Part Time Incumbent 3 days including Sunday
Parish of All Saints’ Church Lawton
All Saints’ is a single parish church in a beautiful rural setting on the border of Cheshire and Staffordshire. It has a has a faithful, committed and welcoming congregation who worship in a well-maintained grade 2* listed building. Our mission statement is, “To share the love of Jesus in our Community”. Our church is open and unmanned daily and its facilities are used by the local community on walks or visitors from the nearby canal and those visiting the churchyard. The Rectory is a modern 4-bedroomed house 1 mile from the church by road or canal.
We are looking for a priest who will: -
• Be integral in all aspects of church life and have a presence at most Sunday church services, sharing leading and preaching responsibilities with the established ministry team and lead with administration work and pastoral visiting. We need someone who actively participates in meeting the congregation and members of the wider community during fellowship activities and fundraising events.
• Help church members to discern their gifts and talents, enabling new leaders to be identified and trained to fulfil other key roles in the life of the church.
• Lead the congregation by Bible based teaching of the Gospels, support and maintain our current worship styles, whilst proactively exploring new opportunities to the meet the spiritual needs of our community, looking at issues of the day.
• A Christian figurehead who is a strategic thinker with strong leadership and networking skills to embrace the needs of the church and the community, who cares about our parish, who is determined to make it flourish, as well as being enthusiastic and God-centred.
• Someone to reach out and engage younger people in our community to embrace church membership and create an atmosphere that will encourage them to participate in the life of the church.
This position is a .5 post. House for Duty would also be considered.
Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Chester USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website.
The Diocese of Chester require that before any candidate can be offered a post they must provide assurance of a valid DBS and up to date safeguarding training.
Closing date: 1 March 2023
Interviews: 24 March 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
Applications should by preference be made theUSING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website:
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.