Priest in Charge, Harworth & Bircoates
We are a vibrant community on the Nottinghamshire border with South Yorkshire. Our desire is to see further growth and to build on the excellent community links we have with our town.
There are very strong links between All Saints Church and Harworth Church of England Academy and we continue to build on these links. Our school is a centre of energy, faith and hope, fully immersed in deeper spiritual learning and reaching out to the community around us.
Harworth Church of England Academy truly is a place of Worship.
This is the way we see ourselves
Strengths of our Church
- A strong and loving fellowship.
- Welcoming and caring to friends and strangers.
- Informality combined with appreciation of tradition.
- Beautiful building and situation.
- A total commitment to Bishop Paul’s message:
Growing Disciples: Wider Younger Deeper
- The church is in good structural repair and expensive work on the tower has been completed
- United P.C.C. and wonderful, hardworking Churchwardens.
- Good links with the community.
- Strong links with local schools, especially our CofE primary Academy
- Our congregation is a mixture of ages but the majority are old.
- The vicarage is attractive and spacious.
We would like a priest who:
- Will understand the different needs of our mixed age congregation.
- Has a commitment to the spiritual needs of the community.
- Will visit, especially the bereaved, sick, disabled and housebound.
- Make links with the residential homes
- Is a strong enthusiastic leader with sound delegation skills.
- Will embrace the aim of Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper
- Has good communication and listening skills and a sense of humour.
- Is approachable, understanding and loving.
The Ideal Candidate
We seek someone who:
- Is committed to good pastoral care and sacramental focus in their ministry
- Is keen to engage with us in the diocesan Growing Disciples agenda
- Is an enthusiastic leader who can give a clear lead but also delegates well.
- Is inspired by the huge goodwill in our community and is excited by school’s ministry.
- Has a vision for the opportunities and challenges represented by an area recovering its sense of purpose and identity in the wake of post-industrialisation
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 servce 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.
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