Traditional Catholic Ministry on the Wirral
The Bishop of Chester and the Chapter of Chester Cathedral are looking to appoint a priest with a missional heart to this exciting post at a new stage of the life of these two parishes.
St Andrew’s West Kirby and St Thomas’s Liscard are parishes which stand in the Catholic tradition. They are both affiliated to the Society of St Wilfred and St Hilda and are under the extended episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Beverley.
Links to details of the two parishes are below. Previously, each was served by a part-time incumbent. We are now seeking to appoint a full-time priest to minister across both parishes.
There are real opportunities for mission and growth with two congregations in very different settings reaching out in the love of Jesus Christ to their respective communities and learning from one another. The two parishes have not shared together in ministry in this way before. So one of the key tasks of the new priest will be to work prayerfully with the PCCs and congregations in helping to discern the vision God has for them, including how they might be able to share together in mission and ministry.
The previous Vicar of St Thomas Liscard, Fr Robert Nelson, who lives locally, is staying on for a while as part-time Associate Priest in the parish, to work with the incoming Priest-in-Charge.
A very good vicarage is provided in St Andrew’s parish.
Closing date for applications: 15 January 2021
Shortlisting: 20 January 2021
Interviews: 15 February 2021
(Interviews might be in person or via Zoom, depending on an assessment of the circumstances nearer the time)
Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with:
The Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester
01928 718834 ext 258, 07921 040154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.chester.anglican.org 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 Diocesan Bishop is Mark Tanner and the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair, the position of Bishop of Stockport is 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.