Priest in Charge - Half Time position for Benefice of All Saints Renhold

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Renhold Befordshire

We aspire to be, and pray that we will be.....
A welcoming, open, inclusive, and growing church where everyone can find friendship, fellowship, love, and acceptance within a secure and supportive environment, regardless of faith, ethnicity or background.
A place where we can question and explore our faith and grow in love and understanding, such that we may look to the future together with confidence; regarded throughout the Ecclesiastical Parish by young and old as an integral part of the community; whose mission extends beyond the confines of our Church Walls.

During the past two decades we have been richly blessed by God, both during the ministries of Rev Clifford Bradley and Rev Sarah Burrow and also during the Vacancies, when as lay members of the church we have learned to work together and support each other. A team of loyal visiting clergy has given us guidance and spiritual help.

We are now seeking a Parish priest who will continue to develop our faith and help us to achieve our vision, which is:
We aim to be a welcoming inclusive church where all are encouraged and nurtured on a journey of Christian faith; offering loving care and support to each other and the wider community by sharing God’s love.

The Benefice of All Saints, Renhold is situated on the edge of the Deanery to the North East of Bedford Borough, its southern boundary being the River Ouse. The Parish Church is situated in the centre of the village. With lovely brown cobbled walls and surrounded by open countryside it has served its Parishioners for over 800 years.
The Parish consists of two distinctly different areas; the ‘old’ village which comprises several ancient hamlets joined as a ribbon development, with the church in a prominent central position;and three comparatively recently built estates.The population of the two areas are quite different, with variance in age, ethnicity, culture and wealth. In recent years, the old and new parts of the Parish have become more closely integrated, and both play a full and active part within the village and Church.The total population is approximately 3000.
In addition to the Church, Renhold has a Non-conformist Chapel, and also a Church of England Primary School which is situated between the Vicarage and the Church. There is a Post Office and shop, a pub, a modern Village Hall, a Sports ground and various sports clubs. The Renhold Parish Council is well represented by councillors from across the different areas.
There are a number of regular village communications, for example the Renhold Village magazine, a newsy and fun co-operative publication, which in its final stages is collated by a working party in the Chapter House, as well as various websites and social media pages.
Renhold lies some three miles from the centre of Bedford,and is connected by regular bus services. Bedford is approximately 50 miles North of London and 25 miles to the west of Cambridge.

We are looking for a priest who is firmly rooted in the Anglican parochial ministry who will embrace the current ethos of the church, recognising that this is a parish which attracts worshippers of both high and low churchmanship. We hope the newly appointed priest will engage with village life, having a genuine pastoral heart for all ages. The traditional offices of Baptism, Marriage and Burial offer continuing opportunities for mission and outreach. The new priest would take the opportunity to work with the Head of Renhold Church of England Primary School, helping to lead worship in school, and encouraging the use of the church for school assemblies and a School Eucharist service once a term.
Our new priest will need to engage with those from the older part of the village, many of whom are extremely traditional in outlook, and also the young families and residents from the newer part of Renhold, and explore ways of continuing to unite them and minister to them.

The posts comes with a relatively modern four bedroom house near to the church.

To help continue to develop work with our younger people and families described in the Benefice Profile

To lead a range of services and styles of worship both in church and in our local care homes

To help us develop our faith and grow our understanding of the Gospel

To liaise with the Friends of All Saints who help fund much of the funds spent on the fabric of the church

To help grow our outreach with schools and care homes, and support our local FoodBank

To work closely with our PCC and help to develop our team

To provide support to the many groups and activities in the church; including bell ringers, Junior Church, The Stitchers Group, Pudding Club, and others, and to contribute to our regular monthly magazine

To maintain and develop our links with Renhold VC Primary School through taking up the role of ex-officio member of its Governing Body, in addition to building relationships with other local schools

The priest we are looking for will be a person of spiritual depth and maturity, who will also have the following characteristics:

  • an ability to communicate at all levels; being able to listen, engage and empathise with young and old alike; appreciating and utilising the freshness and energy of the young, and recognising and valuing the experience of the elderly.
  • skill at leading and managing people; ability to take bold and difficult decisions where necessary, whilst retaining pastoral warmth, humour and good relationships.
  • a desire to celebrate the inherited Anglican liturgy, and yet explore imaginative approaches to worship as required in an increasingly secular world.
  • an ability to lead and support us in our review and development of work with young people and their families; being able to respond to the opportunities offered by the recent growth in Renhold’s population whilst maintaining the rural heritage of the parish.
  • to be present in Renhold, taking part in the life of the community, and ideally resident in Renhold Vicarage.

This half time position offers breadth, variation and flexibility as it could be coupled with another suitable part time role. It could provide time for study or research, or may be suitable for a priest currently in a large benefice but seeking a less busy parish, perhaps in an approach to retirement

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We have a mixture of traditional and contemporary services with elements of both catholic and evangelical spirituality. Intercessions are led by lay members at morning services, and approved laity administer the chalice at communion. Members of the congregation are encouraged to read when they have the confidence to do so. Our team of excellent organists play regularly each Sunday, so that every week the worship is enhanced by music and the singing of hymns.

The Parish are privileged to worship in a most beautiful ancient church with a history spanning over 800 years. The building is a Grade 1 listed Church, and consists of the Chancel and Nave, the Reaper Chapel and a Square Tower containing 6 bells. The Vestry was once the Schoolroom for the village.In 1985 the Chapter House was added and linked via a corridor which includes disabled facilities and access to a small kitchen.