Incumbent of the Parishes of Sutton Bridge and Tydd St Mary and Deanery Training Officer

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Sutton Bridge and Tydd St mary

Do you have an enthusiasm for mission-focused rural ministry?

• Do you want to see the church making a real difference in an area of distinct social need?

• Do you have a heart for the nurturing of lay vocations and proven skills in Adult Education?

• Are you comfortable with both traditional and more informal worship?

• Are you good at communicating with all ages and backgrounds?

• Are you an encourager?

If so, would you consider becoming the incumbent of two distinct communities that lie on the Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border and combining this with the (one day a week) newly created role of Deanery Lay Training Officer?

This post would suit a priest who wants to embed themselves in a very ‘real’ parish but who, maybe in the future, is looking to develop a role as a lay training adviser or vocations officer.

If so, we can offer you:

  • A warm and friendly welcome
  • A willing bunch of lay people who work hard to keep the churches going and who put on several social and fundraising events
  • A willingness to pray for and support our priest in lots of practical ways
  • A well-proportioned family home

For further details or an informal conversation about this post please contact The Ven. Justine Allain Chapman (Archdeacon of Boston) on 01522 50 40 39 or via email at

Alternatively, please contact the Revd Rosamund Seal (Rural Dean of Elloe East) on 01406 42 49 89 or via email at

For further information and a profile, please

Closing date: Monday, 11th February 2019

Interview date: Tuesday, 26th March 2019 in Lincoln, plus an informal tour of the benefice and a shared meal on Monday, 25th March 2019.

This is a job for a mission-focused parish priest with a real opportunity to make a difference and with considerable scope for development. The post will particularly suit someone who is keen to develop their lay training skills, perhaps with a view to becoming a lay training officer or a vocations advisor, but who needs to have more parish experience first.

We are looking for a person of prayer who will:

 Inspire us to be servants of God in our communities.

 Communicate well with people of all ages and backgrounds.

 Make themselves known in the community.

 Lead, enable and encourage us to develop a vision for our future.

 Encourage people to be actively involved in church life.

 Discern and develop the gifts of our lay people for active roles in the life of the churches.

 Value the diversity in our congregations.

 Respond to the particular needs of our communities and understand the different needs of the two parishes

 Enjoy working with disadvantaged communities.

 Enjoy a variety of worship - traditional, modern and informal.

 Have good organisational and IT skills.

……… and who has a sense of humour!

And, who, as our Deanery Lay Training Officer has:

 An enthusiasm for identifying, supporting and encouraging lay people in their ministry.

 Proven experience of adult education and facilitation skills.

The parishes of Sutton Bridge and Tydd St Mary are in the south-east corner of Lincolnshire in the district of South Holland. The area is largely reclaimed from the sea, flat and criss-crossed with a network of drainage channels, dykes and roads. Sutton Bridge and Tydd St Mary are located on the border with Norfolk to the East and Cambridgeshire to the South.

The congregation of St Matthews pride themselves on their fundraising abilities, and holds a number of very successful social and fundraising activities which are well supported by the local community.

The Parish Church of St. Mary The Virgin is built on the site of an earlier Saxon church. An active body of people from the village and the church maintain the churchyard and a parish magazine covers the parish and contains news from St Matthews

The Deanery of Elloe East consists of 18 parishes organised into 6 benefices each with its own incumbent. It is currently staffed by 4 full-time stipendiary clergy, (though one is due to retire in March 2019) and one recently appointed House for Duty priest. We also have the support of two (OLM) locally ordained priests, one of whom works part time as a hospital chaplain and a full time curate, based at Holbeach who is currently in her third year. There are three Readers (two of whom have PTO) and two active retired priests with PTO. The Vicar of Holbeach is also the Rural Dean. The clergy chapter meet monthly (except in August) for mutual support, creative thinking and to feedback and discuss diocesan initiatives.

The deanery has undergone considerable changes in personnel since 2013 and is beginning to think of ways to develop a new pattern of working together. The Rural Dean would very much like to encourage the deanery to build on the good relationships already in place and to work more closely together. Any new incumbent will be invited to take a full part in how we plan and implement this. Some of the parishes in the deanery (including this benefice) have obtained funding towards administrative costs from a local charitable trust and we hope to have a deanery administrator in post in readiness for 2019.

We anticipate that this will make the deanery more efficient, reduce the burden on clergy and free up clergy time for more active ministry.