Rector of the Benefice of Yarm with Kirklevington, Picton and Worsall

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Thank you for your interest in the post of Rector of Yarm with Kirklevington, Picton and Worsall

This post offers exciting possibilities for ministry in a varied town-and-country setting.

This is a benefice of two parishes comprising the market town of Yarm and a group of nearby villages. This relatively new grouping was formed under the leadership of the previous Rector who was also Area Dean and who retired in 2020.

The communities are conscious of their very long history - Yarm is an ancient fording place over the River Tees, and the villages have been the source of a wealth of Saxon and Anglo-Danish archaeology - but they are not in any sense locked into the past. Retail and education are key to their economy and culture; rural industry still has a significant part to play, and there is extensive new house-building and an increasing population.

The new rector will find a secure foundation to build on, willing and able leaders and a shared commitment to worship well planned and led in a generally liberal Catholic style. There is more involvement with families and younger people, and with external institutions, than would be found in may other places. Much of the joy of this post will be to lead people who are eager to see more people reaching in Christ's name, and to find ways to increase awareness of what the Christian faith and the Church of England can offer these communities.

Specific role plans can be found in the accompanying Role Description and Parish Profile

We are seeking a priest who will value the traditions of the Church of England and who:

  • has a zeal for mission whilst respecting the churchmanship of the current congregations and their traditions.
  • is an enthusiastic and experienced leader and team player, who will inspire and work with the existing leadership teams and lay ministers to grow the mission of each church and work collaboratively with other local churches
  • is prepared to welcome all, regardless of culture, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation, and be particularly encouraging to those who are not regular church attendees.
  • is comfortable working with children, young people and their families linking the Church with local schools and colleges where appropriate.
  • is prepared to face the challenges of rural ministry together with actively engaging with our new housing communities in both urban and rural areas.
  • is able to encourage and equip us all to work together for the Kingdom of God.

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.

Welcome to the Diocese of York in the Church of England;
· a family of 579 churches and 125 schools in 442 parishes
· committed to the praise of God through Jesus Christ and service to others
· led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell.

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.’