Vicar - Kirby-on-the-Moor and Cundall with Norton-le-Clay and Skelton-cum-Newby

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Kirby on the Moor
Office Holder

The Benefice of Kirby-on-the-Moor, Cundall with Norton-le-Clay and Skelton-cum-Newby is made up of three parishes in the Vale of York, to the east of Ripon. These small, active and friendly communities are seeking a Vicar who will support and encourage growth both spiritually and numerically, someone who recognizes the need for developing the Christian life of the parish and who has good team building skills with the ability to adapt to different personalities. The Vicar will be well supported by retired clergy and lay ministers, and by active and committed PCCs. This is a 0.6 post.

The closing date is Sunday 24th October 2021

The shortlisting meeting will be held on Wednesday 3rd November 2021

Interviews will be held on Monday 15th November 2021(please note due to the current situation there is the possibility the interviews may be held via Zoom)

If the interviews are held via Zoom an in-person visit ahead of the interview, in compliance with current COVID regulations, will hopefully be possible.

If you require any further details 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,

  • To engage with our congregations and communities as a priest, teacher, preacher and a leader of prayer.
  • To continue the development of discipleship within the community, deepening people’s understanding of how God is working in their lives, leading them deeper into the mystery of His love.
  • To respond imaginatively to the challenges and opportunities of rural ministry and of the significant new housing developments around the benefice.
  • To encourage, develop and nurture the existing positive ministry of lay people, through training, delegation, encouragement and support, so that they might be all that they might be, so that they can continue to support the ministry and mission of this benefice.
  • To understand the unique characteristic of each of our churches and work with these, whilst initiating change sensitively, when needed.
  • With and through the congregations and communities:
    • to ensure that a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided so that people are more able to live and grow as disciples of Christ;
    • to lead in pastoral care in the wider community particularly in times of crisis;
  • to encourage Christian stewardship of people's time, money and abilities so that the ministry of the church is strengthened and enabled;
  • whilst maintaining a distinctively Christian witness, to make new positive links and develop the existing links with community and external organisations based in the parish, especially the schools, so that full use is made of opportunities for outreach and service to the community.
  • Pastorally astute in caring for and dealing with a wide range of people
  • Experience of nurturing the skills and talents of, and sharing ministry with laity, and of engaging the wider community.
  • Able to lead services and model prayerfulness.
  • To be able to convey the beauty and the mystery of the Sacraments with reverence and joy.
  • Ability to lead laity inspiringly and strategically.
  • To be able to give supportive supervision and appraisal to the laity.
  • Hold a full driving licence and be a car owner.
  • Energetic, adaptable and willing to learn.
  • Self-motivated and able to prioritise and manage a work/life balance.
  • Sense of humour.

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.