Rector of the Benefice of Mid Marsh with Saltfleetby & Theddlethorpe in the Deanery of Louthesk

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The Rectory, Tinkle Street, Grimoldby, Louth

The benefice is located in an area rich in history, culture and areas of outstanding beauty. Our pattern of worship includes support to the Rector, within and between villages, to allow a minimum of two services per month in the churches serving our villages. As we seek to build up a community of faith that is "faithful in worship, confident in discipleship and joyful in service" we are looking for someone who will:

  1. have oversight of the church's ministry in the Benefice of Mid Marsh with Saltfleetby and Theddlethorpe.
  2. share with us in the general ministry of the Church in prayer, discipleship, pastoral care and service in the wider community.

Please do contact the Rural Dean, the Reverend Nick Brown, for a friendly chat on 07901 85 21 98 or via email at

Closing Date: 11th February 2019

Interview Date: 7th March 2019

The Rector of Midmarsh with Saltfleetby & Theddlethorpe will exercise oversight of the local Church as expressed in the sharing of the cure of souls with the Bishop of Lincoln. In this they will share responsibility for fostering a community of faith within the Benefice of Midmarsh with Saltfleetby & Theddlethorpe that is ‘faithful in worship,confident in discipleship and joyful in service’.

● As a priest sharing the cure of souls it is expected that the post-holder will faithfully undertake the duties outlined in Canon Law, including:

● praying the Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer;

● celebrating holy communion on Sundays, greater Feast days and Ash Wednesday, and administering the other rites and sacraments of the Church;

● preaching (or ensuring that a sermon is preached) on each Sunday;

● instructing parishioners in the Christian Faith, including visiting all the schools that are open to their ministry;

● preparing and presenting candidates for Confirmation;

● regularly visiting those who are sick or infirm, and providing opportunities for people to meet them for spiritual and pastoral advice;

● consulting with the PCC on matters of concern or importance to the parish; and,

● ensuring that there is appropriate provision when they are absent from the parish.

The parishes within the benefice have reflected on the needs of the communities they serve and have identified the following areas of focus within the ministry of the Church in this benefice:

● to develop the worshipping communities to enable us to grow in faith.

● to improve the mutual support between churches.

● to further our outreach to the community.

● To embrace the surprises and joys that are presented to us.

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The Benefice to the north and east of Louth, known as the Coastal Marshes, is archaeologically rich in sites dating back to Neolithic times. There is an abundance of historical locations and nature reserves, the latter known nationally for their flora and fauna, including migratory and resident bird populations, rare amphibians such as the Natterjack toads and a large colony of Grey Seals.

Farming is the principal industry of the county; however, the predominant rural community is increased by seasonal influxes of visitors that boost the seaside towns’ economies. Many of the villages, all with long-established families at their core, have evolved into centres for commuting to Louth and Grimsby or working from home. The area is an attractive place for young families as well as retired people, with many new homes being built and planned.

The Rectory is a modern recently refreshed detached dwelling with five-bedrooms and reasonably sized maintained gardens. It has a separate entrance to the office area. It is situated in Grimoldby opposite the church and within walking distance of the Primary School, Village Hall and a flourishing CO-OP store. Manby Post Office and Marsh Medical Practice are close by. Grimoldby has a regular Service Bus to Louth.