Rector - The Byland Churches

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The Crown, as Patron, is seeking to appoint a Rector of the Byland Churches.

Coxwold & Husthwaite held in plurality with Crayke with Brandsby & Yearsley.

The Byland Churches are part of Easingwold Deanery. In recent years the Deanery has undertaken to be a local network of churches; inspiring, influencing and leading mission and ministry, this has been the Deanery mission statement. While working towards that, the deanery are committed to improving communication and growing in mutual support for all the churches within the Deanery, recognising the needs and gifts of our churches vary considerably, and valuing the contribution that every church makes to our Deanery. To show commitment to closer working together across the Deanery, the clergy are cross-licensed to each other to allow easier working across parish boundaries and to enable long-term projects to flourish.

Thank you for your interest in the post of Rector of the Byland Churches. From Wass in the north to Brandsby cum Stearsby in the south, the Byland parishes are situated in the Howardian Hills, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and on the south west edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Beautiful rural landscapes, ancient abbey ruins and picturesque villages on your doorstep and the reason why many visit the area on bicycle or foot, following many of the tracks and footpaths. The parishes are still primarily working agricultural communities but include a wide social mix of residents including commuters, farmworkers, retirees and families with children, with a population of around 2,000.

In rural communities communication is essential between the churches and in the communities we serve. The Village Link magazine, website and Crayke Facebook page have enabled contact , support and on line services, especially during the pandemic. The churches offer a broad range of worship styles, from Evensong to monthly benefice Holy Communion and Beer and Hymns, in the local pub. The church communities are at the hub of secular local organisations, businesses and stately homes in the region that use their resources for the benefit of all. Most of the churches have areas for catering and socialising and a variety of social, fundraising events; these, and door-to-door contact are effective forms of mission.

The Benefice vision is ‘Reaching out together with the Good News of the Gospel to bring hope and joy to our villages.’ We are looking for a prayerful person, who is open and welcoming and who supports and encourages lay ministry.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a Rector who can lead us in:-

  • Growing in our understanding of the good news of the gospel, so we can share that with others; being places of Christian teaching in our wider community and making the Christian message relevant to people in our villages.
  • Building on the work we are doing, use our church buildings more creatively, better access for those who do not have the internet; and learning from the pandemic lockdown what we need to do differently from before.
  • Reaching out to teenagers and young adults. Supporting our new Youth, Children and Families worker to prioritise her remit and achievable goals, while helping those we have established connections with to move on in their Christian journey.
  • Finding ways to tackle the loneliness of rural deprivation and social isolation experienced by some members of our communities.

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.

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 Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd John Thomson tel: 01757 429982, or the Archdeacon of York, Ven Sam Rushton 01904 758241

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 for applications: Midnight on Sunday 18th July 2021

Interviews: Thursday 5th August 2021