Title Posts 2020

After their first phase of training, ordinands need a ‘title post’ to which they will be ordained and in which they will continue their training as a curate.

The following are available to ordinands who have been (or expect to be) released by their home diocese and expect to be ordained in 2020.

You are welcome to make initial contact with the incumbent directly, or for a preliminary conversation with the Bishop’s Officer for Ordinands, please contact the Revd Canon David Foster at david.foster@dioceseofnorwich.org / 01603 882337.

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Attleborough with Besthorpe: market town and village in easy reach of Cambridge and Norwich

Attleborough is famous for turkeys, cider and paint brushes. An interest in any of these is not necessary but would you like to serve your curacy as part of a team, where you can develop your own skills and interests while completing all the challenges of a training post? If so then Attleborough with Besthorpe may be the place for you. We can offer an experienced training incumbent, the wisdom of other clergy colleagues, ministry in a market town and a small village in a lovely part of Norfolk, congregations which are genuinely committed to serving God and their whole community.

Attleborough is situated on the main rail line and the A11 between Norwich and Cambridge. An hourly train service means that Cambridge is just 60 minutes away and Norwich about 20 minutes.

Worship is traditional, Eucharistic based, towards the higher end of central Anglican churchmanship with a good musical tradition. We have beautiful, well kept buildings, friendly congregations with a good mix of ages and backgrounds, large numbers of occasional offices and a high regard in the community. We are actively engaged in the community with activities for young and old. The churches are outward looking and believe that mission and ministry is best achieved by engaging with those around us to build up the Body of Christ. Key to this, with your help, is spotting opportunities and deciding which ones to ‘run with’. With God’s Grace we pray that we may make further steps in making Him known and singing His praises in our community.

For further information please contact the Revd Matthew Jackson at 01953 453185 or therectory@me.com.

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Trunch Group: coastal parishes in North-East Norfolk (www.trunchgroup.org)

The Trunch Group is a collection of seven rural villages on the North East Norfolk coast, consisting of Bradfield, Gimingham, Knapton, Mundesley, Paston, Swafield and Trunch.

The total population is around 4,500; Mundesley is the largest at 3,000 and the whole number swells in the summer months with holidaymakers too.  Many of those regular visitors end up retiring here and across the benefice around 20% are children, 40-50% working age adults and 30-40% are 65+.  The other coastal parish of Paston includes half of the Bacton Gas terminal which brings employment to the area, and the majority of the inland parishes are farming land and pockets of houses.

We’ve ‘good’ infant and junior schools and a pre-school on the same site in Mundesley.  Other community facilities include village halls, cafes, library, pubs, social club, hotels, chemist, greengrocer and butchers.  The proposed curate’s house is located near to Tesco Express in Mundesley.

Five of the seven churches offer regular Sunday services; and mostly Common Worship Sung Holy Communion or Morning Prayer, additionally a second Café church congregation gathers each Sunday in Mundesley which is liturgically light and renewed evangelical in its style and format.  The theological history of the benefice has been Central with some Anglo Catholic elements and with the introduction of alternative styles of worship there is a move to a more evangelical theological stance.

We’ve a large team of two retired Clergy, four Lay Readers and four Authorised Worship Assistants alongside five Churchwardens as well as two volunteer administrators.  Pastoral care and discipleship are centred in three house groups and home visits.

The training incumbent has seven years’ experience as a minister in the Diocese of Norwich and has served in suburban and rural settings.  Sent from a fresh expression his ministry is one that seeks church growth and the nurture of missionary disciples, through the renewal of inherited and new forms of church.

You will have an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of parish ministry, including both traditional and new ways of being church.  You’ll be engaging with our communities through schools, baby & toddle cafes, Alpha, dementia friendly outreach and feeding the rural poor as well as traditional occasional offices.  To join a recently refocussed team to see what God is doing and joining in, through collaboration and experimentation but also sustaining the traditional qualities of rural ministry of presence and pastoral care.

For further information please contact the Revd Andrew Jones at 01263 722218 or andrew@trunchgroup.org

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Swaffham and Sporle: growing market town and nearby village in central Norfolk (www.swaffhamparishchurch.org)

The benefice of Swaffham and Sporle has two parishes.  Swaffham is a market town, and there is an element of a ‘civic’ role.  There are also many visitors, including those who pass through en route to other parts of the county, and the connections made enrich our community.

Sporle is a village, with outlying farms, and the village itself is more densely populated than it at first appears. The churches are both beautiful medieval buildings, worship is fairly traditional, and Swaffham has a robed choir.

In both churches we are seeking to improve the quality of invitation and welcome; to build up the congregations in numbers and depth; to develop nurture and education programmes; and to further the existing musical and artistic traditions.

The congregations include many older people:  encouraging new volunteers and building up a pastoral team to meet the considerable needs is a current priority.  There are strong connections with the Church of England infant and primary schools (both imminently to become ‘all through’ primaries), and work to be done to include children and families more in our church life.

The curate would be able to lead and preach at a wide range of services, and obtain good experience of occasional offices.  He/she would be encouraged to participate in schools’ ministry, and in pastoral care and outreach in the community, and would be able to develop an initiative in line with his/her particular interests, in consultation with the vicar.

For further information please contact Revd Janet Allen at 01760 622241 or revdjanetallan@gmail.com.

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