Rector - Kirklington with Burneston and Wath and Pickhill

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The benefice of Kirklington with Burneston and Wath and Pickhill comprises four parishes set in rural North Yorkshire, between Ripon and Bedale.  This is a rural setting, where agriculture is an important part of daily life.  The villages have a strong community life, and value their churches.  There are two schools, and a number of young families have moved into the area. The parishes are looking for a priest who will communicate easily across the generations, who will explore new ideas to unite the churches and wider communities and will reach out to where people are in the community.  The new incumbent will be supported by two retired clergy, two readers and a parish administrator.  

The closing date is Sunday 29th November 2020

The shortlisting meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th December 2020

Interviews will be held on Monday 11th January 2021

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Rt. Revd. Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon, Tel: 01765 601094 or email her PA Mrs Judith Richardson,


The Post will suit a Priest who:


  • Is at ease communicating with young and old alike and is genuinely interested in people across the generations and will be a visible presence in the community and our schools.
  • Will empower us to take our faith beyond the church door and strengthen the outreach links we already have.
  • Would be willing to explore new and innovative ideas to unite our churches and wider communities.
  • Is prepared to reach out beyond the church and go where people are and values pastoral care of the community as a priority.

We can offer:


  • The recent outbreak of Covid 19 has confirmed how very strong and caring the communities in all the villages are.  Networks have been established with the use of modern technology and the church needs to be a part of this.
  • A lot of young families have moved into the area and enjoy the village activities which the church has traditionally been involved in.
  • All the villages have loyal teams of people who value their churches and see them as a vital part of their community even though they may not attend the church.  There are people who care for the maintenance, decoration and security of our churches, along with cleaners, flower arrangers and those who tend the churchyards and others who turn out, time and again, with pies, cakes and treats for various functions including full-blown Christmas meals.
  • We are fortunate to have two Church of England primary schools, which make use of the churches and express a desire to be more involved.
  • We are blessed with a few retired clergy and lay readers who help to share the services and have been invaluable in the last few years, supported by those who set up for the services, readers, greeters and coffee makers who all service in making everyone welcome.

The 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 is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.

The three former dioceses were created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to cater for massive population changes brought about by industrialisation and, later, mass immigration. The diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield), large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury), a spa town (Harrogate), market towns (Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby), and deeply rural areas (the Dales). The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

The Diocesan Bishop (The Rt Rev’d Nick Baines) is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon) and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven).  The Bishop of Ripon is the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ.  For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually.