Vicar of Rastrick

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The pleasant village of Rastrick, lies above the town of Brighouse and the beautiful Calder Valley and is also within easy reach of the cities of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield and the larger towns of Halifax and Huddersfield. There are excellent links further afield via the M62/M1 motorways and the railway station has a good train service to London, Manchester and Leeds.

We are looking for a new priest committed to helping our churches to grow in numbers, in spiritual commitment to God and in service to the local community. In return we will offer you our support, prayers and practical help from the multi-talented people in our congregations who are, in true Yorkshire style, welcoming and friendly.

The closing date for this post is 12th October 2020

Interviews will be held on 12th November 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 initially on . She will then arrange to have a telephone or Zoom conversation with you.

The two churches of St John and St Matthew formed a united benefice some years ago. St Johns is an Anglican parish lying close to Brighouse whilst St Matthews, a little higher up the hill at the centre of the old village, is in an LEP with the Methodist Church. Both church buildings are well-maintained and valued locally and each parish also has a well-used community hall.

There are several retired clergy who are available to assist in leading worship and also three LLMs (Readers)

For more information about the benefice visit our websites:

St Johns Rastrick

St Matthew’s Rastrick

We are looking for a new priest who will:

  • Be a catalyst for growth working alongside us to help our churches to grow
  • Foster the spirit of mutual belonging between both our churches, and enjoy working ecumenically, remembering that St Matthews is in a long standing LEP with the Methodist Church.
  • Work with us to engage with children, young people and families to help us draw them into the church community.
  • Inspire us, through the direction of the Holy Spirit, to develop our relationship with God, our church families and our local community and to make the Gospel relevant to our ever changing world
  • Work with us to provide pastoral care both for our church members and our wider community building on our existing pastoral structures
  • Be a visible presence in our communities, who respects and enjoys people and who can share, listen and delegate

In return we can offer you:

  • A Supportive Fellowship – prayer, practical help and support from a range of multi-talented people in our congregations who are in true Yorkshire style welcoming and friendly.
  • Two Community Based Churches of similar worship traditions who work well in one local community. Each church has its own unique identity, traditions and activities yet we also meet together for joint worship and other projects. We have good links with our local community through our uniformed organisations, theatrical societies, care homes and schools.
  • A Longing for Growth – through the guidance of the Holy Spirit we work to “help our churches growth in numbers, in spiritual commitment to God and in service to our local community (LyCiG Prayer)
  • Well Maintained Buildings- both churches and our two community halls are well maintained, well used and valued locally
  • A Sound Financial Base –both churches aim to pay their parish share in full each year and also tithe 10% of their income to home and overseas charities and organisations
  • A Global Missionary Perspective – we have a common link with Nyakiswa Church in Mara, Tanzania. St Matthew’s also supports a missionary project in Kenya.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • An inspiring leader who can both motivate and challenge us as we seek to grow in faith, in numbers and in outreach to the wider community.
  • A person of prayer, who has a rooted spirituality and an ability to encourage others to grow in their faith and discipleship
  • A skilled communicator with an ability to connect with people of all ages
  • A people person who is visible and approachable, who respects and enjoys people and who can share, listen and delegate
  • A pastoral leader with a caring heart who will work with us to provide pastoral care to our congregations and communities
  • A creative person who can bring a flexible approach to different styles of worship and who encourages lay and community participation.

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 two churches lie in the Brighouse and Elland 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.