Rector, Woodchurch Holy Cross

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Woodchurch, Wirral

Applications are invited for the post of Rector of the parish of Woodchurch.

The closing date is Monday 29 October 2018

Interviews will be held on Monday 26 November 2018

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

The parish of Woodchurch is diverse and includes pockets of high deprivation together with more affluent areas and some farmland. It is a challenging but very rewarding place to work; in spite of its many problems the community is strong and pulls together in times of difficulty.

There are eight schools in the parish, including two Church of England schools. We have a very strong partnership with our adjacent church primary school, and are seeking to further develop our relationships with the other schools in the parish.

We are proud of our modern catholic heritage and are seeking to build on it by embracing newer forms of worship whilst maintaining our traditions. We would like to diversify in order to attract more young people and families.

Our finances are well managed, and building work on a new Rectory is about to commence. Local transport links are good, with easy access to the national motorway network and to Chester and Liverpool.

Holy Cross Church is an ancient Grade II* Listed Building which dates from the twelfth century and is the oldest intact and fully functioning building on the Wirral.

The parish profile and fact sheet, together with a short history of the church, the Annual Report and the PCC Accounts, provide further details, including the aspirations which the parish has for the new Rector.

We hope our new Rector will

  • Encourage worship and prayer focussed on the Eucharist
  • Engage with all members of our wider community
  • Draw young people and families to our church
  • Ensure good pastoral care and outreach throughout the parish

We seek a new Rector who has the following qualities and skills:

  • A strong and visible spirituality, informed by a deep faith
  • An experienced and competent team leader who can teach, challenge and inspire
  • A willingness to develop a ministry to youth and families
  • Good communication skills, both in church and in the community, including the ability to listen and opine on differing views
  • The emotional strength to manage people and situations
  • The ability to embrace and encourage diversity in worship and ministry
  • The ability to empathise with, and relate to, diverse age groups
  • The ability to work with groups of children of all ages in a school/church context
  • Experience of or a willingness to learn about the care and maintenance of an ancient Grade II* Listed Building

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.