Part-time Priest in Charge for St Andrew Luton

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Luton
Office Holder

The Benefice of Luton, St Andrew is part of the Diocese of St Albans and it is an enormously valued and valuable member of the Diocesan family. Located within a very diverse part of Luton, with a large Muslim population, St Andrew’s has the opportunity to be a centre of community life and outreach. Celebrating the diversity of the current congregation, particularly those of Afro-Caribbean heritage, there is the potential to be an inclusive gathering for all.

The church of St Andrew is part of the Biscot Mill Group of Christian churches, with the Methodist and Baptist Church joining to become The Olive Tree Church. Occasionally we get together for services and have joined them in social events. Also in the past with the North Luton Group, we have occasionally had ‘Pulpit Swaps’ and lunch time A.G.A.P.E. meetings. This is something we would definitely like to rebuild and make a working relationship.

Our ideal candidate will be:

  • a strong spiritual leader, male or female, with vision and energy to carry the work of Christ forward in this parish.
  • a person with understanding of a multicultural area, and ability to balance the needs of parishioners with the demands of the area, and a willingness to explore and discover new ways of being a church in this parish and within the Biscot Mill Group.
  • someone with a sense of humour, who is an inspiring preacher and teacher.
  • someone who can lead us in prayer and spiritual growth to become a more committed and cohesive community.
  • someone who is sensitive to the needs of the young and the old, of the housebound and those in residential care.
  • able to nurture and develop a prayerful Christian faith in all age groups.
  • able to promote mission in a local community through outreach.
  • able to ensure people receive support, pastoral care, and services.
  • able to engage with local Primary schools to maintain strong links between church and schools and involve children in church activity.
  • a visible presence in the community.

Please note that applications cannot be made on this platform, but instead, please contact Tricia Reed, PA to the Archdeacon of Bedford for further information and an application pack at archdbedpa@stalbans.anglican.org or by phone 01727 818167.

We are a friendly and welcoming congregation which is diverse, with a mix of white British, Caribbean, and African heritage. Our age group is also varied but mainly elderly. We all care for each other like one family. Currently our congregation is small after the pandemic but growing slowly. Numbers now average between 25 to 30 each Sunday.
A sheet for readings and prayers is produced each week and is emailed to our parishioners. It is posted to those without computers to help us keep in touch with them. In the past we also have produced a monthly magazine. This was stopped during the pandemic but there is a plan to revive this when the new incumbent is appointed!
We regularly hold a variety of social events and observations of Holy Days and these we are slowly returning to after the covid pandemic.