The Parish of Rural Ainsty is made up of five churches and seven villages to the south west of York. The villages of Bickerton, Catterton, Bilton, Healaugh, Hessay, Moor Monkton and Wighill are rural farming communities, but with easy access to the A1M and close to Wetherby, Harrogate and Leeds, as well as York itself.
A single parish, with a single PCC since 2016, the Churchwardens and congregations have grown stronger spiritually and practically through living together as one worshipping community. This makes better use of resources and allows more focus for clergy on their diaconal and priestly vocations, including their close collaboration with Methodist partners and across our deanery. Aware of our spiritual heritage in the ancient Saxon buildings, we are embracing our traditional values but exploring and offering a wide range of styles and means of worship, including online, to suit the different parts of our communities.
We have a lot to offer, with
Please see our website at: https://www.ruralainsty.org/
As we build our reverence for worship, for scripture, for prayer and our respect for people and places, we look for someone to come and journey with us who will enable us to grow, who will illuminate, enthuse and encourage us that together we may be set alight with the love of God.
We are seeking a priest who
The Diocese of York
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:
Our approach is aligned with a commitment to the best of our parochial inheritance and to the poorest communities, and to the financial realities we face.
Under current immigration rules, it is not generally possible for us to appoint clergy who are not already eligible to work in the UK.
If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd John Thomson tel: 01757 429982, or the Archdeacon of York, Ven Sam Rushton 01904 758241
Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.
Closing date for applications: Midnight on Sunday 15th October, 2023
Interviews: the afternoon of Monday 31st into Tuesday 31st October 2023
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