St Mark's Church resides in the town of Harrogate and the nearby Yorkshire Dales are among the most attractive areas in the north of England. Harrogate is famous for its Stray (a 200 acre area of common land immediately surrounding the town centre), Betty’s Café & Tea Rooms, the Great Yorkshire Show and Harlow Carr Gardens. Nearby, the cities of Leeds and York also offer first class cultural, retail and civic facilities. The town possesses a fine Conference Centre and many hotels and restaurants, which together provide excellent facilities for the business and tourist trades. Harrogate also has some of
the best secondary schools in the North of England. It is a great place in which to live, learn and work.
Our parish is largely middle class, white British and professional with low unemployment and a high proportion of owner occupied properties. There are many families, empty nesters and retired but there are proportionately fewer pre-family adults. Whilst we are one of the least deprived parishes in the Diocese of Leeds, research carried out by St Mark’s in 2014 (Minding the Gaps) revealed loneliness and isolation, along with the mental health of young people, as significant issues in our parish.
St Mark’s is looking for a Vicar to fulfil the vision by leading, equipping and releasing the clergy and staff team and other leaders across the church so that the whole church family lives as Jesus’ Family of Servants on Mission.
St Mark’s has a strong tradition of preaching and teaching which is valued by many in the
congregation - both long standing members of the church family and newcomers alike.
The church currently has strength and depth in preaching and teaching across the clergy
team, readers and lay members of our church family. We are seeking a new vicar who would lead and nurture this rich teaching and preaching resource.
To meet the church where it is now in all its diversity of age and style,
valuing what has grown and developed over many years and using this as
the starting point for taking forward the vision of St Mark’s into this new
chapter in its life.
CPAS is an evangelical patron with patronage of nearly 700 churches.
The closing date for this post is 29th of January 2020.
Interviews and visits are both on the 24th of February.
If you have queries about this post please contact Kathy Burch email@example.com or Graham Archer firstname.lastname@example.org
The 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 is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.
The three former dioceses were created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to cater for massive population changes brought about by industrialisation and, later, mass immigration. The diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield), large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury), a spa town (Harrogate), market towns (Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby), and deeply rural areas (the Dales). The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.
The Diocesan Bishop (The Rt Rev’d Nick Baines) is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon) and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven). The Bishop of Ripon is the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.
Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually.