Vicar (1/2 time) of Chipping St Bartholomew

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Vicar of Chipping St Bartholomew (0.5 stipend plus house)

Single-church village benefice in beautiful Lancashire seeks prayerful, mission-minded vicar

The rural Parish of St. Bartholomew Chipping serves the village of Chipping and the hamlet of Thornley-with-Wheatley. We hold two services each Sunday, both Common Worship and Book of Common Prayer. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday. Our PCC is keen to continue developing its approach to worship in order to engage with the many families and new residents who live in the village.

In support of Vision 2026 the active involvement of our parishioners in Making Disciples, Being Witnesses, Growing Leaders and Inspiring Children and Young People has been encouraged. Occasional Preacher and ALM training has been completed. Bible studies, weekly involvement in intercessions, small group meetings and a strong link with a church outside the Deanery have all been established along with the authorising of a Lay Minister in 2021. During this vacancy weekly attendance has increased slightly, mostly due to people who have moved into the village where contact has been made and positively developed.

Our church building is Grade II* listed. It is well maintained and cared for and benefits from several recent upgrades making it more suited to the requirements of modern worship. It is open during the daytime for personal prayer and provides a real place of solace and comfort for villagers and visitors alike. There is a local primary school with a strong Christian ethos and good links with our church. We have good links with other local churches and many members of our congregation play an active part in all aspects of village life, groups and charities.

We are a financially secure Parish, always meeting our annual parish share. We have developed a mission giving policy supporting local, diocesan and overseas causes. We are looking for a part time vicar who can lead us into the future by helping us to grow our church family across all age groups and develop our faith and understanding of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

What we are looking for

  • A prayerful vicar who will be at the heart of our community
  • Someone who loves to preach and teach the faith and grow disciples
  • A forward-thinker, with new ideas to help the church look outwards and grow into the future
  • A priest who will maintain the strong links with the village school
  • A team player, who will work closely with existing lay leaders and develop new ones

What we offer

  • A single-church rural benefice in the beautiful Trough of Bowland
  • A half-stipend and an attractive vicarage two minutes from church
  • A supportive and active PCC with a wide range of skills
  • A lovingly maintained building open to visitors daily
  • A secure financial position with fully paid parish share and good reserves

For information about Blackburn diocese please follow this link https://jobs.churchofengland.org/blackburn/vision-2026/

For information on making an application through Pathways please follow this link https://jobs.churchofengland.org/clergycandidatesfaq/

St Bartholomew's Church Website: http://stbartschipping.org.uk

For a discussion about the role please contact the Area Dean of Whalley, Revd Jonathan Carmyllie on - 01254 824679 or by email j.carmyllie@btinternet.com

Closing date for applications: 4th February 2022

Interview date: 22nd February 2022