Mansfield St Augustine and Pleasley Hill St Barnabas – Vicar
Our joint parish is situated at the west side of Mansfield. The population is mixed with many former mining families and pensioners, also two schools, a thriving business park and Mansfield Town Football club’s state of the art training academy. The most recent figures showed that the parish is among the bottom 10% of most deprived parishes nationally. We believe that God is calling us to grow in faith and unity, to grow numerically – especially with children and young families – to be active in our communities, and to be financially sustainable.
Interview: 2 March 2020
St Augustine's Church is situated on the east side of the parish within the town boundary, approx. one mile from the town centre, thirteen miles from Southwell, fifteen miles from Nottingham and eleven miles from Chesterfield There is good road network. Chesterfield Road (A617) goes through the catchment area. The M1 motorway is ten minutes drive away. Sherwood Forest and the Derbyshire National Park are fifteen minutes and twenty five minutes drive respectively. There are local shops/supermarkets within easy reach.
The population is mixed with many former mining families and pensioners living in council properties on the Bull Farm estate. There is a lot of owner occupier housing in four main areas; to the east of Chesterfield Road; to the South of Abbott Road; recent additions at the King Fisher estate and the Avalon estate.
St Barnabas lies on the west side of the parish just within the District of Mansfield and is immediately adjacent to the county border with Derbyshire. The ancient village of Pleasley straddles the county border, which is defined by the river Meden. The original village of Pleasley, probably dating from the 12th century, has now virtually disappeared.
At the present time the Church community is made up of three clearly defined area:
• The Old Village. This overlooks Meden Square, St Barnabas Church is situated within this area.
• Weavers View. This estate has been built within the last four and half years on what was known as the terrace (former mining houses)
The new estate consists of three and four bedroom houses some of the new build is considered as social housing
• Radmanthwaite consists of pre war semi and detached houses. Farmilo School is located within the estate, Magnolia House is a substantial care home is also located within this area and visited on a monthly basis by one of the Readers.
• Adjacent to St Barnabas Church there is a care-home called “The Dovecote”. Adult residents who have leaning difficulties attend Sunday Worship with their carers, and are made most welcome
A strategic leader who will collaborate across the two churches, inspire us and help grow disciples in the (13-45 age group) that we are not reaching
• Keen to communicate the Gospel and lead worship with understanding, reverence and creativity
• Expand the worshipping community in both Parishes; joining in Growing Disciples– Wider, Younger, and Deeper, especially reaching the new housing developments in the area.
• 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.
• Will help our congregation to grow deeper in faith through preaching and teaching.
• Be an active and visible part of all aspects of the community
We are seeking a priest with a joyful and infectious faith who is:
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 2023, 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.
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