Priest in Charge & Mission Community Leader of the Benefice of Heversham & Milnthorpe and the Benefice of Levens

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Heversham & Milnthorpe and Levens, near Kendal

Could you help us by leading three lively and committed churches as they come together as a united benefice?

St. John’s Levens, St. Peter’s Heversham and St. Thomas’ Milnthorpe, situated on the southern edge of the Lake District, are seeking a priest in charge who will lead their committed, kind, friendly congregations into a new era of worship and service.

There has been much informal collaborative work between the three parishes, going back over 20 years, with lay involvement at all levels. The fact that the period of vacancy is running smoothly is testament to the commitment of everyone here to work with God on this new adventure, and your joining us will mean that it will flourish.

We are here in a beautiful part of the world:

  • With excellent schools and nursery facilities
  • Local hospital trust rated Good by CQC
  • On the West Coast main line giving good access to London, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Newcastle
  • Within 10 mins drive of the M6

The post holder will be Mission Community Leader of this dynamic and emerging Mission Community. You will work alongside supportive and enthusiastic colleagues; lay and ordained; Methodist and Anglican.

Our joint Profile will give you all the details of the life and work of our parishes.

Please call The Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, Vernon Ross for an informal chat (015395) 34717.

The Diocese of Carlisle has been pro-active in seeking to respond to national trends in church life by the formation of around 40 ‘Mission Communities’ across the county to respond to the challenges and opportunities we face. This context has served to focus attention on exploring (and re-discovering) other exciting and innovative models of church life, mission and ministry (lay and ordained, full and part time, as well as self-supporting). The Diocese of Carlisle is committed to the God for All vision ( and part of that vision is the setting up of Mission Communities.

Completed applications by email to:

Deadline: 12 Noon, 3 September 2018

Interviews:20 September 2018

Full details are available on the Diocesan website, including profiles and application forms:

Cumbria is a large and diverse county which offers a broad tapestry of interesting contexts ranging from the urban and industrial, through market towns and villages to farms and remote scattered hamlets - all forming distinct but overlapping communities.

All three churches are part of Kendal Deanery and Chapter and the nascent Kent Estuary Mission Community.

St Peter’s and St John’s are both rural churches serving relatively small village communities of about 700 and just over 1000 respectively. Milnthorpe is a small market town with a population of just over 2000. All three churches are within four miles of each other - St John’s being the furthest north and St Thomas’ the furthest south. St Peter’s and St Thomas’ have been a united benefice (but with separate PCCs) since 1992.

Lead us:

  • to grow in our discipleship and in spiritual maturity as individuals, as churches and within the Kent Estuary Mission Community
  • to identify and develop the gifts God has given us and to use them to his glory.
  • to grow in confidence, generosity and courage, to reach out in mission to the people we meet in our everyday lives and also to grow in faith-inspired action.
  • to grow in number.
  • to improve our buildings to serve our communities better.

to see open doors – in our church buildings, our homes and in our hearts and minds.

We are looking for someone who:

  • will work with us to continue to grow our new benefice.
  • is willing to be a visible presence in our communities
  • is organised, energetic, a good listener and communicates well
  • can be creative and flexible in their worship styles and sensitive to the needs of each parish and its parishioners.
  • is willing to embrace the mission community in which the benefice has a part to play.
  • We share worship
  • We share a joint parish news, Open the Book, Kent Estuary Youth worker
  • We celebrate together

All this means that we have experience of collaboration and co-operation with our neighbouring church communities.

We do all this in the name of God and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.