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Incumbent, Heald Green

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


St Catherine's church seeks a Vicar for the parish of Heald Green, an urban village within easy reach of Manchester and its airport.

Post Introduction

St Catherine’s Church is the Parish Church of Heald Green, Stockport which borders Manchester. We
are a church with a lot of potential. We have good buildings, a lovely church, sound financial management and an excellent PCC structure.
We have recently revised our vision for our church which is ‘We serve Jesus locally and in the wider world, inviting and encouraging each other on our journey of faith’ and we have been praying that God
will direct the next person to be our new Vicar and join us in realising this vision.
We respond to encouragement in trying new ideas and a strong leadership with a focus on Bible study. We are a church which holds the traditional view of a family and we want to reach out to serve our local community and forge stronger links with local schools and businesses.

Those wishing to discuss the post informally are invited to contact either the parish representative or the Bishop:

Mrs Kate Kinsey  katekinsey90@gmail.com

The Bishop of Chester   01244 350864     bpchester@chester.anglican.org
Bishop’s House, Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2JD.

The closing date is Friday 3 November. 

Interviews are expected to be held on 23/24 November.

Role Responsibility

We need help in realising our vision, namely to “serve Jesus locally and in the wider world, inviting and encouraging each other in our journey of faith”.

We want someone who will undertake and encourage us in outreach to young people, to the children and their families who use our buildings and attend our local schools; who will work with us to bring them to be part of our church family and so reach out with the good news of Jesus.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have excellent leadership and relationship skills, with experience of parish work and will know the Lord; this will encourage our prayerfulness and understanding of God’s word.  We should be thrilled if you could lead inspiring worship, engaging the whole church with your teaching and preaching, based on a deep knowledge and sound understanding of the scriptures.

You will have a natural vitality with warmth, friendliness and approachability.

We do not expect you to do everything yourself, but rather be able to motivate, delegate and affirm the gifts of others, and encourage the development of lay ministry.

About Us

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion.  Our website is www.chester.anglican.org  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 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.

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