Incumbent Sandbach

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A parish church rebuilt in 1847-1849 by Gilbert Scott and currently seating 450 in wooden pews.

Traditional worship – Sunday services 2 communion and 1 evensong. Wednesday communion.

Priorities – more families, more community use (re-order church) and finish roof refurbishment project.

Key Priority – to be more integrated into the town community and welcoming to everyone.

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 DIOCSAN APPLICAION FORM. Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website including our diocesan application form.

Closing date: Sunday 5 April 2020

Interviews: Tuesday 28 April 2020

Sandbach is a market town in south Cheshire a mile from the M6 and 5 miles north of Crewe. The church is within the town just off a cobbled square with ancient crosses. Our parish is largely middle class, white British and professional people with low unemployment and a high proportion of owner occupied properties. Current population of 8000 but there is constant growth with a number of new housing estates.

Traditional worship – 8am Order 2 Book of Common Prayer, 10am – Order 1 Common Worship, 6.30pm Evensong/Evening Prayer. First Sunday of the month is morning worship with music group. Wednesday 11am Order 2 Book of Common Prayer.

Strong tradition of music – organist, growing music group (10 musicians with a variety of instruments), four part choir (10 choristers augmented by members of the community for major festivals) and bell ringers who regularly ring the 8 bells.

To provide enabling leadership, which will grow the church numerically as well as spiritually.

To encourage more people to join the current pastoral and lay team.

To work with the PCC in the ongoing development of the building to encourage community use.

A more family friendly service – encouraging some of the 450 who attend the Christingle service to come to church regularly.

A good team player and communicator, willing to work with others and engage in the life of the community.

Is a lively and clear preacher, able to engage with a range of worship styles and who also appreciates the place of music within the church.

Reordering experience.

Experience of working with all age groups.

A leader who is approachable and is open and considerate to new ideas.

To be forward thinking for the future.

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 position of Diocesan Bishop is currently vacant and the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair currently acting Diocesan Bishop, the position of Bishop of Stockport is also 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.