Part time Incumbent for Hargrave

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We are seeking an incumbent for this parish of 500 people in a rural setting, within easy reach of Chester. This is a part-time appointment (Sunday duties plus two days per week) and a stipend of 15% is offered, plus an excellent vicarage.

The parish is of central tradition. There are strong community links and a church school.

We are looking for a new incumbent who:

  • will offer wise leadership to inspire this active Church community;
  • has the ability to mix tradition and innovation in worship;
  • will help the congregation to grow in faith and daily discipleship;
  • has a genuine desire to involve and encourage young people and adults within the church community, and to develop the Sunday School;
  • will play a full role in the life of Huxley C of E Primary School, including as foundation governor, encouraging links between school and church;
  • will see pastoral care and visiting (including those outside the congregation) as an important part of the role, and will work with the congregation to develop lay involvement in this ministry.
  • will work to continue and develop the excellent links between the church and other local community organizations, including through village social events.
  • will relate well and encouragingly to people in the parish, whether or not they are church members.

Closing date for applications: 11 June

Shortlisting: 16 June

Interviews: 29 June

(Interviews might be in person or via Zoom, depending on an assessment of the circumstances nearer the time)

Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Chester USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website.

Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with:

The Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson,Archdeacon of Chester

T: 01928 718834 ext 253 M: 07921 040154


Applications should be sent to this email address

For more information about this application process, please use this link

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 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.