Vicar of the Benefice of Pickering with Levisham, Lockton and Marishes

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For the Benefice of Pickering with Levisham, Lockton and Marishes

Could you lead God’s people
in this beautiful area of Ryedale?

We are seeking someone with vision and excellent preaching skills who will help us build on our strong foundations whilst developing healthy, growing churches which are well-equipped to take the gospel out into the wider community.

  • By developing and engaging in outreach to children, families & schools
  • Taking faith into the community
  • Pastoral care
  • Leading worship of varied styles


This benefice has become vacant through the retirement of the previous incumbent. It offers a wonderful opportunity for imaginative market town and rural ministry. There is excellent lay leadership, and the engagement of a number of active retired clergy. Ecumenical relationships are strong.

Recent years have seen a concentration on worship and activities gathering in the church buildings, we hope there may now be further exploration of ways in which the church's mission can be more fully integrated with the wider life of the communities.

We offer:

  • a committed, worshipful, predominantly mature congregation with a steady attendance of approximately 100 people at services every Sunday.
  • broad churchmanship with liberal catholic bias
  • reverent observance of services during Holy Week and other Feast days throughout the Church’s year by a good number of the congregation
  • an active Ministry team of retired clergy with assistance from a Reader
  • Lay involvement during the services, e.g. altar servers, intercessors, eucharistic ministers
  • a desire to minister within the community
  • four well maintained churches
  • an annual retreat which attracts approximately 25 members of the congregation.
  • good ecumenical relations with other local Churches
  • an award-winning team of bellringers
  • a strong musical focus provided by our organist and choir
  • an area strong on tourism and world-famous wall paintings

We are seeking:

  • A priest that God has prepared for us who will find warm and strong support from committed people within the congregations.
  • A priest from the central tradition of the church, faithful in the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament.
  • A priest with vision, excellent reaching skills, who will be able to build on our strong foundations whilst working to develop healthy, growing churches which are well-equipped to take the gospel out into the wider community.
  • A caring individual with a zeal for the pastoral care for members of the Church and wider community.
  • A priest with commitment to, and experience of, parochial ministry, who can engage with all age groups and facilitate different styles of worship to promote growth.
  • An individual who encourages liturgy in all its forms, who follows the Church's year as per the Church of England Lectionary, who fully observes Holy Week and other Feast days.
  • A priest who has passion and is proactive in engaging with children, young people and families both to encourage Church attendance and to provide community support from the Church family where required.
  • A priest wo is interested in involving the laity
  • Someone who has a wide interest in Mission and outreach.
  • A person who has good collaborative Leadership skills and an ability to delegate.

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, and two National Parks.  Extending from the River Tees to the River Humber, and from around the A1 road to the incomparable Yorkshire coast, the area is home to around 1.4 million people.

We are a family of 607 churches and 125 schools in 470 parishes, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.  York Minster is our principal church.  Our vision is to be a family of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples.

We are currently working through a Diocesan Strategy that focuses on:

Reaching those we currently don't
Moving to Growth
Achieving sustainable finances

Find out more about us at our microsite:

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt. Revd. Paul Ferguson Tel:  01642 593273

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Unfortunately it is not always straightforward for clergy from overseas to be appointed to posts in the Church of England.  The policy of the UK Border Agency is that normally the organisation making an appointment has been able to prove that it is impossible to appoint a person who is a national of a European Economic Area country, before a visa giving permission to work will be issued to a person who comes from elsewhere.

Closing date for applications: Monday 9th March, 2020

Interviews: Monday 23rd March, 2020