Vicar for the Masham Group of Parishes

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Vicar for the Masham Group of Parishes

The Bishop of Leeds and Trinity College, Cambridge wish to appoint a priest to be Vicar of Masham and Healey and Priest-in-Charge of West Tanfield and Well with Snape and North Stainley.

This group of parishes offers:

An exciting opportunity to serve in “God’s own country” of North Yorkshire at the gateway to Wensleydale. Set in lovely surrounding countryside, these lively parishes and communities have a market town, varied and historic villages, 6 churches, 4 primary schools (3 C of E), residents and tourists, an abundance of sporting, recreational and cultural activities, a long heritage of Christian faith, and a 5-bedroom vicarage, - and we look forward to welcoming a new Vicar.

The parishes hope and pray for a priest who:

- loves God

- is passionate about sharing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus

- will have a heart for our communities

- will build on our present foundations

- will inspire us to move forward with vision

For an informal conversation please contact the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley Tel: 01765 601094 or by email, via her PA, Mrs Judith Richardson,

Closing date 3rd April 2022

Shortlisting date 11th April 2022

Interview date 3rd May 2022

Our new vicar;

We are looking for an ordained priest who loves God and is passionate about sharing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus, someone who will have a heart for our communities, someone to build on our present foundations, and inspire us to move forward with vision.

  • An ordained priest within the Church of England, or a church in full communion with it
  • Satisfactory completion of initial ministerial education
  • Experience of the ministry of the Church of England
  • Ability to travel extensively across a wide rural area with limited public transport.

The Diocese of Leeds comprises five Episcopal Areas, each coterminous with an Archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest dioceses in the country and its creation is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.

The three former dioceses were created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to cater for massive population changes brought about by industrialisation and, later, mass immigration. The diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield), large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury), a spa town (Harrogate), market towns (Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby), and deeply rural areas (the Dales). The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

The Diocesan Bishop (The Rt Rev’d Nick Baines) is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon) and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven). The Bishop of Ripon is the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually.