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:
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:
Our priorities are:
St. Margaret’s Ridge
Our Visions are:
Our priorities are:
In the light of these priorities our goals are:
A number of strengths have been noted within the Benefice:
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.