Alvanley and Manley - House for Duty

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Alvanley and Manley
£3828.90 actual, House for Duty

St. John’s Alvanley and Manley is a friendly parish in a rural area of Cheshire, with a small, friendly congregation from diverse backgrounds. We offer a warm welcome to all-comers at our two churches.

Closing Date: There is no closing date for this post.

For further details and an informal conversation, please contact the The Archdeacon of Chester, The Venerble Michael Gilbertson on 01928 718834 ext 258.

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

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We are looking for an enthusiastic house for duty priest who will encourage us in developing our faith whilst at the same time having a strong pastoral ethic.

We need someone who:

  • Wishes to develop and deepen the faith of the congregation while making it more accessible to the community.
  • Promotes Bible-based teaching and encourages new forms of worship.
  • Will challenge us with new ideas.
  • Will have a powerful vision for St. John’s and for mission and outreach, particularly with teenagers, young adults and those on the fringes of the church (baptismal families and couples marrying in our church).
  • Encourages children, and their families, whether at home or in one of our village schools to join in our worship.

Our ideal candidate would be someone through whom God’s love for all shines; who has a good sense of humour, warmth and compassion and who understands, and can serve, the rural way of life; who would be a strong leader encouraging us to grow spiritually and numerically.

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.