House for Duty, New Windsor

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Windsor
Clergy

BENEFICE OF NEW WINDSOR

St John the Baptist with All Saints’ Church; St Stephen & St Agnes;

Holy Trinity Parish & Garrison Church, Windsor, Berkshire

We are looking for an

ASSOCIATE PRIEST (House for Duty)

Two full days per week plus Sundays

to join our Team Rector and Ministry Team in this historic and beautiful town of Windsor.

The New Windsor Team Ministry consists of three parishes and four churches as a single benefice serving the people of central Windsor. We combine a variety of traditions, but all share a commitment to inclusivity and to moving forward. Our Team Rector joined us in June 2019 and we saw this as a new beginning for us all.

We have a history of encouraging vocation and training curates, as well as a tradition of lay leadership across our team.

Our vision has three priorities:

  • To demonstrate in the worship of our four churches the breadth of the Church of England
  • To move towards becoming a single and united parish
  • To build on our inclusive character and openness to make God’s love known in Windsor

We offer:

  • A warm and welcoming faith community across the four churches of our team
  • A wealth of parish activities including schools work
  • An enthusiastic and committed team of volunteers
  • A friendly and supportive ministry team, lay and ordained
  • A great place to live and work!

We are looking for a priest who will be:

  • Inclusive of all ages, views and traditions
  • A good team player
  • Flexible to different forms of worship
  • Keen to inspire others to join our congregations
  • Happy to be involved in working with children and young people

A newly decorated and recently updated four bedroom vicarage in a town location with easy access to M4 and a good sized garden adjacent to Windsor Great Park awaits the successful candidate.

The four churches in the Team are all situated in central Windsor. The town is within easy commuting distance of London, has a wealth of shops and restaurants, and good schools.

If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the Team Rector, the Revd Sally Lodge on 01753 862419 or by email at windsor.rector@gmail.com for an informal conversation.

Closing Date: 1st March 2021
Interviews: 25th March 2021

An enhanced DBS will be required.

Key responsibilities specific to the local situation

To be part of the fulfilling of our Benefice vision areas:

  • “To demonstrate in the worship of our four churches the breadth of the Church of England”
  • “To move towards becoming a single and united parish.”
  • “To build on our inclusive character and openness to make God’s love known in Windsor”

Through oversight of and participation in:

  • Mission and Outreach
  • Leadership and working collaboratively
  • Worship and preaching
  • Pastoral Care
  • Stewardship and benefice organisation
  • Personal development and spirituality

The key responsibilities listed above may be supported by long and short term objectives to be agreed between the post holder the Archdeacon and Church Wardens.

A Message from the Ven Stephen Pullin, Archdeacon of Berkshire

The town of Windsor is a busy and vibrant place, both a centre for international tourism and a varied community which is far more than people see on their way to the Castle. It is a popular place to live with everything you need in the town itself and also excellent communication links to London and the South West.

This is a House for Duty (HfD) post which is about far more than the public perception of the location. We are looking for a priest who will be a central part of a Clergy and Lay Team. The Team is actively considering the way in which the Churches of the parish relate to each other and how best to offer worship and welcome to the town. It will demand wisdom, strategic vision and a clear sense of how the church needs to adapt in a more unpredictable and challenging world.

New Windsor are looking for a priest who will work closely with the Team Rector and the parish to explore and realise the future for these four Churches. Along with that, the role offers involvement in a wide range of services and occasional offices, all rooted in one of the most historic and attractive towns in the country. It is not a HfD role where you might end up isolated and in a corner. It is about being a core part of a Team.

If this is the sort of role you’re looking for then please do read on - pray for us as we are praying for you- and then call the Team Rector to find out more about the needs and spirit of the Benefice, and to explore where God might be calling you to play a part in realising the Kingdom in Windsor.

We are seeking a committed and enthusiastic colleague who will offer the equivalent of two days per week plus Sunday (including evenings where appropriate) to work with the Team Rector across all aspects of mission and ministry in this busy Team Ministry. As well as taking an active role in Sunday services (including regular baptisms), you will have the opportunity to be involved in schools ministry, funeral and wedding ministry, leading small groups and engagement in the civic life of the town. The Team Rector is seeking a colleague who will play an active role working with her in shaping the future of the Team Ministry and who is happy to take the initiative/lead when appropriate. To begin with you will work across all four churches but as the future direction of the Team is discerned, a more permanent involvement with one of the churches may become appropriate.

We fully support the recommendations of the “Covenant for Clergy Care & Wellbeing”[1]as well as the Oxford Diocese’s “Flourishing in Ministry”[1]initiative because we believe that clergy who are seen to be flourishing in their ministry model what it is to have fullness of life.

In summary, we are looking for an energetic priest with ideas and enthusiasm who is prepared to work with us to make a difference in our corner of the world.

The right person will be

  • A collaborative team player
  • An open and Inclusive teacher and preacher
  • A prayerful pastor who is comfortable across a range of traditions
  • An approachable communicator with a sense of humour

Together as a Diocese we are engaged on a journey towards a Common Vision of what it means to be a Christ-like Church, and what we are therefore called to do together. Under the leadership of Bishop Steven, we are guided on this journey by the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-11) which shows us that to be more Christ-like means becoming more contemplative, compassionate and courageous.

We are also seeking to understand where God wants us to focus our energies and will be exploring six potential focus areas over the coming years:

  • To make a bigger difference in the world and serve the poor
  • To share our faith with adults, children and young people and grow the church in every place; rural, urban and suburban
  • To plant new churches and congregations everywhere we can
  • To serve every school in our community
  • To put the discipleship of all at the heart of our common life and set God’s people free