Incumbent of St Thomas Norbury Hazel Grove, Stockport

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Norbury parish church offers a fantastic opportunity to lead a well established team and a supportive congregation in an exciting and inclusive mission to the residential area south of Stockport.

For further information please contact the Archdeacon of Macclesfield The Venerable Ian Bishop Tel:01928 718834 ext 258 or 07715 102519 or

Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Macclesfield using the diocesan application form, by 26 July 2019. Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website here including our diocesan application form.

Closing date for applications: Friday 26 July 2019

Interviews: Thursday 15 August 2019

The congregation is a welcoming and inclusive group of people who believe Jesus came to share God's love for all people. They have God's heart for the busy, vibrant and thriving community of Norbury and Hazel Grove.

In addition to the normal duties of an Incumbent the church are looking for someone who will:

  • Stimulate and develop the faith and understanding of the community within and without the church
  • Heighten the visibility of the church and spreads God's message of love for everyone in Hazel Grove
  • Further enable and encourage our successful work with children and young people
  • Develop effective pastoral care
  • Work with a committed Lay and Ordained team to develop a variety of worship styles
  • Motivate and inspire the extensive network of volunteers
  • Support and encourage the church as they move towards attaining inclusive church status

The church are looking for someone who is:

  • An inspirational leader
  • Innovative, organised, creative, collaborative and decisive
  • An effective communicator and a good listener
  • Someone who is continuing to grow and deepen their own faith which is reflected in the way they deal with others
  • Someone who has strong people skills which connect across a full age range
  • Someone who is approachable , inclusive, humorous and encouraging

For more information about this application process, please use this link

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.