Priest in Charge - East Widnes Team

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We are seeking an experienced, generous priest able to think creatively about the three worshipping communities that lie close to Widnes. You will find a great deal of variety across the team. We have three worshipping communities – St Luke’s in Farnworth – based in a Grade II* listed building; Cronton Mission which meets in the school hall in a nearby village and the active St Ambrose Church in the North East of Widnes.

You will lead a strong team at St Luke’s and Cronton Mission, which includes a number of active Readers and work alongside the Team Vicar at St Ambrose. Together you will work towards a shared mission supporting the vision of becoming a bigger church to make a bigger difference. You will be doing this while respecting the identity and traditions of the individual churches.

We will find you a new house as a suitable base for your ministry.

Closing Date: 3rd February 2019
Interviews: 19th February 2019

Your main base for ministry will be within Farnworth and Cronton - two villages to the East of Widnes. Farnworth has a population of ten thousand with several new housing estates. St Luke’s is seen as central to the village and has a strong number of weddings, funerals and baptisms. They see themselves as an active church with a focus on welcome and a good programme of events. Whilst seeking to preserve their ancient church for future generations they are looking to reach out – particularly to families and young adults.

Cronton is a smaller village within the parish and the mission meets in the school hall. Led by an effective Local Missional Leader, the mission works to establish a joint community in the village with plenty of ecumenical services. They also reach out to others by the way of a drop in centre at the local post office. They are looking support and develop their outreach and raise their profile in the village and the team.

Both churches have strong connections with their local schools, seeing these as potential opportunities for growth

Widnes is well located close to both Liverpool and Manchester and provides an excellent base for visiting the many and varied delights of the North West. The former industrial town is seeing a great deal of regeneration with new housing developments, new medium and small enterprises and greater leisure facilities. Widnes residents benefit from toll free access to the new Mersey Gateway bridge.

The team is looking for a priest who will:

  • identify mission opportunities across East Widnes
  • understand and help release the various gifts of leaders and others
  • be sensitive to the traditions and styles of worship
  • build on the good will of the community to the church
  • work strategically to help connect into local schools
  • connect with local families and young people.

Our ideal candidate will have :

  • strong leadership skills
  • ability to work with multiple congregations in formal and informal settings
  • sensitivity when dealing with change
  • experience in helping churches grow numerically and spiritually
  • a strong pastoral concern.

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For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’

This is how we express our mission.

We think we will achieve this mission if we have

100 new congregations
1,000 new leaders
10,000 disciples

to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to

  • Sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Give, Serve, Tell
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)
  • do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (do ten things)“