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1 The Parish Church of St. Anne Beech Hill Avenue, Beech Hill, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 7TA. PARISH PROFILE Serving God, by Serving our Community 1

2 STATEMENT OF QUALITIES AND ATTRIBUTES OF THE NEW PRIEST AT ST. ANNE S, BEECH HILL ln order to achieve the aims of the PCC, the new priest for St. Anne, Beech Hill will: Be outgoing and enthusiastic for mission and out-reach, with a determination to continue the on-going development in the local and wider communities; as well as being committed to encouraging a greater sense of involvement by the local community. Be comfortable working with people of all ages and backgrounds, and possessing a commitment to the importance of local pastoral needs and an ability to communicate with the local, and if necessary, wider community. Be able to provide strong leadership to direct progress towards the stated development aims of the PCC. Uphold the long established Anglo Catholic ethos of the Parish. Uphold and establish more links with the Wigan North Ecumenical Partnership. Be able to connect the Bible to everyday life in a modern, imaginative and creative way. Develop the spiritual life of the church and parish. 2

3 ROLE DESCRIPTION Serving God, by Serving our Community 3

4 Role Description for the Team Vicar responsible for the Parish Church of St. Anne, Beech Hill. Signed off by: 1. Details of the Post: Team Vicar in the All Saint s, Wigan Team Role title: Team Vicar Deanery: Wigan Archdeaconry: Warrington Initial point of contact on Clergy Terms of Service: Archdeacon of Warrington 2. Wider Context: The Diocese of Liverpool has by a vision to be a place where there is a sustainable, led and transforming Christian presence in every community encouraging all people to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. This touches each and every aspect of congregational and parish life and will need to be worked out carefully and prayerfully in each setting. Within this wider vision the Bishop has set a clear priority of growth in numbers of church members and in vocations. 3. Local Context: As of August 2014, as scheme has been drawn up where the parishes listed below will become a team. The parishes that will make up our team are: 1. St. David Haigh 2. St. Elizabeth Aspull 3. St. John New Springs 4. St. Stephen Whelley 5. St. Catherine Wigan 6. Christ Church Ince-in-Makerfield 7. St. Mary Ince-in-Makerfield 8. St. George Wigan 9. All Saints Wigan 10. St. Andrew Springfield 11. St. Michael Swinley 12. St. Anne Beech Hill The parish of St Anne s is part of Churches Together in Wigan North Ecumenical Team. The post-holder is expected to play a full part in the life of the local fraternity. The Diocese of Liverpool places a strong emphasis on devolved Deanery mission planning as interpreting this wider vision within the local context. The post-holder is expected to take a lead responsibility in helping churches across the Deanery of Wigan. 4

5 Role Description for the Team Vicar responsible for the Parish Church of St. Anne, Beech Hill. 4. Responsibilities 4 (a) General To share with the Bishop in the privilege and responsibility of the oversight within the Church and the parish. To lead God s people in the offering of praise and the proclamation of the gospel. To sustain the community of the faithful by the ministry of word and sacrament. To identify and nurture gifts of every member, and in particular vocations to Ordained and Reader ministry. To engage all members in ministering to the needs of the parish. To advance the Kingdom of God in this place through servant leadership, mutual ministry and personal example. To have particular regard for the Bishop s priority for the church to grow numerically. 4 (b) Local: To enable lay teams within St. Anne s to play a larger part in visiting the elderly, bereaved and housebound. To find creative ways of ministering to young families and we have a Child Friendly Church status. To explore new styles of worship relevant to all comers, and to give encouragement to musicians, choral and instrumental, as they endeavour to enrich the liturgy. To initiate and encourage outreach in the surrounding area of the parish. We have a number of large schools within the Parish boundary; currently we have no links with these. This is an area which we hope to develop under the leadership of a new Parish Priest. To maintain and develop links with the leaders and members of the other Christian denominations in the parish. To take a full part in the life of the Clergy Chapter, working to further mission in the cluster and more widely in the Deanery. 5

