The Benefice of Buckrose Carrs covers approximately 34 square miles in North Yorkshire with the A64 running the length of it. The uplands of the beautiful North York Moors are to the north and the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds to the south. Buckrose Carrs benefice comprises of 6 parishes, Saint Andrew’s Rillington, Saint Martin's Scampston, Saint Hilda's Sherburn, All Saints’ Thorpe Bassett, All Saints’ West Heslerton and Saint John the Baptist’s Yedingham. We are a welcoming and friendly community, keen to put our diocesan vision of ‘Living Christ’s Story’ into action. We are blessed with the support of retired clergy in the area and a team of lay worship leaders, and offer a range of services and online material to suit different traditions. We organize a number of community activities to provide outreach into the community and established connections with our local schools.

What we need:

  • To strengthen links with the other parishes in our benefice and neighbouring benefices and work closer together for the same aims.
  • To raise the profile of the churches within each parish by supporting local projects like the Community Fridge and Food Bank so the community sees the Church, not just as a building, but as a relevant and vibrant part of the community.
  • To reach out to the communities around us through our Community Caf├ęs, Warm Space, Quiet Garden Services and our News Letter.
  • To develop stronger links with our schools, especially the Church of England schools in our benefice.
  • To reach younger members of our communities and families through Little Fishes and other initiatives.
  • To reach the older members of the community and the house bound through our ‘Bitesize Church’ and Morning prayer on our website – a series of short videos exploring different aspects of life, faith and the Bible.
  • To further utilise our churches and church rooms and halls, as often the only public buildings in the villages, to reach out and offer new ways of engaging with our community

We are looking for a priest who:

  • Is approachable and engaging with all ages and will be part of an active Benefice congregation
  • Is proactive in engaging with the primary schools within the benefice
  • Is a visible presence within the villages and enthusiastic to participate in village events and bring these communities together
  • Has the gentle powers of persuasion, innovation and prayer to guide us through the changes that lie ahead
  • Will be alongside us to encouraging us in our personal spiritual growth
  • In a Benefice, consisting of 8 distinct communities, is comfortable and supportive in delivering a wide range and styles of worship to suit all ages.

Southern Ryedale Deanery

Buckrose Carrs is part of Southern Ryedale Deanery. A welcome to the deanery video can be viewed at Southern Ryedale Deanery Welcome

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York, led and guided by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, takes in much of North and East Yorkshire. As the largest diocese in England, geographically, the area is very diverse, featuring a multitude of needs and opportunities. This includes the bustling urban centres of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park, and the incomparable Yorkshire Coast; as well as areas of deprivation in some of our urban and smaller rural and coastal communities.

Our mission and ministry relies on thousands of people - lay and ordained, volunteer and paid. Our diocesan teams provide a wide range of support services to our mission and ministry, including lifelong learning for ministry, the care of church buildings, and safeguarding. Together, we are striving to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story’. We want to be a simpler, bolder, humbler church which in its diversity reflects the communities it serves. We are bringing renewed focus and fresh energy to achieving our aims:

  • Becoming more like Christ
  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Growing in discipleship, influence and numbers
  • Transforming our finances and structures

Our approach is aligned with a commitment to the best of our parochial inheritance and to the poorest communities, and to the financial realities we face.

Under current immigration rules, it is not generally possible for us to appoint clergy who are not already eligible to work in the UK.

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Sunday 4th February, 2024

Interviews: the afternoon of Monday 26th into Tuesday 27th February

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