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

Associate Priest (team vicar designate)

Location: Rochford and Sutton with Shopland; Barling Magna and Little Wakering; Great Wakering with Foulness

As you will be living in Rochford, you will have pastoral oversight of that community and its parish church; along with participating in the life and ministry of the other two churches

Rochford, Great Wakering and Barling Magna are three parishes set between Southend-on-Sea, and the river Crouch. Rochford has the biggest population (9,400), which is growing with a major housing development now nearing completion. Great Wakering (4,700) is east of Rochford, and Barling Magna (2,600) is to the north-east. Each parish has a strong sense of community, with farmland in between the main housing areas

The parishes are moving towards the vision that they will form a team ministry.

There are three churches in the benefice, with a chapel of ease in Little Wakering and a worshipping community that meets in a farmhouse in Foulness

  • St Andrew, Rochford is 900 years old, and had links to the Boleyn family. It is set on the town golf course, across the railway line from the town centre. The north aisle has been converted into a meeting room with a  kitchen and toilet
  • St Nicholas, Great Wakering is a Norman church built in about 1100. It is at the top of the village High Street and has a well-used hall across the road from the church, where, among other things, a well-attended Messy Church meets regularly
  • All Saints Barling Magna was also built in the Twelfth Century, and has been added to and restored over the centuries. There is no meeting room or hall, so the Frost Fayre and other events are held in the church (the village is renowned for its spectacular Christmas lights)

More information can be found on the parish websites

There is great enthusiasm in all the congregations to grow in their own personal journey of faith, and a passion to share God’s love as demonstrated through Jesus life and teaching

The three congregations reflected together on what they would focus on in the next five years, and identified three areas of work

  • To grow the weekly worshipping presence
  • To encourage growth involving families
  • To deepen and grow good links in our villages, schools and new housing areas

Interviews will be held on Monday 16th July 2018

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), or by email to

Revd Kim Lepley, the priest in charge of these parishes, would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy Tel: 01702 216725 email as would Revd Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Area Tel: 01268 552219 email

Closing Date: 12 noon on Friday 22nd June 2018

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