We are a parish with one church and one church school, praying for an enthusiastic vicar to join us who will build on what has already been achieved and also try new and imaginative ways to grow the church and nurture discipleship. We have a particular desire to connect with children, young people and their families to inspire their faith in Jesus.
Ainsdale is a thriving and active community with a good community spirit and a village centre of small friendly business and a vibrant café culture. It sits in the middle of the Sefton coastline with dunes, pine forest and beach with miles of easy walking to enjoy. It is easily accessible from all over the North West.
The parish of St John’s is in the deanery of North Meols and has a population of 12,000 with a good range of primary and secondary schools.
The church offers a mix of worship styles, a PCC who will take responsibility for finance, buildings and administration, a re-ordered church building for flexible use, an active core leadership team and good parish finances and endorse the Covenant of Clergy Care & Wellbeing
The Vicarage is a large, comfortable detached house with four bedroom and gardens to the front and rear and an adjoining garage. It is across the road from the church and school which share an adjacent site and a short walk to the village amenities and station.
Closing Date: Wednesday October 11th 2023
Interview Dates: Friday November 3rd 2023
For more information please contact: Ven Pete Spiers Archdeacon of Knowsley and Sefton
Mob: 07590690780 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our ideal candidate is:
Being part of the Clergy Team in Liverpool Diocese
For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. We have articulated a vision for this growth by saying
we are asking God for a bigger church so that we can make a bigger difference:
more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world.
In our diocesan vision we have identified four priority areas for our work in mission in this season:
Introducing people to God through Jesus Christ
Deepening discipleship, especially by means of our Rule of Life
Developing Christian leaders in every place
Working for justice
Like everyone entering a new role in the Diocese, you will accept the priority of these areas, and will measure your ministry by effectiveness in these areas. You will be supported and expected to be accountable (through the Ministerial Development Review as well as through regular meetings with your colleagues) for how they are being implemented within your area of responsibility.
In common with all clergy in the diocese, you will work together with others to:-