Vicar of the United Benefice of Balderstone, Mellor and Samlesbury

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The lay leaders of the three parishes have rallied creatively to the double challenges of a long vacancy and of coping with Covid-19. Each church has appointed a Vision Champion, and the churchwardens and vision champions have been meeting regularly through the vacancy to pray together, care for each other and plan for growth. From the first Sunday of lockdown the three churches have met together every Sunday for worship via Zoom, and monthly united Zoom services are continuing now that all three churches have reopened. As a result there is a real sense of being a united benefice.

All three parishes have a beautifully maintained church and a thriving Church of England aided primary school. The three church and schools work closely together, and this gives a good basis for outreach to children and families. Although close to the motorway (M6, J31), these are rural communities, where seeing the vicar out and about and involved in village life is deeply valued.

The successful candidate will:

  • Encourage greater cooperation within the United Benefice, such as a common magazine; single Parish Safeguarding officer; common Vision champion and working towards a co-ordinated PCC
  • Need to develop relationships with the uniformed groups within our Benefice
  • Re-establish parish visitor teams so there is more pastoral care for house-bound parishioners such as offering home communion
  • Be able to broaden a stewardship initiative to encourage parishioners to support the churches in their mission
  • Need to be able to develop an alternative service, in addition to Sunday worship to encourage the involvement of families.

The Benefice seeks a priest who:

  • has vision, leadership and inspiration and will help us to develop our faith and share it with others
  • is a team player who can lead and develop the excellent lay leadership which has emerged during the vacancy
  • is able to help us increase the numbers attending church through greater outreach in the community and being a visible part of village life
  • will enjoy being part of the life of our village schools, leading worship and building relationships with staff, parents and children
  • can lead worship creatively with small and large groups and in a variety of styles
  • will assist, develop and improve our pastoral care
  • has good leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.

For information about this application process follow this link

For information about Blackburn diocese please follow this link

For further information about the role please contact the Archdeacon of Blackburn, Ven Mark Ireland or phone 07866 778791

Closing date for applications – 6th November 2020

Interview date – 9th December 2020