Incumbent - Runcorn St Michael

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St Michaels is a single benefice parish. The church was built in 1892. It identifies with a central tradition with a focus on Eucharistic worship. Lay people at St Michael’s are active in a range of ministries, including worship and preaching, pastoral care, fund-raising; we also have links with the 3 schools in the parish.

The mission statement is:

We give everyone a warm welcome that develops into friendship in the community of our church.

We strive to be a centre of excellence for music, enhancing people’s spiritual experience in worship.

We support each other as we walk along our journey with Christ through life.

We strive for St Michael’s to be house of prayer where people of all ages can find God and grow in

faith and knowledge of him.

The Archdeacon of Chester, The Venerable Michael Gilbertson is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01928 718834 Ext 258 or email

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.

Closing date: Friday 29 November 2019

Interviews: Friday 10 January 2019

St Michael’s is situated in the higher part of Runcorn, which enjoys good transport links to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.

The Church is surrounded by terraced houses that were built prior to the church. Other housing in the parish Is a mix of detached and semi-detached houses and bungalows. On the northern fringe of the parish there are number of industrial and commercial premises. In the parish there are a Methodist and Roman Catholic church and three primary schools.

The pattern of services at St Michael’s is that on the 1st Sunday of the month is 8.00am BCP Holy Communion, at 10.00am Morning Prayer and at 12.00noon is Café Church. The other Sundays the services are 8.00am BCP Holy Communion, at 10.00am Sung Holy Communion. There is also a 10.00am Holy Communion Service on a Wednesday.

St Michael has a range of parish groups for fellowship, study and social action, which are lay-led. We do have a small number of weddings a year, but we do have a good number of funerals and baptisms throughout the year.

To develop a good pastoral system

To develop and to work with children and young people

To engage with the local schools and to develop a good working partnership.

  • A person of action who will guide us and strengthen us as we work to bring the good

news of the gospel to the congregation

  • Family orientated
  • School visiting
  • Pastoral Care
  • Choir improvements
  • Promote the church

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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.