The Bishop of Chester and the Patron (The Vicar of Prestbury) are seeking a Vicar with an infectious faith and a warm approachable personality. St Oswald’s Bollington is a friendly caring and energetic family that is very much the heart of this beautiful village community that grew fast during the industrial revolution and which nestles in a valley on the edge of the Peak District National Park. You will need to be a listener and see yourself as the pastoral lead who will demonstrate the love of Christ in both word and deed. This is a post where a Christ centred spirituality grounded in your own lived experience needs to be an inspiration to the congregation and community. The Church want to grow in faith and number, could you lead them to do so?
The new incumbent must have energy, because there is much happening and much to do. The new incumbent will need to love working in the two Church Schools with staff and children and to be able to bridge the gaps between Church and community.
There is a strong team ethos that needs to be nurtured especially with Readers, wardens, children’s worker and PCC.
The Church sees itself leaning towards a liberal catholic style but whoever the next incumbent may be they will need to be able to enjoy a variety of liturgical expression.
There is an excellent, almost brand new Vicarage in the heart of the village.
Should you wish, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, The Venerable Ian Bishop is available for a conversation. Tel 07715102519 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book a call. Applications should also be sent to this e mail address.
Applications should be made using the Diocesan Application form available on the website
Closing date 7th February 2021
Interviews 24th February 2021
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.