Within the Diocese of St Albans and within commuting distance of Cambridge, the Parishes of Therfield & Kelshall are at the Northern end of the Chilterns escarpment on the Herts/Cambs border. These two delightful hillside villages have a combined population of less than one thousand and are currently served by a part time Rector who is shortly retiring. The position is unpaid but there is a family house for duty and expenses are reimbursed. The position may suit applicants looking to take up part time academic or teaching work in the Cambridge area.
The two PCC’s are looking for someone who;
Concerning the role of the Rector and the approach to the two parishes in terms of mission, churchmanship and management style, we are looking for someone who:
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Therfield is a small, attractive and lively village with a population of about 550. Newcomers say that it is a friendly and welcoming village. There is great good-will towards the church. Attendance at Sunday services has remained stable over the last twenty years. The village school and the pre-school are both rated ‘outstanding’. The village has a surprisingly large number of clubs and societies (see profile below). The proximity to trains at Royston (4 miles away) makes Therfield a good place from which people commute either to London and points between, or to Cambridge. Therfield is also well-placed for Stansted and Luton airports. Although, there is no shop or bus service, Royston and Buntingford are but a short commute. There is a cinema, a leisure centre (including swimming pool), a golf club, rugby club and a tennis club in Royston.
Kelshall is the smaller of the two Parishes within the Benefice but given its proximity very closely linked with its sister church in Therfield. The two Parishes share a desire to continue the present arrangement whereby they are served by one priest resident in Therfield. The Parishes are well used to a part time and shared ministry and believe the post can be attractive as a self-supporting position with local opportunities in Hertfordshire and Cambridge for sharing the role with other activities.