Vicar, Whatton with Aslockton, Hawksworth, Scarrington, Orston & Thoroton

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Aslockton, Nottingham

PLEASE NOTE – This post has changed from a half-time permanent post to a full-time 5-year post. Please do read the rationale for this change. The parish profile needs to be read in conjunction with the rationale and the person specification.

We are the Cranmer Group of parishes formed in 1967 embracing the villages of Aslockton, Hawksworth, Orston, Scarrington, Thoroton and Whatton. We are proud of our
connection to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury at the time
of Henry VIII. Cranmer was born in Aslockton and worshipped in Whatton church.
In 2016 we formed a Joint Benefice Council.

We are looking for a new Vicar to come and join us in our mission and ministry. We embrace the Bishop’s vision of ‘Growing Disciples wider,younger,deeper’.Each parish has
its own character and style of worship and wecelebrate this diversity and view the variety
across the Group as important.

We are fortunate to have the continuingcommitment of a number of retired clergy and
lay readers supporting our ministry and are grateful for the support of our patrons the
Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Deanand Chapter of Lincoln and CPAS.

As a Benefice we have reflected on the Bishop’s vision for growing disciples wider, younger, deeper and have come up with ways of supporting this through our parishes. This has given us a backbone for our current ministry and helped us to plan for the future.

We currently:

  • Support café church which is an informal, all age service attracting a wide variety of parishioners. This is a growing congregation having trebled in size since its inception. It is supported through a ‘resource church’ style model.
  • Weekly Discovery Group operating as a bible study and prayer group.
  • Monthly Christian Book Club reading a range of books on a Christian theme.
  • Reach out to schools and uniformed groups.

We also have a vision of:

  • Establishing Messy Church and groups for young people.
  • Promoting tradition through the Cranmer Connection, deepening our community’s knowledge and faith.

We recognise that we live in times of considerable change and uncertainty, and we need someone to help us journey into the future with confidence and hope.

Someone who will help us adapt from a view of single parishes within a group to a more holistic benefice. These are things we hope to see in 2 or 3 years’ time:

  • Growing congregations, more younger people (under 50) becoming involved in church life, increasing number of creative services, engaging younger adults whilst also supporting and encouraging older and more traditional members
  • Older people feeling embraced and valued
  • Integrating new members into the life of the churches
  • Bringing the six parishes together to act as one benefice; working together with the common purpose of growing disciples wider, younger, deeper
  • Church becoming recognised as caring for its communities (pastoral care - but with the vicar not necessarily being the only person to deliver it)
  • Our vicar encouraging and developing lay leaders and working with them to plan how a shared vision for the area can be delivered - encouraging them to help them identify what God is calling us to, to work out how to progress and to support evangelism

The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln and CPAS seek an incumbent who:

  • can build on innovation and tradition to further God’s mission in the parishes
  • has the skills to ‘grow younger disciples’ and establish new worshipping communities focussed on younger families in Aslockton/Whatton through engagement with the local schools, especially Archbishop Cranmer C of E Primary Academy (also acting as ex-officio governor)
  • is a leader and enabler of people who will move the parishes confidently and sensitively forward
  • is enthusiastic, compassionate and a builder of teams
  • will be visible within the wider community
  • is an effective communicator who can explain their faith confidently in ways others can understand

We offer:

  • welcoming, hospitable and caring congregations with a thirst to grow
  • a four bedroomed house in an attractive setting in Aslockton, the largest of the villages, through which bus and train services operate. The market town of Bingham is a 10-minute bus journey away and we are 20 minutes from Grantham which is on the East Coast Line
  • outstanding local primary and secondary schools
  • a skilled part-time administrator to support the Incumbent
  • strong social engagement and hospitality within church life

For more information about this application process, please use this link

Interviews are planned for 14 January 2020

Join our great adventure

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'

Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)

Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)

Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.

Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.

We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 ( with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.

A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.

Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.

However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.

And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.


There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.

Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).

The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.

Working for change

On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.

We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.

We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.

Click here to find out more about our work