House for Duty. Priest in Charge. Cloughton and Ravenscar

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The parishes of Cloughton and Ravenscar are found by the sea in beautiful countryside, and have faith-filled church members who are embracing change as they look to the future.

Following a re-organisation within the North Scarborough Group it was agreed that these two neighbouring parishes would come under the shared oversight of a House for Duty priest. Although as yet there is limited shared ministry between them there is a warmth in relationship and both have been fully supportive of this new arrangement. The parishes have experienced an extended vacancy as an appointment was made early in 2021 but due to unexpected events the successful candidate was unable to take up the post but this did not become clear until much later in 2021. I have been hugely impressed by the fortitude and faithfulness of both parishes but it does mean that they are even more keen than most parishes to have a new Priest in Charge soon!

  • Leading the churches forward in mission
  • Being an active presence in the villages, deepening their community links
  • Inspiring and encouraging the congregations in their life with God
  • Establishing the new benefice and discerning how best the two parishes should relate to one another
  • Contributing to the growing vision of how St Mary’s Church could be re-ordered to enable greater community use
  • Playing an active part in the life of the North Scarborough Group and being a member of the Group’s Steering Committee

He/she should be:

  • Able to encourage and lead others forward in mission for growth
  • A good communicator
  • A person of prayer and faith who can encourage, energise and inspire.
  • Sensitive to rural and coastal life
  • Someone to help with growth across the Parishes.

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,Stephen Cottrell. 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.

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 14 February 2022

Interviews: Thursday 17 March, 2022