Vicar (House for Duty)

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South Mymms and Ridge
House For Duty

Our churches may be ancient, but we have a vision for future growth and progress, so we are looking for a Vicar to help us fulfil our hope for the future. We are friendly communities and we want our churches to welcome in new members, and to provide Christian witness fit for the 21st Century. We are here to serve the needs of our communities.

Our new Vicar will help us:

  • to meet the needs of our communities, accepting and using our diverse traditions,
  • by leading us in pastoral matters,
  • by having a thoughtful and well-expressed approach to sermons, and to teaching (confirmation groups, study groups and so on),
  • by having good communication skills, being ready to use social media
  • by working with us, being ready to delegate administrative matters,
  • by having an interest in and a facility with children’s and youth activities, to develop further the links with St. Giles School and young people in the villages, and by promoting the mission of the church, using the wealth of beauty at both churches, both in the buildings and in church activities.

Our two congregations offer worship with slightly different flavours and wish to maintain and develop our traditions so we can meet the variety of ways people find fulfilment in worship: this offers you an opportunity to spread the Word to the whole community. We are looking for a strong commitment to proclaiming and interpreting the Word, joy in celebrating the Sacraments, and leading us forward in Prayer and Study.

The churches are very much part of our two villages, and you will work with the wider community, helping the churches to be visible in the life of the villages. Within the Deanery there are opportunities to share ministry with our neighbour churches, and also with Churches Together in Potters Bar. The appointment is part-time, but support can be made available from other churches.

The Benefice comprises St Giles, South Mymms and St Margaret’s, Ridge. South Mimms (the church uses the ‘y’ spelling, but the village is South Mimms) lies to the west of Potters Bar and was in the County of Middlesex until 1965, when it was became part of Hertfordshire. It is close to Barnet, St Albans and Hatfield. Ridge is a small village to the north-west of Barnet, and has always been part of Hertfordshire. It adjoins South Mimms, and covers mainly rural countryside south towards Barnet (across the A1) and north towards London Colney and Colney Heath. The area enjoys good transport connections to London and towns in the Home Counties, while still being a countryside area in the Green Belt.

St. Giles South Mymms

Our Visions are:

  • To be an open and growing church with more children and families,
  • To involve local people who feel the church is a ‘good thing’ but who are not regular churchgoers.

Our priorities are:

  • To encourage the villagers to come into the church for special events and get involved in church life
  • Develop the church for village activities.
  • In the light of these priorities our goals are:
  • To use musical and other events to encourage involvement;
  • To open the church weekly for tea and coffee and for social chat with light music;

St. Margaret’s Ridge

Our Visions are:

  • St. Margaret’s is a welcoming church trying to meet the needs of people in the village and around in their spiritual and everyday life.

Our priorities are:

  • To develop more involvement in the church building and churchyard, leading onto an interest in what goes on inside Develop the church for village activities.

In the light of these priorities our goals are:

  • To plan events more thoroughly and advertise by word of mouth, leaflets, parish paper and website.
  • To involve the villagers in friendly working parties, inside and outdoors.

A number of strengths have been noted within the Benefice:

  • The diverse and inclusive nature of both parishes, together and individually.
  • The strong, supportive and friendly community spirit of the villages.
  • The beauty of the churches and their attractive rural setting.
  • St. Giles School, and its links with the Church.
  • The mixed nature of the community, and its relationships with, and proximity to, neighbouring communities and centres of population.
  • Communications to London and the rest of the region.
  • The support offered by clergy in Potters Bar and the Barnet Deanery.

Weaknesses include:

  • The age profile of both congregations, which is high: work needs to be done to reinforce a sustainable worshipping community in the 21st century.
  • Congregations are not large, and need to grow.
  • Finances and stewardship, while stable, need careful monitoring.
  • The two churches have a tendency not to look beyond their immediate traditions and could do with awareness of the wider church, whether within the Deanery, within the Diocese, or within the wider world.

These are small country parishes: this is their charm, but also their challenge.

BUT – In the words of one of the St. Margaret’s Team, a regular contributor to the Parish Paper, addressing you, the applicant:

“Well, that's the Profile of our two Churches. The pros and the cons. But as a person moving to live as well as work in a village, you should also be sure that the area will suit the life style you want. The first thing you might notice at first glance is the quiet and peacefulness of both villages (except when the children arrive and leave St Giles School). Indeed if you stand at the back of St. Margaret’s and look across the fields, or in the leafy shades of St. Giles Churchyard, it’s hard to realise that you are less than 20 miles from the centre of London.

“We’ve told you about good connections: to St. Albans in one direction and to Potters Bar in the other, for shops, entertainment and connections to London (average journey time to Kings Cross or Moorgate 25 minutes). The villages are also only minutes away from the junction of the M25 and A1M.

“So here is your opportunity: the joy of being part of a village community, the challenge of increasing the congregations at both Churches and the certain knowledge that you will have the full support of the two PCCs.”

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The Diocese of St Albans is part of the Church of England and home to more than 1.6 million people. It includes Bedfordshire, Luton, Hertfordshire and parts of the London Borough of Barnet.

  • It ranges from small rural communities to major urban centres like Luton, Bedford, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, and Stevenage and includes suburban areas on London's outer reaches.
  • The region has many sites of historic interest, and is crossed by ancient British and Roman routes including the Icknield Way and Watling Street.
  • Today, the M1 and A1(M) provide rapid access through the diocesan area. London Luton Airport is rapidly developing in its passenger handling, and railway connections across the area are excellent, with several routes running directly to London.
  • These communities are served by some 336 parishes, more than 400 churches and over 130 church schools.
  • Across the Diocese many thousands of Christians seek to express their faith in their daily lives - in their families and at home, at their place of work and in their local communities.
  • Some 350 clergy and around 300 Readers and other lay ministers offer spiritual and pastoral care, and help people to explore the significance and the challenge of the Christian faith in today's world.
  • The Anglican churches work to develop close links with churches of other Christian denominations, and to build understanding with members of other faiths.
  • The Diocese also has close ties with churches across the world, particularly in the Caribbean and in Continental Europe, especially Italy, Sweden and Germany.
  • The Diocese is overseen by the Bishop of St Albans, supported by the Bishops of Bedford and Hertford, and by the Archdeacons of Bedford, Hertford and St Albans.