6 Role Description for the Team Vicar responsible for the Parish Church of St. Anne, Beech Hill. 5. Key Contacts: Groups & Committees PCC Churches Together in Wigan West Ecumenical Partnership Deanery Synod In the Parish Churchwardens Support Structures Area Dean Archdeacon of Warrington Bishop of Warrington Staff at St James House 6

7 STATEMENT BY THE PCC OF ST. ANNE, BEECH HILL, WIGAN. The following statement has been approved by the PCC following a series of meetings of a sub-committee. We have tried to capture the feel of the Parish and how the congregation see the church s ministry continuing to grow. DESCRIPTION OF THE PARISH AND CHURCH. The Parish of St. Anne in Beech Hill, Wigan is a compact suburban Parish. It is part of the Wigan Deanery, on the border with the Diocese of Blackburn. The housing is split approximately 60:40 between pre and post-war council housing, and a mixture of old and new private housing. The Parish was created as a daughter Church of an adjacent Parish. It was housed originally in the mission building, which is now St. Anne s Community Centre. The Church building is modern, being built in The Church has a Lady Chapel, which is used regularly for weekday services. In 1989 extensive refurbishment of the Church was completed. In 1998 the organ was completely restored. The Chancel was re-ordered in 2003 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. A new sound system was also installed. The population of the Parish is approximately people. There are 95 people on the Church Electoral Roll. There is a sheltered accommodation development in close proximity of the Church with about 60 residents. There are several local shops and there is a library, medical centre and dental surgery nearby. The Parish is within walking distance of the town centre. There is a large municipal cemetery within the Parish boundary. St. Anne s operates a Child Protection Policy, Vulnerable Adults Policy and Health and Safety Policy. PLACES OF WORSHIP WITHIN THE PARISH. Other places outside the parish boundary are: - The Parish Church of St. Andrew, Springfield. Two Methodist Chapels One Roman Catholic Church One Baptist Church One United Reformed Church 7

8 PASTORAL AND OTHER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO THE NEW PRIEST: Two Churchwarden s, Nine members of the P.C.C, Ten members of the congregation are licensed to administer communion. Other members of the congregation assist with delivering the readings and prayers, taking Home Communion and visiting the sick. A weekly bulletin with notices and weekly prayers and readings is produced and distributed. A monthly Parish newsletter is produced and distributed. In addition, the congregation fulfils various other roles: The Choir has 7 members. The Church Flower Rota has 10 members. The Sides person s Rota involves 18 members of the congregation. Sunday morning refreshments are provided and approximately 20 people attend in the Community Centre. Members of the congregation attend to some of the maintenance needs of the Church, Community Centre and the surrounding grounds. 8

9 CHURCHMANSHIP AND TRADITION: St Anne s is Anglo-Catholic". Vestments are worn at all Eucharistic services and the sacrament is reserved in the Lady Chapel. With regard to Liturgy and Worship, Common Worship and New Patterns of Worship have been introduced in recent years. The music is in keeping with the Anglo Catholic tradition, with the recent purchase of the Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New. The Choir is Royal School of Church Music Affiliated. SERVICES: REGULAR WEEKLY SERVICES DAY SUNDAY THURSDAY TIME 8.00am 10.00am 9.15am OTHER SERVICES SERVICE TYPE HOW MANY BAPTISMS 10 WEDDINGS 0 FUNERALS 36 9

