Vicar of the United Benefice of All Saints’ Darton and St John the Evangelist Staincross

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Barnsley, South Yorkshire

The people of these Barnsley communities are praying for a Vicar who will continue to build upon the good work already in place and to develop further all aspects of what is working well to create an increasingly confident and vibrant church community within the Benefice of All Saints’ Church, Darton, and St. John the Evangelist, Staincross.

Closing date 30.11.18

Interview date 10.12.18

The two churches, All Saints’ at Darton and St John the Evangelist at Staincross, which became one benefice in September 2015, are geographically only a mile and a half apart. Each church has its own Churchwardens and PCC; although operating as two churches, we are very supportive of each other, attending both worship and social events at both churches. A joint benefice magazine is produced on a monthly basis, promoting worship and other events at both churches. People from both churches are involved throughout the year in pantomime productions, the “Muddy Boots” walking group, craft groups, weekly Café Mass, the Pilgrimage to Walsingham, the Agape supper, concerts, theatre events and fairs. For special occasions, the two choirs collaborate.

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Vicar of the United Benefice.

  • Approachable and spiritual with a sense of humour and realism; friendly, approachable and compassionate.
  • Someone who is passionate about their faith and able to inspire this in others.
  • A leader who motivates others with enthusiasm and encouragement.
  • Active in fostering links in the community.
  • Excellent communication skills with people of all ages – a reflective communicator and listener.
  • Able and willing to create a balance between both traditional and new expressions of worship.
  • Able to engage and inspire new and established members of the churches and help the churches to grow.

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The Diocese comprises five Episcopal Areas, each coterminous with an Archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest dioceses in the country and its creation is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.

The three former dioceses were created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to cater for massive population changes brought about by industrialisation and, later, mass immigration. The diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield), large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury), market towns (Harrogate, Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby), and deeply rural areas (the Dales). The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

The Diocesan Bishop is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon) and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven).

Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually.