Vicar of Hartshead with Hightown, Roberttown and Scholes

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Liversedge, England

The villages of Hartshead, Roberttown and Scholes and the community at Hightown are close-knit semi-rural communities in the Spen Valley area of North Kirklees, within the Diocese of Leeds in West Yorkshire. Although on the outskirts of a former industrial area, the Heavy Woollen District, the villages today feel pleasantly rural whilst being near to several vibrant local market towns. The benefice is also within easy reach of the cities of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield and the larger towns of Dewsbury, Halifax and Huddersfield. There are excellent links further afield via the M62/M1 motorways.

We are looking for a new priest committed to helping us to grow our congregations and to reach out in love and service to the communities which we serve. He/she will help us to knit together our three parishes within the united benefice whilst also honouring the individuality of each community.

The closing date for this post is 28th September 2020

Interviews will be held on 14th October 2020

If you require further information including copies of the accounts or would like a conversation about this post please do not hesitate to contact The Ven Dr Anne Dawtry, Archdeacon of Halifax by email on

These three parishes became part of a united benefice in 2010. There are three churches serving four communities. Our new priest will lead a committed team consisting of two SSM assistant clergy, three retired priests and several Readers and Lay Pastoral Ministers. The vicarage at Scholes is a modern four bedroomed detached property situated next to the church.

For more information about the benefice visit our Facebook Page Hartshead, Hightown, Roberttown and Scholes

We are looking for a new vicar who will:

  • Help us to further knit together the parishes of our united benefice whilst also honouring the individuality of each of our communities
  • Work with the benefice and each of its parishes to grow our congregations numerically
  • Teach and encourage our congregations to deepen their faith and their relationship with God
  • Promote and grow lay leadership in line with the Diocesan vision and strategy, also meeting regularly with the churchwardens and the Ministry Team
  • Grow our work with schools, children and families so as to bring a new generation to faith
  • Develop our worship planning groups and prayer for healing team
  • Be committed to developing pastoral care so that those who are sick and housebound feel included in the life of the Church.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A person of prayer, who is aware of their own spirituality and has their own prayer life
  • A skilled communicator with an ability to connect with people of all ages
  • A people person who is willing to be a visible presence in our communities
  • A pastoral leader who will love and care for our communities
  • A creative person who is both good humoured and willing to try new ideas

Please see the Person Specification attached for further details of the essential and desirable qualities we are seeking in relation to this post.

About Us

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds comprises five episcopal areas, each coterminous with an archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest Dioceses in the country and its creation in 2014 is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles with a population of around 2,642,400 people. The Diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield) large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury), market towns (Todmorden, Harrogate, Skipton, Richmond, Ripon and Wetherby) and deeply rural areas especially in the Dales. The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

Five area bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Ripon and Wakefield and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Richmond and Craven and Wakefield. assist the Diocesan Bishop (The Rt. Revd Nicholas Baines)

These three churches lie in the Dewsbury and Birstall Deanery of the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, in the Archdeaconry of Halifax. The Bishop of Huddersfield is The Rt. Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs and the Archdeacon of Halifax is The Venerable Dr Anne Dawtry.

Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the Good News of Jesus Christ. For all our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith and with a commitment to church growth both numerical and spiritual.