We are seeking to appoint a full-time Associate Vicar to Upton St Mary (Overchurch)
Closing date for applications: Friday 25th October 2019.
Interviews will take place Friday 8th November 2019
Application forms and further information available from: https://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/diocesan-vacancies/
For an informal conversation contact the vicar, Revd Nikki Eastwood: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please return completed application forms to:
The Wardens, St Mary’s Church Office, 2 Church Road, Upton, Wirral, Merseyside CH49 6JZ. Tel: 0151 677 1186
Please visit St Mary’s website - www.stm-upton.org.uk
St Mary’s, Upton (Overchurch) is based in Wirral North Deanery, Chester Diocese
St Mary’s is a lively, local evangelical church, and one of the top 200 churches in the country with our attendance figures. We are looking to grow especially in our children and young adults’ ministry and attendance. We are missionally ambitious, looking to grow our younger age profile and go deeper with God through Word and Spirit. We have a dynamic staff and lay team and committed lay leadership. We have a deep and rich tradition of outreach. We seek to equip to share faith in new and creative ways. We have a strong tradition of teaching and discipleship, outreach and sending out to live for Jesus, sustained and empowered by the Spirit. This is a great post for someone looking to share faith, prioritise mission and be freed up from responsibilities of incumbency.
We are seeking someone who has:
A heart for people who don’t yet know Jesus
A particular focus on people aged 18 – 40
A desire to be released to focus on mission, evangelism and discipleship
The Associate will:
The person appointed will be:
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 www.chester.anglican.org 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.