Mansfield Deanery covers a population of around 124,000 including urban, suburban and rural areas. It currently has 17 churches, 9 full time equivalent clergy (3.5 of which are vacant), 2 curates, I lay church leader, 11 active retired clergy and over 21 active readers. The Deanery Synod meets 3 times a year and is currently working together with the Diocesan initiative to “Grow disciples Wider, Younger, Deeper” and there have been extra meetings recently to explore strategies in which we can support each other to this aim.
There are several types of Deanery Chapter meetings which meet once a month including; informal clergy lunches, training or business meetings, times to worship and pray together, to share good practice and discuss wider mission and ministry issues, and wider ministry chapters with retired clergy, and others. We would expect the incumbent at Mansfield Woodhouse to make these a priority and share in the mutual support and learning they offer.
We would look forward to the new post holder joining the Deanery and working alongside as we continue to work with the “Transforming Mission of God” in and around our churches and communities.
There will be an opportunity to meet with the Rt Revd Anthony Porter: 30 October
The formal discernment process will take place on 5/6 November
We are blessed to be supported by retired priests, Richard Kirton, John Burgess, Jan Dewhirst and other priests from the deanery and diocese, who help us to maintain, as far as possible, our patterns of worship during vacancy. Our readers, Kate Colclough, Irene Stubbs and Andrew Shaw continue to guide us through the vacancy with love, assurance and patience.
We have two churchwardens, Colleen Coyle and Dave Colclough, and 6 deputy wardens.
A number of church members lead intercessions and read lessons each week. Our lay-led All Age Worship Group plan and lead worship on the second Sunday of the month. We also have a small robed choir and church folk band, Cross Section.
As a parish, we have a real desire to reach out to the community and share the Good
News of Jesus through all we do.
In 2016 we recognised that the congregational age profile is older than the parish population profile so we made the decision to reach out to local young families, who are poorly represented within our congregation. To fulfil this vision, we chose to employ a part-time Children and Families Worker, Rachel Coupe, whom we employ through Grace
Project. Rachel works one day a week and one Sunday a month. She takes assemblies
in local schools and does outreach in local Nurseries. She also runs ‘Little Teds’
toddler group from 1.30-3.00pm and an after-school club from 3.30- 4.30pm, both on Wednesdays, and is ably assisted by a fantastic team of volunteers. She has also strengthened links with Trinity Methodist church via their youth worker and together they run TrUStEd events e.g Mega Makers half term club. Sadly, due to an excessively long
commute, Rachel will finish working with us in August 2018. Our new incumbent, therefore, will have the exciting opportunity of appointing Rachel’s replacement to continue and build on the fantastic work that has already begun.
Mothers Union meets on the afternoon of the first Wednesday of the month. CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other), a women’s group, meets alternate Wednesday evenings.
We are also an accredited Eco-congregation
As the church family here in Mansfield Woodhouse, we truly yearn to deepen our faith, strengthen our commitment and share the gospel in accordance with the Diocesan Vision for ‘Growing Disciples - Wider, Younger, Deeper’. To this end, within our parish, we are looking for the person whom God has chosen to lead us and journey with us with vision and insight, energy and enthusiasm, love and compassion as we travel together with joy and expectancy towards that goal at the heart of our community.
We are praying for someone who will …
We offer …
Although currently few in number, our children have firm ideas of the kind of person they are looking for (although being loud isn’t a definite requirement!)
Join our great adventure
We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'
Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)
Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)
Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.
Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.
We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.
A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.
Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.
However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.
And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.
There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.
Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).
The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.
Working for change
On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.
We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.
We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.
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