St Matthews Edgeley & Cheadle Heath
We are looking for a full time Vicar for our relatively new parish with a long history! This parish was formed in 2007 by the amalgamation of 3 parishes.
The church is set in Stockport, south-east of Manchester, in a long, established urban area with good transport links via motorway and rail. The parish is made up of three adjacent but fairly distinct areas: Edgeley, Cheadle Heath and Bridge Hall Estate.
A significant feature of the parish is the number of schools within it: six primary schools, one of which is our church school and a secondary school and there are strong links with some of these, with a history of regular involvement in school assemblies and other initiatives.
Our building has excellent facilities having a newly reordered church interior in a beautiful, listed building. We have many contacts throughout the parish resulting in thriving community work and our challenge is how to use these to build up the worshipping church.
We are looking for a Vicar who will:
lead our congregation in a renewed excitement for God
· work collaboratively as leader of a team, valuing and drawing out the skills present in our congregation
· maintain our character as a welcoming and inclusive church
· lead church services in an imaginative and engaging manner
· make our church services a place for young families and children and for those new to church life, as well as for our existing congregation
· encourage a varied range of music in church services
· revitalise our work with children and young people in church
· build on our significant link with our church school, to support staff as well as children, and maintain and extend our work in our other local schools
· lead us in exploiting to the full the possibilities offered by our new facilities
· be a visible presence in our parish and community by actively supporting local projects on the doorstep as well as in the more far-flung parts of the parish
· build on our ecumenical links and our links with the wider community
· lead us in making use of our many connections in the parish to build up the worshipping church
Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Chester USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the diocesan website:
Please note: The Diocese of Chester will not interview any candidates for posts if they cannot provide an assurance of a valid DBS and up to date safeguarding training.
Closing date: 8 March 2023
Interviews: 18 April 2023
The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, The Venerable Ian Bishop is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01928 718834 Ext 220 or email email@example.com
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.