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St. Anne Sale and St. Francis Sale Moor - Incumbent

Overview

Applications are invited for the parish of Sale St. Anne with its large, friendly Anglican Church in a mixed sub-urban parish in south Manchester .

For further details and an informal conversation, please contact the Bishop of Stockport, the Rt Revd Libby Lane on 0161 928 5611 or email bpstockport@chester.anglican.org

Closing date: 22 February 2018

Parish visits will be held on the afternoon of Monday 5 March 2018

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 6 March 2018

Applications are invited via the Pathways system or direct via our website http://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/clergy-vacancies/sale-st-anne.php

Post Introduction

St Anne, Sale is a large, friendly Anglican Church, in a mixed sub-urban parish in south Manchester, within the liberal catholic tradition and a diverse mix of age, ethnicity and Christian experience. St Francis now holds occasional services and is increasingly active in the community. The benefice has a combined population in excess of 19,000. The staff team includes a stipendiary curate.

A Vicar is sought who has:

  • A collaborative leadership style
  • A positive and supportive approach to choral and music tradition
  • An ability to look afresh at the gifts of the congregation and help to grow a new vision, whilst valuing the traditions
  • A willingness to engage with the challenges of increasing the finances so that mission can flourish
  • An imaginative approach to scripture and the ability to engage with all ages in the parish.

There is an excellent vicarage with good local amenities.

Role Responsibility

As our new vicar, you will need to :

  • communicate your deep Christian faith to all ages in our Parish in imaginative, thoughtful ways. We need someone who shares a view of upholding the traditional elements of the church, but able to implement new ideas bringing us closer to God and to our community.
  • have a commitment to stay for a sufficiently lengthy period of time to build on the foundations of the former incumbent and existing congregation. We want someone who has maturity, authority and suitable experience to lead a church with high expectations.
  • work with us to support all members of our community to become more aware of and to respond to God in their lives. Members of the congregation, both young and old, are encouraged to be part of the worship team, led by the vicar, from Readers, Servers and Intercessors.
  • lead and support us as we explore creative and reflective ways to encounter the living God through prayer and reflection.We offer quiet days both in church and accessing diocesan and retreat house quiet days, providing reflective resources to use during the different seasons in the church’s calendar and developing our prayer space and its resources in St Anne’s Church.
  • support all ages and all stages to grow in their discipleship by continuing to be open to find creative ways to help people nurture their faith. St Anne’s is a space where we encourage questioning, enjoy exploring and growing in our faith together. No question about faith is silly. We need a vicar who can help, encourage and guide us in this work.
  • be comfortable working with lay and ordained colleagues and seek to further develop this collaborative opportunity, as we consider ourselves to be a training parish. We want someone who would have the courage to be innovative but sensitive, show initiative and be rooted in prayer and the sacraments.

In addition, we are looking for a vicar who will help us work towards our current objectives which are:

• Improve the interior St Anne’s church so that it offers a warm, welcoming, flexible space; and manage the successful fundraising that will be needed.

• Sustain and develop St Francis both promoting community activities and allowing space for God.

• Develop opportunities for children and young people to engage with God through links with our local schools both Primary and Secondary especially our voluntary aided school St Anne’s as well as developing services for teenagers, and young adults.

• Improve our communication and connection with the local community, providing a more effective welcome and using an improved interior space at St Anne’s to provide greater community involvement.

• Increase our finances and money raising capacity so that our buildings can be maintained and improved and that we have funding available for our mission to others.

• Develop our ministry of pastoral care in partnership with clergy and lay people.

The Ideal Candidate

To fulfil this role you will need:

• A robust support network. We realise this is a challenging and sometimes stressful post    with many demands.

• A collaborative leadership style and ability to work with people using different approaches.

• A positive and supportive approach to our choral and music tradition which we treasure.

• An ability to look afresh at our parish and our gifts and help us grow a new vision whilst valuing our traditions.

• A willingness to engage with the challenges of increasing our finances so mission can flourish.

• An imaginative approach to scripture and ability to engage with all ages in the Parish.

• A kind priest with a pastoral heart.

• A good communicator.

• A good sense of humour (the quality most frequently mentioned by our congregation).

About Us

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website www.chester.anglican.org  We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

There are three Bishops: the Bishop of Chester Peter Forster, the Bishop of Birkenhead Keith Sinclair and the Bishop of Stockport Libby Lane.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.

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