Vicar - Tuebrook St John the Baptist

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We are looking for a Missional Priest within the Anglo-Catholic tradition to serve this urban parish two and half miles from Liverpool City Centre. Under the episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Beverley, St John’s Tuebrook benefits from a rich, treasured tradition of Anglo-Catholic worship and spirituality. The vicar will share in the mission of the deanery, developing a vision of what it is to be an urban Anglo-Catholic parish.

St John’s is a Grade 1 listed building that is a landmark in a proud community. It has excellent community facilities and hosts a foodbank as part of its outreach service to the community.

There is a four-bedroom vicarage within easy walking distance of the church

Applications Close: 22nd November 2020
Interviews: 12th January 2021

Post introduction

St John’s Tuebrook celebrates its 150th anniversary this year with a strong sense of confidence in its future. It is grounded in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, with the Sunday Solemn Eucharist at the heart of its fellowship. There is a desire to sustain the momentum established for growth.

Tuebrook is an inner suburb of Liverpool, a compact parish with a mix of housing –largely bedsits with terraced and semi-detached properties. The parish includes Newsham Park and has two secondary schools nearby, with a couple of local primary schools. It is bisected by an arterial route from the city centre and has good transport routes.

While St John’s is under the episcopal care of the Bishop of Beverley, with many in the congregation opposed to the ordination of women, it strives to be a truly inclusive church. It is supportive of men and women exploring their vocations to lay or ordained ministry and has hosted several placements.

Music is central to the worship at St John’s and the new Director of Music looks forward to widening the repertoire and recruiting new members post pandemic. The parish has two Honorary Assistant Priests and there is lay involvement in the Solemn Eucharist. The church possesses a 3 manual organ built in 1871

St John’s has reached out to and been linked with local schools over a number of years, considering them an opportunity for mission. It also serves the community through a Foodbank and other provision.

The Grade 1 listed building is an important local and national landmark, being a significant Victorian building. It has three side Chapels and a closed Cloister Garden of Remembrance. It has a Church Hall attached. The church has a peal of eight Warner bells and two Sanctus bells rung for the Eucharist. The church has excellent links with its bell ringers.

St John’s has 50 on the electoral roll, embracing people of varied age and ethnicity with many coming from outside the parish. It benefits from an experienced PCC.

Main responsibilities

The church is looking for a priest who will:

  • maintain the rich catholic witness at St John’s
  • inspire and guide the leadership team towards a mission strategy
  • discern ways to extend engagement with the wider community
  • offer inclusive pastoral care including pastoral outreach through the occasional offices
  • raise up vocations – both lay and ordained.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will:

  • see the Eucharist as central and will uphold the Anglo-Catholic traditions
  • inspire people to a greater commitment towards mission, responsibility and stewardship
  • teach spirituality which is rooted in tradition but also contemporary
  • have leadership and managerial skills
  • be committed to pastoral care and social action.

About the Diocese of Liverpool

For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’

This is how we express our mission.

We think we will achieve this mission if we have

100 new congregations
1,000 new leaders
10,000 disciples

to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to

  • Sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Give, Serve, Tell
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)
  • do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (do ten things)“