Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Priest in Charge

Location: St John the Baptist Danbury and St Mary the Virgin Little Baddow

St John the Baptist, Danbury and St Mary the Virgin, Little Baddow are two caring congregations in two beautiful churches, one with a strong musical heritage, and the other with an important Covenant with the URC. The church school – St John’s CE (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School – serves these and neighbouring parishes

The villages of Danbury and Little Baddow are in rural Essex, 33 miles (55 km) northeast of central London. Danbury has a population of around 6,250 and Little Baddow a population of around 1,600. Open countryside and deciduous woodland surround them, much of which is protected by the Essex Wildlife Trust and the National Trust, providing a wide range of walks

These parishes are part of the Compass Churches Mission and Ministry Unit. An MMU is a cluster of parishes which enjoys the benefits of mutual fellowship and co-operation while maintaining full independence. Clergy and lay people have been meeting weekly for prayer and a series of consultation evenings have taken place. The MMU has developed a paper on its purpose, aims and organisation, which PCCs have agreed. The MMU will be commissioned on February 10th 2018

We can offer you two well maintained listed historic churches in busy neighbouring villages and two supportive parish teams to work alongside the priest with loyalty, hard work, dedication and friendship and many willing volunteers to support all aspects of church life

We are looking for someone who is able to engage with our church and the wider community. He or she will value our various styles of worship, support our musical traditions and offer new ideas with sensitivity.

Are you a strong, enthusiastic, empathetic and pastoral priest?

  • Happy to work in and be visible in two villages?
  • Able to build good relationships with local schools?
  • Able to help us get the balance right between encouraging newcomers and affirming who we already are?
  • Committed to working with others, both ecumenically and in an MMU

If so, would you consider whether God is calling you to join us in building the Kingdom in Danbury and Little Baddow?

Interviews will be held on Wednesday14 March 2018

An application form can be obtained from the Archdeacon of Chelmsford, 136, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RN (01245 258257), or by email to

Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Episcopal Area, would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy. He can be contacted at 01268 552219 or by email to 


Closing Date: 12 noon on Tuesday, 6 February 2018

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