Incumbent for Lower and Over Peover

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Lower Peover

We are a united benefice.

St Oswald’s is a timber-framed Church (dating from 1269) is located in a very popular rural area and, as it is kept open during daylight hours, it is extensively visited. Its physical location forms part of a traditional village triangle of Church, Pub and School. Its Grade 1 listing ensures it appears in many guidebooks, including England’s Thousand Best Churches. It is visited by many people from around the world.

It is a busy church holding three regular services every Sunday at 8.00 am, 11.00 am, and 6.30 pm.

The 8am service is a traditional BCP service of Holy Communion. The 11am service is the main act of worship. Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sundays (Common Worship Order One in contemporary language). The 2nd and 5th Sundays are family services using the Common Worship Service of the Word, while the 4th Sunday follows the traditional BCP service of Morning Prayer. All 11am services are followed by coffee in the side chapel. 6.30pm is a service of Evensong with sung psalm and canticles, sometimes followed by a short service of Holy Communion. A weekday communion service usually takes place on Thursday mornings at 10am. A number of special services are also celebrated each year.

The Church hold approximately 20 weddings each year, along with a similar number of baptisms and about 12 funerals. The Vicarage sits 100yds or so from the church.

The congregation would like to see the church growing as a spiritual community, while developing their resources both financially and materially to cover costs and invest in further ministry.

St Lawrence, Over Peover are a small rural parish with a small but faithful and welcoming congregation. The Church hold one service each Sunday at 9.30am – Holy Communion on 3 Sundays, Morning Prayer on the 4th Sunday and Matins on a 5th Sunday.

The key priority is to raise the profile of this historic hidden gem in the village community and further new initiatives are already underway, such as Garden Church and the Advent Posada Trail. We would also like to provide a greater pastoral role in the community.

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: Sunday 16 February 2020

Interviews: Wednesday 18 March 2020

The Parish of St Oswald’s consists of the 3 villages of Lower Peover, Plumley and Allostock. The Parish has excellent road links, the A556, the M6 and the M56. The railway station at Plumley connects the area to Chester and Manchester and the airports at Manchester and Liverpool are easily accessible.

Lower Peover is home to approximately 430 residents, Plumley has 398 households and 865 residents and Allostock is a small rural village consisting of 300 households with a population of around 816.

Lower Peover C.E Primary school has strong links with St Oswald's, as has ‘The Little House’ Montessori nursery school, both located adjacent to the church.

Lower Peover sees itself as of central churchmanship with a broad approach to spirituality and faith.

Over Peover is situated in mid Cheshire and has 684 residents who are predominantly retired and middle aged though the village does have a non church primary school. Horticulture and farming are the traditional sources of employment but we also have within our Parish, Barclays Bank Technology Centre employing more than 1500 on site.

St Lawrence is also central churchmanship with a broad approach to spirituality and faith

St Oswald’s responded to this question as follows

  1. To actively nurture and develop our church and its congregation. In particular, to attract children and young people
  2. To integrate into the community at all levels
  3. To promote a flexible approach to parish ministry and its associated demands
  4. To show sensitivity to existing traditions of worship while responding positively to the needs of a diverse community
  5. To help create a cohesive united benefice of the two parishes

St Lawrence responded

1. To be as warm, welcoming and enthusiastic as our congregation.

2. To work with us to maintain and grow the church in its community.

3. To provide pastoral care in the village .

. Deep faith

2. Personable and approachable

3. Enthusiastic

4. Familiar with the needs of a rural parish and able to work with both parishes in the united benefice to create a cohesive whole.

5. Pastoral skills

6. An ability to make people of all ages and all walks of life feel valued and who has a good sense of humour

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.

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