Assistant Minister - House for Duty - Escrick, Stillingfleet w Naburn, Bubwith w Aughton and Skipwith

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Based in the beautiful North Yorkshire village of Bubwith, 14 miles from the historic City of York, this is an opportunity for a naturally collaborative priest to work alongside an experienced Rector and a team of able and willing lay volunteers to continue to grow the mission and ministry across the two benefices. 

The previous Assistant Minister gave new vision and heart to the church in Bubwith in particular and it is hoped that the new appointee will continue that good work, whilst also supporting initiatives across the wider group.  The church in Escrick, for example, has recently undergone a transformational renewal of the building, opening up areas for local groups to meet for a range of community activities. 

We are looking for:

  • A good communicator and listener with good pastoral and motivational skills.
  • Someone to take up the challenge of reaching out to all members of the community, including encouraging families, young people and in particular 20—40 year olds to participate in more aspects of Church life.
  • Be comfortable in leading Book of Common Prayer, Common Worship and contemporary services.
  • Someone who will support and assist the Rector and key lay leaders in further developing initiatives in the various parishes.
  • Someone who will be a visible part of the community, so that they are known and recognised in the parishes.
  • An innovative person but sensitive to the community and its feelings.
  • Someone able to build up the congregations to be self sufficient financially, allowing pastoral care to be at the forefront of parish work.
  • A people person with a good sense of humour.

We offer:

  • A supportive and encouraging team of ministers and lay volunteers
  • A varied range of worship services, and a willingness to engage with new ideas
  • Good links with the local schools
  • A modern 4 bedroomed vicarage with three reception rooms and lovely views to the rear.

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 Rector, Revd Richard Kirkman tel: 01904 720703, 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: 30th June 2020

Interviews:  To be advised