Vicar of The United Benefice of Tadcaster

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Based in and around Tadcaster, famous for its breweries and a sizeable market town, this newly formed Benefice would be a great opportunity for a priest with vision and a heart for both town-based and rural mission and ministry in this attractive area of North Yorkshire.  With excellent road links to the cities of York, Leeds and South Yorkshire, it is an increasingly desirable commuter area as well as being an area of traditional rural life.     

The four distinctive parishes of Tadcaster, Newton Kyme, Kirkby Wharfe and Church (or sometimes Kirk) Fenton have recently been brought together into one Benefice. There is a real willingness to explore collaborative relationships and ministry, with a growing realisation that working together in fellowship and love will strengthen each church community spiritually and help to achieve God’s vision. The understanding of the mission of the Benefice is still in its infancy but, guided by the Holy Spirit there is a desire to learn about each other’s strengths and to value what the increased diversity is bringing to the newly created family.

The Benefice vision is for the church communities to grow in faith and in numbers and be at the heart of the wider communities they serve; as individuals and as churches wanting to be the hands and feet of Christ and share His love with them.  There is a recognition that this will occasionally be challenging and may mean changing the way things are done. Building on their strengths and learning from their heritage, there is a strong desire to become more inclusive and welcoming as part of their mission strategy.

Each church’s individual identity and tradition is important, as are the quality of worship and preaching, the celebration of the church’s yearly cycle of Festivals and occasional offices. Increasingly the wider range of services on offer across the Benefice is becoming valued.  The churches see themselves as offering stability and constancy within their communities and that life celebrations and seasonal festivals are opportunities for different generations to gather together in worship. However, to achieve that vision there is a growing understanding that they need help in seeing and accepting how they are viewed by those currently outside the church family.

We are looking for a vicar who can walk with us and help us to:-

  • Collaborate and share together in ministry across the Benefice while understanding the need for each parish to retain its distinctiveness;
  • Shape and achieve our vision for growth and outreach whilst cheerfully and sensitively  tackling the challenges this will inevitably bring and,
  • Maintain what is important to us as we become more open to change, encourage us in prayer and support us to joyfully communicate our Christian faith. 

What we offer:

  • An experienced and able ministry team including a third year curate, 5 Readers, 3 Recognised Parish Assistants. 
  • Many wonderful volunteers across all our churches, helping in all areas of church life
  • A Choir and Director of Music at St Mary’s, Tadcaster, plus regular organists at our other churches, and Family Service teams planning worship at Tadcaster and Church Fenton
  • Baptism Coordinators for Tadcaster, Newton Kyme and Church Fenton
  • Wedding Coordinators at Tadcaster and Newton Kyme
  • Bereavement Group providing pastoral care and support
  • Benefice Administrator, providing 35 hours administrative support per month
  • Editor for the monthly benefice magazine, an established Benefice website and social media pages
  • An attractive four bedroomed vicarage with good-sized garden and rural views

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:

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

Our official website can be found here:

More About this Role

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd John Thomson tel: 01757 429982, or the Archdeacon of York, Ven Sam Rushton  01904 758241 

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: 8th March 2020

Interviews:  31st March 2020 and 1st April 2020