Parish Profile for the Assistant Curate The Training Hub of North East Lincolnshire The United Parish of St Mary and St James Great Grimsby Tel 01472 358610 www.grimsbyminster.co.uk
Grimsby Minster, acknowledged by Bishop Edward King, Lord Bishop of Lincoln, April 1907 â€œ... One of the grandest amongst all the grand churches in our Diocese. There it stands... steady and firm and strong. Year after year, there it is, whatever comes, and there is not only the strength of that building but there is a beauty about it which I think is the true beauty which ought to belong to churches; it is the beauty of holiness.â€?
We are able to offer an exceptional opportunity to an ordinand preparing for deaconing in 2014 in the Training Hub of North East Lincolnshire. The title post will be licensed in The United Parish of St Mary and St James, Great Grimsby. The Area Dean of North East Lincolnshire, Revd Canon Andrew Dodd, is parish priest of Great Grimsby Team Ministry and manages the training hub for the area. Working closely with others, the hub offers ordinands opportunities to share training responsibilities and to gain a wide range of ministerial experiences. Engaging and supporting the local community There are four churches in the parish, St Mark, St Hugh, St Martin and Grimsby Minster. Grimsby Minster is an integral part of the identity of North East Lincolnshire and we are supported by the district churches who all offer distinct and valued contributions to the worship and community life of our area.
As part of a recent review, Grimsby Minster has identified mission priorities which form our emerging
agenda for community engagement. These priorities are: • To encourage, energise and help local churches grow. • Be a centre for training clergy & others. • Provide space that is sacred and open to all. • Work with others to make a distinctive Christian contribution to the life of all in North East Lincolnshire. • Ensure that the heart of the Minister is a worshiping community where prayer is offered daily. • Be a venue for civic, cultural and community events. • Work with others to promote and enhance the regeneration and image of the area, having particular regard for those who are disadvantaged. • Be an integral part of the ecumenical life of the churches of North East Lincolnshire, and a gateway for interfaith engagement.
Grimsby Minster is one of England’s ‘Modern Minsters’. This status was bestowed by the Bishops of Lincoln in May 2010 in recognition of the commitment of church and parish to collaborate with partners across public, private and third sector organisations in supporting, caring for and inspiring the local community. Fit for purpose and sharing our resources Grimsby Minster, a Grade One Listed Building, is the most significant architectural and heritage site in North East Lincolnshire. As such, it has taken advantage of public funding to develop its roles as a centre for community support, heritage, learning and cultural resource. The Minster’s agenda to engage with and support the community as widely as possible has informed its strategic planning during the last twenty years.
The Bishop continues to use Grimsby Minster as a training hub for the area. The Curates in the hub currently include: The Revd Steve Holt (priested 2012); the Revd Jan Vasey, Distinctive Deacon (deaconed 2011); The Revd Nick Nawrockyi (priested 2013) and The Revd Chris Davies (deaconed 2013). 2
The North East Lincolnshire Youth Choir, a joint enterprise with NELC Performing Arts Service, has been meeting weekly in the Minster for more than ten years. Local school pupils following the Pilgrim Trail
Music at the Minster Grimsby Minster maintains a significant role in the cultural life of the town. Celebrated as the only Parish Church in England with its own Choir School, the Minster Choir offers a programme of rehearsal and choral services comparable to many cathedrals in repertoire and excellence and now welcomes boy choristers from all local primary schools and is committed to creating a girls' choir.
North East Lincolnshire Youth Choir rehearsing in the St Jamesâ€™ Centre
The Minster has now successfully submitted an application to the Arts Council to fund the post of Events Manager. We have now been joined by Lee Becket to this post and we are keen to develop his contribution to the life of church and community.
• Arts & Events Officer: Lee Becket.
Regeneration in the town centre St James’ House, the Parish building, and St James’ Square surrounding the Minster are priority areas for redevelopment and areas of improvements to Grimsby town centre.
• Caretaker Grimsby Mick Meeks
• Director of the Choristers: Tony Pinel • St Hugh Centre Sandra Mason
The Wider Parish
The Parochial Church Council of the United Parish of St Mary and St James is the legal entity comprising two Parish Wardens and Deputy Churchwardens representing the District Churches plus ex officio representatives and elected members.
The District churches are supported by loyal and committed congregations who give generously of their time and talents and are keeping the District Churches alive and vibrant with distinctive ministries relevant to the neighbourhoods they serve.
Our ministry team includes a Team Vicar (currently vacant), three Readers, the Parish Administrator and Community Projects Coordinator, and Arts & Events Officer. We combine to create a cheerful and supportive team.
Exciting opportunities also exist to build on the relationships with community groups, youth groups and schools and move this ministry on to a new level. St Hugh’s Church is a ‘mission church’ built and dedicated in 1911. The church serves areas of the West Marsh, about 20,000 parishioners. The parish comprises some of the most deprived areas in the country with health inequalities, unemployment, poor educational attainment and teenage pregnancies still posing a challenge.
