Priest in Charge of The Parishes of Crewe

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The vacancy comprises the parishes of St Andrew, All Saints and St Peter Crewe.  Together this represents the communities across central and south Crewe.

The Churches share a broadly liberal Catholic tradition which is mission minded and relatively informal.  There is an obvious warmth in the congregations and a desire to reach out in love and care to the community.

These three parishes are coming together in order to further develop mission. The communities are varied but are all amongst the most deprived (according to indices) in the country.    

All Saints and St Peter’s have been working together for the last 14 years and St Andrews is now being linked.  This has been a natural process of coming together led by a shared commitment in training a shared curate and employing a Community Development Worker over the last two years.

The worship approach is mainly eucharistic although there is an openness to explore liturgical ideas.

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 available on the website.  Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website  including our diocesan application form.

Closing date: Sunday 29 March 2020

Interviews:     Friday 24 April 2020

Crewe is a relatively new town that grew up with the expansion of the railways and it remains a key hub on the rail network and a proposed station location for HS2. London Euston is just 90 minutes away and Manchester and Liverpool 40 minutes.  Manchester Airport is just 30 minutes away.

The town has a proud industrial history and remains the home of Bentley motors.  Unemployment is relatively low.

The town of Crewe is in the Cheshire Plain and the surrounding areas are stunningly beautiful.

The parishes include most of the central retail area of the town which has been in decline for several years.  St Peter’s is on the very successful retail park which has seen remarkable growth in business.

There are several urban estates with the usual social issues.  St Andrews has recently planted a new congregation on the Brookhouse Estate that has made a very solid start.  This is an ecumenical project with New Life Church and the YMCA (a 50+ bed hostel in St Andrews parish).


There are many schools and further links could be built with them and the tertiary educational establishments which all sit in one or other of the parishes.




St Andrews -12481

All Saints – 9536

St Peter - 6411


The worship in all three churches is mainly eucharistic and from a broadly liberal catholic tradition.


This is an excellent opportunity for someone with vision and good communication skills to help these congregations grow in love for God, one another and their wider community.  There is much that is good within each community and we believe that working together will make all that is already good even better.  It can only be done by someone with a strong belief in the love of God, team work, delegation and with a generous spirit to hold it all together


  1. Rooted in prayer and inspire others into a life of prayer
  2. Be passionate about lay ministry and have the ability and willingness to delegate so that the congregations develop the faith and skills they need to serve God
  3. Be able to work across the traditions and across denominations.
  4. Engage with the work with young people
  5. To be inclusive with a warmth and love for all.
  6. To help the congregations develop their social awareness and identify outreach projects and to have a vision for creative use of Church space




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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 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.