House for Duty Priest
We are a dynamic Benefice of four parishes around St Michael's Mount, pioneering work on Celtic pilgrimage and arts and spirituality.
The benefice forms part of the Deanery of Penwith, the most westerly deanery in the Church of England, in the Diocese of Truro.
We wish to appoint a Self-Supporting Minister, on a "house for duty" basis, who is able to offer a minimum of 2 days a week, plus a Sunday; a team-player with a pastoral heart, an interest in developing our community work with young families and having responsibility for these two rural parishes.
The Ideal Candidate
The successful candidate will :
- be a priest of faith and prayer, alive to God’s Holy Spirit.
- have the vision and energy to be the lead Minister in the churches of St Hilary & Perranuthnoe, building up the churches and chairing the PCC meetings.
- delight in the need for different styles of ministry across 2 diverse, but united parishes.
- believe in the importance of ‘presence’ within the community and be an active part of it, participating in and enjoying the vibrant social life of the churches and community.
- have an enthusiasm for outreach, particularly with Church schools and young families and be prepared to develop strong links with St Hilary School;
- be a supportive member of the ‘Open the Book’ team and work creatively with colleagues to establish initiatives linking pupils to the Church.
- understand what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century
- have a ‘pastoral heart’, helping to conduct the occasional offices across the Benefice and take a lead in the Benefice Local Pastoral Ministry Team.
- be open to the ministry of women.
- be able and willing to work with the Benefice team, sharing in Sunday duties across the Benefice and attending weekly Benefice staff meetings.
- be prepared to work collaboratively with laity across the Benefice as part of a supportive team, sharing in joint ministry and developing the AMD programme.
- be willing to work ecumenically, building on the good relationships, already established.
- have a well-developed sense of humour!
This Benefice is blessed with a stunning coastline and beautiful beaches. St Michael’s Mount, an ancient place of pilgrimage and a magnet for tourists, is situated off the coast of Marazion. Each parish apart from Perranuthnoe has a primary school. There are no secondary schools within the Benefice: secondary pupils attend schools either in Penzance or Helston and Sixth Forms in either Penzance or Truro.
Both St Hilary and Perranuthnoe have their own separate churchwardens and PCC and together with St Paul’s, Ludgvan and All Saints, Marazion constitute the United Benefice of Mounts Bay.