Vicar of The Benefice of Aldborough with Boroughbridge and Roecliffe

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Aldborough with Boroughbridge and Roecliffe

The people of Aldborough, Boroughbridge, Roecliffe, Minskip and Dunsforth are excited about welcoming their new Vicar to this historic and attractive part of Yorkshire. Open hearted and enthusiastic, they are praying for a priest with a loving heart who will help them grow and develop.

The closing date is Monday 11th February at 12 noon

The shortlisting meeting will be held on Monday 18th February

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13th March

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Rt. Revd. Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon, Tel: 01765 601094 or email her PA, Mrs Judith Richardson,

The Benefice requires someone who will:

  • continue bringing the Churches together and develop collaborative ways of working together
  • continue in helping to realise the benefits of being a United Parish
  • develop with the United Parish and people a renewed vision of what it means locally, and how to communicate the Christian message effectively, utilising the distinctive qualities of the five church communities.
  • develop strategies to engage children, youth and families.
  • enliven our services through music and reach out to occasional church goers
  • share with the Bishop both in the cure of souls and in responsibility, under God, for transforming lives, congregations and communities in this United Parish with reference to any current priorities established by the bishop.
  • be the Vicar of this United Parish, having regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy and other relevant legislation.
  • collaborate within the deanery in mission and ministry and, through the deanery plan, in such reshaping of ministry as resources and opportunities may require.
  • develop the ministry of the laity, through training, delegation, encouragement and support so that they have greater involvement in the mission and ministry of the United Parish.
  • work with the UPCC and local Church Committees along with supporting fellow clergy towards the development of a Parish vision, and to review that vision with them.
  • ensure that a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided so that people are more able to live and grow as disciples of Christ.
  • seek ecumenical cooperation wherever possible.
  • To gain a good working understanding of the Diocese and the support it provides.
  • encourage Christian stewardship of people's time, money and abilities so that the ministry of the church is strengthened and enabled.
  • maintain a distinctively Christian witness, to make new positive links and develop the existing links with community and external organisations based in the parish, so that full use is made of opportunities for outreach and service to the community

We are looking for a Vicar who is able to demonstrate experience and proven competency in the following areas:

  • building links with families who are not regular church attendees
  • leading worship for families
  • engaging with and providing pastoral care for those of all ages
  • mentoring and supporting the laity
  • developing imaginative ways of drawing people into church
  • able to develop a vision for the life and ministry of this United Parish in the context of the Diocesan vision of Loving, Learning and Living
  • able to nurture all age groups in the life of faith and enabling all members to grow spiritually
  • able to develop lead and engage others in the implementation of the vision
  • excellent and proven communication skills, not least in preaching, teaching and listening
  • able to lead and inspire others
  • able to make and build links with individuals and community groups including the local schools
  • to have a commitment to Eucharistic worship and the tradition of the Churches, but eager and keen to be innovative and explore new styles and forms of worship and teaching, and be responsive to the needs and requirements of different age groups and levels of faith.
  • to actively seek out opportunities in the community for outreach and church growth in both number and discipleship.

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The Anglican Diocese of Leeds 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 (The Rt Rev’d Nick Baines) is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon), and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven). The parish of Bolton Priory lies in the Skipton Deanery of the Ripon Episcopal Area, in the Archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven. The Bishop of Ripon is the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

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.