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Chester Cathedral will follow Christ through Discover Encounter and Faith

Chester Cathedral has been built by generations of people expressing their Christian faith through craftsmanship. The cathedral stands in the Benedictine tradition of hospitality and welcome. It continues to be a living and working church where diverse people can gather to worship God and out of which a faithful community seeks to offer loving service to society.

Visitors to Chester Cathedral will find at first sight a magnificent building and an awe-inspiring place filled with beauty. At a second glance, they may begin to appreciate some greater significance in what they see.

The Cathedral is a place where people gather and do some journeying in company with one another. If we are to be a place of encounter then every person who visits will need to feel valued and respected. Furthermore, this is a sacred space in which there is a real sense of the Kingdom of God. Visitors who want it should find space simply to be quiet and think.

The opportunity to discover something new may lead to a first step through the doors. Encountering others who work and gather here and encountering God can follow. For some, there may be a further step of faith still to be taken. Through an invitation to worship, faithfulness to the Gospel and confident witness to Jesus Christ we need to help those who come to inquire about or explore the Christian faith.

The Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford
Dean of Chester

Our strategic objectives are to:

  • Improve Participation and Partnership
  • Support Bishop, Diocese and Christian Community
  • Revitalise Heritage
  • Encourage Holy Encounter
  • Share the Story
  • Nurture a Health Organisation
  • Increase Resources Responsibly

Activities within the Strategic Plan are outlined in our WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) document.  You may view Chester Cathedral’s WAGOLL here.