Team Vicar for St Mark's, Hitchin

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Hitchin
Office Holder

St. Mark’s Church is currently part of the Hitchin Team of five Anglican churches, including one with a Bishop’s Mission Order. St. Mark’s serves the north-west part of this attractive market town of some 33,000 inhabitants. Our parish district includes the Westmill (mainly council) estate and the (largely owner-occupied) area of Bearton. We have a lively, cross-generational congregation with many members actively involved in leading worship and other activities, such as children’s and young people’s work and pastoral and bereavement visiting.

Through Churches Together in Hitchin, we have very good relationships with the town’s eight other Christian churches, joining them for worship occasionally, especially on Good Friday, when we hold a service in the cobbled Market Place in the centre of town.

Our area is of mixed heritage, and this is somewhat reflected in our congregation. There are cordial relations with our Sikh community whose nearest Gurdwara is built on the site of the original St. Mark’s.

Our church

St. Mark’s is a modest-sized, 1930s church in good repair with its own car park and memorial garden but no graveyard.

Our team

Our leadership team is headed by our Vicar, strongly supported by two experienced Lay Readers who preach and lead regularly, by three Lay Leaders of Worship, two of whom specialise in planning and leading a monthly All-Age Service while the third frequently assists the Vicar by leading the pre-Eucharistic section of the Communion service.

We have an experienced and committed Sacristan, two very skilled Fabric Officers, an able and reliable Treasurer, and a paid and very experienced Vicar’s Secretary.

Our church is currently run by our Vicar with the assistance of the District Church Council which meets five or six times annually and whose meetings are invariably positive and harmonious.

Our vision and priorities

We want to:

  • be a community which draws people to Christ
  • be a loving, growing church where everyone feels welcomed and strengthened and which reaches out to the communities of Westmill and Bearton
  • encourage the return of families which drifted away in the pandemic
  • be a place where faith in God is central and exploration of it is actively encouraged

We are praying to find a full-time Vicar who will be:

•an inspirational leader who can effectively communicate a living and compelling faith, and is excited by the prospect of leading us forward spiritually and in mission;

•an energetic teaching priest who can make the scriptures relevant and who has the ability to lead services using a range of worship styles;
•a team player who can empower, encourage, develop and lead volunteers from the people of God at St Mark’s;

•a warm pastor who is comfortable in their own skin, keen to minister to the needs of all age groups including our older members, and excited to be involved with activities which will grow our relationships with children, young people and families;
•someone who will enthusiastically engage with the wider local community;
•someone who is IT literate, with an enthusiasm to use on-line tools and social media for both ministry and administration

We are a church family of many ages and backgrounds where all are made welcome. We are a congregation rebuilding our numbers after the pandemic and regularly reaching 55 adults and 7 children at our main Holy Communion service. There is excellent provision for the teaching of children during this service, lively youth activities midweek and a recently-established monthly Messy Church on a Sunday afternoon is attracting new families and encouraging older ones to return. We have our own uniformed groups with dedicated leadership. Music plays an important part in our congregational worship and our choir sings at major festivals.

Our worship style is relaxed liturgical and we generally use Common Worship material. We aim for worship which we trust will be pleasing to God but do not agonise when things do not go precisely to plan, because we know he accepts us as we are and what we offer as our best effort.

Our new Vicar will find a loving, welcoming and prayerful church family.

Please email: archdstapa@stalbans.anglican.org to request an application pack.

Closing date for applications: Thursday, 5th January at 12 noon.