The Crown, as Patron, is seeking to appoint a Rector of The Byland Churches

Coxwold & Husthwaite held in plurality with Crayke with Brandsby & Yearsley

NOTE: Currently this opportunity is only available to clergy already serving within the Diocese of York

Being rural communities communication is important both between the churches and to the communities we serve. The Village Link magazine, website and Crayke Facebook page have enabled contact, support and on line services, especially during the pandemic. The churches offer a broad range of worship styles, from Evensong to monthly benefice Holy Communion and Beer and Hymns, in the local pub. The church communities are very much part of the hub of secular local organisations, businesses and stately homes in the region that use their resources for the benefit of all. Most of the churches have areas for catering and socialising and a variety of social, fundraising events and door-to-door contact are effective forms of mission.

The churchwardens, clergy, Youth, Children and Family worker, trained lay workers and an Administrator provide a strong team of support with running the parishes and leading worship, prayer and social groups. A key part of our mission and ministry is our involvement with the two Church of England primary Schools, at Crayke and Husthwaite, which attract families to the area.

The Benefice vision is ‘Reaching out together with the Good News of the Gospel to bring hope and joy to our villages.’

We are looking for a Rector who can help us to:-

  • Grow in our understanding of the good news of the gospel, so we can share that with others; being places of Christian teaching in our wider community and making the Christian message relevant to people in our villages.
  • Build on the work we are doing, use our church buildings more creatively, better access those who do not have the internet and learn from the pandemic lockdown what we need to do differently from before.
  • Reach out to the 16-18 and 18-24 age groups. Supporting our new Youth, Children and Families worker to prioritise her remit and achievable goals, while helping those we have established connections with to move on in their Christian journey.
  • Find ways to tackle the rural deprivation and social isolation experienced by some members of our communities; from shrinking employment opportunities, limited access to health and social care services and lack of public transport.

We are looking for a prayerful person, who is open and welcoming and who supports and encourages lay ministry.

What we offer:

  • A part-time, self-supporting Assistant Curate, retired clergy, a Reader in training, 5 Recognised Parish Assistants, with various talents and an experienced lay team, to support worship across the benefices.
  • An experienced Administrator and 8 Churchwardens, to support you and help free up time for your ministry.
  • Our shared Youth, Children and Families worker, who is funded for 4 years.
  • 7 churches maintained by enthusiastic volunteers. We are, however, looking at the viability of some and recognising that some reshaping of ministry and mission is needed going forward.
  • An established and managed benefice website and Facebook page.
  • Organists, keyboard players and singing groups, as well as CD and digital music to support worship. Established strong links with local Church of England schools.
  • The openness and ability to try different forms of ministry and liturgy. The Covid pandemic has demonstrated this.
  • Living within the catchment of an outstanding primary school and the popular Outwood Academy, Easingwold.

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, and two National Parks. Extending from the River Tees to the River Humber, and from around the A1 road to the incomparable Yorkshire coast, the area is home to around 1.4 million people.

We are a family of 579 churches and 125 schools in 442 parishes, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. York Minster is our principal church and cathedral.

The appointment of a new Archbishop of York has encouraged the reshaping of the Diocesan vision and examination of our priorities. We are determined to become a simpler, bolder, humbler and more diverse church of missionary disciples which is Christ centred and Jesus shaped, ensuring in partnership with other churches that there is a Christian witness in every community. We wish to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story.’

We are bringing fresh energy and focus to our strategic goals: to Become more like Christ, to Reach those we currently don't; to Grow churches of missionary disciples, and to Transform 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.

Our official website can be found here:

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd John Thomson tel: 01757 429982, or the Archdeacon of York, Ven Sam Rushton 01904 758241

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Unfortunately it is not always straightforward for clergy from overseas to be appointed to posts in the Church of England. The policy of the UK Border Agency is that normally the organisation making an appointment has been able to prove that it is impossible to appoint a person who is a national of a European Economic Area country, before a visa giving permission to work will be issued to a person who comes from elsewhere.

Closing date for applications: midnight on Sunday 2nd May 2021

Interview date: Thursday 20th May 2021