Forty years ago there were a few farms … and since then Ingleby Barwick has been built up into a huge area of private housing with 25,000 residents. It’s a young community, still forming its identity. Key to this is the work of our parish of St Francis, and our primary and secondary church schools.
St Francis’ congregation has grown from small beginnings and is now strong. Worship is at the heart of our shared life of prayer and witness, with sacraments as a core element. St Francis’ is a really important hub for all kinds of activities that draw the community together and help people make the connections between faith and daily life.
But as one church for a big community, we want to increase the scope and style of what we offer. There is potential for developing greater intentional evangelism, with different ways of worship, and we are looking at the possibility of gathering in places across the parish other than the church building itself. Ingleby Barwick has a younger than average demographic, and so most of all, we yearn to see the good news of Christ become a living reality for people of every age group. And as part of the strategy we share across the Diocese of York, this post focuses on those in the 20s-40s age range, where we can see statistically we have an under-representation.
As part of the diocese’s commitment to reach and disciple 20s – 40s, we are seeking a minister who is:
• creative, innovative and pioneering
• energised by engaging with 20s – 40s on the fringe of church life and beyond
• committed to a contextualised model of mission and evangelism
• able to grow a sustainable new community of 20s – 40s
• collaborative in parish, deanery and diocesan contexts
The appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure