Priest in Charge, Blyth and Scrooby with Ranskill
We are worshipping communities with a range of styles and ages. We join together in a variety of types of worship over the month at three very different church buildings and our family is inclusive from our older generation to our newest arrivals. There are tremendous opportunities for outreach and mission to our growing community and we want someone to lead us in this challenge.
We are a welcoming community of four rural villages on the border of North Notts and South Yorks. Traditionally a popular coaching stop on the Great North Road, we have a warm hospitality in our DNA.
Did you know the pioneering Mayflower Pilgrims came from here - our Christian heritage is something we will be celebrating in 2020 on the 400th anniversary.
It is a good place to be right now with lots of positive changes happening in the area. We are surrounded by a patchwork of fields and there is plenty of breathing space to enjoy. We have great connections with A1 and M1 road links. It is 90 minutes by train to London directly from Retford and it is simple to escape on holiday from Robin Hood Airport. Everything is on the doorstep, whether you are after the great outdoors, shopping, a bit of culture or some of the best UK Universities.
Our pre-schools and primary schools attract many families to our villages, keeping a lively buzz about the place. We have good village shops, pubs and takeaways and most of the big supermarkets deliver.
What we can offer you:
- Support and PCC commitment to ensure you have a good work, life, balance, with regular weekly time off and holiday breaks
- Two financially secure parishes
- Commitment to meeting your training and development needs, including spiritual refreshment
- A spiritually mature and capable congregation with a wide range of gifts
- Well maintained church buildings and churchyards
- Growing population with opportunities for discipleship and mission
- A really lovely place to live and work
- To provide inspirational, creative and collaborative leadership across all areas of worship, teaching, mission and pastoral care
- To be flexible and open to new initiatives
- To recognise the skills and efforts of others, especially our church lay teams who welcome constructive advice and support
- To build on the strong foundations and stability of the current all-age congregation, exploring how faith can be deepened, worship enhanced and outreach extended
- To work closely with our schools and pre-schools, to reach out to families and children, to offer them the chance to learn more about Jesus and to welcome them into the church community
- To be visible in the local community, showing a strong presence in the diverse aspects of parish life
The Ideal Candidate
You will be firmly rooted in your own prayer life and relationship with God and probably have (or seek to have) experience in leading a diverse and all-age congregation; leading church growth; working with children and young people; building and developing effective teams.
You will have the following abilities and skills:
- Ability to create and inclusive all-age worshipping congregation encouraging every member ministry
- Collaborative and participative leadership style
- Ability to develop and nurture faith in all, encouraging the formation of small groups for fellowship, bible study and prayer
- Creative, innovative and inclusive approach to worship
- Ability to develop positive and constructive relationships with local schools
- Ability to work with young people to increase their participation in church life
- Ability to develop positive relationships with none church going communities within the parishes
Join our great adventure
We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'
Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)
Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)
Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.
Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.
We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to service in the Church and wider society.
A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.
Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.
However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.
And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.
There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.
Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).
The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.
Working for change
On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.
We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.
We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.