Priest in Charge (Incumbent Designate) the Parish of Sutton Bridge

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Sutton Bridge

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) –
Tel - 01522 504039

or Rev’d Canon Rosamund Seal (Rural Dean of Elloe East) –
Tel – 01406 424989

We are looking for a person of prayer who will:

  •  Inspire us to be servants of God in our communities.
  • Communicate well with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Make themselves known in the community.
  • Lead, enable and encourage us to develop a vision for our future.
  • Encourage people to be actively involved in church life.
  • Discern and develop the gifts of our lay people for active roles in the life of the church.
  • Value the diversity in our congregation.
  • Enjoy working with disadvantaged communities.
  • Enjoy a variety of worship - traditional, modern and informal.
  • Have good organisational and IT skills.
  • ……… and who has a sense of humour!
  • And, who, if they become the Deanery Lay Training Officer has:
  • An enthusiasm for identifying, supporting and encouraging lay
  • Proven experience of adult education and facilitation skills.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

In return we offer:

  • A warm and friendly welcome.
  • A willing bunch of lay people who enthusiastically organise regular activities and events.
  • A congregation who value tradition and a regular Eucharist but are open to new initiatives.
  • A Church building which is open every day.
  • A willingness to ‘soldier on’.
  • An understanding of the need to consider new initiatives.
  • Full administrative support at a deanery level

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