Vicar, St. Mark's Dukinfield

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Applications are invited for the post of Vicar of St Mark, Dukinfield.

Prospective applicants are invited to contact the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster (01244 350864) for a further discussion if desired. Applications should be submitted to the Bishop of Chester,; Bishop’s House, Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2JD.

The closing date for applications is 15 February, and it is anticipated that interviews will be held in the parish over 1st and 2nd March.

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 is in a broad and inclusive central or modern catholic tradition, with a wide range of activities. Dukinfield is a former mill town on the eastern side of the Manchester conurbation, in the Borough of Tameside.

Until recently the town was served by two central parishes but, with the closure of St Luke’s, St Mark’s now serves the enlarged parish. The population is around 9000. A central challenge, and opportunity, for the new Vicar will be to develop the profile of St Mark’s as the parish church for the whole community.

The parish has excellent facilities, with St Mark’s and the adjoining parish hall in good repair. The modern and well-maintained vicarage is situated nearby. Dukinfield benefits from the amenities which Manchester provides, as well as proximity to the Pennine hills.

Whilst finances are challenging, they are in good order.

The Parish Profile, APCM Report and Fact Sheet, provide full details of the life of the parish and its aspirations.This is an interesting opportunity for an out-going Vicar, who would be supported by an enthusiastic lay team.

Key priorities for the new Vicar might be summarized:

  1. To consolidate the life and mission of the enlarged parish.
  2. To develop the liturgical and educational witness of the parish.
  3. To improve the contact which the parish has with children and young families.
  4. To help relate the parish creatively to the wider community of Dukinfield.

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.