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:
The Benefice seeks a priest who:
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 Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07866 778791
Closing date for applications – 6th November 2020
Interview date – 9th December 2020