We invite applications from priests with an enthusiasm for rural ministry, who want to
see the church making a real difference in an area of distinct social need in this parish on
the Lincolnshire/Norfolk border.
There is scope, (but no requirement as such) for adding into this post the additional
responsibility of becoming the Deanery Lay Training Officer – if this is you, we would like
you to have a heart for the nurturing of lay vocations and experience and enjoyment of
facilitating Adult Education.
This post represents a wonderful opportunity to join the deanery of Elloe East at a time of renewed
optimism and hope for the future and to help contribute to shaping the future of both the benefice and
the deanery. St Matthew’s Sutton Bridge has traditionally been part of the Central Anglican tradition,
but has also experienced and enjoyed a less formal and more evangelical worship. Though the parish
would like someone who is happy to continue to use Common Worship, churchmanship is far less
important to them than getting the right priest with the right gifts for the job.
There are significant challenges here. Some families have lived here for generations, some older people have retired here because of the relatively low cost of housing. There is a lot of social housing, a high number of single parent families, a number of migrant workers working in the food processing industries and significantly low aspirations among many of its young people.
This is a job for a mission-focused parish priest with a real opportunity to make a difference and with considerable scope for development.
For further information or an informal conversation about this post please contact:
The Ven Justine Allain Chapman (Archdeacon of Boston) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel - 01522 504039
or Rev’d Canon Rosamund Seal (Rural Dean of Elloe East) – email@example.com
Tel – 01406 424989
We are looking for a person of prayer who will:
For more information about this application process, please use this link
In return we offer:
Full expenses of office will be reimbursed. It is expected that the priest will take their regular weekly day off as well as their annual holiday entitlement. The importance of study leave, Spiritual Direction and an annual retreat is recognised. They will be encouraged to use this provision to enhance their ministry and our own.
Closing Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Parish Visit: Yet to be confirmed
Interview Date: Edward King House, Lincoln, Thursday, March 26, 2020