Priest in Charge Brown Clee United Benefice

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Ditton Priors
Office Holder

Ditton Priors (St John the Baptist) with Neenton, Burwarton, Cleobury North, Aston Botterell, Wheathill and Loughton and Chetton.

This is the Benefice of Brown Clee – Rural Shropshire at its beautiful best

Set in the beautiful rolling countryside of south Shropshire the united benefice consists of five parishes and seven churches in the Diocese of Hereford

This post offers a fine opportunity for the new vicar to exercise a wide-ranging and fulfilling ministry, working together with friendly and supportive people in a beautiful part of south Shropshire, among communities who are keen to support their new priest.

We believe that future growth lies in:

  • extending connections with the local area primary school where Open the Book has been received enthusiastically.
  • developing relationships with younger families through Messy Church based in a community space.
  • reinvigorating our youth work and after school youth club.
  • making Christian life more accessible for those unfamiliar with liturgy and tradition.
  • developing patterns of worship that are relevant to all our community and to offer all age worship.
  • pastoral care.
  • welcoming new community members to encourage them to get involved in church and community life.

The responsibilities of this post will include:

  • Leading the pastoral and spiritual ministry in the benefice.
  • Leading worship in the benefice.
  • Engaging with and sharing in the life of the communities of the benefice.
  • Working collaboratively with the Reader and lay leaders of worship across the parishes.
  • Further developing and supporting ministry to children and young people.
  • Active involvement with Brown Clee CE Primary School.
  • Serving on the school’s Governing body to support challenge and further develop the school’s Christian distinctiveness.
  • Leading school assembly at least once a half term.
  • Leading youth work and mentoring leaders.
  • Guiding the Local Ministry Group and supporting and encouraging people to become involved with this aspect of church life and work.
  • Carrying out pastoral visiting to those in need, with support and involvement from members of the church.
  • Chairing and supporting Group PCC meetings and Annual Parish Church Meetings across the benefice.
  • Chaplaincy to Burwarton & District Agricultural Society, including annual show.
  • Writing a monthly letter for the Wheatlands News (parish magazine).

We would like our new vicar to have the following key qualities:

  • Be approachable, friendly and welcoming, have a sense of humour.
  • A prayerful person of deep Christian faith who is an effective and inspiring Bible teacher who preaches the gospel.
  • Have energy and vision for rural ministry with a commitment to build links between the church and community organisations.
  • A pastoral heart and a willingness to be visible in the communities which he/she serves
  • Be committed to encouraging, enabling and nurturing the ministry of the whole people of God.
  • An effective leader and communicator.
  • Enthusiasm for working with the school, children and young people.
  • Have experience of leading worship for children.
  • An appreciation of music and its role in worship.
  • Committed to working as a member of a team, with clergy and laity, willing to delegate and develop the ministry of others.
  • Computer literate, familiar with social networking, good administrative skills.
  • Own car and driver’s licence is essential to get around a comparatively large area on country roads.

Open and friendly, our worship style is informal and does not vary widely between the churches. Our beliefs reflect the Christian faith summarised in the Apostles Creed.

We prefer teaching that is biblically based, preaches the Gospel, and is related to the world we live in.

Visitors and newcomers usually describe a friendly welcome and we try to be open to all, whatever their age or belief. We are seeking ways to make church more welcoming, sociable and suitable for younger families and people of all ages and cultures to attend church regularly.

Since the pandemic our regular congregations vary in size between 5 and 25 depending on the church, with the largest congregation at Ditton Priors. As we are the only denomination with churches in the benefice, people come from a mix of Anglican traditions.

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