Sermons & Homilies

Rector of St Paul's Hasland and Vicar of St James Temple Normanton

3rd Sep 2018

St Paul and St James have a long history of Anglo-Catholic worship and are looking to appoint a priest of the Society of St Wilfred and St Hilda.


The parishes are situated just south of the busy market town of Chesterfield and on the edge of the Peak District National Park.  


The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of sacramental theology and Anglo-Catholic liturgy, an ability to lead the church in mission, an ability to stimulate and challenge, a strong pastoral instinct and excellent communication skills.


The parish is looking for a priest who will:

  • continue to develop relationships between the parishes and local schools and help the parishes to grow their work with young people;
  • lead an existing team of lay people;
  • be a visible presence in the communities of the parishes, embracing local concerns and identifying partnership opportunities.
Bishop Jonathan writes:
The two communities, that have set out in their profile their call to priests who have been formed in the catholic tradition in the Church of England and are excited about its future, to join them in serving the Lord in Hasland and Temple Normanton, share many characteristics and hopes for the future, not the least being their unity and welcome.
Among the fruits of Fr Ainscough's long ministry here (2003 - 2017) is their openness both to the spiritual leadership and teaching of their parish priest and to the needs and opportunities of the wider church.  But their able and diverse laity have a growing sense also of the shared mission of clergy and people, of the challenges of community evangelism.  They are imaginative and forward-looking in terms of communication and outreach, dedicated to growing in and sharing with others the rich spiritual treasures of catholic faith, worship and evangelism, and to supporting one another as a real family in Christ.
I pray that as you read the profile you will remain open to the possibility that it is indeed you whom God is calling and that if He is then you will apply so that we have the opportunity to take the conversation further.
+ Jonathan
For an application form, please contact Mrs Claire Beavis, PA to the Bishop of Derby or via the Diocese of Derby's website’s,-hasland-and-vicar-of-st-james’,-temple-normanton.html
Closing date: Noon, 14 September 2018
Interviews: 3 October 2018