Rural Ministry near Chester
St Bartholomew Barrow
We are seeking a part-time incumbent offering Sunday duties plus two days per week for this small rural benefice (population 1,000) near the historic city of Chester. The church tradition is central. There is a desire to reach out to younger generations, building on good existing children’s work and strong links with the church school. An excellent rectory is provided in the village and there is a 15% stipend.
We are looking for a mission-minded new incumbent who:
• Will encourage the congregation to live out their Christian faith in everyday life.
• Feels led by the Holy Spirit and is keen to share their faith and knowledge with others.
• Is enthusiastic about worship.
• Enjoys village life and will be a visible presence to help re-connect with the community.
• Will build our mission to children and families, especially in partnership with our church school.
• Will care pastorally for the village.
• Enjoys visiting parishioners who are housebound, sick or in hospital.
• Will give leadership to our PCC and church.
• Will support our children’s work, Bible study and prayer group leaders.
• Will provide leadership on safeguarding and encourage all to contribute toward creating a safer church.
The Archdeacon of Chester, The Venerable Michael Gilbertson is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01928 718834 ext 253 or email Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Chester USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website Incumbent of Barrow (Part-time) - Diocese of Chester (anglican.org)
Closing date: 30 May 2022
Interviews: 23 June 2022
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, Bishop of Birkenhead Julie Conalty and the Bishop of Stockport is Samuel Corley.
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.