The United Benefice consists of three distinctive churches – Ribby with Wrea St Nicholas, Weeton St Michael, and Ballam St Matthew. We are looking for a spiritual leader who can help us realise what we are able to achieve in our vision to be vibrant Christians, living the Diocesan Vision 2026 – Healthy Churches Transforming Communities.
We are looking for a Vicar who will be able to lead us in developing our plans for the future, including reviewing Sunday Service provision, and who will develop and grow our congregations.
Going forward our focus must be outward and on the benefice as a whole, to touch everyone in our community: those that join with us in our worshipping and all those, the greater majority, who have yet to find the love of Jesus. In doing so we must find new ways to take the spirit of Christ out beyond our traditional focus on services and events in our church buildings, and with God’s help to find relevance to the lives of everyone.
As each village develops in its own way, we see more opportunities to grow our congregations and spread God’s word. We pray that our vicar will support us on our journey as we work and worship together - trying to fulfill our aim of connecting people to Jesus Christ and each other. We are aware that we do many of the important things well; but also acknowledge that there are areas where we are not so comfortable, and where there are challenges. We pray for
taking people with them balancing the needs of traditionalists, with our focus on families and youth.
We have prayed together and continue to do so asking for guidance in finding the right person.
We are looking for a spiritual leader who can work with us to achieve our vision to be vibrant Christians. In our new vicar, we are looking for someone who is able to take us out of our comfort zones and into new aspects of our Christian lives. We are eager to progress to the next chapter in the life of all our churches in each of our villages.
We are looking for someone who is keen to join us to discover together what God has planned for us. We feel there is great potential for spreading his word into and serving our community. Our vicar will support us in continuing and improving what we do well and with God’s help, to move into new areas of ministry, to play our part in the growth of God’s kingdom.
The three Churches have distinctly differing styles of worship and congregations. The largest church and the one where our new Vicar will be based, is St Nicholas in the village of Wrea Green. We are eager to progress to the next chapter in the life of all our churches, and although there is respect for tradition, we have always been very willing to try new ways of realising our ambition to reach out and be witnesses to Jesus Christ, for all those we serve across our wider community.
The three villages are in the Fylde Borough of Lancashire, located between Preston and Blackpool; Wrea Green is the largest - the village green is the largest in Lancashire, where cricket and football are still played. Weeton and Ballam have their own characters, which are evolving as they grow.
The current planned expansions of Wrea Green and Weeton mean the population levels are growing, and we are looking forward to welcoming more families. This will provide new opportunities for outreach and mission. A small but significant proportion of the villages’ populations still depend on agriculture for their livelihood; the majority are employed in the surrounding towns and cities, mainly in manufacturing and service industries. In Ballam, there are closer links with the agricultural community, and, in Weeton, with both rural and more urban focused communities, as well as with the barracks. BAE Systems is a large source of employment in the area, with two major sites within 15 miles of the villages.
The seaside resort of Lytham St Annes on the Fylde coast is six miles away, with the adjacent town of Lytham enjoying its large green promenade, iconic windmill and boutique shops. It is well served by neighbouring towns with urban and rural provision by way of markets and supermarkets, and other amenities.
For an informal conversation please contact either:
The Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Revd Dr Jill Duff on 01254 503099,
email firstname.lastname@example.org, or
The Revd David Lyon, Area Dean of Kirkham on 01253 722725,
For more information about this application process, please use this link
Closing date: Thursday 2nd May 2019
Interview date: Friday 17th May 2019
An enhanced DBS check will be required