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

Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity, Southchurch

Location: Southend-on-Sea

Holy Trinity is a community whose main focus is the Eucharist; who value the Prayer book but draw our main Sunday liturgy from Common Worship; we seek to blend the finest traditional worship with the very best of the new. We value dignity in worship and the use of vestments, organ, choir and musical settings in the liturgy. We respect the liturgy, even in freer services like the All-Together Service.

The church building is an historical gem and speaks of the way people have been worshipping God here for countless generations. Today we are a friendly, welcoming community of all ages that seeks to make the love of God known to all Southchurch and beyond.

Southchurch is situated just to the east of Southend town centre. The parish, with a population of c.13000, is predominately residential, with owner occupation mainly in the south and east and a large amount of social housing to the north. More than half the households in the parish are families with children or young people, and retired people make up over a quarter of the population. This parish is in the bottom 10% for deprivation in the Diocese

There are nine schools in the parish – two infant and two junior schools, a secondary comprehensive, secondary special school and a selective girl’s grammar school, as well as a private junior and a private secondary school. The church has good relationships with several of them, and is looking to extend this further.

We seek to be an open church welcoming people from other denominations and differing traditions. We aim to be a church which is fully inclusive, welcoming people rather than setting rules to exclude

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.

We believe it would be helpful if you were:

  • an inspirational preacher and leader offering strong spiritual and pastoral guidance;
  • able to communicate effectively with all ages;
  • willing to listen and be sensitive to the beliefs and values of the congregation;
  • innovative, able to enthuse others, and determined when necessary;
  • a good administrator and organiser;
  • a ‘people person’ with a good sense of humour;
  • someone who is motivated and driven to make a real difference to a diverse parish..

Might this be you?

Interviews will be held on Monday 14 May 2018

See below for the parish profile and role description

An application form can be obtained from the office of the Archdeacon of Southend at The Archdeacon's Lodge, 459 Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, Benfleet SS7 3TH (01268 779345), email

Revd Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Area would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy (01268 552219) email

Closing Date: 12 noon on Wednesday11 April 2018

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