Team Rector for the Benefice of Egremont, and Haile

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Benefice of Egremont, Cumbria
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The Benefice of Egremont comprises two parishes (the Parish of Egremont with Bigrigg, and the Parish of Haile) and has three church buildings: St Mary and St Michael’s at Egremont, St John’s at Bigrigg and Haile Parish Church.

Egremont is a small market town and offers many local amenities including schools, shops, restaurants and sports facilities including easy access to the West Cumberland Hospital and rail links to the north and south. The western lakes of Ennerdale and Wastwater are nearby.

If you are interested in this role or would like more information, please contact The Archdeacon of West Cumberland, Richard Pratt for an informal discussion Tel: 01900 66190

Completed applications by email to The Archdeacon:

Closing Date: 15 October 2018

Interviews: 7-9 November 2018

Full details are available on the diocesan website including profiles and required application forms.

A medium sized Benefice which consists of the town parish of Egremont (8000 pop) and the adjacent country parish of Haile(600 pop) which bounds the Lake District National Park. Included within the Parish of Egremont is a daughter church at Bigrigg. The Team Rector will have the opportunity to develop the role of the Benefice of Egremont within the emerging local mission community, part of the Carlisle Diocesan God for All ecumenical initiative.

Set in West Cumbria with potential for growth spiritually and numerically and with the opportunity to be an influential Christian voice in our community.

We are seeking a creative and visionary leader who will help us grow our mission and ministry.

The Benefice represents a mix of urban and rural life. To achieve our goals, there is a need to meet members of our communities beyond our traditional support base. We are looking for a person who is dedicated to:

  • Team work and Pastoral care
  • Developing and realising vision

Our new Rector should have good inter-personal skills and will provide practical leadership with the energy and imagination to reach out to the local community

Main Responsibilities:

  • To provide creative and visionary leadership to help grow our mission and ministry.
  • Lead the development of spiritual and devotional life.
  • Lead outreach to the local community.
  • Be committed to the spiritual guidance, encouragement and empowerment of the laity to use their gifts in the church, at work or within the wider community.
  • To interact positively with emerging initiative of ecumenical mission community.
  • To provide an “inclusive” ministry that will be sensitive to the pastoral needs and life style of the regular congregations and to occasional worshippers.
  • To develop an understanding of the challenges of our urban and rural communities, notably farming and the nuclear industry

For more information about this application process, please use this link

Ideal attributes of the new rector would be:-

  • Willingness to lead open, reflective Eucharistic worship in the modern Catholic tradition.
  • Willingness to facilitate other events and services as required. E.g. Festivals and civic occasions.
  • To be proactive in reaching into the local community of schools and organisations.
  • Enthusiasm to make God relevant to all of the people in or visiting the Benefice.
  • To engage with those people not so familiar with the church’s rituals at life’s milestones.
  • To mentor people into roles developing both the mission community and Benefice’s spiritual life.

We are seeking a Team Rector and to support this role, the Benefice is:

  • Financially viable
  • Well integrated ecumenically with “Churches together”
  • Currently led by a half time stipendiary vicar and vibrant voluntary ministry team i.e. SSM & Readers
  • Actively supporting many other activities led by the congregation and the local community.

The rectory is located in Egremont, about ten minutes’ walk from the church. It has four bedrooms with a large garden and parking area.

The Benefice is located in the western region of Cumbria and there are many good walks in the local area and the western lakes of Ennerdale and Wastwater are nearby.

Egremont was given its market charter in the 13th century and has attractive sandstone ruins of the Norman castle. It is famous for its Crab Fair, which began in 1267 and brings tourists to the town from far and wide. Bigrigg lies just to the north of Egremont and is the largest of the villages. Haile parish is a rural community, comprised of the three villages of Haile, Wilton and Blackbeck.

In recent years, the area has seen the end of iron and coal mining, the chemical industry in Whitehaven and iron and steel-making in Workington. As a result, the local community is predominantly dependent on the nuclear industry. A regeneration programme has been launched for Egremont and the surrounding area, financed by various grants, to help establish new businesses and encourage tourism.