Priest in Charge Craven Arms Benefice - full time

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Craven Arms

There is no finer place to live than south Shropshire, and no more fulfilling place to be engaged in God’s mission. 

Craven Arms itself is one of south Shropshire’s larger settlements, exhibiting an almost unique status within the Diocese of Hereford because of its rich socio-economic and cultural mix.

The Bishop wishes to appoint a Priest-in-Charge on a full time stipend basis. There is strong collegial support available from retired clergy,exciting plans for ecumenical collaboration in mission with our Methodist colleagues as well as the the PCCs

This exciting opportunity for working with our Methodist brothers and sisters has arisen, and the new Priest-in-Charge will be charged with leading the Anglican churches’ collaboration in making Christ known to a largely unchurched community

Parish priest to the four parishes that make up the Craven Arms Group of Parishes.

Supporting the continued role of the active pool of local retired clergy

There is an excellent tradition of good relations and shared working across the denominations in Craven Arms. These strong relations have recently issued in the appointment of two Intergenerational Lay Workers (ILWs), one Anglican, one Methodist, in the area both based in Craven Arms. 

Alongside an appreciation of the riches of the inherited traditions of rural Anglicanism the ideal candidate will understand the urgency and demands of growing new expressions of Church. The ability to lead collaboratively through listening, discerning, inspiring, encouraging, motivating, and empowering individuals and groups will be essential as will a commitment to respectful, engaged ecumenical working.


The four parishes of St Margaret’s, Acton Scott; St Thomas, Halford; St John the Baptist, Stokesay; and Holy Trinity, Wistanstow cover an area of around 19 square miles, much of it located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within the Shropshire Hills. In addition the parish church of St John Stokesay also owns the Pilgrim Centre in the centre of Craven Arms, a flexible and modern venue for worship and meetings. It is widely used for Sunday worship and during the week. 

The churches currently run Messy Church and Open the Book in the 2 primary schools