Rector of the Icknield Way Parish of Icknield Way Parish All Together…God’s work in progress! We are a lively rural parish, focusing on evangelism, pastoral care and using our resources effectively to reach deeper into our community, in response to our faith in Christ. We are a single parish comprising seven villages in north-west Essex. The modern rectory is in the village of Great Chishill, 15 miles south of Cambridge and 8 miles west of Saffron Walden. Our last rector consolidated the work of forming us into one parish, and he leaves us as a warm, hospitable Christian community in good heart and harmony. We believe that God is at work here. We believe he has a plan for us and wants us to join him in his work and we have faith in the power of the Holy Spirit to help us. We have seen our congregations expand and we long to see them grow further, spiritually as well as numerically. We feel we must do more to encourage young families, to deepen their faith in the Lord Jesus, or to introduce him for the first time. We realise we need patience and gentleness as we work together to build a church where God will be very evident. We seek to follow the vision of the Diocese of Chelmsford, to be a Transforming Presence here (www.transformingpresence.org.uk), to be distinctive in our Christian faith and outreach. We aim to be… Christ-centred Prayerful Faithful to scripture Loving Welcoming Accepting all Sharing fellowship together We believe we are called to concentrate on these three areas: - Evangelism - Pastoral care - Use/adaptation of our buildings. (The goal is increased community use of our buildings, via “stepping-stone” events.) Our new rector will lead us in this endeavour to follow the Lord closely. Is he prompting you to find out more about us and the kind of leader we are seeking? Please read our role description and parish profile! (see the links opposite) For an informal conversation about this post, please do contact: Robin King, Archdeacon of Stansted. (To email, please click here) David Tomlinson, Area Dean of Saffron Walden. (To email, please click here ) An application form can be obtained by email, from the Archdeacon of Stansted. Interviews will be held on Friday 7th April - the closing date for applications is Monday 13th March, 2017. Any appointment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS and an identity check for UK Visas and Immigration.