Vicar - Orford St Margaret and All Hallows

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We’re looking for a talented priest who feels called to this Anglo-Catholic setting in a residential area north of Warrington Town Centre. You would be leading a church proud of its traditions while seeking to reach out to a wider, younger group of people.

St Margaret and All Hallows is just over 100 years old and currently has a faithful, regular congregation having achieved moderate growth in recent years. The church has excellent links with its local Church of England primary school and other local schools have used its facilities.

The parish has a population of around 10,000 with a mix of private housing and a large local authority estate. Described by the council as a socially deprived area, the parish has good local amenities and is close to the local motorway network from which you can easily explore the Lake District, North Wales and beyond. As well as the many amenities in Warrington the parish has easy access to the cities of Liverpool and Manchester.

The vicarage is a 4-bed property built around 30 years ago.

Applications Close: 30th August 2021
Interviews: Week commencing 20th September 2021

St Margaret and All Hallows has a strong worshipping community in the Anglo-Catholic tradition with vestments and candles used in worship. There is a strong level of assistance offered for Sunday worship and a strong desire to achieve participation. Weekday worship, beyond the main church events in the year, is harder to achieve. The church has had some degree of popularity with younger families and is keen to develop in that area. The church has a welcoming, supportive atmosphere seeing people as its greatest asset.

In regular times the church runs a children’s church, a Friday Club for young people, and has a strong fundraising committee.

The church is popular for weddings and is seen as a place for funerals from within the community. The church also has a centre SMILE which is used for the community benefit.

In good condition and of a good size, the building received investment in the early 2000s to repair the tower and add facilities for disabled people. The church prioritises its parish share payment.

St Margaret’s has good links with the church school; this is an area that offers great potential for development.

The church is looking for a priest who will:

  • find ways to develop the faith of newcomers and make them lifelong disciples
  • use links with St Margaret’s CE Primary School to foster serious Christianity
  • work closely with the new interim priest at Orford St Andrew’s
  • develop and release leaders to do new things
  • lead and model excellent catholic worship and teaching for all ages
  • pay attention to financial sustainability, and develop stewardship and other income
  • engage fully with deanery and diocesan structures
  • find and model ways to speak about God through pastoral contacts and community engagement
  • build relationships with other schools and other community institutions.

Our ideal candidate will be:

  • someone who does not find challenge daunting but exciting
  • a person with a deep personal faith and an understanding of Scripture that can be communicated to others
  • someone with empathy who is a good listener with a sense of humour
  • a person with the ability to work well as part of a team and who is open to new ideas
  • someone who can communicate well.

For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying, ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’.

This is how we express our mission.

We think we will achieve this mission if we have:

  • 100 new congregations
  • 1,000 new leaders
  • 10,000 disciples.

To help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to:

  • sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Give, Serve, Tell
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)
  • do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (‘Do ten things’).