Priest in Charge of St Thomas and St Wilfrid, Kirkby in Ashfield

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Kirkby in Ashfield

The town of Kirkby in Ashfield is in the West of our Diocese and in bringing together the two parishes we are committed to bringing cohesion to our Anglican presence in the town which is one of the former mining areas in Nottinghamshire.

What We Offer
A spiritual energy sustained by our loving God and a desire to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
A friendly and open community; both in church and in the locality.
A committed core that have journeyed with God and each other, and welcome others in.
Openness to developing the church and changing.
Respect for your home life, holidays, and time off each week; as well as time for your own
spiritual refreshment.
A desire to ensure practical support.

Our church family is seeking a Good Shepherd to spiritually nurture and sustain us and lead us into pastures new by taking up the challenge of fulfilling our vision.

Our vision is to reach out to our community and engage with them to bring them to faith so that they may experience the joy of knowing a loving God.

Are you the Good Shepherd we seek?

Create clarity about the stages and support we offer to visitors and new church members
in their journey of faith and engaging with their spiritual development.
Recognise the diversity of current styles and patterns of worship and develop alternatives.
Create a culture for young people and families to belong to the church, working towards
the congregation reflecting the age profile of the parish.

Person Specification
You will be friendly, approachable with a sense of humour and full of the love of God and
enjoy being with people. Someone who has visionary qualities for ministry in an area like ours.
Have a creative approach to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to deepen and
grow their faith and be able to preach and encourage good practice in pastoral evangelism.
Have the ability to work collaboratively with and develop the ministry and lay support
Be able to engage with and relate to a diverse range of groups and individuals.
Inclusive of all people wherever they are in life, and whatever their needs and means.
Be able to demonstrate how your previous achievements and experiences might influence
your future ministry

Join our great adventure

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'

Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)

Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)

Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.

Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.

We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 ( with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to service in the Church and wider society.

A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.

Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.

However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.

And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 2023, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.


There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.

Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).

The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.

Working for change

On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.

We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.

We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the well-being of employees.

Click here to find out more about our work


Bishop Paul Williams explains our vision for Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper