Priest in Charge of Barrow-on-Soar, Walton, Prestwold, Wymeswold

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We seek an inspiring and creative priest who can lead us as we share our faith, through strengthened discipleship, worship and pastoral and prayerful engagement. To develop further our mission to create new connections and expressions of everyday faith in our Benefice communities.

We are three parishes (four churches) in two benefices that effectively work as a single benefice. Barrow-upon-Soar, where you will live, is a large village with many amenities. Prestwold, and Wymeswold are rural parishes, with much smaller populations. Experience of ministry in a multi-parish group or benefice is an important attribute.

We are committed to teamwork and so we are seeking an excellent communicator, and a good listener, who will lead and grow the pastoral teams and team leaders.

Our four churches are:

  • Holy Trinity, Barrow-upon-Soar, in a village with a population of 6,500 and two schools (primary and secondary)
  • St. Mary’s, Walton on the Wolds, in a village of less than 300 inhabitants
  • St. Andrews, Prestwold, with nearly 1,700 people spread over four villages and a Primary School in Burton-on-the-Wolds
  • St. Mary’s Wymeswold, with a population of 1,300 and a primary school

Our ministry follows a central Anglican tradition, but with an openness to a variety of forms of worship, including less formal services for particular occasions or groups within our com-munity. We value preaching and forms of worship that will reach out to those less familiar with the more traditional practices that are the staple of the regular congregation. Although similar in the approach to worship, each church has its own distinct style.

Our commitment to you will be:

  • We will listen to your vision for how you will bring God’s message to our communities
  • We, the laity, will give prayerful and practical sup-port to priestly ministry
  • We will endeavour to recruit a House for Duty Minister (either ordained or lay) to support you in your ministry across the benefices
  • We will provide lay ministers to regularly share leadership of services according to your direction
  • You will be able to rely on dedicated people working in groups to provide many church-based activities throughout the parishes
  • We are aware of the challenges of ministering to three different parishes and we will offer our sup-port to help you achieve a good work/life balance; we understand that you cannot be everywhere at once

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You will have use of the vicarage at Barrow-upon-Soar, which is a 1960s, 4-bedroom detached house in good structural condition near to the centre of the village approximately 200 metres from Holy Trinity.

We are also seeking to appoint a House-for-Duty minister (who may be lay or ordained) to support our mission led by you. They will be appointed for 2.5 days per week and will have the use of a house in Wymeswold. We are open, though, to consider alternative arrangements and would welcome applications from clergy couples.

Close Date for Applications: 31 January 2019

Interview Date: 14 March 2019