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

Priest in Charge of Ashingdon w South Fambridge, Canewdon and Paglesham

Location: The Essex District of Rochford

There are many, exciting and significant opportunities to develop mission and ministry in the villages this benefice serves.

Despite a difficult couple of years, the four churches of the benefice have worked hard with much fortitude to ensure that ministry in their parishes has continued. They are determined to see the growth and flourishing of the kingdom of God, and are now looking forward to appointing a new parish priest

The benefice is set in a semi-rural area of South East Essex, approximately eight miles north of Southend-on-Sea.  Ashingdon, where the rectory is situated, is slightly more urbanised, with a population of 5,000.  The remaining three churches are all set in small villages in the surrounding area.

There is a church school in Canewdon. The school is now federated and shares a single governing body with St Nicholas School, Rawreth (in another parish in the deanery), as well as an executive head and deputy. The priest of either Canewdon or Rawreth is appointed as an ex-officio member of the governing body by the archdeacon. The Priest in Charge of Rawreth (who is also Area Dean) currently fills this appointment but this will be reviewed once an appointment is made

There is also a local primary school in Ashingdon and both schools have close links with their churches.

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

What can we achieve in the next five years?

  • Improve relationships with the local schools and build relationships with children and their families.
  • Organise teaching opportunities for the current worshipping congregations so that people are more confident in faith.
  • Engage in the social need of the wider community, e.g.: foodbanks, debt counselling, regeneration issues, etc.
  • Complete the project for a new Church Hall in Ashingdon. We have raised approximately £100,000 and have commenced planning.

What sort of person might fit into this role?

  • A good communicator with persons of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Someone who can help us with our outreach – being able to help us link with the local community.
  • A person with broadness of churchmanship – help us to welcome anyone and everyone, no matter what, if any, their church background might be.
  • Someone who can communicate the Gospel and help us to grow in the Faith.
  • A person with leadership skills to lead four Churches and three parishes.
  • Someone with a good collaborative approach, so that the Churches of our benefice continue to develop together

Interviews will be held all day on Monday 24th September  (candidates can come to see the parishes on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd September if applicable)

If you would like to apply for this post, please follow this link to the Pathways website and apply online

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 Thursday 23rd August

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