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Vicar of Holy Trinity, Stalybridge in Chester Diocese

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.

Overview

Holy Trinity, Stalybridge is a lively, evangelical Anglican church, affiliated with the New Wine network, with a relaxed and informal style. We are committed to worshipping God, serving our community and helping others to find out about Jesus.

We acknowledge the divine nature of the bible as the living, spirit breathed word of God. We have an age range that stretches from 8 months to 100 years and an even gender ratio. Electoral roll currently is 273. Regular worshipping attendance each Sunday morning over both services is often over 200.

 Our Mission Statement is:

 'Worshipping God, Building Community, Serving the Neighbourhood'.

  • Worshipping God: 2 morning services with lively worship led by worshipping teams; Little Gems (children’s church 0-4), KIC start ( Kids church 5-11), Youth bible study 12-18
  • Building community: small groups, Alpha, Youth Encounter, discipleship groups Freedom in Christ, Alive youth group
  • Serving the neighbourhood: CAP, family forum, Pregnancy advice, carers connect, street pastors, Foodbank, Holiday at home, Bridge café, bereavement ministry. 

Vision for the next stage of our church’s life:

We are passionate to grow and develop in our faith and devotion to God and to ensure that He is central to every part of us. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Many close bonds already exist between the members of the church, and we are committed to strengthening and encouraging them. (John 13:35)

We are eager to continue to develop our ministry to introduce others into faith in our Lord (Matt 28:19)

Closing Date: Midnight Sunday 18 February

Visit and Interviews: Wednesday 7- Thursday 8 March

Post Introduction

Set on the edge of the Pennines and beautiful Peak District, Stalybridge is a well-established and growing former mill-town with around 24,000 inhabitants; and Holy Trinity Church situated right in the centre. The town has excellent transport links: Manchester’s orbital M60 motorway is within a 2 mile drive and the station has regular trains to Manchester, Liverpool and York.

The Parish of Holy Trinity church is part of Mottram Deanery and the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield, within Chester Diocese. At the 2011 census, the population of our parish was shown as 4446. Obviously, this is now some 7 years old so may well have increased as the town centre apartments have been built.

Worship

About three years ago, the PCC took the decision to have two services every Sunday morning. Attendances were growing and we found it increasingly difficult to accommodate the folks who were joining us into the life of the church family. By having two almost identical services at 9.15 and 11.15, we have found we are able to accommodate growth more effectively. Leaders of the various ministries are more able to communicate with people between and after worship. The services are facilitated by separate Welcome, Children’s Ministry and Worship teams. Joining together every Sunday with the rest of the family of God is a top priority for us. We are resourced and equipped by celebration style worship, teaching, and through our fellowship with one another. Communion is offered to everyone who is baptised and loves the Lord, irrespective of age.

Mission

In recent years we have given financial support to the following: Winning Women worldwide, Africa Inland mission- supporting church members in a closed area of Africa, Flame International, Simeon’s Trust, Tear Fund (Change a Nation), Just Life, Missionary Ventures, Hope Through Education (Pakistan), Image, An Orphanage in Congo, Christians against Poverty, The Bible Society, New Wine, Gideon’s International, The Message Trust, Amen Christmas Shoe Box Appeal; as well as providing financial support to several people from church that God has called to carry out short term missionary work oversees.  Locally, we participate in “Back to Church Sunday” and encourage members of the congregation to invite people to church with them. 

We currently have a team of about fourteen people who are also engaging in local secondary schools work, where they are leading assemblies and teaching some Religious Studies classes. We see a huge opportunity here to expand this work. We also visit local Primary Schools to present “Open the Book”, a project run by The Bible Society offering primary school children an opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible.

Role Responsibility

  • Family orientated, but not necessarily with a family of their own.
  • Someone with previous experience of secular work.
  • Someone with demonstrable experience of church growth, maybe as the Leader or Assistant Leader in that church.
  • A good communicator who is able to reach those on the fringes of our church as well as those in leadership positions.
  • Keen to make friendships with the people of our church and quickly become a “Person of the People”
  • Someone who can encourage others to Step Up and Step Out.
  • A skilled listener who is able to help people to see their own needs.
  • Familiar with practical and technical issues, though not necessarily wanting to take a “hands on” approach to all of them; mindful of the gifts and abilities of our Lay members and happy for them to be involved
  • Someone keen to shape a culture of evangelism within the church family as part of their daily life. We see a significant opportunity for outreach to the residents of the many apartments which have already been or are being built around the town.
  • The PCC expect the Vicar to take proper holidays and days off and will support them in their training, reading and personal development. They also expect the Vicar to claim reasonable incurred expenses.

The Ideal Candidate

  • We are members of the New Wine Network and the Evangelical Alliance and share their core beliefs; our ideal candidate will embrace these
  • Filled with the Holy Spirit and who can encourage us in all the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit (although unlikely to personally express all of them all of the time).
  • Enable and encourage our all member ministry, someone who will embrace a collaborative style of ministry.
  • A Bible believing advocate of the Gospel and its pattern and relevance for living in today’s world.
  • A good preacher and teacher who is able to compose and deliver sermons which can be understood by all.
  • A visionary, who is happy to lead the church in relevant sermon series.
  • Someone who is humble and compassionate, with a Pastoral heart for the community.
  • Passionate about Holy Trinity Church.

About Us

Hyndman's Trustees share patronage of this benefice with local patrons.

Simeon's Trustees and Hyndman's Trustees are leading and long-standing Church of England patronage trusts, with patronage interests in nearly 200 parishes in over 40 dioceses. For more information see www.hyndmans.org.uk

For an informal conversation about this post contact ann.brown@hyndmans.org.uk

Closing date for this post is midnight Sunday 18 February

Visit and Interviews Wednesday 7- Thursday 8 March


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