Team Vicar for the Bure Valley Group of Churches within the Aylsham and District Team Ministry

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Norwich
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The next Team Vicar of the Bure Valley group of churches will be a person who values collaboration with lay and ordained colleagues across the team. While the benefice is structured to allow considerable autonomy to the different areas of pastoral charge, good working relationships are essential. This is the case for the wellbeing of the Team but also for its mission. The benefice and the Bure Valley churches are firmly rooted in their communities, and it is axiomatic to their approach to mission that they work in partnership with each other and with those around them.

The mission ethos of the Aylsham team is very much that described in the profile, of bringing the church to the community and the community to the church. The next Team Vicar will be at ease with this understanding of mission. As well as enabling the church to reach out to the community, however, the appointed candidate will be enthusiastic in welcoming the church into the community. You will model attractive faith and the joy of the Lord Jesus, mindful that people may belong before they believe yet able to enable them to believe as well as belong.

Specific

Ways in which this ministry will be fulfilled include:

  • By bringing the church to the community and the community to the church, for example by preparatory and follow-up work with wedding couples, support to the bereaved through funeral ministry that provides ongoing support, by provision for those struggling with the cost of living (food bank, community pantry), by drop-in possibilities, not least for those whose mental resilience has been damaged by the pandemic and by good and supportive engagement with schools.
  • By drawing on resources available from the diocese or elsewhere to enable deepened discipleship, for example, by exploring Pilgrim, Alpha or similar courses, through opportunities for biblical and theological study, by actively developing a ministry bringing those baptised to confirmation.
  • Intentionally to engage with new and existing diocesan arrangements to develop lay leadership through, for example, wider participation in training Authorised Worship Assistants and considering possible vocations to other forms of lay and ordained ministry whether locally or nationally authorised or commissioned.
  • Working collaboratively within the congregations and the wider Team to develop the churches’ welcome, including by asking which demographics within the benefice are missing and how might this be addressed, whether there are particular ways to serve, encourage and bring to faith particular groups of people and what leadership development might enhance the congregations’ outreach to the community.

Diocese and Deanery

The Diocese of Norwich’s vision is to be Transformed by Christ: Prayerful, Pastoral, Prophetic. You can find out more information about this at https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/about/vision-priorities/. Work is currently underway on the nine priority areas that will help us live out and deliver this vision. The next Team Vicar of the Bure Valley will be someone who is excited by this vision and who is able to see ways in which it can be made a lived reality in the benefices.

The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich since 2019, wrote an introduction to the Diocese which you can find at https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/app/uploads/2020/12/Our-Life-Together-2021.pdf. This will tell you more about the character, structure and organisation of the Diocese. Please be aware that it was written The Rt. Rev’d Dr Jane Steen Bishop of Lynn Lynn House, Commercial Road, Dereham, NR19 1AE 01362 709200 bishop.lynn@dioceseofnorwich.org PA: Mrs Ann Whittet ann.whittet@dioceseofnorwich.org when the Diocesan vision was still being worked out and when the Bishop of Lynn who writes this letter to you had not been appointed. The document is nevertheless well worth reading.

The Aylsham Team falls within the Archdeaconry of Lynn and within the Deanery of Ingworth & Sparham. The Rural Dean is the Revd Keith Rengert. The Diocese of Norwich operates an informal area scheme and the Bishop of Lynn’s area of oversight is coterminous with the archdeaconry. The Archdeaconry is currently cared for by two Acting Archdeacons who work closely together with the bishop for the welfare of the benefices.