House for Duty Associate Minister - Walbury Beacon, West Berkshire

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Newbury, Berkshire
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The Benefice of Walbury Beacon, West Berkshire is looking for a House for Duty Associate Minister.

An exciting opportunity to live and serve in an area of outstanding natural beauty at a time when we are refocusing and re-equipping ourselves for the future.

We are looking to appoint a half time Rector with a ministry focus on the village of Kintbury and a HfD Associate to support and resource three of our smaller parishes.

If you have a passion for rural ministry and can help us engage with our local communities, we would love to hear from you.

To discuss these posts further please contact:

The Revd Liz Jackson, Associate Archdeacon of Berkshire on: liz.jackson@oxford.anglican.org or Tel: 07394952596

All appointments are subject to acceptable pre-appointment checks, including a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check

Closing date for applications: 12 June 2022
Interviews: 27 June 2022

The list below is not exhaustive but it picks out key points:

▪ Provide pastoral care within our village communities / Home Communion and engage with village life.

▪ Provide Occasional Offices, which can be numerous at certain times of the year.

▪ Work closely with our Benefice Administrator in maintaining good and smooth communication around the Parishes and ensure that necessary administration relating to services, weddings, baptisms, funerals etc is completed in a timely way.

▪ Encourage a good working relationship with the Rector of Walbury Beacon Benefice and other members of the Ministry Team.

▪ Develop links with the Deanery (Area Dean) and be aware of Diocesan initiatives; attend training as required.

▪ Chair PCC meetings and attend Deanery meetings.

▪ Work closely with Churchwardens to maintain provision of weekly services across the Parishes which may include the use of Zoom and develop outreach to our communities.

▪ Contribute to the wider Benefice life, which may include the Parish magazines and seasonal material by way of courses at Lent, Easter etc.

▪ Develop a good relationship with our local school including the provision of regular school assemblies and joining the school governing board, if invited.

Given that this is a House-for-Duty Post with a time commitment of two days per week plus Sundays, we recognize that our priest’s time on church matters is limited. Nevertheless, there are certain personal attributes that we would value in our priest:

•At the centre of their being there would be a pastoral heart and they would therefore place at the core of their ministry the care of people

• They would be comfortable with country life and traditional worship but would be able to recognize the need for change where it was appropriate and achieve it by evolution rather than revolution

• They could express in their life and teaching the reason for their Christian faith particularly to those who have difficulty with Christian belief

• They would lead worship and provide spiritual support in discipleship

• They may well have had long experience in their ministry and perhaps outside it and would now welcome the opportunities that a House-for-Duty affords.

The three Parishes of Inkpen, West Woodhay and Combe form the Southern group of the Benefice and have a natural and long standing association. They are adjacent to each other and are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Together they formed the backbone of the Walbury Beacon Benefice when it was originally formed in 1981. It is an association which has sustained and created friendships and developed shared understandings which are hard to define but which are invaluable. And we share a style of worship and feeling for pastoral care that reflects the nature of a rural rather than an urban community.