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Vacancy: House for Duty

Location: Waverton, Aldford and Bruera

Profile for NSM Associate Minister (House for Duty) for the United Benefice of Waverton, Aldford and Bruera


1. INTRODUCTION

These parishes are part of the united benefice of Waverton with Aldford and Bruera under the leadership of the current Rector, Revd Jules Beauchamp appointed in November 2008. The position will be vacant from Spring 2017.

In all three churches lay involvement in many aspects of church life is strong reflecting a good community spirit which is an important priority for the churches. We also long to see a core group of deeply committed Christian disciples in each village who are able to share their faith effectively, to follow Christ’s example in their daily lives, and to feed and nurture others.

We are looking for someone to assist in leading this ministry and are looking for an ordained minister who is willing to work as a Non-Stipendiary Minister on a House for Duty basis, with fees remitted to the Diocese. The time commitment would be 2 days per week + Sundays. The person we are looking for will have had significant experience in church-based ministry either in the UK or overseas and will have a ministry that stems from a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a conviction that faithful Bible-teaching and preaching are central, a love for the people of God, and a commitment to building up and extension of God’s Kingdom.

We are looking for someone prepared to fit in with what is already happening and with the specific character of each situation but also bring with them the kind of experience and gifts that will enrich (and sometimes challenge) the present ministry. The Associate Minister will be willing to work closely with the Incumbent and lay team in the overall ministry but also be free to use the gifts and experience that they bring to develop their own ministry within the group.

The house, owned by the Grosvenor Estate, is in the pretty rural village of Aldford which is 10 minutes from the City of Chester.


2. THE CONTEXT

The Villages:

• Population: Waverton 1800; Aldford 250; Bruera 470.
• Waverton village is about 4 miles South East of Chester just off the A41 whose population is made up mainly of commuters, young families and retired people.
• Bruera and Aldford lie about 5 & 6 miles south of Chester respectively and south-west of Waverton. Both are mixed communities of farmers, commuters, schools, local businesses, retired people and some young families. Saighton C of E Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Church School in Saighton within the parish of Bruera. Abbey Gate College is a medium-sized independent school in Saighton with its junior school in Aldford.
• Aldford and Bruera are villages in the estate of the Duke of Westminster, who lives nearby. Aldford has a greater concentration of houses, and has a village store, a toddler’s group, a popular gastro-pub, bowling club, and village hall.


Church Life:

Commitment to worship –
Service patterns have changed recently to provide greater flexibility for clergy across the benefice, allowing clergy to provide necessary cover when one is sick or away. The service patterns are as follows:
• Waverton: 9am Holy Communion Order One (said, every Sunday: c.15-25 attending); 10.15am (c.50-80 attending) - All-Age Family Worship (1st Sunday), Holy Communion Order One (2nd and 4th), Morning Worship (3rd) and Matins (5th Sunday). The music at 10.15am is predominantly organ with a small traditional choir. Style is traditional in context with contemporary elements, songs, etc.
• Aldford: 10.15am (c.15-30 attending): BCP communion (1st), Family Service (2nd and 4th), Holy Communion Order One (3rd and 5th). The music is organ with a small choir.
• Bruera: 11am All-Age Family Service; 6.30pm Holy Communion Order One (3rd), Evening Prayer (2nd and 4th). Also 4pm “Saighton@4” (2nd) is an informal contemporary family service at the CofE Primary School.
• Expository preaching through books of the Bible is now the norm in Aldford and Bruera.
• The three churches join together for a Joint Benefice Service (6.30pm) when there is a 5th Sunday.
• We aim to have a pulpit-swap roughly every five weeks.

Opportunities for discipleship and prayer
• The Rector from time to time leads Bible Studies, Bible Overview Courses and a ‘How to Read the Bible Course’. There is room for something similar in Aldford and Bruera. Lent Addresses for the benefice have been the main diet during Lent including ‘2000 years of Church History’, ‘The Greatest of these is Love’, ‘God’s Means of Grace for the Church’, ‘Five Stages of Human Life’.
• Prayer is an area that needs developing in all three parishes.

