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Coronavirus Briefing
Here is the latest update to advice and guidance relating to the coronavirus.

In light of changes to Government guidance issued on 14 August, particularly in relation to singing, the Church of England's Recovery Group has updated a number of documents. Please see the top of each document for details of changes: 

Parishes must pass a resolution to delay re-opening beyond 06 September

In this guidance note, the archdeacons advise that parishes will need to pass an appropriate resolution to delay the re-opening of their church buildings for public worship beyond Sunday 6 September.

Read the details in full here

TLT delivers to local communities

Transforming Lives Together have been busy throughout the pandemic, providing hot meals and bags of food to people in the community. TLT has so far distributed over £15,000 (raised from different funders) to 19 churches.

Director of Outreach appointment

The Revd Peter Froggatt has been named as the person to succeed the Revd Debbie Dalby in the role of Director of Outreach, based at Church House, Daresbury. Peter is currently the Vicar of the benefice of Barnston and Pensby on Wirral. 
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Parishes are reminded that they should plan to hold their APCM by the end of October. Advice will be issued very soon as to how this can be carried out either in person, online, or a mix of both.

Clergy Moves

View the latest list of appointments, resignations, retirements and deaths from around the diocese.

Apply for a Ministry Bursary Award and re-energise your calling

Ecclesiastical’s MBA grants are awarded to individual clergy in stipendiary ministry in the Anglican Church in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The grants are open to Ministers, Archdeacons, Bishops, Deans and Assistants. Applications for Sabbaticals taking place in 2021 close on 30 September 2020. You can find out more on the Ecclesiastical website.

The Children’s Society Support Newsletter

This newsletter from the Children's Society provides an update on their work and is also an opportunity to connect more, share ideas and thoughts during what has been a very strange and difficult few months

Is your church sight-loss-friendly?

'Sight Loss Friendly Church' are offering taster sessions on Zoom in which participants will learn more about sight loss and how they and their churches can help people with sight loss feel more involved in church life.

Test and Trace – digital solution from Parish Buying

Parish Buying have negotiated a deal for churches and cathedral who are seeking a digital solution to complying with NHS Test and Trace. It takes away all the hassle of managing the personal data, including the requirement to delete it after 21 days, and following up on Covid positive cases, by acting as data controller. It is available to any parish registered at Parish Buying.

New grant fund to help community groups provide essential support

Community food and welfare support groups across Wirral will have an opportunity to access small grants next month to help them continue their good work to address financial hardship and other impacts from Covid-19, which continue to be felt despite the lockdown easing.

Ten Steps to take in ministry as we emerge again

The Wellbeing Group would like to commend the Ten Steps guide to those reflecting on how we re-engage healthily with our churches, with our communities and with our selves. The Bishop of Tonbridge, Simon Burton-Jones, encourages us to tune in, to show we care and to offer hope.

The Sisters of Melanesia: Chapel Appeal

The Diocese of Chester has been linked for over thirty years in partnership with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the south-west Pacific. The religious orders in Melanesia play a huge role in the life of the church and community, and are greatly valued across society for their work in caring for the disadvantaged, working for justice, and proclaiming the gospel. One order, the Sisters of Melanesia, a number of whom have visited our diocese in missions in the past, need to rebuild their very dilapidated chapel, to enable it to become once again the centre for their worshipping and praying life. Please see the attached flyer to find out how you could give to help this project.

Funding needs for community halls

‘Voluntary Sector North West’ are gathering information about funding needs for community halls post lockdown, including church halls, particularly when looking to develop the new normal ways of operating. It may be that the kitchen needs to be reconfigured; perhaps an additional external door is needed, or a piece of equipment that will accelerate the sanitising process. If your risk assessment has shown need for capital works or equipment, please email brief details to, and cc., by end of day Monday 14th September. Together they may be able to offer some signposting for funding the works that are needed. Also, the cumulative response will be sent, anonymised, to regional bodies with a request for financially support for works, across the area, based on responses received. For more information on VSNW visit

Crozier service 20 September

In September Bishop Mark will begin his ministry among us but he will do so without public opportunity to occupy the seat at Chester Cathedral that belongs to his office. On 20 September he will walk past the Bishop’s seat (or Cathedra) and receive the Melanesian Crozier at the altar of the Cathedral then pray for the city, county, and diocese. You can join in on YouTube but the gathering will be small. Details for streaming the service will be published very soon. 

