Rector of Cotes Heath and Standon and Swynnerton and Tittensor

Posted 13 days agoExpires in 16 days
North Staffordshire
Office Holder

The Benefice sits in beautiful rural Staffordshire with easy transport links to the major cities and towns and enjoys the benefits of outstanding local schools and social amenities. Local area attractions include proximity to the Peak District, Alton Towers and Trentham Gardens with its Monkey Forest. It was formed in 2008 when the parishes of Cotes Heath and Standon joined the parishes of Swynnerton and Tittensor. In 2017, the parishes of Cotes Heath and Swynnerton became one parish and St James’ was made a Festival Church.

It is a diverse Benefice and we believe this is something we can celebrate, reflecting the ethos of the Church of England. The three parishes cover five centres of populations ranging from the tiny rural hamlet of Cotes Heath to the much larger village of Yarnfield. There are two First (5-9 years) Church schools and a larger First school in the Benefice. Presently we are blessed with the support of a retired Clergy, five licensed Readers with another in training, and a salaried Families and Childrens’ Worker in the Swynnerton parish.

With three very different parishes in our Benefice, we recognise that each has its place, advantages and disadvantages. We are very much aware that a new incumbent will need to balance their time and energy between and within each of the parishes.

We have committed ministry and support teams that are dedicated to develop faith, understanding and fellowship.

All applicants should normally have 3 years' experience in the Church of England or another Anglican church in the British Isles.

We are looking for a person who will:

  • Have a Bible based faith and the ability to communicate the Gospel to others
  • Be a person of prayer, with the ability to encourage this in others
  • Provide a creative lead for ministry and discipleship across the Benefice
  • Embrace a spirit of change with new forms of ministry
  • Collaborate effectively within our active ministry teams
  • Sustain, grow and strengthen our links with our schools

In the Diocese of Lichfield we extend an invitation to “Come follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad”. Our diocesan vision states that:

As we follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad, we pray that the two million people in our diocese encounter a church that is confident in the gospel, knows and loves its communities, and is excited to find God at work already in the world. We pray for a church that reflects the richness and variety of those communities and partners with others in seeking the common good, working for justice as a people of hope.

Closing Date: 28th May at 12 Noon
Interviews: 25th June 2021