Incumbent, Norley, Crowton and Kingsley

This job has now expired
Norley, Crowton and Kingsley

Applications are invited for this attractive, well-established rural benefice of three parishes in central Cheshire.

As this is a part-time post, no formal closing date for applications has been set at this stage despite the nominal date of 31 August 2019 shown. Those wishing to discuss the post further are invited to contact either the Archdeacon of Chester, the Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson (01928 718834 ext 258 ), or James Barber (01928 787409

Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Chester using the diocesan application form. Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website including our diocesan application form.

Alternatively applicants may use the Pathways system. For more information about the Pathways application process, please use this link

The total population of the benefice is around 4500, and growing slowly. The post is available on the basis of a house and 60% pensionable stipend of £15,622, with an expectation that the Vicar will offer Sunday duty plus four days a week.

The parishes nestle between the market town of Frodsham, and Delamere Forest. Although rural, there are good road and rail connections.

The parishes are of open evangelical to central churchmanship, with a strong commitment to pastoral care and outreach, undergirded by a warm and friendly ethos.

There is a church school in each parish, and a commitment across the benefice to engage with children and younger families. Average Sunday attendance is just over 100.

There is an excellent modern vicarage, and the church buildings are in good repair.

The parishes hope for a new Vicar who is/has

  • A clear vision and spiritual depth.
  • Committed to rural ministry.
  • Approachable and sensitive.
  • Able to embrace a diversity of worship.
  • Committed to pastoral care and outreach.
  • Energetic, dynamic, with a good sense of humour.

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 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.

The diocesan bishop is Peter Forster. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair and the position of Bishop of Stockport is currently vacant.

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.