Team Rector of Almondbury and Farnley Tyas

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The parish of Almondbury and Farnley Tyas has a committed church family, who seek to share God’s love with the wider community. We are willing and eager to work with our new Rector to develop new styles of worship which will engage families and young people. There are a number of excellent local schools in the parish.

The parish covers the villages of Almondbury and Farnley Tyas in West Yorkshire which are both mentioned in the Domesday Book. The villages lie on the edge of open countryside but are also within easy reach of Huddersfield and Halifax. Via the M62, they also have excellent links to Leeds and Manchester. Open countryside is within easy reach of all areas of the parish. There are also good links to the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District National Park, the Hepworth Gallery, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and numerous other attractions.

The village of Almondbury has its own shopping area with a thriving post office, a range of independent shops, a community café, small restaurants, public houses, sporting and independent clubs. The ancient but well- kept church of All Hallows lies at the centre of the village. Further east is the modern, dual purpose church of St. Michael and St. Helens which serves an area of post war social and private housing. Farnley Tyas, by contrast, is a small rural village, surrounded by acres of open fields. The church of St Lucius is well loved and serves a vital role in the community hosting many village activities.

The closing date for this post is 28th January 2021

Interviews will be held on 16th February 2021

If you require further information please 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.

Post Introduction

We are looking for a new Rector who has:

  • an enthusiasm to engage with the significant opportunities within our parish.
  • a love for the Gospel and mission, who is forward-thinking and who can make the Gospel relevant.
  • pastoral expertise, loves people and who is compassionate.
  • a proven ability to work and engage with families and young people and bring them into the church family.
  • an understanding of the importance of guiding, supporting and working with all the schools in our parish.
  • the flexibility to work within diverse settings with people of all ages and perspectives.
  • good communication skills and who is approachable
  • a willingness and enthusiasm to partner with Almondbury Churches Together, building on current good relationships.

Main Responsibilities

We need our new Rector to:

  • engage in a forward-thinking way in mission so as to make the Gospel known to all
  • provide an excellent standard of pastoral care across our churches and communities
  • engage with families and young people and bring them into the church family
  • guide, support and work with all the schools in our parish
  • be a presence in our communities, and engage with people of all ages and perspectives
  • partner with Almondbury Churches Together, building on current good relationships

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will:

  • lead, invigorate and inspire us to collaborate in bringing God’s love to our communities
  • develop outreach to families and young people
  • creatively introduce different styles of worship and engagement
  • share their pastoral expertise and develop a pastoral team in the parish
  • delegate, train and equip leaders within the church and mentor key people
  • be proficient in IT skills and the use of social media
  • know and understand the importance of Safeguarding in a parish context

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)

The parish of Almondbury and Farnley Tyas lies in the Almondbury Deanery of the Archdeaconry of Halifax and the Huddersfield Episcopal Area. 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.