Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity and St Jude's Halifax

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The children of Holy Trinity Primary Academy are looking for a “Reverend” who is:

“trustworthy, compassionate and wise who, above all, enjoys what they do.”

Could this be you?

We are a largely residential parish of 8000 people on the northern edge of Halifax Town Centre, which is host to the historic, Grade I listed, Piece Hall. This is a beautiful area of West Yorkshire which has recently starred in Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley and Gentleman Jack.

We are a vibrant and increasingly diverse congregation, with an average Sunday attendance of around 115 (95 adults and 20 children). The parish also has well-established lay ministry, providing a strong base on which to build. We are financially solvent and always pay our parish share in full.

We are looking for a new priest in charge who will:

  • Seek to attract even more young people and families into the life of the Church by taking a close interest in the Church of England Primary School, the Uniformed Organisations and the Children’s Church, engaging with children and young people on their own terms
  • Encourage a growth in congregational numbers, in line with the Parish’s 2020 Vision, and also a growth in discipleship amongst the existing congregation
  • Work with a well-established Pastoral Team and other committed lay leaders
  • Support the parish’s social events and ensure a spiritual dimension to these as appropriate
  • Continue outreach and ecumenical work in our part of Halifax, increasing the Church’s spiritual footprint where possible (for example through involvement in the ecumenical Saturday Gathering and Gathering Place.)

Above all we are looking for someone with a sense of proportion and a sense of humour who:

  • Has the ability to balance the need for change with maintaining the rich tradition of our worship and musical tradition
  • Whatever their own family circumstances, understands families and the pressures they face, and is willing to listen to them
  • Is a lively and clear preacher, able to engage with a range of worship styles and who also appreciates the place of music within worship
  • Is able to delegate and oversee activities, rather than seeking to control them
  • Will unite us in our vision and purpose and take us forward into God’s future

Please see the Person Specification attached for further details of the qualities we are seeking for in relation to this post.

About Us

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds comprises five episcopal areas, each coterminous with an archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest Dioceses in the country and its creation in 2014 is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles with a population of around 2,642,400 people. The Diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield) large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury), market towns (Todmorden, Harrogate, Skipton, Richmond, Ripon and Wetherby) and deeply rural areas especially in the Dales. The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

Five area bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Ripon and Wakefield and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Richmond and Craven and Wakefield. assist the Diocesan Bishop (The Rt. Revd Nicholas Baines)

The benefice of Holy Trinity and St Jude’s, Halifax, which came together as one parish many years ago, lies in the Halifax Deanery of the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, in the Archdeaconry of Halifax. The Bishop of Huddersfield is The Rt. Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs and the Archdeacon of Halifax is The Venerable Dr Anne Dawtry.

Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the Good News of Jesus Christ. For all our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith and with a commitment to church growth both numerical and spiritual.