Vicar of Chorley St George
St George's has a large, active congregation, with a high level of involvement in worship. We have dedicated teams of sidespersons, servers, lay assistants, readers and intercessors. These are supported by wider contributions from, for example, the Verger, and St George’s Flower Guild which links to the Church of England Flower Arrangers’ Association. High quality music enhances our worship, thanks largely to the skill and dedication of our experienced organist, aided by a traditional, four-part choir, within which we are also nurturing young singers.
Alongside this, there is a wealth of groups catering for different interest and activities. We have a thriving Sunday School, very well attended Uniformed Organisations, and groups for adults such as Mothers’ Union, Men’s Fellowship. The Dramatic Society has members whose ages range from 5 to 95!
The PCC is very well informed with a clear structure of sub-committees that meet regularly to allow for deeper and more focused discussions in key areas. The relationship with the incumbent has always been productive and the PCC actively seeks to further the ambitions of the Church leadership.
We are looking for an experienced Vicar who will offer spiritual guidance and effective leadership in our Ministry and Mission. He/she will lead our worship and guide our liturgy, seeking to promote our growth in faith and the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ.
The successful Vicar will have skills, experience and empathy in dealing with a wide variety of people of all ages and situations. The Vicar will have an appropriate and adaptive approach to the needs of the many different people and groups of the Parish as well as the local community. She/he will have good listening and communication skills, with a cheerful disposition and a sense of humour.
The Ideal Candidate
We seek a team leader who will teach, encourage and move us forward in our Church life. We hope our new Vicar will be able to encourage us in our wider mission to the Community of Chorley and beyond.
We would like someone who will be able to relate to the wide range of community groups, Church Organisations, Church Schools, local businesses and community organisations, playing a full part in our local life whilst enjoying their own life here in Chorley. He/she can expect a wide range of contribution and support from the laity in the Church and we hope that she/he will become a central figure to lead and direct our work and ministry, outside the Church as well as within it.
The main challenges for our new Vicar are:-
• To further develop the engagement with young families who come to us for Baptism and School entry.
• Building on the well attended Pilgrim Course, to enable people to move on in discipleship and identify God’s call on their life.
• To build on the strong links that already exist between Church and School.
For an informal conversation, please contact the Area Dean, The Revd David Arnold, on 01257 474025 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 26th February 2018
Interview date: 14th March 2018
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An enhanced DBS check will be required