Priest in Charge
Location: Heybridge St Andrew and Langford St Giles
The benefice of Heybridge and Langford has three small but faithful worshipping congregations in one large and two small village communities. The benefice centres on Heybridge which is immediately north of the ancient town of Maldon, twelve miles east of Chelmsford
Heybridge has now grown into the size of a small town, with a mix of properties, from older housing to the newly-built, from the largest houses to one-bedroom starter homes. There are 8,500 people resident in the parish and it is set to expand as new housing developments, comprising up to 1,035 homes, come on stream. St Andrew’s is a Grade I listed building dating from the 12th century. A major fundraising effort paved the way for substantial refurbishment which was completed in 2008.
Heybridge Basin is a waterside community which grew around the sea lock when the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation was built in the 1790s. It is distinctly separate from Heybridge. The population is approximately 750 St George’s is a chapel of ease. It began life as a wooden Armstrong Hut which served as sergeants’ mess on a nearby RFC aerodrome during the First World War
Langford is a small village with a population of 170; although it is small there is a real sense of community. St Giles is a Grade II* listed building dating from the 11th century with a unique rounded apse at the west end. The church is at the heart of the village and a community shop called ‘Heavenly Supplies’ is located in the vestry. The shop is open every morning for two hours and serves both villagers and passing visitors.
During the past year we have had to take stock, roll up our sleeves, and prayerfully get on with the task of being God’s people in this place.
We are looking for someone to work with us who:
- Can build relationships and engage with the community.
- Can communicate well with people of all ages but particularly with the young.
- Can inspire and encourage us in our discipleship by preaching, teaching and living out the gospel.
- Can work with us to discern what changes would be helpful in our ministry.
Interviews will be held on Friday, 9 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org