The current Parish of the Hucknall Team Ministry consists of three churches –
St Mary Magdalene, St John the Evangelist, and St Peter & St Paul’s. With support
of the Bishop, the churches have requested that the Team Ministry be split into two
new parishes – i) St Mary Magdalene with St John the Evangelist, Hucknall and
ii) St Peter and St Paul’s, West Hucknall.
It is anticipated that the proposed pastoral scheme will be completed in 2019.
Until then the incumbent-designate would technically be part of the Hucknall
Team Ministry with responsibility for St Mary Magdalene with St John the
Evangelist. Another colleague is responsible for St Peter and St Paul’s and would
become its first incumbent.
Given recent and future changes to our staffing and structure, the Hucknall churches do not have an adopted vision that matches our current needs.
We are very keen to develop such a vision with you soon after your appointment. However, in two visioning sessions held recently, clergy, lay ministry and PCC members expressed the following aims:
We are prayerfully seeking a priest who will lead us in growing disciples in Hucknall and
nurture the church family. Are you a person with a joyful and infectious faith who is open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life and leadership.
• a strategic leader who will collaborate across the two churches, inspire us, and help us to grow the church in the town centre and in the residential Hucknall communities of the new parish
• keen to communicate the Gospel and lead worship with understanding, relevance and creativity
• someone with a pastoral and prayerful heart for the whole community, relating well to people of all ages and backgrounds
• a good listener; who values each person; who will encourage us to grow in faith, help us to develop our gifts, and challenge us to reach outwards.
Join our great adventure
We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'
Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)
Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)
Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.
Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.
We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.
A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.
Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.
However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.
And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.
There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.
Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).
The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.
Working for change
On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.
We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.
We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.
Click here to find out more about our work
Bishop Paul Williams explains our vision for Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper
Bishop Paul Williams’ Easter message – filmed at the new Trinity Church, Nottingham
God of Mission,
who alone brings growth to your Church.
Send your Holy Spirit to bring vision to our planning,
wisdom to our actions, faith to our lives,
hope to our communities,
and love to our hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.