Vicar of the United Benefice of St Mary Whitegate with St Peter Little Budworth

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Whitegate and Little Budworth

Applications are invited for the post of Vicar of the United Benefice of St. Mary Whitegate with St. Peter Little Budworth.

The closing date is Monday 5 November 2018

Interviews will be held on Saturday 24 November 2018

If you feel you could be our new Vicar, we’d love to hear from you.

For informal enquiries please contact the Bishop of Birkenhead on 0151 652 2741 or email

Applications may be made via the Pathways system or via our website

For more information about the application process, please use this link

These thriving rural parishes, with a combined population of 3,500, are in the historic and beautiful part of Cheshire known as Vale Royal, named after the great Cistercian abbey founded here in 1270. Whitegate and Little Budworth are just 3.6 miles apart, either side of the A54 and approximately 14 miles east of Chester.

We seek to appoint an incumbent who will:

  • Lead the Ministry Team prayerfully, with sensitivity and flair
  • Embolden and inspire us in our mission to nurture growth in our churches
  • Encourage us all to use our talents to serve God and one another
  • Value our traditions and styles of worship whilst encouraging us to broaden our perspectives
  • Along with our Pastoral & Children’s Workers, continue to build relationships with the School and with children and their families
  • Play an active part in the life of both parishes

We offer our Vicar:

  • A comfortable, modern vicarage in the heart of Whitegate adjacent to church and school
  • Fine, well-maintained church buildings in both parishes
  • A sound financial position and the enthusiastic support of churchwardens and PCC in each parish
  • A respected and successful Church Primary School (Aided) in Whitegate
  • The dedicated support of a Ministry Team comprising part-time Curate (SSM), Licensed Pastoral Worker, fully qualified part-time Children’s Worker and a Reader Emeritus
  • A ready welcome from the church and wider community in both villages

To find out more about us, take a look at our documentation and profiles and our parish websites here and here.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

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 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.

There are three Bishops: the Bishop of Chester Peter Forster, the Bishop of Birkenhead Keith Sinclair and the Bishop of Stockport Libby Lane.

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.