The benefice of Ross with Walford and Brampton Abbotts comprises the market town of Ross-on-Wye with two neighbouring rural parishes, all lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The main industries are agriculture and tourism, with a number of shops and small businesses in Ross itself. A quarter of the population is of retirement age. There are some problems of homelessness and drug addition, particularly among the younger people.
It is a time of change for all three parishes, with re-ordered churches providing flexible space for new forms of worship as well as for the more traditional ones valued by many people.
Thank you for your interest in our profile. We hope and pray that it will help you to feel prepared and ready to share with us in our journey as we work to enlarge and reach wider within our Christian communities.
Please use the attached Word application form.
The Benefice of Ross-on-Wye with Walford and Brampton Abbotts consists of three parishes of some 14,000 people in the market town of Ross-on-Wye and two neighbouring villages in South Herefordshire. We are ‘middle of the road’ Anglicans, with a commitment to inclusivity. We are seeking a new Rector ready to take up the challenge of sharing in our vision to reach people of all age groups and backgrounds, strongly supported by (and supporting) our congregations, our Local Ministry Development Group and our staff team, which includes an Intergenerational Missioner appointed in January 2018 for a 5 year term.
Our vision is:
We have thought long and hard about the skills and characteristics we believe our new Rector will need if he or she is to help transform the Ross Benefice in a positive and Missional way.
He or she will need energy, ideas and flexibility of mind, perhaps prepared to take some calculated risks in order to work with us to make the changes we know we must make to develop and grow during the next 10 years.
In short a Priest who is a leader, communicator and collaborative, who wishes to plant new seeds in our Benefice and nurture them.
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To be an inclusive, forward - looking church serving the growing population of Ross-on-Wye and its villages.
We have realised that to grow, we must adapt and genuinely reach out to more ages and backgrounds than we do at present. We need to communicate this effectively, and exploit the myriad opportunities offered by our reordered church buildings in Ross and Walford.
To transition into churches that truly reflect the ages and backgrounds of all the people of Ross, Walford and Brampton Abbotts
Our Intergenerational Missioner, with the previous incumbent, has now laid the groundwork for this and we need to continue to work together in new ways, to reach people of all ages and backgrounds while maintaining and supporting our existing congregations.
To be a strong, generous church able to support and resource others.
We are already blessed in the many ways that we, and individual church members, serve our community. Our ability to extend that service is dependent on the generosity of our congregations, a vital gift which needs to grow both in kind and in money’