Vicar, Benefice of Basildon, Aldworth and Ashampstead

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West Berkshire
Clergy

Vicar - Benefice of Basildon, Aldworth and Ashampstead
A rural, 3 parish Benefice (Basildon, Aldworth and Ashampstead) in West Berkshire, is looking for a Vicar who will relish the opportunity to lead our committed Ministry team in a clear and collaborative manner. Each parish wishes to work closely together without losing its own identity.

We offer an opportunity which we hope will excite you. 15 minutes from Reading and within easy reach of Oxford and London, the position comes with house and garden within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Basildon Benefice is a really attractive balance of every aspect of rural parish ministry.

Two beautiful historic Churches and a modern Church with exceptional facilities. Village living and ministry within easy reach of Reading. Three separate parishes who understand each other and want to work more closely together without losing their own identity and life. A committed ministry team looking for new ideas and clear collaborative leadership. A range of worship styles and theological understandings which are not partisan or entrenched. Good links with the community and the Church School which could be even stronger and even more transformative.

If you’re attracted by the idea of village ministry in a confident Archdeaconry and a Diocese which is engaging compassionately, contemplatively and courageously with God’s call to be the Church for the good of God’s world then read on.

There is much that is already good and effective in the Benefice and there is the promise of so much more to come.

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The position offers an opportunity across a range of congregations. Each of the three churches and congregations contributes differently. All are bound together in striving to grow in faith, in fellowship, in Christ and within our community.

You will have the help of supportive congregations, six enthusiastic churchwardens, PCCs in each parish and a strong Ministry Team.

All parishes in the Benefice are financially sound and our parish share has always been paid in full and on time.

WHAT THE ROLE ENTAILS:
- To work with appreciation of each parish’s strengths and weaknesses, and have the vision to guide our worship across the Benefice.

- To be a lynchpin in further developing pastoral care for our communities and to give the Christian faith practical meaning in all our lives.

- To support, lead and co-ordinate the Ministry Team, PCCs and Congregations to explore God’s purpose among us and within our local community, and with our mission partners.

- To continue to celebrate and deepen the links we have with local schools.

We would like our new vicar to:

  • Be led by the Holy Spirit to explore, with us, Christ’s purpose among us.
  • Have passion and energy to enthuse and integrate people.
  • Help us draw more young people and families into the life of the church.
  • Continue to nurture the excellent links we already have with local schools.
  • Be flexible to different approaches to worship.
  • Enjoy living among us and relish having some of the loveliest riverside and down-land scenery on your doorstep.

The Diocese of Oxford serves the mission of the Church in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The Diocese comprises more than 600 parishes, with over 800 churches, serving a diverse population of more than 2 million people located in all types of settings.

Working alongside the Bishop of Oxford we have three Area Bishops who exercise considerable strategic and pastoral oversight for their areas. The Bishop of Reading is the Rt Revd Olivia Graham who has been the Area Bishop since 2019. Stephen Pullin is the Berkshire archdeacon designate who will take up his post in March 2020.

Since the appointment in 2017 of the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft as Bishop of Oxford, a common vision has emerged for the Diocese of Oxford. The vision is based on the qualities described in The Beatitudes and addresses what kind of church we are called to be:

a more Christ-like Church for the sake of God’s world:

contemplative, compassionate, courageous.