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Vicar of Morecambe St Barnabas

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.


The views from Morecambe Bay are amongst the most beautiful in the country, but the town has suffered in recent years because of the decline in UK seaside resorts and shows very high levels of deprivation. St Barnabas is a Parish in the Catholic tradition right at the heart of Morecambe and its lively congregation of around 40 adults and 10 children are passionate about finding Jesus both in the Eucharist and in the poor. They seek a priest who shares their passion and will release their gifts.

Main Responsibility

The new Vicar will:

  • Seek to develop and grow the congregation at St Barnabas in line with the Diocesan Vision 2026
  • Equip laypeople for greater responsibility and service
  • Grow the spirituality of the congregation through worship, prayer and pilgrimage
  • Build on the outstanding links the Parish has with its local community
  • Develop the Parish’s existing ministry to children and young people
  • Seek opportunities for shared ministry with other ministers and agencies

The Ideal Candidate

We hope for a priest who:

  • Is disciplined in the life of prayer and pays attention to their own formation in Christ
  • Has the skills to build teams, delegate and draw the best out of committed laypeople
  • Enjoys ministering in areas of deprivation and has a genuine love of service, especially of the most vulnerable
  • Has a passion for making new Christians and building up community
  • Has the pastoral skills to minister to all ages in a diverse congregation
  • Supports and upholds the Catholic tradition of a Parish which has in place a Resolution under the House of Bishops Declaration and which looks to the Bishop of Burnley for pastoral and sacramental care
  • Is willing to work collaboratively with other churches and organisations to address the needs of the local area

About Us

Informal Enquires to the Area Dean, The Revd Michael Gisbourne -

vicar@stpauls-scotforth.org / 01524 32106

For information about Blackburn diocese please click here

To view a video of the parish of St Barnabas click here

Closing date  Tuesday 20th February 2018

Interview date:  Tuesday 27th March 2018



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