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Vicar for St Thomas Mellor

Overview

We are looking to appoint a full-time vicar at St Thomas’ Mellor, in a well-established rural community of 5,500 with suburban settlement, on the edge of the Peak District and yet within half an hour by train from the centre of Manchester.

 

For more information please contact Ven Ian Bishop 01928 718834 ext 234 or ian.bishop@chester.anglican.org

Closing date: Wednesday 7 March 2018

Interviews will be held on: Friday 6 April 2018

All applications must be made on our own application form which is available on our website herehttp://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/clergy-vacancies/mellor.php

We are not accepting applications through Pathways for this post.

Applications should be returned to ian.bishop@chester.anglican.org 

 

Post Introduction

The church ethos is liberal and the churchmanship is mostly traditional using Common Worship, vestments are worn by the priest, and robes by the choir, servers and lay assistant.

 

We aim to share our faith, to serve our community, and to work for justice and peace in the world.

 

We are hoping that our new vicar will be an accessible but challenging preacher, willing to embrace the pastoral needs of both the church and the community, open to diversity of liturgical expression from choral services to ‘messy church’, and keen to engage all ages in services and other church activities.

 

A member of the congregation leaving the area said that Mellor is quirky, is unusual because people turn up to events, and people get on and respect others’ views, the choir go to the pub after practice on a Friday, and a new incumbent needs to have a sense of humour, and it would be good, though not essential, if he/she enjoyed singing and wearing robes.

Role Responsibility

To lead the church to be inclusive and accepting

To enable the congregation to be outward facing and diverse in our approach

To promote our worship, fellowship, music, and welcome.

The Ideal Candidate

We are hoping that our new vicar will:

 

- be an accessible but challenging preacher

 

- be willing to embrace the pastoral needs of both the church and the local community

 

- be open to diversity of liturgical expression, from choral services to ‘messy church’

 

- be keen to engage all ages in services and other church activities

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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