Peak Parishes Benefice - About Us


Peak Parishes is the name we have given our Benefice*.

We were created on 1st October 2014 and the formal description of our Benefice is "St James, Sutton, St Michael, Wincle, St Saviour, Wildboarclough and St Mary the Virgin, Bosley in the Deanery of Macclesfield".  We are part of the Chester Diocese.


Our first vicar is Revd John Harries (see our site's Who's Who).  He was inducted as our vicar on 11th May 2015 at a ceremony taken by Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport.  This was the first time that a vicar had been inducted by a female bishop, so we made our own little bit of history!


We were not sure what to call ourselves and have based our name on some common geographical aspects. We are situated at the south-west border of the Peak District National Park. Two of our parishes, Wildboarclough and Wincle, are inside the Peak District, the other two, Bosley and Sutton, are just outside, all on the Peak District border. We also have a number of peaks such as Bosley Cloud, Shutlingsloe and Teggs Nose within our parishes.


*A Benefice is a collection of parishes which remain independent but share some resources, eg the same vicar. The cost of the vicar, and some other collective expenses, are shared by an agreed formula. This means that a single parish does not have to meet the full cost of a vicar on their own.  This can especially help a parish with a small congregation to remain open which might otherwise have to close on economic grounds.