Hornsey street scene

Working across four neighbouring urban parishes in North London, our parishes are St Paul’s Harringay; Holy Trinity Stroud Green; Holy Innocents Hornsey; and Hornsey Parish Church.

Our Priests are Fr Bruce Batstone, Rector of Hornsey; Fr Tim Pike, Vicar of Holy Innocents and Priest in Charge of St Paul’s Harringay; Fr Patrick Henderson, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Stroud Green; and Fr Philip Atherton, who is the priest responsible for the pastoral work at St Paul’s.

Pastoral Assistants in the scheme are based at the spacious Urban Mission Flat in Crouch End where they live an intentional life together. Each PA is based at a particular church and supervised by its parish priest, as well as doing much work together as a team across the churches. Offices are prayed together each day, and the Eucharist is offered almost daily. Our PAs have started blogging about their experience here

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Our Pastoral Assistants in Hornsey this year are:

William Hamilton-Box (Holy Trinity/St Paul’s)

Stephen Jullien (Holy Innocents)

Kayleigh Fitzgerald (Hornsey Parish Church)

Holy Innocents, Holy Trinity and St Paul’s

The best thing about the parishes of Holy Innocents, Holy Trinity and St Paul’s are the people who make up our congregations. Pastoral assistants who have worked here in recent years have learned as much from them as from anyone else. The majority of our parishioners are from a Caribbean background. They are very enthusiastic about Church and great at encouraging vocations to the priesthood. If you come to be a pastoral assistant here you will feel mightily encouraged and supported. But our congregations have a fascinating diversity and part of your task will be encouraging the bright, young professional people who now make up the majority of local residents around here.

Christian education will be a big part of your work. There will be opportunities to work in schools, from pre-school to A-Level. Helping with music, reading and writing, school visits to Church and assemblies in school will all feature in your work with us.

One of the most effective means of evangelisation we have experienced has been doing good works. During your year with us, you will be heavily involved in the running of a Winter Night Shelter at Holy Innocents and in the new chaplaincy for the 160 residents and the staff at Hornsey YMCA. This is pioneer ministry and a work in progress, but a very good one. YMCA residents come from all over the world and their stories are the stories you hear about in the news. One resident moved to Hornsey from Tripoli, when the bombing of Libya began!

Undergirding all the pastoral, evangelistic and social activity is the daily round of worship and common living. Morning and Evening Prayer and Mass every day are a given. We hope that you will grow into this disciplined life of prayer, which makes everything else possible. You will live an intentional life with your colleagues in a spacious, well-furnished flat in Crouch End.

Our parishes all sit happily in the Catholic tradition and we work in very close partnership with Hornsey Parish Church. We also enjoy pilgrimages (Walsingham, Lourdes, Paris), holidays and retreats together and hope that you will too. We look forward to meeting you and showing you round in person.

Hornsey Parish Church

Hornsey Parish Church is a diverse community with a fairly large congregation representative of the varied place that Hornsey is: young and older; married, single and partnered; British and international. We welcome everyone who wants to come to be part of our family, and we are delighted to be forming part of the Hornsey Churches Urban Mission Scheme along with Holy Innocents, Holy Trinity and St Paul’s.

Hornsey Parish can be a place of much wealth, drawing people from Muswell Hill and Highgate and Crouch End, but is also a place of deprivation and poverty sitting very much on the border between West and East Haringey and it is in our schools where we particularly see that rich diversity. Working in our church means being part of an already thriving pastoral team which includes two Licensed Lay Ministers, a Lay Schools Worker, a Youth Fellowship Leader, and a Sacristan who also co-ordinates much of our pastoral work . Also, the church employs administrative support and a Halls Manager. The present Rector, Fr Bruce Batstone, only arrived at the end of 2011 and has come from the Parish of Old St Pancras where for eight years he worked extensively with the Pastoral Assistant Scheme there.

Like the other churches in the scheme, we offer opportunities to experience all the various aspects of Parish Ministry. This will include the leadership of worship and prayer, preaching and serving, participating in the life of our two church schools, pastoral visits, co-ordinating a Winter Night Shelter for the homeless, chaplaincy at the Crouch End YMCA, ministry amongst older people, working with our community partners in a variety of ways, and developing a Community Chaplaincy with the very large number of community groups who use our extensive hall spaces. Our congregation includes many families and working as a Pastoral Assistant here will mean joining a large and committed team of employed and voluntary people who deliver a very high quality programme of Christian formation to our younger church members, from 2yrs up to 18 and beyond. Our church also has a very active drama group who, through Theatre in Church, offer opportunities for outreach to the community through regular high quality productions.

Our musical life is rich and inclusive with a very good choir and musical director whose talents complement the atmosphere of the services which we hope are supported by the contemplative feel of the modern church building. Hornsey Parish Church is also the venue for many activities to support Spiritual Formation in the Edmonton Episcopal Area, co-ordinated by Fr Bruce, and as Pastoral Assistant you will be encouraged to help to organise Labyrinth workshops, days to resource spiritual direction and to support weeks of accompanied prayer, and much more too.

As the Pastoral Assistant here, you will live in the Crouch End flat with your two colleagues, meet with them and the clergy each day for Evening Prayer (Morning Prayer is said at the Parish Church with Fr Bruce and the Pastoral Team) and, whilst working extensively in this parish, will have much involvement in joint projects such as the YMCA and Homeless Shelter, and new projects that such partnerships will always give birth to and nurture.