These two parishes in the heart of Northamptonshire offer an exciting opportunity to lead varied ministry in both semi-urban and rural areas. Higham has 3 medieval buildings forming a mini cathedral-type close, whereas Chelveston has a small medieval church in a beautiful churchyard.
Thank you so much for showing an interest in our current vacancy.
During the past 3 years, we have had some challenging and exciting times; led by our interim priest. Over that time, we have strengthened the bonds of our church family and got to really know each other across our different congregations. We have re-built relationships with the wider community and worked together with our Town and Parish Councils, Higham Tourism Business and Community Partnership and other Community Groups, so a new incumbent has a good position to start from.
We have reconnected with our local schools and uniformed groups, set up new groups to engage with young people and introduced new more accessible ways for families to access church. We adapted to lockdown using Zoom, social media and the Benefice website to maintain contact with our communities and have maintained a remote service for those who continue to benefit from that access.
The church family has stepped up in that time – we have taken a more active role in planning and supporting the ministry team, encouraged one another to do what we can to make our church a vibrant and welcoming space for all.
In preparing for our Parish Profile, we collected the views of as many of our church community as possible, from the youngest to the occasional visitor, to our more established regular members of the congregations. Together with our Vision Days, LyCiG action plan and following the Church of England’s Vision and Strategy for 2020’s to be a Simpler, Humbler, Bolder Church that is Jesus shaped, we invite you to share our vision and hope your calling is to help us to deliver our vision and to share the joy and love of God within our community.
As we look for and encourage clergy to join the diocese we are committed to providing them with good and well maintained housing, a decent stipend and appropriate training and support. In turn, we look for certain commitments:
The ideal candidate will:
Have experience of:
Skills and attributes