10 FESTIVAL SERVICES AND EUCHARISTS. SERVICE: TIME: 1. Advent Sunday 10.00am (1 st Sunday of Advent) 2. Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 10.00am (Last Sunday of Advent) 3. Crib and Christingle Service 6.00pm (Christmas Eve) 4. Service of Christmas Communion 11.30pm (Christmas Eve) 5. Christmas Morning Family Eucharist 10.00am (Christmas Day) 6. Ash Wednesday Sung Eucharist 7.30pm 7. Mothering Sunday Sung Eucharist 10.00am 8. Palm Sunday Sung Eucharist 10.00am 9. Holy Monday - Stations of Cross and Said Eucharist 10. Holy Tuesday - Stations of Cross and Said Eucharist 11. Holy Wednesday - Stations of Cross and Said Eucharist 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm Maundy Thursday Said Eucharist 9.15am 13. Sung Parish Eucharist 7.30pm Good Friday Pre-Sanctified Mass 8.00am 15. Children s Stations of the Cross 10.00am 16. Last Hour at the Cross 2.00pm 17. Holy Saturday Eucharist 7.30pm 18. Easter Day Sung Family Eucharist 10.00am 19. Ascension Day Sung Eucharist 7.30pm 20. The Feast of St. Anne and Joachim 10.00am (Sunday) Sung Eucharist 7.30pm (Weekday) 21. Back to Church Sunday 10.00am (Last Sunday in September) 22. Harvest Festival 10.00am (1 st Sunday in October) 23. Annual Memorial Service 6.30pm (All Soul s Day) 24. Remembrance Sunday Eucharist 10.00am 10

11 PROFILE OF THE CONGREGATION: The congregation is predominately of the 50+ age range. The involvement of younger age ranges is growing in the various youth ministries. There are many social and fundraising activities held during the course of the year, including Christmas Fair, Summer Fair, Attic Sales, Race Nights, Quiz Nights, Afternoon Tea s, Turkey and Tinsel Christmas Dinner. Refreshments are available after the Sunday Morning Parish Eucharist. 11

12 FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO THE WIDER COMMUNITY: There are many Church organisations, including:- Children s Corner: Approximately 5 are on the register, aged between 2 and 7 years. Brownies and Guides: Membership of approximately 15 Brownies and Guides. Parent and Toddler Group: Organized by 5 adults and attended by between 20 and 30 pre-school children. The Church Choir: Led by the organist and has 7 members. Mothers' Union: Approximately 15 members. Women's Fellowship: Approximately 15 members. Thursday Morning Coffee Organized by 3 adults and attended by 10 to 15 adults a week. Monday Bingo: Organized by 3 adults and attended by 25 to 30 adults a week. Friday Bingo: Organized by 3 adults and attended by 15 to 20 adults a week. All these groups either use the Church or the Community Centre. All Leaders and Organizers are CRB Checked. The Community Centre is also used by non-church organisations for a variety of other activities including: Karate, Aerobics, Credit Union, Zumba and Dance Classes. 12

13 BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS IN THE LOCAL AREA: Beech Hill Community Primary School is adjacent to the Church. The current roll is 450 children, including a Sure Start early learning centre. The Deanery High School, Wigan, has previously established links with St. Anne s Church. This school is the largest voluntary aided Church of England secondary school in the Wigan area. Beech Hill Tesco s Gidlow Lane, Beech Hill, Wigan Local Beech Hill Businesses. Robin Park Retail Shopping Complex. The Grand Arcade Shopping Complex in Wigan Town Centre. DW Football and Rugby Stadium, Home of Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors. 13

14 The Heinz Factory, producer of the famous Heinz Beans in Kitt Green, Wigan. Uncle Joe s Mint Balls Factory, Wigan. Haigh Hall Country Park and Café. Mesnes Park, Wigan. The Leeds to Liverpool Canal. Wigan and Leigh Technology College. Regular Bus and Train links to Manchester, Southport, Liverpool, Preston, Birmingham, Scotland, London and many other locations in the United Kingdom. 14

15 OTHER MINISTRY: ln accordance with the aims of the PCC expressed during the last interregnum, there have been efforts to create links with the adjacent primary school. lt is a Local Education Authority (LEA) run school with no affiliation to the Church. However, the children have been into Church as part of their lessons. In June 2012, The Parish Church of St. Anne celebrated 60 Years of the Laying of the Foundation Stone and the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen. The service was attended by the Archdeacon of Warrington and former incumbents were invited. In June 2013, the Parish celebrated 60 Years of the Parish Church of St. Anne, Beech Hill which was attended by the Bishop of Warrington and former incumbents. Approximately 1 mile away is the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary. 15

