We are looking to appoint a full-time vicar at St Thomas’ Mellor, in a well-established rural community of 5,500 with suburban settlement, on the edge of the Peak District and yet within half an hour by train from the centre of Manchester.

The church ethos is liberal and the churchmanship is mostly traditional using Common Worship, vestments are worn by the priest, and robes by the choir, servers and lay assistant.

We aim to share our faith, to serve our community, and to work for justice and peace in the world.

We hope to be inclusive and accepting, to be outward facing and diverse in our approach, and to value our worship, fellowship, music, and welcome.

We are hoping that our new vicar will be an accessible but challenging preacher, willing to embrace the pastoral needs of both the church and the community, open to diversity of liturgical expression from choral services to ‘messy church’, and keen to engage all ages in services and other church activities.

A member of the congregation leaving the area said that Mellor is quirky, is unusual because people turn up to events, and people get on and respect others’ views, the choir go to the pub after practice on a Friday, and a new incumbent needs to have a sense of humour, and it would be good, though not essential, if he/she enjoyed singing and wearing robes.

For more information please contact Ven Ian Bishop 01928 718834 ext 234 or

Closing date for application: Wednesday 7 March

Interviews: Friday 6 April

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