Priest in Charge of St Mark, Newby and St Luke, Scarborough

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The Archbishop of York, as Patron, is seeking to appoint a Priest in Charge to be responsible for St Mark’s Newby and St Luke’s Scarborough

NOTE: Currently this opportunity is only available to clergy already serving within the Diocese of York

The two churches are seeking an enthusiastic, collaborative and prayerful priest to lead them into this new chapter of their shared life following a recent re-organisation of parishes in north Scarborough. Together the parishes cover much of the northern suburbs of Scarborough, including the Barrowcliff Estate where levels of deprivation bring particular challenges and where they wish to deepen their presence. It is expected that the parishes will engage with the ‘Mustard Seed’ programme to support and resource them in this ministry.

St Mark’s is a busy, vibrant church whose informal and friendly congregation is committed to reaching people of all ages. St Luke’s congregation is smaller and mostly retired but is active and committed to its community. Whilst being held in plurality the two parishes are keen to grow together wherever appropriate. It is important that the new priest is collaborative in style and committed to lay ministry in a variety of expressions. The new priest will need to be committed to working within the North Scarborough Group which is an essential aspect of the lives of the parishes and currently there is a stipendiary curate and a Families and Youth Worker.

The parishes put a particular value on their priest being a good communicator and being able to preach and teach well. They long not only to be built up as congregations but also to engage relevantly and well to their communities and those beyond the churches.

The primary responsibilities for the role are:

  1. To work with the PCCs to develop their vision and to give a lead with regard to its implementation.
  2. To establish the new arrangement of the two churches sharing one Incumbent, looking for opportunities for collaboration and support.
  3. To actively support and contribute towards the North Scarborough Group Ministry.
  4. To oversee and encourage the parishes ministry on the Barrowcliff Estate
  5. To teach the faith and help the congregations to grow in commitment and discipleship.
  6. To lead the churches in outreach and evangelism, especially to younger families.
  7. To develop and affirm lay leadership; identifying the gifts of all God’s people and encouraging them in their ministries.
  8. To give pastoral care to church members and others in the wider community.
  9. To participate within the life of Scarborough Deanery.

We are looking for a priest who will :

  • Inspire us in our mission and ministry to the community
  • Encourage lay ministry and the building up of all
  • Preach and communicate God’s Word clearly and relevantly
  • Lead collaboratively, valuing each person
  • Deepen our prayer lives and experience of worship

We know parish ministry can be demanding and we are committed to support you practically and in prayer. We don't expect you to do everything, we will share in ministry with you and trust that we will flourish together.

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, and two National Parks. Extending from the River Tees to the River Humber, and from around the A1 road to the incomparable Yorkshire coast, the area is home to around 1.4 million people.

We are a family of 579 churches and 125 schools in 442 parishes, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. York Minster is our principal church and cathedral.

The appointment of a new Archbishop of York has encouraged the reshaping of the Diocesan vision and examination of our priorities. We are determined to become a simpler, bolder, humbler and more diverse church of missionary disciples which is Christ centred and Jesus shaped, ensuring in partnership with other churches that there is a Christian witness in every community. We wish to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story.’

We are bringing fresh energy and focus to our strategic goals: to Become more like Christ, to Reach those we currently don't; to Grow churches of missionary disciples, and to Transform our finances and structures. Our approach is aligned with a commitment to the best of our parochial inheritance and to the poorest communities, and to the financial realities we face.

Our official website can be found here:

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Archdeacon of the East Riding, Ven Andy Broom 01482 881659.

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Unfortunately it is not always straightforward for clergy from overseas to be appointed to posts in the Church of England. The policy of the UK Border Agency is that normally the organisation making an appointment has been able to prove that it is impossible to appoint a person who is a national of a European Economic Area country, before a visa giving permission to work will be issued to a person who comes from elsewhere.

Closing date: Thursday 17 June

Interview date: Wednesday 21 July