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

Priest in Charge “Vicar-Designate”

Location: St Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood

St Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood has a distinct Anglo-Catholic tradition. The Bishop of Richborough provides episcopal sacramental and pastoral ministry in this parish.

The church of St Thomas of Canterbury occupies a prominent position in the town of Brentwood. It is 18 miles east of London and situated just off the High Street in the centre of town. Not only is it physically imposing, but through its mission and outreach the church plays an integral part in the local community and the life of the Borough.

Mass is celebrated 5 days per week, and a team of enthusiastic volunteers enable the church and church centre to be kept open most days of the year, serving refreshments for visitors. The church centre also houses a pre-school. Our Infant and Junior schools are about half a mile away, with the new Becket Keys Church of England secondary school just across the road from them.

There is a vibrant music department, comprising four choirs, the Orchestra of St Thomas, an Organ Scholarship and SongCycle. Approximately 100 singers and players are involved, and recordings are made from time to time.

If you are a priest with the vision and energy to lead our parish into the next stage of its journey, and the conviction to teach the catholic faith and proclaim the gospel of Christ in our local community, then you may be the man God is calling to be our new Vicar.

The PCC has identified three main priorities for our church, namely:

  1. To develop ways to reach out and engage with the local community.
  2. To enable the budgeted youth worker to become a reality.
  3. To develop further the music foundation.
    1. by enabling this as a way to reach out into the community.
    2. to enable the music foundation to develop a firm financial footing.

We are currently at the beginning of a journey, working with the diocese to explore the extent to which we and neighbouring parishes may be able to help one another and move forward towards a framework that might lead to the formation of a Mission and Ministry Unit. Bishop Stephen writes about this in our parish profile.

Interviews will be held on Friday 15th June 2018

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

Bishop Norman would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy Tel: 01727 836358 email; as would Revd Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Area Tel: 01268 552219 email

Closing Date: 12 noon on 24 May 2018

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