Martin, Ashton upon Mersey

The parish want their new priest to be forward-thinking, outward-looking, community-focused and to be able to communicate easily with children and young families. You will need a warm personality and be able to lead by example in making St Martin’s a welcoming place for all.


Malpas and Bickerton

We are seeking an incumbent for this united benefice of two parishes in a beautiful part of rural Cheshire, with a total population of around 4,000. There are three churches (St Oswald Malpas, St John Threapwood and Holy Trinity Bickerton). The parishes are of central tradition. There are strong community links and several schools, including a church school. 

PA to the Bishops of Stockport and Birkenhead

Bishop's House, Chester

In this crucial and varied role, you will be dealing proactively with correspondence and enquiries and ensuring that the Bishops are well informed about issues and well prepared for meetings.

Children’s and Youth Minister


We passionately believe that all ages should have the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of God’s love for them. As our current Youth Minister has been selected for ordination training we are looking for someone to lead and develop our work with children and young people from September 2021.

Children and Families Worker

All Saints, Hale Barns with Ringway

We are looking for someone to grow and develop our present work with younger children and their families. All Saints is a small, friendly church in the liberal Catholic tradition. This is a post with opportunities to build on your present gifts, to develop the gifts of others and to work with our present team in building the kingdom of God in Hale Barns.

Food & Beverage Manager (Chef)

Foxhill, Frodsham

The successful candidate will lead, develop and motivate the Food & Beverage team, making visitors a priority every day. In addition the F&B Manager will act as Duty Manager and provide overnight on-call cover (rota basis) as required.

Food & Beverage Assistant

Foxhill, Frodsham

Duties will include assisting the Food and Beverage Manager (Chef) to provide an outstanding Food & Beverage offer to guests and visitors at Foxhill and to deputise for the Chef in their absence.


Foxhill, Frodsham

Duties will include ensuring that the guest accommodation, meeting rooms and public areas are maintained to a high standard as well as serving meals and refreshments and providing an outstanding service level.

School Business Support Officer

Church House, Daresbury

We are looking for two part-time School Business Support Officers to join the finance and business operations team in the Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT). In this role you will work closely with schools within the Trust, developing good practice in all business areas and supporting schools through training, intervention, monitoring, challenge, and support.

Interim IME2 Officer

Church House, Daresbury

The Diocese of Chester is seeking to recruit an Interim IME2 Officer to enable this area of work to continue within the diocese whilst a review of the department is completed. The post is being offered for an interim period of 12 months. It is anticipated that this will be a half time post and is open to applications for a secondment from a current role within the diocese of Chester.

View all vacancies here

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