Holy Trinity and St Andrew’s form a significant joint benefice at the southern entry to the city of Bradford. St Andrew’s Church in particular is a highly visible landmark alongside the M606 and its parish straddles Bradford and Kirklees Metropolitan Districts. Oakenshaw parish is much smaller in terms of population than Low Moor, and this is also true of the respective congregation sizes.
Within the benefice there are three Church of England primary schools (Low Moor, Hill Top and Woodlands), each of which provides considerable opportunities for ministry and mission, both in the school and also with parents. There is already a good working relationship at Holy Trinity with the neighbouring Aldersgate Methodist Church, and there is great enthusiasm and potential to develop this relationship still further, to benefit both churches, the schools and the local community.
There is strong and committed lay ministry in both churches, which has sustained them through the vacancy so far and seen some growth as people have returned to worship and others have begun exploring faith through the Start! Course. This lay leadership now needs supporting, directing and encouraging by the new priest-in-charge.
For an informal chat about this post please contact Ven Dr Andy Jolley, Archdeacon of Bradford on 07973 458403. Closing date is 3rd JAn 2023, with a date for interview to be confirmed.
There are four particular priorities for the incoming priest in charge:
We are looking for someone confident in their faith who has, among other things:
The Diocese of Leeds was formed at Easter 2014. It is one of the largest dioceses in the country covering an area of around 2425 square miles and a population of around 2642400 people. The diocese comprises five Episcopal areas, each served by a suffragan Bishop. Each Episcopal Area is coterminous with an Archdeaconry.
The Diocesan Vision is ‘confident Christians, growing churches, transforming communities and so helping share the Good News of Jesus Christ across our Diocese’. This Vision is embedded into the Diocesan Strategy and Goals.
The Diocese is a mix of urban and rural. The area includes the major cities of Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield; the large industrial and post-industrial towns of Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury; the market towns of Harrogate, Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby; and the deeply rural area of the Yorkshire Dales.
The Diocese in unique in having three cathedrals; Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield. The Deans of the Cathedrals work together to provide key diocesan services.