Incumbent for All Saints Weston & St Mark's Shavington

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Weston, Crewe
Based on 0.5 or 0.6 working week

Applications are invited for the part time post (0.5 to 0.6) of Incumbent of All Saints Weston and St Mark's Shavington situated in South Cheshire with easy access to the M6.

The closing date is Friday 18 January 2019

Interview TBA

Those wishing to discuss the post informally are invited to contact The Venerable Ian Bishop, Archdeacon of Macclesfield Tel: 01928 718834 ext 258 or 07715 102519 or email

Applications may be made via the Pathways system or via our website

For more information about the application process, please use this link

The churches in the parish of Weston have recently experienced exciting developments and are ready to move forward and grow.

St Mark’s Shavington is getting ready to build a brand new Church/Community facility that will become a hub for worship and village engagement. It goes without saying that the opportunities to be involved in creating something new like this are very rare.

All Saints Weston is also going through big questions about how to use space and how to engage better with the community and how to build on the already terrific local links.

In short there are unique opportunities for an imaginative and faithful minister to create something very special in this lovely part of Cheshire.

The villages, that are close to the fast expanding town of Crewe, are growing. The local economy is expected to be boosted by the imminent construction of HS2. The opportunities are clear and the potential for a deeply fulfilling and energising ministry are obvious.

PCC finances are well managed, the Vicarage in the attractive village of Weston is very pleasant, the schools are excellent, and local transport links are as good as anywhere in the country. Crewe Railway Station is a only about ten minutes away, the M6 within 3 miles and Manchester Airport is easily accessible.

The parish profile and fact sheet, together with the PCC Accounts, provide further details, including the aspirations which the parish has for the new Vicar.

We seek an Incumbent who is able to encourage, facilitate and support:

  • Worship and prayer with effective preaching of the Word of God for the 21st Century
  • Participation in, and leadership of, worship
  • Our mission to children and their parents
  • The development of lay ministry in all its forms
  • Outreach to all parts of our wider community

We would like to appoint

  • Someone who is passionate about their calling and excited about the opportunities within our Parish
  • Give support and direction to our church family recognising, using and developing their skills, talents and energy
  • Refresh and guide our vision and work with us to strengthen our parish
  • Support our Reader team in their ministry
  • Have a sense of humour and a sense of the ridiculous
  • Provide strong, diplomatic and spiritual leadership, engaging with people of all ages at all levels within the community
  • Be able to manage a part-time role by being well organised and delegating to others

For more information about this application process, please use this link

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.

There are three Bishops: the Bishop of Chester Peter Forster, the Bishop of Birkenhead Keith Sinclair and the Bishop of Stockport Libby Lane.

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.

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