We are seeking a full time Rector of Wilmslow Parish comprising the churches of St. Bartholomew’s and St. Anne’s. Wilmslow is a small and thriving town south of Manchester with excellent road and rail links and on the doorstep of Manchester Airport.
The two Churches are central tradition and seek to develop their community links. There is a good choir at St Bartholomew’s.
There is strong potential for the growth of the congregations.
The modern Vicarage is right in the heart of the town a short walk from St Bartholomew’s.
There have been some difficult times in the parish in recent years but the congregation are keen to move forward and see the potential for growth realised.
The parish have said:-
We are seeking a Rector who will:
Be a warm and visible presence in getting to know and care for our parishioners and in welcoming new members to the church family.
Strengthen and develop links with our church Primary School.
Guide and encourage our churches in conjunction with our supportive PCC and retired clergy.
Sensitively nurture our traditions while encouraging new ideas and approaches.
The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, The Venerable Ian Bishop is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01260 272 875 or email email@example.com
Applications should by preference be made USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website.
Closing date: 30 October 2022
Interviews: 23 November 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.