Rector, Gawsworth with North Rode

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Gawsworth and North Rode

Applications are invited for the post of Rector of this united benefice of St James the Great, Gawsworth, and St Michael and All Angels, North Rode.

Those wishing to discuss the post further are invited to contact the co-patron, Mr Rupert Richards Tel: 01260 223456).

Applications should by preference be made to the Bishop of Chester using the diocesan application form, by 15 March.

Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website here

Interviews will be held in Gawsworth on 1/2 April.

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

Gawsworth is about 3 miles south of Macclesfield and North Rode is a further 3 miles to the south. Both parishes are rural in character, with Gawsworth having a stronger village identity. Many visitors come to the historic Gawsworth Hall, which adjoins the parish church.

Macclesfield provides excellent amenities. There is a general hospital, good schools, and a mainline railway station. The Derbyshire hills are nearby.

Both parishes have a traditional character, and Gawsworth has a good robed choir, but there is a commitment to a lively mixed economy of worship.

An excellent Rectory is situated in Gawsworth, next to the parish church, and substantial improvement work is anticipated during the vacancy.

Full details of the parishes can be found in the documents linked below.

In summary, the parish is looking for a priest who is:

  • an enthusiastic preacher and good communicator
  • able to develop the links with the village primary school and place particular emphasis on welcoming children and young families to church
  • confident to work closely with our ecumenical neighbours and further develop the strong ties established by our last incumbent
  • a prayerful person with good pastoral skills, placing importance on visiting the sick, lonely and vulnerable members in our parishes
  • keen to nurture and build a future for the church in the wider community.

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.