The Lord Chancellor and Bishop of Peterborough seek to appoint a new Rector of the benefice of Astwick Vale in the Deanery of Brackley. The Benefice consists of 5 parishes in a 5 mile triangle located on the edge of the Cotswolds. The parishes are midway between Oxford, Northampton and Stratford upon Avon on the M40 with good direct rail links for London and Birmingham.
We are a rural benefice encompassing vibrant villages with strong communities, who need spiritual and practical leadership. Our younger children and families are our priority; they need enthusiastic involvement. We continue to serve an older generation both in our churches and in homes with visits and pastoral support. We would like to welcome new members of our congregations as well as be more involved in our communities.
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Astwick Vale Benefice, which consists of the parishes and churches of Aynho, Croughton, Evenley, Farthinghoe and Hinton-in-the-Hedges with Steane, is situated at the most southerly end of the Peterborough Diocese within the Brackley Deanery.
Each of the churches making up the Benefice has its own distinctive character and traditions, which we respect and for which we are thankful. We do, however, share our gifts and actively support one another as a team, but more could be done to enhance the feeling of a united Benefice rather than a collection of parishes. Our aim is to grow together. All of the churches are relatively close together – within a 5-mile triangle and getting round it is not a challenge.
The whole character of the Benefice is that of rural communities, each containing a mix of retired and mainly middle-class working people with quite a few commuters to larger towns and homeworkers interspersed with the farmers and landowners. The challenge this sort of community brings is very different from urban parishes, but across the Benefice there is a core of people willing to give whatever assistance the church and its incumbent requires.