Assistant Curate (House-for-Duty)

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Etton, near Beverley

Minister Responsible for

St Mary’s Etton & St Mary’s Dalton Holme

and Deanery Priest

(House for Duty)

This creative role is based in our two small, attractive villages close to the vibrant town of Beverley. Working alongside a Priest in Charge colleague, you will be responsible for the day to day oversight of these two churches and make a contribution to the deanery that uses your particular gifts and interests.

We understand rural life and don’t expect our House for Duty priest to do everything. Our church families are very committed, we will share in ministry and in the running of our churches but we look for a loving pastor to lead us forwards.

This is a new post which seeks ensure there is ministerial provision for the parishes of Etton and Dalton Holme, as well as provide the opportunity for the post holder to contribute to the wider life of Beverley deanery. The House for Duty post is to be responsible for the day to day life of the two parishes, working alongside their Priest in Charge, Richard Parkinson. It is envisaged that this new appointment will be present in the churches on 3 out of the 4 Sundays in a month, with Richard covering the other Sunday. On the Sunday when the House for Duty priest is not in either village they will either be ministering in Cherry Burton, Richard Parkinson’s other parish, or elsewhere in the deanery. Whilst Richard will be present once a month and will lead the Annual Parochial Meetings, the rest of the oversight of the parishes’ mission and ministry will fall to the House for Duty priest. The two villages have a total population of around 500, and so it is envisaged that this part of the role could be completed in a Sunday plus the equivalent of one day a week. This leaves a remaining ‘day’ to be offered into the deanery. The exact nature of this aspect of the role will be determined in conversation with the Area Dean, who is also Richard Parkinson, and the wider Deanery Leadership Team. It might involve the development of something new through the particular gifts and interests which the post holder brings, or support for existing ministries. 

  • To provide day to day oversight of the two parishes
  • To work collaboratively with the Priest in Charge, meeting together as is appropriate
  • To develop a renewed vision for mission for the churches and enable them to deepen their commitment to their communities.
  • To develop the shared life of the benefice.
  • To be an effective facilitator and encourager of lay ministry by inspiring and enabling church members to identify their gifts and develop their individual ministries.
  • To offer support and encouragement to those caring for the church buildings but not to be expected to lead any building projects or be involved in the day to day maintenance.
  • To agree with the Area Dean and Deanery Leadership Team how their contribution to the deanery can best be used.

We are seeking a Minister who has a heart for village ministry and will:

  • Encourage us in mission, deepening our links with the villages
  • Bring a warm pastoral heart that listens well and cares for all
  • Cherish our traditional approach to worship and deepen our love for God
  • Bring particular gifts and insights to share with the wider deanery

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

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, and two National Parks.  Extending from the River Tees to the River Humber, and from around the A1 road to the incomparable Yorkshire coast, the area is home to around 1.4 million people.

We are a family of 607 churches and 125 schools in 470 parishes, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.  York Minster is our principal church.  Our vision is to be a family of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples.

We are currently working through a Diocesan Strategy that focuses on:

Reaching those we currently don't

Moving to Growth

Achieving sustainable finances

Find out more about us at our microsite HERE

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Archdeacon of the East Riding, the Ven Andy Broom T: 01482 881659 or The Revd Richard Parkinson, Priest in Charge T: 01964 503036.

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Unfortunately it is not always straightforward for clergy from overseas to be appointed to posts in the Church of England.  The policy of the UK Border Agency is that normally the organisation making an appointment has been able to prove that it is impossible to appoint a person who is a national of a European Economic Area country, before a visa giving permission to work will be issued to a person who comes from elsewhere.


Closing date: 13 June, 2020

Interviews: To be arranged