Interim Priest-in-Charge Barmby Moor Group

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Barmby Moor York
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The parishes of Barmby Moor, Allerthorpe, Fangfoss, Thornton and Yapham form the benefice of the Barmby Moor Group, incorporating the villages of Bolton, Spittal and Melbourne. They are situated in the Vale of York, on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds and close to the thriving market town of Pocklington. Predominantly a working agricultural area, the communities are made up of farm workers, commuters to York and further afield, retirees and young families; some 3,000 residents.

York diocese is embracing a period of managed change to make us fit to meet the challenges facing the Church of England as a whole; declining church numbers and an aging congregation, limited resources and the upkeep of church buildings. The diocese is at the point of delivering on our vision of Living Christ’s Story and you will join the deanery team at a critical point to put their plan into action. The benefice has been granted an interim post for an initial period of 3 years to embed the vision and its strategic goals into the lives of the parishes.

The parishes each have their own challenges, but through a long period without their vicar they have self-managed all church activities and are recognised as a benefice who are keen to meet the challenges of Living Christ’s Story, being well supported to achieve this with an active team of laity, including Recognised Parish Assistants, keen to engage with their communities and local church schools through social outreach and a wide range of service styles and occasional offices.

The benefice are looking for a team leader with passion and enthusiasm, willing to explore new opportunities and different ways to meet the challenges they face. Someone who will help deepen the faith of the congregations and reach out to the wider community. Grow the church in numbers and faith, communicating with all generations to make Christ’s teaching relevant to their lives; and by doing so improve the parish finances and offering to the diocese.

What we offer:

  • Four Recognized Parish Assistants, who can lead worship, supported by a group of Readers from adjacent parishes who are happy to share the service rota.
  • Six Churchwardens, active members of five PCCs and willing teams of volunteers, who cover a range of duties and responsibilities.
  • Regular joint meetings of all Churchwardens to co-ordinate worship planning, benefice business and pastoral matters.
  • An established pattern of services across the benefice with some Lay-led worship and the ability to produce on-line services.
  • Good communication via an updated website and the bi-monthly Parish News magazine.
  • Well maintained buildings, with ongoing refurbishments projects, which act as a Community Hub, as well as a worship centre.
  • Two Church of England Primary Schools, with good links to the churches.
  • A recently re-launched Mothers’ Union and a number of social events and catering which provide opportunities to meet people.
  • Musical accompaniment for all services.

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York, led and guided by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, takes in much of North and East Yorkshire. As the largest diocese in England, geographically, the area is very diverse, featuring a multitude of needs and opportunities. This includes the bustling urban centres of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park, and the incomparable Yorkshire Coast; as well as areas of deprivation in some of our urban and smaller rural and coastal communities.

Our mission and ministry relies on thousands of people - lay and ordained, volunteer and paid. Our diocesan teams provide a wide range of support services to our mission and ministry, including lifelong learning for ministry, the care of church buildings, and safeguarding. Together, we are striving to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story’. We want to be a simpler, bolder, humbler church which in its diversity reflects the communities it serves. We are bringing renewed focus and fresh energy to achieving our aims:

  • Becoming more like Christ
  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Growing in discipleship, influence and numbers
  • Transforming our finances and structures

Our approach is aligned with a commitment to the best of our parochial inheritance and to the poorest communities, and to the financial realities we face.

Under current immigration rules, it is not generally possible for us to appoint clergy who are not already eligible to work in the UK.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd Dr John Thomson tel: 01757 429982, or the Archdeacon of York, Ven Sam Rushton 01904 758241

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Sunday 23rd October, 2022

Interviews: Wednesday 23rd November, 2022