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Actor, GP and palliative care nurse to take part in national online church service this weekend

Actor, GP and palliative care nurse to take part in national online church service this weekend

An actor, a GP and a palliative care nurse are among contributors to the Church of England national online service this weekend to be broadcast from Liverpool and Blackburn in Lancashire. Dean Sullivan, who played Jimmy Corkhill in the long-running Channel 4 soap Brookside, will affirm the key… Read more


Obituary - The Reverend Brian Shephard 1934-2020

Obituary - The Reverend Brian Shephard 1934-2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rev Brian Shephard on 12 May 2020. Rev Shephard was educated at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford prior to being ordained deacon in 1960 and priest in 1961.  Brian was curate in Wigan before moving to Kidderminster to complete… Read more


Lectionary Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Lectionary Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

In preparation for Bishop Peter's online reflection on Sunday 17 May the two readings are set out below from the NRSV. Acts 17.22-31 Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, ‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through… Read more


Mark Tanner named as the 41st Bishop of Chester

Mark Tanner named as the 41st Bishop of Chester

The Rt Revd Mark Tanner has been named by Downing Street as the next Bishop of Chester, succeeding the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster who retired in September 2019. Bishop Mark is currently the Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle, a post he has… Read more


Updated guidance about clergy and lay leaders entering churches

Updated guidance about clergy and lay leaders entering churches

At a virtual meeting of the House of Bishops held onTuesday 5 May where they reviewed the advice to clergy on the Church’s efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, it was agreed that individual diocesan bishops can issue guidance about the first stage of a gradual easing of… Read more


Reflections on the Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Reflections on the Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Bishop Peter leads a reflection on the readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter The readings are from Acts 7.55-60, and John 14.1-14 and for anyone who would like to follow them they can be found here… Read more