Vicar - Mottram in Longendale

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Mottram in Longendale

St. Michael’s, a Grade II* listed building, was built in the late 15th century, and underwent a major restoration in 1855. Situated on War Hill, it overlooks the village of Mottram.

Our worship is principally of a traditional style but with variations. We have a Holy Communion service each week at 8.30am; our 10.30am services are a mix of Holy Communion, Morning Praise, and the more informal All Together worship. Services are led by Vicar and Reader, with robed choir and organ, occasionally piano. Adults and young people are rota’d for readings and intercessions. Hymns are from a variety of sources - mainly Hymns Old and New.

In the late 1870s, local landowners raised funds so that Broadbottom could have a church of its own. The new church of St. Mary Magdalene was finished in 1890, and until the 1990s, Mottram’s curates were given charge. When regular worship there ceased due to falling numbers, the church was re-developed as ‘The Magdalene Centre’, our parish hall, worship space and community resource. Our ‘Under Construction’ youth group meets here and we use it for worship events that require greater flexibility of layout than St. Michael’s. Our children’s holiday club is also based there. Much of the time, the centre is booked solidly by local community groups and individuals.

Together we:

Serve the communities of Mottram, Broadbottom and Hattersley East

Seeking to know Christ, and make Christ known

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, The Venerable Ian Bishop is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01928 718834 Ext 258/ 07715 102519 or email

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.

Closing date: Wednesday 15 April 2020

Interviews: Monday 4 May 2020

Mottram is located in the Metropolitan District of Tameside to the east of Manchester. It lies at the foothills of the Peak District National Park, with its many diverse recreational opportunities. There is easy access to the city of Manchester, either by car or public transport, and the counties of Yorkshire and Derbyshire are on our doorstep.

The parish comprises the villages of Mottram, Broadbottom and part of Hattersley. Mottram and Broadbottom consider themselves separate villages although housing expansion has largely brought them together. The Hattersley estate was built by Manchester City Council in the early 1960s as a Manchester overspill estate.

Compared with Mottram and Broadbottom, the population of Hattersley is generally some ten years younger, and includes many families experiencing social deprivation. A Foodbank operates here.

The population of just over 5,600 is almost exclusively White British. There is a mix of age groups from retired people to young families, and a mix of different kinds of employment, but with substantial levels of unemployment in Hattersley East. Just over half of all homes are owner occupied, and one third social housing.

Our congregation feels that we have a good range and balance of services - fairly middle ground, neither too traditional nor too modern. In addition to our regular services here at St Michael’s we have a midweek shared communion service at St Barnabas Church in neighbouring Hattersley.

We have developed our lay ministry over the past few years and have strong leaders of our baptism, pastoral, children’s and youth teams.

Our outreach to the community has grown and developed enormously in recent years, and we have been particularly blessed in this by partnership with other local churches, and by the (now vacant) post of Parish Development Worker. There are regular activities for toddlers and older adults, and outreach to residents at a local nursing home and sheltered housing schemes.

For many years we have had strong links with our two church primary schools and have recently strengthened our links with Arundale (secular) primary school. All three schools are welcomed into and encouraged to make use of our church buildings.

We have much to be thankful for as we reflect on what God has done for us over the past few years, and much encouragement as we look to the future.

  • We are looking for someone who will help us to build on what we already have in place, and help us grow in numbers, discipleship and commitment, and in the nurturing of new members.
  • Although we have a variety of services and welcome all newcomers, our church membership has not increased significantly. We have a core of regular worshippers, but there is also a significant number who attend only occasionally. This is a clear area for development and it would be good to see an increase across all age groups.
  • We have a small number of prayer and Bible study groups, some of which have been attended faithfully over many years. It would be good for these to grow in number and attendance.
  • We have over the past few years increased and strengthened our presence in the community and this is something we wish to build on. However within the congregation there is a need to build up a greater sense of belonging to our church family and to encourage people of all ages to become involved in the life of the church, from social activities to prayer, from churchyard maintenance to Bible study.
  • We are looking for someone to work with us as we progress our Big Plan for St. Michael’s, which includes carrying out essential repairs and making the church welcoming and accessible to all.

We are looking for somone who...

  • is an inspiring preacher and teacher, who will help us grow in discipleship and build up our prayer life
  • has a warm personality with a heart for people; has empathy, is compassionate, helpful, friendly and approachable
  • has strong leadership skills; a good listener with good interpersonal and communication skills who will help us build a greater sense of church family
  • has a good sense of humour
  • is able to relate to people of all ages, sexuality, race etc
  • is an enabler and an encourager

oh, and the children would like an awesome, jolly redhead!

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.