Assistant Priest (House for Duty) for the Fountains Benefice

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The Fountains Benefice lies to the west of the cathedral city of Ripon, sitting in beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside and encompassing the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. In addition to the main villages there are a number of smaller settlements and farms across the area.  We are looking forward to welcoming an Assistant Priest (House for Duty) to serve with the Priest in Charge and two Readers in leading worship, service and pastoral care.  Our mission strongly echoes that of the diocese: to “enable confident Christians to live and tell the Good News of Jesus Christ”. We hope very much that our new house-for-duty priest will be able to help us strengthen ties between different parts of the benefice and contribute to developing the discipleship of those coming from, and wanting to explore, different Christian traditions.

The closing date is Sunday 15th November 2020

The shortlisting date is Thursday 26th November 2020 

The interview day is Monday 7th December 2020 

For an informal conversation please contact the Revd Ian Kitchen, Email: Tel: 01765 650369 

We are looking for someone who can: 

  • collaborate with the Priest in Charge and the lay leadership and the Methodist minister in Grewelthorpe:
  • be a visible presence in the communities
  • provide pastoral care
  • lead worship and provide spiritual support in discipleship
  • play a part in the churches’ links with the schools, according to gifts and time available
  • move forward the Diocesan strategy in the context of these parishes

The Role will be for two days per week plus Sundays, working with four parishes with seven churches.

We have three PCCs, plus a Church Council for the Anglican-Methodist LEP in Grewelthorpe

There are two licensed readers to support you.

There are three church primary schools in the benefice

We have a part-time benefice administrator

There is a combined population of approximately 3,000 and we are close to the thriving city of Ripon and town of Harrogate and with good transport links to York, Leeds and the A1 motorway

Will have:

  • an ability to lead different styles of worship
  • an ability to enthuse people with God through his word in preaching and study
  • an ability to encourage others in discipleship and ministry
  • pastoral sensitivity
  • a full driving licence with access to a car (expenses will be paid in full)
  • good computer and IT skills: we have expanded what we do online during the coronavirus pandemic and it will be a continuing part of our life together


Will help us to:

  • strengthen pastoral care in each community
  • reach out to a broader age range than is currently involved in the core of the churches
  • make the most of the fluidity in church life caused by the coronavirus pandemic
  • encourage lay members of the churches in discipleship and use of their gifts


Will be:

  • a prayerful priest with a living faith
  • a joyful reliance on God’s grace
  • compassionate
  • approachable
  • able to honour the past but to sit lightly to ‘how things have always been’

The 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 is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.

The three former dioceses were created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to cater for massive population changes brought about by industrialisation and, later, mass immigration. The diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield), large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury), a spa town (Harrogate), market towns (Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby), and deeply rural areas (the Dales). The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

The Diocesan Bishop (The Rt Rev’d Nick Baines) is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon) and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven).  The Bishop of Ripon is the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ.  For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually.