Priest in Charge St Bertoline, Barthomley

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We are looking for a part time Priest for St Bertoline’s which is a historic grade1 listed church built mostly in the late 15th to early 16th century. Some 200 hundred years ago, the church was centre to a much larger parish which included the townships of Crewe, Alsager and Haslington. The building is in a good state of repair following a decade of major renovation projects. Close by is an excellent modern rectory overlooking open countryside. The church tradition is described as Prayerbook Catholic.


A key priority to be addressed is the low level of regular worship/financial support from within the benefice.

We are looking for a part time 

Vision statement.

That the community we serve may know that St Bertoline’s is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it in worship and prayer and to share it in fellowship so that we may say, ‘We would see Jesus ‘

Closing date for applications:    29 March 2020             

Interviews:                                  22 April 2020


Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with:

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield,

The Venerable Ian Bishop Tel:01928 718834 ext 258 or 07715 102519

Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Macclesfield USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM.  Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website including our diocesan application form.


The parish of Barthomley is located in south east Cheshire on the border with Staffordshire. The benefice comprises the civil parishes of Barthomley ( Cheshire ), Balterley (Staffordshire )  and part of Englesea Brook ( Cheshire ) with a population of just over 400. The population is predominately made up of commuting and retired families from the upper socio economic grades. The landscape is mainly low level, undulating grassland dominated by dairy herds, beef cattle and sheep with some livery stables. There are no schools, shops or public transport but one historic & picturesque pub and a well used village hall.

There is a service every Sunday morning. A Mattins service ( once monthly ) is followed by a Communion service on Sunday afternoon. In addition to weekly services, there are festival services at Easter and Christmas plus services for baptisms, funerals & marriages. For a small rural church, the services are well attended ( average Sunday morning 2018 = 45 )  but numbers are boosted by worshippers from outside the parish who value what they regard as a traditional high church service. The well maintained church yard is open for burials.


  1. Increasing support for the church from within the benefice especially among young families.
  2. Church music and sustaining the choir.
  3. Pastoral care especially the sick, the vulnerable and new residents in the community.
  4. Maintaining the existing range of services while incorporating, if deemed necessary, new services to widen church support.
  5. Church fund raising and social activities.
  6. Interest in young people and takes a child friendly service.

The parish is fully supportive of women’s ministry.


  1. An enthusiastic house for duty priest who will enjoy living and working in a scattered rural community with very limited public transport and the nearest shops some 3 miles away. Car ownership essential.  


It would help greatly if the new incumbent were to be good at:


  1. Mixing with the community especially in the local inn which is the hub of village social life.
  2. Communications especially to basic email IT level
  3. Public speaking.
  4. Singing with the choir
  5. Chairing meetings.




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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.