Vicar of Easington w Skeffling, Keyingham, Ottringham, Patrington, Welwick and Winestead

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The parishes of Easington w Skeffling, Keyingham, Ottringham,

Patrington, Welwick and Winestead

Come and join us in this little known corner of East Yorkshire! Our group of six parishes combines tranquil rural settings with the Spurn Heritage Coast and Humber Estuary, and we have six glorious church buildings in the midst of it all. We are seeking someone who will prioritise ministering in our communities and will enjoy having a public presence in each of our villages.

We understand rural life and don’t expect our Vicar to do everything. We have an established pattern of working together as one Benefice and an able lay leadership who will share in ministry and the running of our churches. We long to see our Minister set free to work beyond the churches and will do our part to make this happen.

The benefice is a little known geographical area that draws people to its tranquillity, wildlife, and big skies. Our six parishes stretch along a line bordering the nationally important wetland habitats of the Humber estuary, south east to the sandy beaches
of the Spurn Heritage Coast and Point where there is a prime bird watching nature reserve managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Arable farming thrives on the Holderness boulder clay and this defines the landscape. An increasing proportion of the population consists of people who have moved into the area, many from West and South Yorkshire, some attracted by its affordability, and many because once tasted, it is hard to keep
away from this part of South Holderness. The small coastal resort of Withernsea is a short drive away. There are frequent buses from Withernsea to Hull through Patrington, Winestead, Ottringham and Keyingham, and less frequently to Welwick and Easington, so that all the churches of the benefice are accessible by public transport.

The main responsibilities to be undertaken are:

  • To lead the churches with vision and determination.
  • To work with the PCCs in drawing up a vision for the parishes and identifying the steps required to achieve that vision.
  • To preach the Gospel in a sincere manner and lead the churches in outreach so that they will grow.
  • To nurture church members in their spiritual development and to help them grow in commitment and discipleship.
  • To work with the churches to encourage children and young people to see importance of having Christ in their lives.
  • To engage in the wider community of village life and to work with the two Church Schools in Easington and Patrington.
  • To respect and value the different traditions of the churches within the benefice.
  • To be sensitive to the needs of the rural communities.
  • To be part of the everyday life of the churches and to encourage them in fund-raising activities.

We see our incumbent as the leader of a mostly lay team. That team will

  • support our priest in the missionary task. There is much incipient faith and residual faith among the people of this area, which often translates into a positive attitude to the church by those who lack commitment to it. Presence evangelism is important, and the churches regularly organise fundraising and social events which give opportunity for the incumbent to interact with people and become known. But many church members are growing in their understanding that they must themselves be the face of the Church and the presence of Christ in the community, and the Deanery (which is committed to a Deanery wide teaching ministry) is currently planning a faith sharing course
  • Exercise pastoral ministry, encouraged and equipped by our priest, both to the sick, troubled,and bereaved, and also to the vulnerable and needy people found in all the parishes
  • Be open to new outreach initiatives both inside and outside the churches, as well as maintaining existing projects that are productive.

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

Our official website can be found 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

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Find out more about us at our microsite:

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.

This appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS Check.

Closing date for applications: Monday 17 February, 2020

Interviews: Thursday, 19 March, 2020