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The parishes of St.Mary’s Crich and All Saints’ South Wingfield are gateways to the glorious Derbyshire Dales and Peak District. They are vibrant village communities with strong traditions but embracing change. The churches have an evangelical tradition and are eagerly looking for someone to lead them in mission with many exciting opportunities.

Closing date: 28th September

Interviews date: Thursday October 25th

The benefice was created some twenty years ago when the South Wingfield vicarage was sold and the incumbent was settled into a new vicarage in Crich. In seeking a new leadership together the two churches share the sense of being in transition as communities with old norms being questioned and exciting mission opportunities presenting themselves, taking the church out to the people

Our priest-in-charge, therefore, would need to be comfortable with something of a public profile in both villages so that the love of Jesus will be a guiding principle in the management of change and innovation that the times require. He or she would enjoy the challenge of working with the wider community, including other churches, of helping create and nurture lay teams and of welcoming and integrating the many families who will be moving into the new housing developments. Here is a mission opportunity to be in at the shaping of expanding communities while at the same time reconciling the old with the new, consolidating the exciting work that is already going on with families while being sensitive to the needs of the elderly and isolated. Three church schools with active church governors provide enormous potential for outreach to children and families.

You are also welcome to informally contact:

Church Warden: Martyn Offord (01773 853722,

Area Dean: Gill Manley (01773 873305,

We would welcome a minister who would:

  • Build up the spiritual lives of the churches, equipping their people for mission and ministry to families and an expanding population.
  • Enjoy enhancing the experience of our children through the church schools.
  • Be prepared to listen to God and His people in discerning how to initiate and manage change.
  • Think strategically about developing resources, lay ministry and church buildings as community resources, adaptable in use and facilitating diverse forms of worship.
  • Become involved in the deanery vision of sharing skills and resources as well as working collaboratively with other denominations locally.

We offer:

  • Experienced lay leaders and enthusiastic teams.
  • Hope, love and a commitment to mission by way of active involvement in community life.
  • Congregations who are adaptable, forward and outward looking and who welcome diversity of worship styles and spirituality.
  • Strong working relationships with local churches and organisations, particularly the three church schools.
  • A culture of supporting our leaders practically, in prayer, with appreciation and a smile!
  • Accommodation – Crich Vicarage, a spacious 4 bedroom house.

We hope that the next Incumbent, at Crich and South Wingfield, will be able to encourage and help develop the congregations in these churches. We also pray for someone who will work collegially with others in the Deanery to serve God and to share the Gospel.

There are many opportunities for Mission in these two parishes both in terms of building on the excellent work which already occurs and in new ventures. Additionally the new housing estates at Crich and Fritchley present fresh prospects for mission.

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The villages of South Wingfield, on the banks of the River Amber and Crich, rising to several hundred feet higher, are for many a gateway into the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.. Both are historic villages built of traditional stone, drawing visitors to such attractions as Wingfield Manor, Crich Tramway Museum and towering over all at 1000 feet above sea level, Crich Stand, the memorial tower to the Sherwood Foresters. But despite the appeal to tourists, these are working villages with a strong sense of community and tradition, but positively addressing the many social and economic changes that are typical of such rural areas.

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