Life Events Minister

Posted 18 days agoExpires in 8 days
Office Holder
£27672 - £27672

At St John’s Goole, we love Jesus and we love our town. We have fantastic connections with locals through our thriving Life Events, and are looking for a priest to work within our team to oversee our Life Events. The post holder will raise up and lead a team, and create opportunities for those who want to explore or deepen their faith.

We currently have around 100 funerals a year, as well as 30 baptisms and around 15 weddings. The post-holder would oversee a team of lay and clergy people to deliver these events; there are currently two additional stipendiary clergy, one lay reader and several retired clergy who are part of the Life Events team. We have recently established community events such as a monthly community cafe, a toddler group and a weekly coffee morning, and are seeing emerging links with families who have come to us for their Life Events. But there is much more potential, and a lot of room for creativity and innovation.

We are currently SDF funded, and a designated Resourcing Church, working within the parish model and with an Evangelical Charismatic tradition. We have three services of worship a week: a weekday Eucharist, and two Eucharistic services on a Sunday, one robed and one informal. We have a staff team of seven, and a committed congregation, which is growing in depth and number. Within our worshipping community, we emphasize discipleship, including biblical literacy and a life of prayer.

We have strong links with our town; there are five schools in the parish and different community groups that we are forming links with following the affect of the covid pandemic. We have plans to develop our site as a hub for life and hope, including using both our buildings and our outside space to bless the wider community.

The candidate will:

  • Work as part of the St John’s team, with oversight of the ministry of Life Events

  • Explore and pioneer ways to communicate the good news of Jesus within this area of ministry

  • Create opportunities for those who would like to further explore their journey of faith

  • Work under the vision and guidance of the Priest-in-Charge, and under the wider vision of the Diocese of Sheffield

  • Be an active part of day-to-day ministry at St John’s, including regularly leading services and preaching

See attached parish profile for full details

See attached parish profile.

Goole is Britain’s furthest inland port, and was built in 1826 by the Aire and Calder Navigation Company, to ship coal from the Sheffield coal fields. Formerly a ship-building and linen trade hub, there is renewed investment in the town; in addition to the Tesco Distribution Centre, Siemens are building a £200m train factory and Croda have built a £7m distribution hub.

There are 800 new homes being built, and the Goole Town Deal is has been awarded up to £25m for development of public spaces. However, parts of Goole are in the bottom 10% of the index of multiple deprivation, with particularly low scores in the areas of Crime, Barriers to Housing and Living Environment. Anecdotally we find high levels of drug and alcohol use and abuse, and stories of violence in the home are common. The number of single parent households is above average, and there are very disrupted patterns of family life. In the Co-op National Wellbeing Score, Goole ranks below the national average in the areas of Relationships and Trust, and Voice and Participation, Health, Economy Work and Employment, Housing, Space and Environment.

There remains a strong sense of what it means to be a “Goolie”, and many families have lived in the town for generations. There is a rootedness here, but opinions are strongly divided as to whether living here is a positive thing. However, there is an emerging townwide impetus for change and transformation, with schools making good progress in raising outcomes for children, and new businesses springing up.

There are good public amenities in Goole: a leisure centre, well-kept parks, and a special school, five primary schools and a secondary academy. It is well located to explore the wider area, being an hour away from the coast, the cities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York, and the North York Moors and Peak District.