Incumbent, St Mary Without-the-Walls Handbridge Chester

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We are looking for a person with strong inter-personal and pastoral skills to provide leadership and encouragement for our journey in faith and community engagement.

Potential applicants are welcome to contact the Bishop of Birkenhead on 0151 652 2741 or email

Applications should by preference be made to the Bishop of Birkenhead using the diocesan application form, by 18 June 2019. Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website here including our diocesan application form.

Interviews will be held on 13 July 2019

Alternatively applicants may use the Pathways system. For more information about the Pathways application process, please use this link

As a Eucharistic Church, of the modern catholic tradition, Holy Communion is at the heart of our worship. We are a Christian community in which everyone is welcome, growing together in Christ through worship and fellowship. Our vision is to reach out to the local community and the recent building of the new St Mary’s Handbridge Parish Centre is an expression of our love and care for the whole community.

St Mary’s Church is located in Handbridge, a pleasant suburb of Chester, on the south bank of the River Dee and close to the city centre.

Specifically, we are looking for a person who:

  • Will teach, lead and challenge people to grow in faith and inspire us in our mission to nurture growth in our church
  • Is experienced in presenting the gospel to people of all ages.
  • Is approachable, friendly and inspiring.
  • Has a strong commitment to community engagement and the insight to build on the new opportunities provided by the new Parish Centre
  • Has the experience to build relationships with schools and young people
  • Will give priority to reaching out to young families
  • Is good at team-working and team-building with a good understanding of managing church affairs.
  • Will encourage and support lay involvement to use our talents to serve God and one another
  • Will value our traditions and styles of worship, but also inspire the congregation to be bold and to make and accept opportunities for change

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.

The diocesan bishop is Peter Forster. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair and the position of Bishop of Stockport is currently vacant.

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.