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House for Duty Priest (Interim)

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


This rural parish in north Cheshire is looking for a priest able to commit to Sundays mornings and flexible hours amounting to 20 per week. The role comes with a well-appointed vicarage, full expenses but no stipend. You will be priest in a village that represents an archetypal rural community with a supportive congregation used to doing things themselves. We are looking for someone comfortable in leading worship in the central tradition, who will take an interest in our long and distinguished history, the work of our Sunday School, local school and village life.

Applications Close - 30th October 2017
Interviews - 14th November 2017

Post Introduction

This historic parish, dating back to the 15th century, is a rural idyll nestled near Warrington with easy access to the M6 and M62. A welcoming parish with a strong commitment to all ages, parishioners have excellent links to the local primary school and many local civic and community links. They have been poorly served in terms of long term priestly provision leading to them being very self-organised but lacking in a focus for mission.

A new dedicated half time priest will be able to bring much.

The priest will be able to live in a vicarage in Birchwood, 15 minutes’ drive away, and will be licenced as part of our East Warrington team being supported by and in turn supporting that team. They will be able to contribute to the wider East Warrington ministry and also will be able to receive support from the abilities and gifts to contribute to the ministry in St Helens.

The post is initially for up to five years.

Role Responsibility

St Helen is looking for a priest who will

  • help develop a new mission plan
  • build its identity as a village parish church with strong connections to village life.
  • build a collaborative team with lay leaders and retired priests
  • develop the partnership with the local school
  • make connections with the wider community.

The Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will

  • be creative in looking for new opportunities to develop the parish
  • have theological understanding  of and be able to develop fresh expressions of worship
  • be organised, resourceful and able to manage themselves
  • be able to lead and work with colleagues

About Us

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. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it be 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. This makes us an exciting, challenging and rewarding place to be. We are innovative, seeking new ways to further God’s mission while respecting cherished traditions. We value our priests and all those working to build a bigger church making a bigger difference offering a high level of accountability with a low level of control. We are committed to equal opportunities and look forward to welcome all to our diocese.

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