House for Duty Interim Priest-in-Charge Benefice of Lastingham w Appleton-le-Moors, Rosedale and Cropton

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Thank you for your interest in the post of House for Duty Priest in Charge for this group of rural parishes.

The benefice of Lastingham with Appleton-le-Moors, Rosedale and Cropton is set in a very distinctive part of the North York Moors, an area with an ancient Christian heritage and incomparable historic sites, including particular associations with Saints Chad and Cedd. There is scope for ministering alongside residents, visitors, second-home owners, pilgrims, and those who gather for concerts and other cultural and educational events.

This is a post for a priest who values pastoral ministry and is able to be creative within the context of a mainly formal style of worship. There are matters to do with church life about which parishioners have, sincerely and in conscience, held different views, and we hope that the priest we appoint will be able to combine clear governance with sensitivity and warmth, in uniting the people in a shared calling to live out the love and hope that we have in Christ.

We envisage that the priest who comes to these parishes will focus on preparing them for the future, and for that reason the appointment is made for a fixed term of three years, in principle renewable once.

The post is open on the understanding that he appointee will welcome both male and female priests to preside and minister at Benefice services in all the churches . It is important too that Christians of other traditions are welcomed to hold their own worship in our historic sites.

This is a House for Duty Interim Priest-in-Charge post without stipend, and as such is remunerated under Common Tenure in the form of housing. It is open to priests of the Church of England and of churches in full communion with it, subject to satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure, episcopal reference, and eligibility to work in the UK.

You will find more information in the attached benefice profile and role description, though should you require an informal conversation please contact:

  • The Archdeacon of Cleveland, the Ven Dr Amanda Bloor, / 01642 706 095
  • The Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, / 01642 593 273
  • To develop pastoral and prayerful ministry in collaboration with both lay and ordained people within the wider Deanery
  • To maintain the Eucharistic tradition of the church, faithful in the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament.
  • To facilitate reconciliation of past and remaining hurts
  • To be a good team player willing and able to delegate to the enthusiastic laity of the Benefice in some aspects of mission, ministry and administration.

We are praying our Priest-in-Charge will be:

  • A priest from the Eucharistic tradition of the church, faithful in the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament, who supports the ministry of all regardless of age, heritage, gender or sexual orientation.
  • A listening leader, able and committed to working for healing and reconciliation. A priest able to rebuild trust both within the Benefice but also in our relationship with those outside it.
  • Sensitive in ministering to individuals of different personal theological positions.
  • A good preacher and teacher who will continue to develop pastoral ministry in conjunction with the laity
  • A communicator and team player who will work equally with the villages and be our link with the Deanery and Diocese.
  • Someone willing to work with both progressive and traditional understandings.
  • Determined to grow the church in numbers, mission and spirituality.
  • Keen to continue to involve Christians of all traditions and to foster the links with other traditions in the area.
  • Keen to build up a strong spiritual life for all. Able and willing to be actively engaged in Rosedale School
  • Sympathetic to rural affairs and prepared to work to strengthen the special qualities of each village community.

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.’

Visit our website here: Diocese of York

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