Incumbent of the Parishes of Sutton Bridge and Tydd St Mary and Deanery Lay Training Officer

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Sutton Bridge & Tydd St Mary

  • Do you have an enthusiasm for mission-focused rural ministry?
  • Do you want to see the church making a real difference in an area of distinct social need?
  • Do you have a heart for the nurturing of lay vocations and proven skills in Adult Education?
  • Are you a comfortable with both traditional and more informal worship?
  • Are you a good at communicating with all ages and backgrounds?
  • Are you an encourager?

If so, would you consider becoming the incumbent of two distinct communities that lie on the Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border and combining this with the (one day a week) newly created role of Deanery Lay Training Officer?

This post would suit a priest who wants to embed themselves in a very ‘real’ parish but who, might be looking in the future, to develop a role as a lay training adviser or vocations officer.

For further information or an informal conversation about this post please contact:

The Ven Justine Allain Chapman (Archdeacon of Boston) –

Tel - 01522 504039

or Rev’d Rosamund Seal (Rural Dean of Elloe East) –

Tel – 01406 424989

We invite applications from priests with an enthusiasm for rural ministry, who want to see the church making a real difference in an area of distinct social need, and who have a heart for the nurturing of lay vocations and proven skills in Adult Education.

We are looking for a person of prayer who will:

  • Inspire us to be servants of God in our communities
  • Communicate well with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Make themselves known in the community.
  • Lead, enable and encourage us to develop a vision for our future.
  • Encourage people to be actively involved in church life.
  • Discern and develop the gifts of our lay people for active roles in the life of our churches.
  • Value the diversity in our congregations .
  • Respond to the particular needs of our communities and understand the different needs of the two parishes.
  • Enjoy working with disadvantaged communities.
  • Enjoy a variety of worship - traditional, modern and informal.
  • Have good organisational and IT skills

And, who, as our Deanery Lay Training Officer has:

  • An enthusiasm for identifying, supporting and encouraging lay people in their ministry.

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

What we can offer

  • A warm and friendly welcome.
  • A willing bunch of lay people who enthusiastically organise regular activities and events.
  • Congregations who value tradition and a regular Eucharist but are open to new initiatives.
  • Many gifts which need to be encouraged and developed.
  • Church buildings which are open every day.
  • Healthy church finances and a willingness to pay our parish share in full.
  • A willingness to ‘soldier on’.
  • An understanding of the need to consider new initiatives.
  • Full administrative support at a deanery level.

Please follow the links below to find out more about us

The Lincoln Diocese

Closing Date: 17th May 2019

Parish Visit: Monday 17th June 2019

Interview: Edward King House, Lincoln, Tuesday 18th June 2019