Rector - St Peter Delamere, Cheshire

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St Peter's is a Parish Church, the only Church in the parish, built in 1817. Worship is moderately traditional, clergy robe, we have an organist at 10.30 and hymns are both traditional and modern, readings generally follow the Lectionary. At present there are 2 Services each Sunday. BCP Communion at 8.00 and Morning Worship at 10.30. Morning Worship takes different forms, Holy Communion of the 1st Sunday of the month, All Age Worship on the 3rd Sunday and Morning Worship on the other Sundays. Prior to our interregnum midweek Holy Communion was held once a month. Compline is said weekly during Lent. On special occasions, such as All Souls, we have a 18.30 Service. There are currently 95 on the Electoral Roll.

Out key priority is to maintain St Peter's as a place of Worship in Delamere , increase the congregation and make contact with all new people moving into the parish.

Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with The Venerable Michael Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester 09128 718834 ext 258 or email

Closing date: 27 October 2019

Interviews; 21 November 2019

The Parish of Delamere is essentially rural, although the village is expending rapidly with over 200 new properties either completed or being built. It is situated in a very beautiful part of Cheshire, close to the Sandstone Ridge and Delamere Forest. Housing is scattered round the parish with 3 main centres of population, Station Road, Stoney Lane, and Mere Crescent. The majority of properties are owner occupied although there is some rental and social housing. Delamere Primary Academy is a C of E school, rated as outstanding and with very close links to St Peter's. There is a village shop although many people shop in Northwich, Kelsall or other larger villages. The demography of the parish is changing with more younger families, many with children, moving into the area. Employment is limited so most people commute to Chester, Liverpool, Manchester or other large centres of industry and commerce.The congregation has grown considerably in recent years, thanks to the ministry of our last incumbent. The laity are more involved in both worship and related activities such as Messy Church, held monthly at the school. Bible study lunches are held monthly, weekly during Lent. Maintaining contact with baptism, wedding and funeral families is accomplished by the laity.

Increasing the congregation as the village grows by outreach work

Becoming part of the community of Delamere and join in with village life.

Maintain and further develop the relationship between school and church

Develop a close relationship with the laity and further develop their involvement with the Church.

Bring new ideas to the parish.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

A willingness to work closely with the laity.

The ability to help us grow as effective disciples of Jesus and witnesses to the love of God.

Responsive to the needs of the congregation.

The ability to work with all age groups.

To be flexible and open minded.

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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.