Ministerial Vacancy - Hinckley

Hinckley Unitarians

Hinckley Unitarians

 

Description of the congregation(s)

We are a welcoming, open minded church with a wide theological base. We have 37 members and 10 friends with an average Sunday attendance of 25 (most over 60 years old). Some are lifelong Unitarians, others from different religious and non-religious backgrounds. Many in the local area consider HGM to be ‘their chapel’ but only come for Rites of Passage. We were the first place in Leicestershire to be registered for same-sex weddings.

Who we are, history etc.

The Chapel was opened in 1722, with the gallery being added in 1727. However the pulpit pre-dates the Chapel. Our organ dates from 1890, the Clock from around 1740. Many of this style of clock appeared in Chapels at the time when Parliament placed a tax on domestic clocks. It was restored in 1991 and keeps very good time. The ladies of the Atkins family created two large embroideries around 1902 in memory of Elizabeth Atkins; they represent one of the oldest religious symbols, "The Tree of Life”.  The modern pews and additional panelling were completed around 1920. The burial ground was full by about 1890, the last burial being that of Elizabeth Atkins in 1892. The gravestones were removed in 1959. Some of our town's earliest frame knitters are buried in the grounds. The Sunday School rooms were added in 1869, with later additions. These have seen constant use ever since.

Current Service Pattern and resources available

Sunday services are usually at 11.00am with occasional services at other times. Excellent building and facilities - 2 Meeting Rooms with disabled access, kitchen and toilet facilities. Rooms used for weekly (Craft Class, Carer and Toddler, Tai Chi, Hinckley & District Disabled Association, Butterflies Spiritual Group) and less frequent meetings (Charity Coffee Mornings, Quilt and Sew Group, Mindful Meditation, Hinckley Museum, History Group). 

Basis of Ministry

Full time but consideration given to less than full time.

What the congregation seeks

An enthusiastic, compassionate and energetic individual who is open-minded, well organised and motivated to take on a challenge, who will work with us and who has the vision to think outside the frame of “traditional church”. An individual with a willingness to involve members of the congregation in the areas of worship and other ‘faith’ activities. Committed to leading worship, undertaking pastoral duties, participating in community activities and outreach development.

Closing date for applications  No closing date given
Remuneration Package

GA Scale, manse allowance, pension contributions and expenses.

Congregation(s) webpage www.ukunitarians.org.uk/hinckley