Incumbent - Audlem, Doddington & Wybunbury

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The benefice was created in February 2010. On the retirement of the incumbent at Wybunbury and Doddington, the benefice was created with the in situ incumbent for Audlem being appointed Vicar to the 3 churches. Since this time, the churches have retained their own identities, services and PCC’s but also work well together. Services are ‘central’ in tradition, from Matins at Doddington through Holy and Family Communion based on Common Worship to Iona Morning Prayer and open all age worship. 2 Lay Readers work across all 3 churches, one retired priest supports services in Audlem, and another is at Doddington most weeks with occasional services in Wybunbury.

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: Sunday 2 August 2020

Interviews: Monday 24 August 2020

St James the Great, Audlem is situated on raised ground in the heart of the vibrant village. It serves Audlem, Hankelow and some local hamlets. There is a mid week Holy Communion service and 2 services on Sunday at 8.15am and 11am. These can be Holy/ Family Communion, baptism or all age worship and Morning Prayer. Also there is a ‘praise and play’ service at 9.30am on Thursdays.

St Chads Wybunbury is located in the centre of the village but also serves the village of Hough as well. There is a weekly service on Sunday at 9.30am; this is usually Family Communion, all age worship or Morning Prayer.

St Johns Doddington is in a rural setting; originally a church for the Doddington Estate, but now serves local hamlets. There is a weekly service on Sunday at 11am which is usually Holy Communion or Matins.

  • Supporting all three churches with their worship and mission
  • Helping the churches to grow and expand the age profile of the congregations.
  • Being visible in all the villages and offering strong pastoral support
  • Growing our links with the schools and work with young people

  • Has the ability to keep our eyes fixed on God and his love in all we do, and will inspire us and help grow our churches
  • Has the ability to lead worship and teach the Word of God with reverence and creativity, making the Gospel message meaningful for people of all ages and backgrounds
  • ideally has experience of the demands of a multi-church benefice and meeting the challenges of rural ministry and empathy with the needs of the farming community
  • is willing to be visible and active in all the villages and hamlets and can demonstrate a strong pastoral commitment
  • is keen to develop our ministry with children & young people; is willing & able to maintain and develop the work in our schools & has an understanding of governorship
  • has a commitment to inclusiveness in every sense of the word

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.