16 SUPPORT FOR HOME AND OVERSEAS CHARITIES: St. Anne's supports several home and overseas missions and charities. HOUSING FOR THE TEAM VICAR: This will be the vicarage of St. Andrew s, Springfield. POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS: The PCC would wish to see: - The continuation of the current focus of maintaining and upgrading of St. Anne s Community Centre. Building on the solid foundation of youth ministry created over the years via Church clubs and activities and through links with local schools, in particular Beech Hill Community Primary and the Deanery High School. Initiatives to encourage a younger congregation to become involved with the Church. Outreach to those who may only have peripheral or intermittent contact with Church activities and a renewed commitment to pastoral care. 16

17 PERSON SPECIFICATION Serving God, by Serving our Community 17

18 PERSON SPECIFICATION PRIEST IN CHARGE THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. ANNE, BEECH HILL, WIGAN. Each of the following criteria will be assessed via: (a) application form; (i) interview; (p) presentation. Essential Requirements Desirable Requirements Qualifications: Theological: Spiritual / Personal Qualities: Vision and Leadership Loyal to the Church of England (i) Demonstrates depth and breadth of theological understanding (i / p) Commitment to the ministry of the whole people of God (i) An understanding and full support of fresh expressions of church (i / p) Fully embraces the Diocesan Bishops growth agenda (a) An active Christian faith based on regular worship, study of the Bible and prayer (a/i) Ability to work in a team and on own initiative (a/i) Be a person of integrity (i) Have the capacity to discern,along with others, the needs of the parish within the wider context of mission action planning (a) Able to lead the Church in mission with conviction and enthusiasm (i) Able to stimulate, challenge and open eyes to new vision (i / p) Ability to work with a team of ordained and lay colleagues (i) An effective communicator and teacher, and adapt to our changing culture. (i) A people person with a strong pastoral instinct who will be active in the local community (i) A good theological degree (a) A skilled interpreter of Biblical understanding into 21st century life (i) Comfortable working in churches of a broad Anglican tradition (i) To re-establish God s mission. (i) Have some understanding of the various stages of bereavement and loss (a) Show sensitivity in dealing with people and change (i / p) Involve themselves in social events organised by the church (i) Be able to strike the right balance between the restoration of the Church buildings and the spiritual needs of a Church family and the community (i) Willingness to further mission work with children and young families (i) Develop strategies to attract youth to our church (i / p) To encourage a mixed economy church (i/a) 18

19 Managerial: Experience: Knowledge and Skills: Have good time-management and self -organisation skills (i) Able to network effectively (a) An understanding of safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults (a/i) Excellent communication skills (a/i/p) Willingness to work in partnership with other denominations (a/i) Knowledge of Church of England structures (i) Ability to facilitate events and teaching sessions (a/i) Experience of coordinating the management of the people, resources and buildings (i) Able to delegate and devolve responsibility (i) Has experience of helping Churches to grow (a/i/p) Experience of leading or managing volunteers (a/i) Experience in working across Churches (a/i/p) Experience of helping people manage change (i) Have a functional level of computer literacy (a) Awareness of financial issues and procedures (a) To find out what is the heart of being church. (i/a) This post will be subject to appropriate DBS approval (Disclosure & Barring Service). 19

20 PARISH REPRESENTATIVES: Mrs. Susan Gaskell Churchwarden 23 Thistledown Close, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 7PA. Telephone No: Mr. Margaret Turner - Churchwarden 1 Paddock Rise, Beech Hill, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 8QB. Telephone No: Approved and signed by the Churchwardens of the Parish Mrs. Susan Gaskell Date: Mrs. Margaret Turner Date: 20

21 A PRAYER FOR OUR PARISH. Gracious and loving God, we ask you to send your Holy Spirit upon our parish to fill us with love. Make us instruments of your love to everyone that we encounter at home, at work, in our neighbourhoods, and in our parish community. Work through us so that we can bring your truth to those who are searching for you. Help us to grow in gratitude so that we can recognize and thank you for all the good things you have given us. Instil in us a deep sense of generosity so that we are willing to share our gifts, our talents, our time, and our financial resources. Deepen our desire to follow your will and to do all things for your honour and glory. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour. Amen. Serving God, by Serving our Community 21

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