Opportunities for sharing the Gospel -
• Currently the Rector runs regular Christianity Explored Courses. But again, something local to Aldford and Bruera would be desirable. There are many personal friendships and involvement in local organisations (like Gold and Silver and the bowls club) and social events.

Opportunities for transforming the community -
• There is a thriving Toddler Group at St Peter’s acting as a bridge into the life of the church.
• Support for and involvement in village organisations, schools, local businesses and personal networks
• Some local residents help to care for the buildings, even if they do not come to services

The Team:
• The Revd Julian Beauchamp – Rector since November 2008 – has spiritual oversight of all three parishes and chairs the PCCs.  He has a background in teaching and organising Christian Activity Holidays for teenagers (SU/Titus Trust).  His theology is Reformed Evangelical and longs to see each church led by God’s Word and Spirit to become vibrant, Christ-centred local Christian communities through an emphasis on evangelism, making disciples and equipping believers for all aspects of ministry. 
• Readers: June Hargreaves (emeritus) and Kath Wentel. Both are based at Waverton but sometimes help at Aldford and Bruera.
• A committed, supportive and hardworking team of wardens, treasurers and PCC members. The wardens meet together on a regular basis, and the PCCs may join for meetings from time to time.
• In all churches are a faithful group of volunteers doing most of the practical jobs, caring for the buildings and churchyards, etc.


3. THE TASK AHEAD FOR OUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

• To encourage, build up and equip groups of believers in each village, who will be motivated to continue effective ministry and mission in future years.
• To continue the ministry
• To stimulate mission and the growth of each congregation both numerically and in spiritual maturity. 
• To continue the partnership of the three churches of a benefice still in its infancy.
• To fulfil Jesus’ Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations” – beginning in our own communities and beyond.
• To find/train people in the churches with a calling to authorised ministry or ordination.


4. THE PERSON

The ideal candidate will:
• be motivated in ministry primarily by their love for God, their relationship with Jesus Christ and a commitment to being part of His plans to build His church in our communities.
• be willing to bring their unique personality, gifts and experience to enrich ministry in these parishes
• be comfortable to minister in parishes of a central tradition or open evangelical tradition, with a variety of styles of worship.
• keep the Scriptures central and preach and teach in a way that actively builds up and encourages people to grow as Christians.
• be happy to lead and participate in different forms of worship.
• be sympathetic towards rural life and the variety of different cultures to be found in our villages.
• be experienced in the pastoral ministry of weddings, baptisms and funerals.
• be willing to work across all the parishes and specifically to accept responsibility for areas of ministry that suit their gifts and interests.
• be willing to get out, be visible and be known in the community.
• be willing to travel between villages and so needs to own and drive a car.

Their task will be:
• to set an example of life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
• to work with and under the oversight of the Rector in the leadership of the parish.
• to lead and preach at Sunday services.
• to share in the ministry of baptisms, weddings and funerals with other staff.
• to share in the pastoral care of the congregation and wider community.

Other tasks may include:
• encouraging lay ministries and training.
• developing opportunities for evangelism in the wider community.
• playing a part in the life of the deanery.
• undertaking other areas of ministry according to needs and gifts, by agreement with the Rector.


5.  THE HOUSE

A spacious three bed-roomed rectory (inc study) in the beautiful village of Aldford, with a large reception room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, store room, downstairs loo, and garden. The house is provided by the Duke of Westminster, who would wish to meet the successful candidate before the appointment is confirmed.

Visits are warmly welcomed. For further details or to arrange a visit please contact:
Revd Julian Beauchamp
The Rectory
Village Road
Waverton
Chester, CH3 7QN

Phone: 01244 336668. Mob: 07974 397022 (messages). Email: jules@stpeterswaverton.org.uk


6.  APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Those who wish to be considered for this post should complete the enclosed application form and return it, with a letter setting out any further information, to the Revd Julian Beauchamp.

Application Form

 

 

 

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