Planning work to your church building – how we can help

03 Septemeber 2020 - Online 

This online meeting will offer general advice on DAC and its processes, faculty jurisdiction rules, quinquennial inspections and answers to specific enquiries e.g where parishes are just beginning to consider possible works to a church building or have an ongoing case.
ChurchNEXT navigating the post Covid world

03 Septemeber 2020 - Online 

Come and find out about ChurchNEXT. You are invited to take part in a year-long journey to help churches navigate the post COVID world. This short webinar will introduce you to ChurchNEXT and give you information about how it works, what it costs and how it can help you and your church.

Let’s talk about… not being myself

16 September 2020 - Online

A safe space to reflect on the way you have been altered by experiences of the pandemic. Join this conversation if you want to reflect on the way you have been altered by experiences of the pandemic.

Let’s talk about… loss and bereavement

23 September 2020

A chance to share, hear and know that your unique experience does not have to be a lonely one. “Let’s Talk About” offers a safe online space for conversations about the challenges and changes you have encountered, and may continue to experience, as a result of the pandemic.
Reimagining 2020: Evangelism & Discipleship Conference

 29th September to 1st October 9.30am-1.00pm each day - Online

Organised by the central Church of England, this three day virtual conference will be engaging, practical and thought-provoking. Join the conversation as, together, we reimagine mission, evangelism, discipleship, remembering and even Christmas for this year. The Most Revd. Justin Welby will be speaking at the event.

Preaching Advent to Epiphany. A preaching workshop

6 October 2020 10.30-15.30 - via Zoom

This workshop is organised by the college of preachers.
Workshop leader: Revd Canon Dr Christopher Burkett, Director of Ministry, Diocese of Chester and Editor of The Preacher.
The liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany together make what is generally referred to as 'Christmastime.' For many people, this is the only time of year that they will attend church services. For regular churchgoers, the readings and stories of these seasons are familiar and well known. In this workshop, Dr Christopher Burkett will explore ways that we can keep our seasonal preaching fresh and new, meaningful to those who we regularly see in the pews and at the same time engaging and inviting for those who come to church only at this time of year. Tickets: £10
When prompted enter the password Preach610.


St Thomas High Lane

The welcoming and growing congregation has been well served by excellent leadership, both clergy and laity. They very much hope to build up their existing work with young families and children and are looking for a priest who is confident in their faith, good at community engagement and pastorally sensitive.

Part Time Incumbent

Low Marple

The parish seek a priest who will nurture the Anglo-Catholic tradition and encourage the musical excellence that has developed over the years. The person sought will need to foster a prayerful atmosphere and be committed to developing community links in order to grow the congregation.
Head Teacher

Bosley St Mary’s CE Primary School

The Governors are looking to appoint a motivated, successful leader and teacher with proven track record of teaching to an excellent standard to fill our position of Full Time Headteacher with teaching commitments.

Head Teacher

Kettleshulme St James Primary School

We are looking for someone who can provide strong strategic leadership to drive school improvement, whilst respecting and nurturing the existing talent of our teaching staff. Our new Headteacher should show financial awareness and demonstrate a clear vision and enthusiasm to take the School forward.

Half-time District Mission and Evangelism Facilitator

The Methodist Church, Liverpool District

To work in collaboration with the new District Mission Planning Group and other leaders in the district, circuits and churches to develop the confidence in, and engagement with Mission and Evangelism.

View all vacancies here

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