Vicar of St Margaret Heywood with St George Heap Bridge (0.5) and St James Heywood (0.5)
The PCCs are looking for someone with energy and vision and who is committed to helping them grow spiritually and numerically and taking the churches' mission to new housing developments.
be a team player, able to work collaboratively and delegate effectively
be able to inspire the congregation to be fully involved in mission
be at home using Common Worship, as well as willing to try new styles of worship
be able to encourage and nurture young families and be experienced in schools work as well as able to encourage and develop the ministries and gifts of older people.
The closing date for applications is 20th March 2020
The interview will be held on 27th March 2020
Role Description signed off by: The Acting Archdeacon of Rochdale
To be reviewed after 6 months
Role Title: Incumbent
Name of benefice: St Margaret Heywood with St George Heap Bridge (0.5) and St James Heywood (0.5)
Deanery: Heywood and Middleton
Archdeaconry: Heywood and Middleton
Initial point of contact on Terms of Service: The Acting Archdeacon of Rochdale
3. Key contacts
The churchwardens and PCCs of the Benefice
The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee
The Staff at Church House
Holy Family School
St Margaret’s (VA) Primary
Heap Bridge Primary School
ALM & Reader in training
The Area Dean The Reverend Frances Guite
The Archdeacon The Venerable David Sharples
The Suffragan Bishop The Right Reverend Mark Davies
St James and St Margaret’s are linked historically: St Margaret’s being the daughter church of St James some time ago. St Margaret’s is a relatively small parish with St George’s being even smaller. The main opportunities for growth are in the schools. St James’ population is larger and forms part of the town centre, but has no church school and (now) no church building. Moving into the old school opposite the church has opened up possibilities for community engagement. There is an expectation that the new parish priest will work to bring the parishes together in new ways, building on historical links.
The proposed restructuring of the Diocese – from 20 deaneries to 7 –means that flexibility and an ability to work collaboratively in mission clusters, which may be fluid in form for some time, are essential for any applicant wishing to serve in the Deanery of Heywood and Middleton and in the Diocese of Manchester.
Person Specification for the role of Incumbent of St Margaret Heywood with St George Heap Bridge (0.5) and St James Heywood (0.5).
Spirituality and Tradition
Applicants for the post should be:
Experience and Understanding
Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:
Skills and competencies
Applicants should be able to show:
Applicants should be:
St Margaret Heywood and St George Heap Bridge
St James Heywood
DIOCESAN STATEMENT OF NEEDS AND EXPECTATIONS
The Diocese of Manchester extends over most of Greater Manchester and Rossendale and is characterised by its extraordinary diversity of communities and cultures. The vibrancy that this gives to life makes it a joyful and hopeful place to pursue God’s mission. The overall vison of the Diocese is to establish
‘a worshipping, growing and transformative Christian presence at the heart of every community’
and we firmly believe there is an opportunity to do so at this point on our journey of faith.
We have a specific missionary vision, values and goals:
Faith, Hope and Love
We run with perseverance the race that is set before us… with our eyes fixed on Jesus
Guided by this vision, the Diocese is engaged on a process of strategic planning for the future, led by a ‘Strategic Programme Board’ that includes the three bishops and others with specific gifts in this area.
The Bishop has the resolve to appoint in this Diocese only clergy who have a clear sense of calling to the particular post and are committed, under God, to the Diocesan vision, and its values, inspiration and goals. We believe that mission and ministry are properly undertaken collaboratively, working with neighbouring parishes, specialist and sector ministries, and ecumenical and wider community partners. Clergy will be expected to work collegially with other ordained ministers and lay people to encourage and sustain the wider mission and ministry of the church. Clergy and parishes are strongly encouraged to undertake a process of ‘Mission Action Planning’.
Clergy are expected to encourage and enable the gifts and ministries of all God’s people and especially to help individuals explore any possible call to ordination (including Ordained Local Ministry), Reader Ministry or Authorised Lay Ministry.
Education is a major factor in the life of the diocese and its mission to young people. There are 191 church schools and a growing number of academies. Unless there is very good reason, where there is a Church School in the parish the minister of that parish is expected to carry out conscientiously the role of ex officio Governor, as part of a wider ministry in the school, although in the case of benefices with several schools no member of the clergy should act as Governor of more than two schools.
We are committed to promoting the well-being of clergy, and in a 2015 survey 91.6% of all the clergy who responded either strongly agreed or agreed with the statement, ‘I enjoy ministry in the Diocese of Manchester’.
It is normal for a priest to have a ministerial interest wider than the benefice itself that takes something in the region of 10% of their working time.
Except where required under the terms of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 or the House of Bishops Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests 2014 we are committed to ensuring that the Diocese does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of criteria unrelated to their ability to function as a priest in the benefice.
All ministerial appointments in the Diocese are subject to enhanced DBS Disclosure and we are obliged under the requirements of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to request documentation which will satisfy its requirements of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.
The parishes of St James, St Margaret and St George lie at the western end of the present deanery of Heywood and Middleton and would also be at the western end of the new Deanery of Rochdale were the proposed changes to deanery structures to take place (see below). The deanery is currently made up of two Mission Communities; broadly speaking one being Heywood and the other Middleton.
There is an increasingly population from Eastern Europe within the deanery and some of the churches do significant work with asylum seekers. The deanery has 11 parishes. It is currently served by 5 stipendiary clergy with another due to be licensed in the new year. They work together with Readers, SSMs, OLMs and retired clergy and a group of ALMs.
The diocese is working towards a radical restructuring in order to harness most effectively the resources we have for mission. The proposal is that there will be 7 rather than 20 deaneries and that Heywood and Middleton will be brought together with the Rochdale deanery. Full time Area Deans will oversee mission communities/clusters that will involve parishes working together, served by a range of stipendiary, self-supporting and lay ministers. As the results of the consultation exercise become clear there is an expectation that clergy and parishes understand the need to be flexible about future partnerships. The challenge is great, but we are excited at what God is doing amongst us and where God is leading us. We are a church in transition, committed to delivering the radical changes that are required to grow the Church of the future.