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Vicar of Benefice of Clitheroe, Downham and Chatburn

Vacancy Reference cofe/TP/70992/5233

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Clitheroe is the market town for the Ribble Valley, perhaps the loveliest part of Lancashire. It is a vibrant place with a strong sense of community, great shops, good schools and breath-taking countryside.

The Parish Church and its three smaller associated churches are seeking a new Vicar: a man or woman in the central or liberal Catholic tradition who enjoys growing churches, who delights in a pastoral ministry of presence, who values ministering amongst all ages and who will enjoy working with a stipendiary priest colleague.


  • St Mary’s Clitheroe is a landmark building in the centre of Clitheroe with a strong musical and eucharistic tradition
  • The benefice includes three other beautiful churches in good order, serving the community of Low Moor and the villages of Chatburn and Downham
  • There is in post a wonderful stipendiary colleague who has oversight of two of the four churches, as well as active retired clergy
  • There is able lay leadership across the four parishes with good administrative support
  • The Parishes have strong links with local schools, including Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and the Church School at Chatburn
  • The parishes meet their parish share in full

Main Responsibilities

The priest we are looking for will:

  • Delight in a ministry of presence and relate to the whole community
  • Help people to grow in the Christian life so that they become more confident in living out their faith
  • Prioritise ministry to schools, children and young people
  • Seek to develop the potential of the people, buildings and resources of the churches so that they grow as “healthy churches transforming their community”
  • Enjoy and appreciate the variety of worship offered by four different parishes within one Benefice, from contemporary to Book of Common Prayer
  • Use the Occasional Offices as a place to build relationships and encourage people in the Christian life

The Ideal Candidate

The priest we are praying for will:

  • Be grounded in the disciplines of prayer and who will teach their people to pray
  • Be able to communicate the Gospel clearly and accessibly and help the congregation to live it out.
  • Love to grow relationships and throw themselves joyfully into the life of these communities
  • Rejoice in the Eucharistic and choral traditions of the Parishes and be skilled in leading both traditional and more informal forms of worship.
  • See herself/himself as the Vicar of the whole benefice (not just of the congregations) and relate to churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike.
  • Be a good colleague who will enjoy working with a fellow priest and who will foster gifts of leadership in the whole people of God.

About us

For information about Blackburn diocese please follow this link

For information on making an application through Pathways please follow this link

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Archdeacon of Blackburn, Ven. Mark Ireland (Email: Mark.Ireland@Blackburn.Anglican.Org, Mobile: 07866 778791)

Closing date for applications: Friday 23rd June

Interview date: Friday 21st July


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