Vicar of St Mary, Blackpool and Chaplain of St George's School

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This is an outstanding post for a priest who wants to combine parish duties with chaplaincy to a vibrant and high-performing secondary school. St George’s is an 11-16 school serving some of most income-deprived areas of Blackpool and is part of the Cidari Multi-academy Trust (owned by the Diocese of Blackburn). It has a strong Christian ethos and seeks a Chaplain who will be at the heart of its life. St Mary’s serves the residential area of Squires Gate in South Shore. It has a Eucharistic tradition and a small but energetic congregation who are keen to find a priest who will help them to grow in line with the Diocesan strategic plan, Vision 2026.

The post carries a full stipend and the successful candidate will be expected to spend three days a week in school during term time and on examination results days. This is an ideal post for a priest who is seeking a rich and varied ministry and who loves to see people of all ages come to faith.

As Vicar of St Mary’s the candidate will:

  • Enjoy the Eucharistic tradition of the parish whilst rethinking patterns of worship that can engage with new people and younger generations
  • Build up the confidence of the existing congregation so that they can be more effective in living out their faith.
  • Seek ways to grow the congregation in number and in depth and help renew ministry to the young
  • Be a loving and caring pastor to the community, building relationships with the groups and organisations associated with the Parish
  • Build up the profile of the Church within Squires Gate and seek ways to minister across the whole Parish.

As Chaplain to St George’s School the candidate will:

  • Be a strong and highly visible pastoral presence in the school, building relationships with students and staff.
  • Develop and support the Christian ethos of the school
  • Co-ordinate Collective Worship across the school and lead worship regularly.
  • Relate directly to the Headteacher and build strong relationships with the senior team.
  • Offer a coherent account of the Gospel and find ways to help students explore the Christian faith, including extra-curricular groups and activities
  • Relate well to the DBE and the Deanery and build relationships with local clergy
  • Invite the Bishop of Burnley in regularly as he loves St George’s School

The candidate will:

  • Have a disciplined and rich life of prayer
  • Have plenty of experience of working in schools. (A teaching qualification would be helpful but is by no means essential. Above all the school wants a priest who enjoys ministry to young people and the whole school family).
  • Be a gifted pastor with a love for people of all ages and an ability to build healthy relationships quickly.
  • Enjoy planning and delivering collective worship for the secondary age students and staff
  • Be a team player who loves to work collaboratively and who is aware of their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Be a clear and authentic preacher and possess an ability to communicate the Gospel in ways that connect with all ages
  • Be able to articulate a vision for parish renewal and be able to think strategically in growing a parish.
  • Be aware of the national inspection agenda

Closing date: 27th October

Interview date: 7th December

For an informal conversation about the Vicar role please contact The Ven David Picken, Archdeacon of Lancaster –

For an informal conversation about the Chaplain role please contact Mr Graham Warnock, Headteacher –l