Incumbent St Thomas High Lane

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High Lane

St Thomas’ Church is a Grade ll listed building, erected in 1850 and located in the centre of the village, which was opened in 1851 and consecrated in 1859 to serve the needs of a few hundred people in a coal producing hamlet. The Church celebrated its 160th anniversary in 2019 and is proud to say in all that time it has always kept its doors open during daylight hours.

Plans are currently in place to repair the West Wall of the Church along with another ramp to the rear of the Church. This, along with refurbishment of toilet facilities and the Lych gate will form a request for funding from the Heritage Fund.

A new parsonage was erected in 2015 and major work was carried out on the steeple and Church entrance in 2016.

Our Mission Statement:

St Thomas’ is a living church in the community of High Lane where everyone is welcome and our mission is to share the love of Christ with all.

Parish Fact Sheet 2020.pdf


The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, The Venerable Ian Bishop is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01260 272875 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: Wednesday 2 September 2020

Interviews: Tuesday 22 September 2020

High Lane lies in the Borough of Stockport and has a population of 5852 and there are 127 registered on the Church electoral roll. It is located 5 miles south east of Stockport straddling the A6 (which links London to Carlisle), halfway between Manchester and Buxton in the Peak District. It lies at the confluence of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester, in the foothills of the Pennines, and affords excellent views of the city of Manchester, the Cheshire Plain and the Peak District. The newly completed A555 Manchester Airport Link Road gives easy access to the Airport and North Wales.

Details from the last Census in 2011 indicate that 95% of the population in the village is white British and 82% give their religion as Christian. Unemployment is low and 64% of the people are economically active. A high proportion of the village are retired and this is reflected in the congregational profile. Further details of the Church can be found in the Parish Fact Sheet on our website.

The Worship can be described as modern Catholic and three Communion services are celebrated weekly. On Sunday it is celebrated at 8am according to the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), and at 10am (Common Worship). On Wednesday Communion is celebrated at 9.30 am (BCP). The Wives Group have a communion service monthly on a Monday evening. Evensong is celebrated once a month on the fourth Sunday at 6pm.

We would like to build on our strengths to make St. Thomas’ a vibrant centre of Christian influence in the community. We need to value the traditions of St Thomas but modernise them to reflect a 21st century Church relevant to the 21st century generation, whilst maintaining our relationships with the older members of our congregation.

The new Incumbent will exercise their priestly and personal attributes in order to continue the spiritual growth for all in the Parish, with an ability to attract newcomers and see growth in numbers as well as personal discipleship. They must be open to being involved in the many activities in the church and welcoming the wider community to participate in the many events organised by the parishioners and volunteers

  1. Will have the skill and passion for engagement in the local community, and who will undertake and encourage outreach to all ages; the young through contact with the schools and youth groups, community groups, and those at work and at home, and those who are infirm and sick, and be a leader in the church and community.
  2. Will work collaboratively with other parishes in the Chadkirk Deanery and The Diocese of Chester and will be open to other Christian faith churches, especially the local Methodist and Roman Catholic congregations and to other faith communities.
  3. Should have a variety of practical skills, be computer literate and have planning, organisational project management skills to deal with the everyday issues of the church.
  4. Be able to encourage people to become actively involved in the life of the church and its activities in the parish, thereby enabling all the various gifts which our church members have to offer.
  5. Will develop innovative ways to help us to share our faith beyond the walls of the church, especially to the younger generation of our community and local schools.

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.