House for Duty Associate Priest, New Windsor

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Windsor, Berkshire
Clergy

The New Windsor Team Ministry consists of three parishes and four churches as a single benefice serving the people of central Windsor. We combine a variety of traditions, but all share a commitment to inclusivity and to moving forward. Our Team Rector joined us in June 2019 and we saw this as a new beginning for us all.

The town of Windsor is a busy and vibrant place, both a centre for international tourism and a varied community which is far more than people see on their way to the Castle. It is a popular place to live with everything you need in the town itself and also excellent communication links to London and the South West.

This is a House for Duty post which is about far more than the location, impressive though it is. This is a HfD role which is about finding a priest to be a central part of a Clergy and Lay Team which is actively considering the way in which the Churches of the parish relate to each other and the worship and welcome which they offer to the town. It will demand wisdom, strategic vision and a clear sense of how to embrace a future which is being agreed while treasuring what has been inherited.

New Windsor are looking for a priest who will work closely with the Team Rector and the parish to explore and realise the future for these four Churches. Along with that, the role offers involvement in a wide range of services and occasional offices, all rooted in one of the most historic and attractive towns in the country. It is not a HfD role where you might end up isolated and in a corner. It is about being a core part of a Team.
Richard Lamey
Acting Assistant Archdeacon of Berkshire

We are seeking a committed and enthusiastic colleague who will offer the equivalent of two days per week plus Sunday (including evenings where appropriate) to work with the Team Rector across all aspects of mission and ministry in this busy Team Ministry. As well as taking an active role in Sunday services (including regular baptisms), you will have the opportunity to be involved in schools ministry, funeral and wedding ministry, leading small groups and engagement in the civic life of the town. The Team Rector is seeking a colleague who will play an active role working with her in shaping the future of the Team Ministry and who is happy to take the initiative/lead when appropriate. To begin with you will work across all four churches but as the future direction of the Team is discerned, a more permanent involvement with one of the churches may become appropriate.

    We fully support the recommendations of the “Covenant for Clergy Care & Wellbeing”[1]as well as the Oxford Diocese’s “Flourishing in Ministry”[1]initiative because we believe that clergy who are seen to be flourishing in their ministry model what it is to have fullness of life.

    In summary, we are looking for an energetic priest with ideas and enthusiasm who is prepared to work with us to make a difference in our corner of the world.

    The right person will be

    • A collaborative team player
    • An open and Inclusive teacher and preacher
    • A prayerful pastor who is comfortable across a range of traditions
    • An approachable communicator with a sense of humour

    Please see our Parish Profile (link below) for more information on the Team.
    We are acutely aware of the demands that ministry in a multi-church benefice can place on a ministry team. We understand and are committed to honouring the recommendations of the “Covenant for Clergy Care & Wellbeing”; that clergy should “set aside time for rest, recreation, retreat, training and study” and that the local church should make a commitment to “respecting the boundaries that the minister and their household should properly place around their home life”. To this end we commit to protect the regular time off, privacy and home life of our clergy and we are conscious of the particular pressures of HfD/part-time ministry when it is especially important to ensure secure boundaries are in place. We support the need for regular pastoral supervision and for time to be set aside for prayer, training, study, retreat and renewal. We recognise the need for regular dialogue between the Team Rector and Associate Priest regarding the need for clear roles and responsibilities, effective delegation and realistic expectations.We are acutely aware of the demands that ministry in a multi-church benefice can place on a ministry team. We understand and are committed to honouring the recommendations of the “Covenant for Clergy Care & Wellbeing”; that clergy should “set aside time for rest, recreation, retreat, training and study” and that the local church should make a commitment to “respecting the boundaries that the minister and their household should properly place around their home life”. To this end we commit to protect the regular time off, privacy and home life of our clergy and we are conscious of the particular pressures of HfD/part-time ministry when it is especially important to ensure secure boundaries are in place. We support the need for regular pastoral supervision and for time to be set aside for prayer, training, study, retreat and renewal. We recognise the need for regular dialogue between the Team Rector and Associate Priest regarding the need for clear roles and responsibilities, effective delegation and realistic expectations.