Priest in Charge of the Woldsburn Benefice

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Priest in Charge

The parishes of Bainton, Garton, Kilnwick, Kirkburn, Middleton and North Dalton

Come and join us in the Yorkshire Wolds! Our group of six parishes, set in attractive Wolds villages, are seeking someone who will prioritise ministering in our communities and will enjoy having a public presence in each of our villages. We have an established pattern of working harmoniously and effectively as one Benefice and are seeking a Minister who will :

  • Work as a pastor to all in the community and in the churches
  • Be a teacher, counsellor and guide to us
  • Bring vison and leadership, working with the benefice team to realise this
  • Enjoy a range of liturgy and music and be comfortable leading such variety

We understand rural life and don’t expect our Priest in Charge to do everything– we have a strong ministry team and active church families who will share in ministry and the running of our churches. We seek a ‘Minister not an Administer’ and will do our part to set them free to work beyond the churches.

We are part of the ancient Deanery of Harthill centred around Driffield in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds. The Yorkshire Wolds is a beautiful area, a little known gem in which sit our six ancient churches. Woldsburn lies to the west and south west of Driffield and is bisected by the A614. It is large in area, rural and agricultural with a widespread and scattered population spread over eight villages, several small communities and many farms. The market town of Driffield lies in the centre of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Most of us manage our everyday shopping there. It has a frequent rail connection with Hull, Beverley and Bridlington and a less frequent one with Scarborough. York, Hull and Scarborough are less than an hour away by road and the M62 can be reached in 40 minutes. However public transport links from the villages range from poor to non-existent, there are few shops or post offices and even the mobile library now only calls once a month! If you don’t drive, you have a problem! The parsonage house is currently in Bainton. However there is a very strong feeling in the benefice that Middleton-on-the Wolds, the largest and most lively village, would be a far better base and both we and the diocese are committed to finding a suitable parsonage there.

  • To lead the churches and parishes forward prayerfully in mission and ministry.
  • To be a pastor to all – to those in the churches and the wider parishes
  • To establish and maintain a high profile in each community
  • To identify and develop ways in which the church buildings can be used by the wider communities
  • To be involved in the life of local schools, regularly visiting and finding appropriate ways to minister to the children and staff
  • To lead Benefice meetings, deepening and developing the opportunities for shared ministry.
  • To encourage and enable the ministry of licensed and PTO colleagues
  • To identify, in conversation with the PCCs, an appropriate model of rural ministry that can enable each parish to flourish and use the gifts of the clergy and laity appropriately.

We are pleased to note how, increasingly, ordained and non-ordained ministers now work together within the Deanery. Our response to the Diocesan “Developing our Deaneries” initiative has been a gradual move into a new way of working. The Deanery Standing Committee has been replaced by a Deanery Leadership Team (DLT) under the joint leadership of the Area and Lay Deans. Currently two of the Clergy are members of the DLT. There are four lay members of the team and we are moving towards a place where people will be invited to join the DLT for specific projects as our Deanery Mission Plan evolves. In the same initiative, the Deanery Synod has been re-energised and empowered, now assisting the DLT to prepare and implement a Deanery Plan for Mission and Ministry. Our aim is to have that Plan approved at the winter meeting of the Synod, and then continually refreshed in the light of our experience as we put it into practice. We consider that we are in the business of stimulating growth, not managing decline or even accepting stability. Chapter meetings have, in recent years, been broad based and only this past year has the House of Clergy begun to meet separately on occasions, as our numbers once again increase to make this useful. This is a Deanery that whatever occurs, prays together and increasingly worships together, and occasionally plays together; we need someone to whom that is an attractive environment to come and join us.

We pray for you, as you consider is that person you?

The Diocese of York is a family of 607 churches and 126 schools in 470 parishes, which extends from Middlesbrough on the River Tees to Hull on the River Humber, and from the east coast of Yorkshire about as far west as the A1 road.

Led and guided by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, our vision is to be a family of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples. We are currently working through a Diocesan Strategy that focuses on:

  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Moving to Growth
  • Achieving sustainable finances

Our official website can be found here:

Deadline for applications is Monday 1 October 2018

Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 23 October 2018

Full details about this opportunity can be found in the attached documents.

For an informal conversation please contact Archdeacon Andy Broom E: T: 01482 881659

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