Vicar of Rishton St Peter and St Paul

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Blackburn Road
Office Holder

The Parish of St Peter and St Paul serves the small town of Rishton between Burnley and Blackburn and is within easy access of the stunning countryside of the Lancashire Pennines.

The church building is in excellent condition and the financial health of the Parish has enabled it to budget for a part time Children and Families worker. The Parish, which is in the Catholic tradition, has strong connections with its community and especially with the local Church of England Primary school. Following an energetic period of ministry, they seek a priest who will continue to grow the congregation and who will draw out the skills of some able lay leaders.

St Peter and St Paul is a Parish of the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda and the PCC has passed resolutions under the House of Bishop’s Declaration. Pastoral and sacramental care is therefore delegated to the Bishop of Burnley.

The candidate will:

  • Maintain and develop the Catholic and Eucharistic traditions of the parish whilst seeking innovative and fresh approaches to prayer and worship that will encourage new people into a pilgrimage with Jesus Christ.
  • Develop lay involvement across all aspects of the parish to enable the church to flourish and bear rich fruit
  • Maintain and further develop the strong and seamless relationships that exists with the ‘excellent’ church primary school and the church-based pre-school
  • Develop work with children, families and young people and use allocated funds to recruit a staff member to assist with this
  • Sustain and develop strong links across a close-knit and well-defined community
  • Exploit new opportunities for service and outreach provided by the recent renovations to the church building

The Ideal Candidate will:

  • Be confident and articulate in their Catholic understanding of the Christian faith
  • Have experience of growing a local congregation both numerically and spiritually
  • Take a delight in ministry to schools and children
  • Be a joyful and attentive pastor who delights in a ministry that is incarnational and rooted in good quality relationships
  • Be an able communicator and preacher.
  • Have a disciplined life of prayer centred on the Eucharist and a passionate and well-articulated belief in the Gospel

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For more information about the role please contact Bishop Philip North, / Tel 01254 503087

Closing date: 28th April 2021

Interview date: 29th June 2021