An ideal post for someone with a real passion for all things environmental and ecological, this new role combines being parish priest in a growing suburb on the eastern edge of the City of York with the newly created role of ‘Green Ambassador’ for the Diocese of York.
We have identified that we are behind the curve in shaping and directing a ‘Green’ vision for our diocese so this aspect of the role will need someone with energy and passion to help us catch-up in all areas of our diocesan life – helping to feed into diocesan building strategies - churches and houses; helping parishes to become more environmentally aware; and leading our teaching and thinking on the theological imperative to conserve and protect God’s creation. Under the oversight of the Bishop of Selby, the Green Ambassador will have a key role in establishing the Diocese of York as a leading diocese in the area of environmental policy and strategy.
At the same time, the appointee will need to work with the parish of Osbaldwick w Murton to reach out to and develop mission and ministry in a growing parish near the developing campus of the University of York. A new eco-friendly, digitally inclusive development of homes has recently been built by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation within the parish and this is just one area where the priest will need to encourage and enable outreach in order to grow the church.
The post has been designated as Interim for 3 years during which time we expect the neighbouring parish of St Hilda’s Tang Hall to become vacant. The expectation is that the appointee will work with the parish of Osbaldwick, and with the outgoing priest in Tang Hall, to enable and encourage the joining of these 2 parishes to create a single benefice in due course.
Between the parish churches of Osbaldwick and Tang Hall, one of the 2 new worshipping communities in the BMO of G2 meets in the Burnholme Community Centre. It is hoped that the appointee will grow relationships with the leadership of G2 to enable closer co-operation in mission in the future.
The parish is looking for:
The Green Ambassador role will require:
Great Opportunities in the Diocese of York
Find out more about the context for this opportunity, including details of the work we are doing towards our strategic goals HERE
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:
Our official website can be found here: http://dioceseofyork.org.uk
More About this Role
The closing date for applications is 1st March 2020
Interviews will be held on 26th March 2020