Vicar of the Benefice of Haxey & Owston

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As a result of this process being worked on by both Parish PCC's, churchwardens, prayed over by congregations and discussed over coffee, we have learned something of how the spirit is calling us out into our community and hopefully, it will call out to that shepherd we need now, to lead us forward into that future.

Haxey St. Nicholas

We would describe ourselves as ‘middle of the road’ Anglican. The priest, worship leaders, acolytes and choir all wear vestments and process into worship. We use Common Worship and alternate between Mission Praise and Hymns Ancient and Modern.

We seek to offer various styles of worship: Family services, Praise services, Parade services, Celtic liturgies and Choral Evensong. We have a small but dedicated choir which is a valuable help in our worship. Most of the congregation participate in some rota whether reading the Lesson, leading Intercessions, acting as Sidespersons or serving refreshments.

We provide weekly teaching and activities for children in our Sunday Bunch using the Roots material and there is play provision for toddlers at the rear of the church.

We very much welcome people from any church tradition and want them to feel 'at home' amongst us. While we feel comfortable with the familiar, we are open to change and what that can teach us. We also want to be welcoming and sensitive to people with no church background who attend our wider services.

We hope for a vicar with vision to lead us forward into areas we need to change.

St Martin’s Owston Ferry

St. Martins Church is represented in all village organisations and we always lend a helping hand at every local event. We view this a very important part of our outreach.

We are eager to support the children and young people in our village, always seeking new ways to extend our outreach. We are well represented in our local school through the governing body and voluntary teaching as well as through collective worship, Messy Church and fund raising activities.

We have a regular congregation who are always in good voice and also a close connection with the Methodist Church where we hold joint services during an Interregum.

Although we are two parishes, we are geographically close, share the inspiration of the same organist and willingly work with each other. We are a rural but not isolated community in easy reach of large towns and beautiful cities and all that they have to offer.

Much More than this though, we have the same values, agree on priorities and work closely together for our community and congregation.

For an informal chat please feel free to contact Rural Dean Revd Cliff Kay - 01427 330212 or

We would wish for many qualities and skills in our new vicar. We in turn offer our friendship for his or her whole family, and our loyalty, support and prayers for a fruitful ministry.

In particular, we are looking for a vicar who:

  • Is warm, compassionate and able to listen.
  • Will deepen our discipleship through worship, prayer and study of the Bible.
  • Has the ability to communicate effectively across all age groups in Church and especially for someone who can relate to children and young people both at church and in the local schools.
  • Has the ability to lead teams and by coordinating, organising and delegating, involve lay members in the full life of the church.
  • Will help us adapt to change as we reach out to the whole local community.

Our young people have some very clear demands of the new vicar!

He or she should be; knowledgeable, funny, kind, enthusiastic, happy, interesting, helpful, joyful and excited to do the job.

As well as being elegant, fit, loving sport and playing football and doing magic tricks!

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

What we can offer

  • Strong supportive team.
  • Two readers with permission to officiate, one of whom is licensed to take funerals.
  • Committed local ministers.
  • Employed Youth & Families worker with permission to address.
  • A dedicated team of Churchwardens and Deputy Church Wardens across both Parishes.

The Isle of Axholme lies on the west bank of the River Trent where it runs north to join the River Humber. A place of big skies and a distinctive atmosphere; it is a place too, that inspired John and Charles Wesley.

Primarily agricultural, the Isle contains about a dozen small towns and villages. Farming has been the main occupation, although there has been a steady increase in commuting to work in nearby towns and cities.

The parishes of Haxey and Owston Ferry are in the south of the Isle. Haxey together with adjacent villages of Westwoodside, Low Burnham, East Lound and Graizelound has a total population of about 6,500. It is a large parish. Owston Ferry, including Kelfield and Gunthorpe is somewhat smaller with a population of approximately 1,500.Axholme Deanery is a small deanery with eleven churches with a full complement of four clergy including the Rural Dean; there will shortly be two retired clergy living in the Isle.

Follow the links below to find out more about us

Haxey Parish Coucil:

St Nicholas Church Website:

St Nicholas Church Facebook Page:

Owston Ferry Parish Council:

Lincoln Diocese:

Closing Date: Sunday 21st July

Parish Visit: Please contact Rural Dean Revd Cliff Kay - 01427 330212 or

Interview: Edward King House, Lincoln, Tuesday 13th August