What the Benefice is offering:
- An exciting opportunity to lead this progressive and united group of parishes, using a variety of styles of worship
- A strong and flexible ministry and lay team
- Committed volunteers at all levels
- Diverse rural communities each with their own unique identity, yet always ready to help each other
- Representation on Deanery and Diocesan Synods
- A shared commitment to work towards full payment of the Diocesan share
- A commitment to the clergy’s care and wellbeing, respecting and understanding that clergy need time with their families and time to themselves, and supporting the clergy by sharing tasks which can be done by others
- A large and comfortable Rectory set in lovely gardens
- Several well performing schools ranging from nursery through to high school, including special needs schools
The Benefice believes that a committed and compassionate Priest is needed who will:
- Continue to strengthen our faith and encourage us to grow
- Maintain our Christian fellowship within the Benefice and encourage others to join
- Continue to promote a collaborative ministry working closely with Clergy with Permission to Officiate, retired clergy, readers and the lay leadership
- Continue the Bishop’s current vision and drive to lead our Benefice forward
- Encourage and support those who work with children, young people and their families, in church, in our schools and in the community
- Nuture individuals and encourage continued collaborative working
- Be community minded, sensitive to rural issues and their challenges, and continue developing networks of relationships locally
- Support the church community through change and enable creative thinking
- Following the pandemic and its many challenges, helping the church community to continue growing in depth and breadth
The Parishes and this job:
This benefice has been recently expanded with the addition of Kenninghall parish as we seek to make mission and ministry in our benefices sustainable for the future. These are seven attractive villages in rural south Norfolk, each with their own character, reflected in the life of the church, but with a willingness and good history of working together.
There is good support with the help of retired clergy, Authorised Worship Assistants and other active lay leaders. The previous incumbency has been a happy one and there is much goodwill upon which to build for the next chapter of the life of these parishes.
The next incumbent needs to be someone who enjoys the particular opportunities and delights of rural life, whilst recognising the challenges that all our rural churches are facing. In this there are many colleagues across the diocese, and opportunity to learn from good practice and example in a range of different locations which share some similar characteristics.