House for Duty Priest at St Andrew’s Dacre, the Lake District

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Benefice of Dacre, Penrith, Cumbria

This post will be the Parish Priest at the thriving and welcoming single benefice church of St Andrew’s, Dacre located on the western fringe of the Lake District National Park.

We are here in a beautiful part of the world with:

  • Excellent schools and nursery facilities;
  • A wonderful range of leisure, cultural and recreation activities on the doorstep;
  • Easy access to the rail and road links, with the West Coast main line giving good links to London, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Newcastle;
  • The M6 and A66 are only a 5 minutes’ drive away.

At Dacre, you will be part of the Diocesan Mission Communities initiative which is seeking to bring mission and the joy of God’s love to everyone. The Dacre Parish profile provides a detailed insight into the Parish and the active and supportive community.

You may want to visit our web site at

Please call The Archdeacon of Carlisle, Lee Townend for an informal chat (01768) 807777.

The Diocese of Carlisle has been pro-active in seeking to respond to national trends in church life by the formation of around 40 Mission Communities across the county to respond to the challenges and opportunities we face. This context has served to focus attention on exploring and re-discovering other exciting and innovative models of church life, mission and ministry, lay and ordained, full and part time, as well as self-supporting. The Diocese of Carlisle is committed to the God for All vision ( and part of that vision is the creation of Mission Communities.

Completed applications by email to:

Closing Date: 31 March 2019

Interviews: 8 May 2019

Full details are available on the Diocesan website, including profiles and the required Diocesan application forms, Parts 1 and 2.

Diocesan website:

Cumbria is a large and diverse county which offers a broad tapestry of interesting contexts ranging from the urban and industrial, through market towns and villages to farms and remote scattered hamlets - all forming distinct but overlapping communities.

St. Andrew’s, Dacre serves a thriving rural community with a population of approaching 1500 people and it includes a successful Café Church which is run jointly with the Methodists. The church is supported by a large team of lay people who work positively together in managing and administering the church and who seek to bring mission to everyone.

Dacre is committed to supporting the Diocesan vision of “God for All” and in bringing mission to the widest possible audience. Dacre is to be part of a new Mission Community and all at Dacre will play their part in supporting a successful introduction.

The role comprises being the Parish Priest at St Andrew's Dacre.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

Dacre Church is looking and praying for someone:

  • Who will help people to experience God’s love, encouraging people to serve God;
  • Who will be a prayerful and spiritual leader at ease and fulfilled in this "middle of the road" rural church and comfortable with the mainstream Church of England liturgies;
  • Who is warm, compassionate and approachable;
  • Who is a good communicator and is keen to become part of the fabric of the church and parish community;
  • Who will reach out to young people and families, especially in our church school, and be a leader in our community;
  • Who will help to build on and participate in the success of the cafe church in Stainton School;
  • Who is committed to an open and welcoming policy on baptism, confirmation and marriage; and
  • Who understands and enjoys the joys and challenges of rural ministry and working ecumenically.

We are a small community but have a large pool of people with dedication and talent:

  • We have four committed Churchwardens;
  • We have an active PCC and a thriving social committee;
  • We have a local lay minister: and
  • We have excellent links with the local Methodist Church and the Church of England Primary School

Further information about St. Andrew’s, Dacre, including the parish Profile and the Application Forms can be seen on the web site at

We do all this in the name of God and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.