Priest in Charge of the Benefice of St Mary the Virgin, Walney Island and the Benefice of St John, Barrow in Furness (0.75) and Evangelism Enabler for the Barrow Mission Community (0.25)

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Walney & Barrow in Furness
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Priest in Charge (St Mary’s, Walney & St John’s, Barrow Island) and Evangelism Enabler (Barrow Mission Community)

Do you want to minister amongst 'salt of the earth' people in two distinct communities, as together we seek to be 'salt and light' for Christ?

Can you build upon good foundations and continue to help us provide welcoming community, meaningful worship, and accessible Bible teaching that grows lay disciples?

Do you want to grow new forms of church - with a passion for mission and discipleship - but in a place where roots go deep and tradition is precious?

Will you hold out Christ as grace amongst the grit, as hope for the hurting,and as true satisfaction to those unsure as to what they are seeking?

Barrow Mission Community is looking for an innovative Priest-in-Charge for two parishes in the uniquely coastal and urban Deanery of Barrow. St Mary's, Walney Island, and St John's, Barrow Island, together serve around 15,000 people in Barrow-in-Furness, south-west Cumbria.

Combined with the town-wide role of Evangelism Enabler, this is an exciting and imaginative role, enmeshing traditional parish ministry and the opportunity to be a team-player that helps others explore new missional ventures.

Download the Profile and Role Description documents for more information.

For further details or an informal chat, contact the Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness: 015395 34717 or

Interview date 22 July 2022

Send applications to

Church House, 19-24 Frargate, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7XR

  • In this benefice: To share with the Bishop and other Ecumenical Leaders both in the cure of souls and in responsibility, under God, for growing the kingdom in these parishes of Walney and Barrow Island.
  • To be Priest in Charge of both St Mary’s Walney and St Johns Barrow Island, having regard to the calling and responsibility of clergy as described in the Canons and Ordinal, the code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy and other relevant legislation.
  • To work alongside other Anglican clergy in the town and Ecumenical Colleagues in developing the vision and strategy of the Mission Community, which will include pastoral reorganization and a new Team Ministry in Barrow.
  • To work with the PCCs and the Mission Community Leadership team towards addressing the key issues as described in the Benefice Profiles and Mission Community Profile, and to review those needs with the PCCs on a regular basis. To work across the mission community to develop intentional Christian Discipleship.
  • To develop the ministry of the laity through, training, delegation, encouragement and support, so that they have greater involvement in the mission and ministry of the parish.
  • To work towards pioneering a new Ecclesial Community in North Barrow in the Ormsgill area.
  • To enable those churches that are part of the Barrow Mission Community to grow by helping them to identify and address the key mission and evangelistic opportunities.
  • To ensure that a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided.
  • To proclaim the gospel in word and deed as an agent of God’s purpose and love.
  • To serve the community in the parish(es), bringing to the Church the needs and hopes of all the people.
  • To gain a good understanding of the Diocese and the support that it provides
  • To understand the Ecumenical County Strategy of God for All as expressed in the four themes of Speak Boldly, Follow Deeply, Tread Gently and Care Deeply
  • To encourage Christian Stewardship of people’s time, money and abilities so that the whole ministry of the church is strengthened and enabled.
  • To help give the parishes and people a renewed vision of what it means to be the Body of Christ serving the local community and to be intentionally mission focussed.
  • To help enable the church to grow, and longing for the church to do well. Assist in bringing the churches of these two parishes together and develop collaborative ways of working and reaching out to the local communities.
  • To help realise and appreciate the value in relationships and seize the opportunity to build on the existing strengths of the work of God in the lives of young people, children and families
  • To take a full part in the life of the Clergy Chapter, Deanery and Diocesan synodical system

The person we are praying for

Do you want to minister amongst two friendly, island communities?

Can you build upon good foundations and continue to help us to provide a welcoming community, meaningful worship and accessible Bible teaching that grows disciples?

Can you help us each to be: ‘A welcoming church sharing the love of Jesus to make Him known’.

Can you help us to: • Be Jesus-centred • Grow Disciples • Serve Others • Promote Partnerships • Care for God’s creation

We are two friendly, capable and loving communities of Christians looking for someone who:

• can meet us where we are but who will enthuse and challenge us to new endeavours so that we can fulfil our mission

• can prayerfully recognise, develop and use the gifts of others in mission and ministry

• will lead both modern and traditional forms of worship with passion, imagination and creativity • is committed to sharing God’s word with Christians and non-Christians

• is an inspirational leader and effctive enabler who can make the most of existing opportunities, and identify new ones, to grow disciples

• can build effective teams and encourage collaborative working

• is a good communicator, teacher and listener

• has the ability to relate to and inspire people of all ages including children, young people and families • can help others on their spiritual journey and be a good shepherd for the people of Walney and Barrow Island

• is diplomatic and sensitive to individuals’ needs

• values pastoral care for the people of St. Mary’s and St. John’s and their wider communities • has good personal organisational skills

• is welcoming, friendly and approachable, has a sense of humour and is full of love for God and people

Diocese of Carlisle Website

Key Contacts

  • Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, Rural Dean of Barrow/Furness, Barrow Deanery Clergy, Barrow Mission Community Co-leaders & other ecumenical colleagues. Churchwardens and other Parish officers

Benefice Summary

Benefice: St Mary’s Walney and St John’s Barrow Island


There are two Anglican churches – St. Mary the Virgin on Walney Island and St. John the Evangelist on Barrow Island.

On Walney there is a Roman Catholic Church, a Methodist Church and Spring Mount Community Church. There are no other churches on Barrow Island.


Each church has its own PCC and each holds its own Annual Parochial Church Meeting.

Open Church Yards:

St. Mary’s Church Yard is now closed but there is a Memorial Garden where ashes may be interred. There is no Church Yard at St. John’s.


The Churchwardens at St. Mary’s are Mrs Maureen Dale and Mrs Rhona Teale.

The Churchwarden at St. John’s is Mr Matt Clarke.

Church Schools:

There are no church schools in either parish.

Church Halls:

On Walney, the St. Mary’s Centre adjacent to St. Mary’s church offers a range of accommodation for church and community events. The church also owns Knox Street Hall which is primarily used by uniformed organisations although it is also available for community use.

There is no church hall on Barrow Island.

Community Schools:

Walney has a Comprehensive School, two state primary schools, one state junior school and one state infant school. There is also a Roman Catholic primary school. George Hastwell Special School caters for pupils from Walney and the surrounding area. Walney Central Nursery and two other schools have nursery provision.

Barrow Island Community Primary School and Bram Longstaffe Nursery School are located close to St. John’s Church.

Community Facilities:

These are provided on Walney via:

The Walney Community Centre on Central Drive

The Round House Hub and Café on Biggar Bank

The North Scale Community Centre in the north of the island

Spring Mount Community Centre

Walney SureStart Children’s Centre on Mill Lane

There is also a Golf Club, Cricket Club, Football Club, two Bowls Clubs, Walney Marine Club on the Promenade, West Shore Bowling Club and Institute on Biggar Bank.

and on Barrow Island by:

Barrow Island Community and Sports Club, Sea Cadets Hub, Barrow Island Boat Club.