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Priest in Charge of St Margaret of Antioch, Leigh on Sea

Location: Leigh on Sea

The Churchmanship of St Margaret’s is Anglo-Catholic. Episcopal, sacramental and pastoral ministry in this parish is provided by the Bishop of Richborough

The Parish of St Margaret of Antioch, Leigh on Sea, is situated to the west of Southend on Sea. It is in a residential area which is both popular with commuters and those that work locally. There is an infant school, a junior school and a secondary school in the parish. There is also St Michael’s School, an Independent Church of England Preparatory School, of which the Vicar of St Margaret’s is the Chaplain and sits on governing body

St Margaret’s Church was founded in 1919, but the present church building dates from 1930. The building is of early Italian Romanesque style, with a basilica plan. It is the work of Sir Charles Nicholson, the noted Church Architect and is Grade II listed. In 1986 the Chancel was sensitively reordered for modern Catholic worship. In 2006 the whole church was redecorated and the organ fully refurbished.

There is an adjacent church hall which is a well maintained two storey building built in the 1960’s. In the last five years the hall has been extensively refurbished. A lift has been installed and there are two fully functioning kitchens. It is well used by church and the community. There are few halls in the immediate area, allowing our church hall to serve the local community.

We can offer our Incumbent a supportive and hardworking PCC, a committed and prayerful congregation eager to grow in their faith, generosity of personal time and talents, and a willingness to rise to a challenge.

With a heart for the whole parish community we are looking for an inspirational and visionary leader who is also enthusiastic for growth.

  • Dedicated to sacramental worship and preaching the gospel as central to the life of the church.
  • Cultivating personal spirituality and discipleship, striving to be a church that is inclusive and for all ages.
  • Caring and supportive of the congregation, encouraging lay ministry and actively using their gifts and skills.
  • Nurturing the young and their families, alongside an excellent opportunity to work with local schools.
  • Promoting a friendly outlook, combined with an enthusiasm to develop good relationships.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 12 July, 2017

An application form can be obtained from the office of the Archdeacon of Southend, currently operating from Rayleigh Rectory, Hockley Road, Rayleigh, SS6 8BA (01268 779345),
or by email to

Bishop John would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy Tel: 01375 673806 email; as would Bishop Norman Tel: 01727 836358 email

An Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS and an identity check for the UK Border Agency.

The Chelmsford File sets out the latest agreed policies and procedures for ministry in Chelmsford Diocese whilst taking carefully into account any recent changes in Church law and the expectations of the law of the land.

Closing Date: 12 noon on Thursday 8th June

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