The Ministry Team serving the United Parish • Parish Priest: The Revd Caonon Andrew Dodd • Team Vicar: Vacant • Readers: Pat Woolliss, Ken Richardson and Alan Pearson • Parish Administrator: Shirley Johnson
Youth groups associated with the church are flourishing thanks to gifted and dedicated youth leaders but this activity does not translate into numbers of young people within
• Parish Community Projects Coordinator: Jo Middleton. 4
the congregation. Close links are in place with Macaulay and South Parade Primary Schools
which complement those of the St Hugh’s Centre.
St Hugh’s Church looking East
St Hugh’s Centre in Haycroft Street was modernised with support from the Lottery Community Fund and the Single Regeneration Budget and reopened in 2003. The Centre Manager is Sandra Mason. As members of the local community have become increasingly involved in the management and running of the Centre activities have flourished in response to community need. A luncheon club, cardiac rehabilitation and IT support have all proved popular and the Management Committee has applications in preparation to develop its community work.
Toddlers’ tea, street dancing and the Scouts – just some of the programmes in the St Hugh’s Centre
St Mark’s Church and Centre serves two housing estates and enjoys excellent relationships with local families and schools. The sale of adjacent land has facilitated the opening of a new health centre to
The smaller community hall on the site is run by the Macaulay Area Action Group and offers activities 5
serve these communities and close liaison with the medical staff will see St Mark’s offering complementary activities to promote health and well-being. Drop-in coffee shop, lunch club, dancing, tea dances, weightwatchers, majorettes and bingo have already cemented connections with neighbours across all age groups.
St Martin’s Church began its ministry in 1921 in the Mission Hall. The present church was completed in 1936 and was designed by Laurence Bond of Bond and Reed. It is a Grade Two Listed Building and the present Church Architect, Graham Cook, trained under Laurence Bond and cherishes the Church building. St Martin’s Church serves the Nunsthorpe Estate and Scartho Road areas. A recent community project has been wound up and the church is in the process of discerning the future use of its building and what community outreach opportunities are possible on the Estate
St Martin’s Church is a Grade Two Listed Building
Part of the Main Hall, the catering kitchen and the bright, well-equipped crèche at St Mark’s. The crèche keeps toddlers busy while mums take part in social and educational activities. 6
Funerals at all four Churches are booked centrally through the Minster Office and Vestry Hour on Wednesday evenings welcomes those who wish to discuss weddings and baptisms.
Patterns of Worship The Minster Day
Parish Eucharist 10.30am 90 Sung Evensong
Tuesday Sung Evensong
Thursday Holy Eucharist
Thursday Sung Evensong
Curates housing is a priority for the diocese and is provided to the high diocesan standards. A family house will be allocated or purchased by the diocese in due course.
St Hugh, St Mark, St Martins
And beyond the Parish...........
Either Service of the Word, Eucharist or Communion by extension with congregation size ranging from 15-30
Churches Together in North East Lincolnshire
St Hugh Sunday St Mark Sunday St Martin Sunday
This is a thriving ecumenical partnership which collaborates to run the Daily Bread Food Larder and Street Angels. Fr Andrew currently chairs the executive committee of Churches Together.
9:30am 9:30am 11am
Occasional Offices Figures for the last twelve months are: Church
The Daily Bread Food Larder is a Churches Together initiative in partnership with a local charity and offers emergency rations to families and individuals in crisis. Working in partnership with the local Safer and Stronger Communities Board, CTNEL has brought Street Angels to support those in distress in late night Cleethorpes.
Church Administration The Minster Office is staffed from 9.30am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday with an answer-phone operating at other times. IT equipment includes broadband and telephone connections at all staff desks, a fax machine and a state-of-the-art colour photocopier which produces newsletters, orders of service and all other Parish printing requirements.
There are numerous examples of people expressing their faith as volunteers within local charities and support groups. 7
North East Lincolnshire comprises: Grimsby, celebrated as the worldfamous port and Europe’s Food Town, Greater Grimsby is emerging as a key player in the renewable energy revolution with potential to become the UK capital of the offshore wind industry. 70% of UK seafood is processed in Grimsby each year.
Collecting food donations
Cleethorpes, famous for its five miles of golden sands, historic pier, beautiful promenade and holiday resorts, Cleethorpes is undergoing a renaissance. The town has seen new investment and redevelopments making it an even more attractive place to live, work and visit.
CTNEL members get together during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – this meeting with fish and chips and a challenging speaker was held in the Minster
Immingham, a focal point of heavy industry. The Port of Grimsby and Immingham is the UK’s largest port by tonnage. Benefiting from a prime deep-water location on the Humber Estuary, one of Europe’s busiest trade routes, it plays a central role in the commercial life of the UK
The town and the local area Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire – where, what and why? Take a look at the website www.greatergrimsby.net one of the area’s primary marketing tools developed by the Regeneration Directorate of North East Lincolnshire Council.
The Wolds villages – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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