South Lakes Team Vicar
The newly formed South Lakes Team is seeking a new Team Vicar who can work with the Team Rector, ecumenical colleagues and committed and able lay people in this Mission Community set in a beautiful part of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a group of diverse churches who are seeking to grow together and use their diversity to see God's kingdom grow?
We seek a person who will enjoy our variety, who will value the old and help us explore the new, who will nurture and encourage young and old, and will be enthused by the challenges and rewards that ministry in this still-forming team offers.
For an informal conversation, please contact the Archdeacon Vernon Ross on 07388 377105
Closing date is 12 midnight 3 June 2022
Please send completed application forms to email@example.com
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The newly formed South Lakes Team Ministry came into being on 1st November, 2021 bringing together six distinct parishes with different backgrounds, settings and traditions. Together with Carver Uniting Church (Windermere) and Windermere Methodist Church, the parishes are part of the still-being-formed South Lakes Mission Community. The process of bringing the six parishes in three former benefices together into a single team began in January 2020,. While the legalities have been gone through, the real growing together has been significantly restricted by the pandemic. The Team Rector designate (the Revd James Richards) and Team Vicar designate (Canon Shanthi Thompson) were working well together on this process until the Team Vicar was invited to apply for and was successful in being appointed as Vicar of Holy Trinity in Kendal (“Kendal Parish Church”), taking up the post in October 2021. The Team Rector (and Mission Community Leader) has been Rector in St. Martins parish in the new benefice since 1999, but is new to team ministry and to Mission Community. Pastoral responsibility was shared, with the Team Rector taking principal responsibility for St. Martins, Bowness; St. Anne, Ings and St. Cuthbert, Kentmere, and the Team Vicar taking pastoral responsibility for St. James, Staveley; St. Mary, Windermere and Jesus Church Troutbeck. The team lies within the south eastern corner of the Lake District National Park – a World Heritage site – in Cumbria. It encompasses traditional villages of varying sizes, deeply rural communities and tourist ‘honeypots’. Based on the 2011 census with revised information to January 2022, the official figure for the total population of the Team is about 10,500 in about 4,700 households. The major employments of the area are tourism/hospitality related or agricultural.
We are looking for someone who…
• is committed to building relationships: with schools; within and among our churches; and who will join in with community life
• has broad sympathy with and respects the diversity of our different churches, their communities, cultures and backgrounds
• will work with us to reach out to younger people and families
• enjoys people and is committed to pastoral care, compassionate, caring and a good listener
• is an able leader of worship, sympathetic to more traditional expectations of older members, but also challenging us to be more open and inclusive
• is a good, mindful preacher with excellent communication skills
• has good organisational skills
• is tolerant, with good humour and a sense of fun
THE WIDER CONTEXT: DIOCESE, DEANERY AND MISSION COMMUNITY. The boundaries of the Diocese of Carlisle are more or less coterminous with the County of Cumbria. A vision for Growing Disciples launched across the diocese gained an ecumenical dimension and in 2015 became God for All. Carlisle Diocese is in covenanted partnership with the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, and the Salvation Army across the county. The vision is for ecumenical Mission Communities, groupings of Anglican parishes with other covenanted churches, and with other churches locally as circumstances permit, working together for the mission and ministry of the Church in their localities. In 2020 a Vision Refresh process led to four strands in the refreshed God for All vision: Follow Daily, Speak Boldly, Care Deeply, Tread Gently. This is beginning to be fleshed out in parishes across the diocese. (https://godforall.org.uk) Windermere Deanery is part of the Westmorland and Furness Archdeaconry with a friendly and supportive Deanery Chapter. Like other dioceses, Carlisle has felt the strain of the pandemic, but careful management and significant restructuring of central activities have avoided us running into deficit. The diocese runs a Parish Offer scheme where parishes are informed of the cost of ministry and invited to make a generous offer towards the cost of the ministry they receive, and where possible to support ministry elsewhere. Increasingly this is operating on a Mission Community basis rather than parish by parish. Planning to bring six parishes from three benefices into a single South Lakes Team began in Autumn 2019, but only began to be put in place at the beginning of 2020, just before lockdown. From the beginning the intention was to avoid clergy rushing from place to place on a Sunday, and in general this has been put in place. The corollary is that there are a significant number of lay-led service across the team. The parishes are being asked to make a Parish Offer on the basis of two stipendiary clergy serving the team, plus a share of the cost of the Deanery Network Youth Minister. Within the team the parishes have reached agreement about a fair division of the cost of ministry amongst them. The Mission Community is only in an embryonic stage at present, but there are good friendly relationships amongst the local clergy and between the churches.