Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Kirkleatham

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Is God calling you to be our next Parish Priest?

We are looking for a priest with a pioneering heart who will join us here in Kirkleatham, one of the north-east's ancient Christian sites, based in 'greater Redcar'.

The historic church of St Cuthbert's, Kirkleatham and the newly built church of St Hilda's are the twin hubs of parish life and ministry, St Hilda's (2021) replacing a previous 1970's structure as a message of the parish community's commitment to revitalised mission. We are proud to support 'Living Christ's Story,' the refreshed Diocesan vision for the future, being committed to becoming more Christ-like and making an impact on our community for the benefit of all.

We pray that people across greater Redcar may be drawn afresh to faith in God through Jesus Christ. We share the hope that our new priest will work closely with colleagues in Coatham and Dormanstown and St Peter's Redcar so that congregations may develop as disciples in mission.

Closing Date: Thursday 9th March 2023

Interviews: Tuesday 21st March 2023

  • To build upon existing patterns of worship, valuing the two distinctive traditions, to sustain current congregations and to find ways to engage with those who are not currently reached.
  • To continue reaching out to the growing local community (especially children and young families in the areas of new housing)
  • To nurture links with local schools and work effectively with the Redcar Youth Worker
  • To sustain generous financial giving through Free Will Offer and continue to fund raise to repay the loan for the new build.
  • To encourage and enable lay ministries of all kinds, in conjunction with the Diocesan Ministry and Mission Team

We are praying our new priest would be:

  • A people person with an infectious desire to share the love of Jesus
  • A confident, outgoing and experienced leader with a sense of humour
  • A strong spiritual and pastoral guide
  • Someone who will encourage and support the lay involvement and work to ensure greater and deeper discipleship
  • Someone to build on the opportunities afforded by community involvement and thus to make the link between community and faith journeys.
  • Someone who vales the potential to further develop the different styles of worship in our two churches, supporting the musical tradition at St Cuthbert's

The Diocese of York, led and guided by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, takes in much of North and East Yorkshire. As the largest diocese in England, geographically, the area is very diverse, featuring a multitude of needs and opportunities. This includes the bustling urban centres of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park, and the incomparable Yorkshire Coast; as well as areas of deprivation in some of our urban and smaller rural and coastal communities.

Our mission and ministry relies on thousands of people - lay and ordained, volunteer and paid. Our diocesan teams provide a wide range of support services to our mission and ministry, including lifelong learning for ministry, the care of church buildings, and safeguarding. Together, we are striving to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story’. We want to be a simpler, bolder, humbler church which in its diversity reflects the communities it serves. We are bringing renewed focus and fresh energy to achieving our aims:

  • Becoming more like Christ
  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Growing in discipleship, influence and numbers