House for Duty Priest

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House For Duty Priest

The Benefice of The Saints

Our benefice of eleven parishes in beautiful, rural, north east Suffolk seeks two House For Duty Priests who will work together in leading our church family into the future.

Initial enquiries may be addressed to The Venerable Ian Morgan, Archdeacon of Suffolk at The St Nicholas Centre, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Tel 01473 298500.....

Lead the benefice ministry and pastoral teams by working with parishes to develop a shared vision and plans for Growing in God; encourage lay participation in services; identify and develop people’s talents.

Be a biblical shepherd who will inspire and invigorate church members.

Share the Christian faith with people of all ages and work with parishes to widen the age profile of congregations through building on some of the initiatives already implemented.

Maintain existing links and continue work with Headteachers of all local schools to help develop ministry amongst young people and children, and particularly to build on the opportunities provided by schools.

Strengthen and encourage links with young people, families, the middle aged and newly retired and help to expand outreach, pastoral care and visiting capabilities for those in need such as the elderly, lonely and isolated.

Be willing to contribute to community life in all the villages of the benefice.

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We would be pleased to hear from you if you have;

  • A heart for the Gospel and for Rural Life,
  • A desire to reach a younger generation with the good news of Jesus Christ,
  • An appreciation of variety in worship styles, with the imagination to nurture both traditional and new expressions of worship,
  • Experience of caring for historic church buildings,
  • The desire to offer pastoral care to small villages and to the farming community,
  • Ability to work collaboratively, and to support and encourage the gifts and talents of others
  • Willingness to engage with the Diocesan vision of Growing in God.

We will support you with a dedicated and hard working church family. We hope you will join us and love us, as we are ready to do for you.

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The Benefice of The Saints, created in 1992, is located in the attractive Waveney Valley in very rural north east Suffolk, in a triangle bounded by the Norfolk town of Harleston and the Suffolk towns of Bungay and Halesworth. It contains eleven parishes: Ilketshall St John, Ilketshall St Lawrence, Ilketshall St Margaret, St Peter South Elmham, St Michael South Elmham, St Margaret South Elmham, St James South Elmham, St Cross South Elmham, Rumburgh with All Saints South Elmham and St Nicholas South Elmham, Homersfield and Flixton. It forms part of the Waveney and Blyth Deanery in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The Benefice embraces beautiful undulating countryside, mainly arable. There is some pasture and areas of woodland.