Vicar - Haydock St James
St James Haydock is one of the best attended and most active Anglo Catholic parishes in the Diocese. With a long history of prayerful and inspirational worship it is rooted in the life of Haydock and also attracts many committed Christians from a wide area who take an active part in church life.
A priest who can maintain that tradition alongside retired and self-supporting ministers would be essential. Haydock itself is famous for its racecourse and ideally located near the M6 with easy access to Liverpool, Manchester, the Lake District and beyond.
St James Haydock is under the episcopal care of the Bishop of Beverley and is affiliated to the Missionary Society under the patronage of St Wilfrid and St Hilda.
Applications Close - 2nd January 2018
Interviews - 15th January 2018
The strong Eucharistic tradition of the parish makes it place for a committed priest to explore how it can become a centre for Catholic Mission in the area. Alongside this the links to the community are an important part of church life. St James CE Primary School has excellent links with the church making Haydock an ideal place for a new priest to explore a ministry with young people. The church is an active member of the Winwick Deanery.
A new priest will be able to build on strong foundations and develop new opportunities
The Vicar will be based in a large vicarage adjacent to the church from where he will be able to exercise his ministry.
St James is looking for a priest who will
- Encourage growth in our congregations
- Develop a vision for school based worship
- Discern the gifts and vocations of lay and clergy leaders
- Ensure St James communicates an outstanding welcome across all media
See how the church can make a bigger difference in the local community
The Ideal Candidate
Our ideal candidate will have
- A good understanding of sacramental theology and Anglo-Catholic liturgy
- An ability to lead the church in mission
- A desire to embrace the vision of the Diocesan Bishop
- An ability to stimulate and challenge
A strong pastoral instinct and excellent communication skills
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 by 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” by 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.