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Priest in Charge (team vicar designate) of Thundersley, St Peter and St. Michael & All Angels

A new team ministry is proposed by joining the parish of Thundersley and Daws Heath, with the neighbouring two Hadleigh parishes, which already share a priest. The team vicar will be based in Thundersley and the team rector in Hadleigh. This then is an opportunity to forge a new team ministry.

The Thundersley and Hadleigh parishes lie within the Borough of Castle Point (although one of the Hadleigh parishes is partly in Leigh-on-Sea, in Southend unitary authority). Both these posts are currently being advertised.

Thundersley and Daws Heath are to the north and west of Hadleigh. This is a largely residential community with a high proportion (25%) of people over 65. There is an abundance of leisure activities here – a council-run swimming pool, tennis, sports halls (council and private) and lots of walking trails. Both church fields are surrounded by woodlands; Coombe Wood at St. Peter’s has Village Green status and St. Michael’s sits in the Belfairs Living Landscape owned and managed by Essex Wildlife Trust.

St. Peter’s church dates from the very early 13th century. It is at the brow of a hill and has commanding views from the graveyard. In 1966 an award-winning extension made it big enough for 200 people. The church site also includes the rectory, a meeting room, a large hall with a big carpark and a field. St. Michael’s church is a new wooden building from Scandinavia, completed in 2012 after a fundraising campaign that raised £560,000. It can accommodate 150 people, and includes a small meeting room. There is also a large hall on the site.

We see the new team ministry as a major opportunity to spread the word of God in a constant and targeted pattern; to set Team resources at an appropriate level, to share initiatives and generally show a co-operative, smiling and happy face to our communities.

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Be a leader in our Parish and be able to work within a Team Ministry; embracing the opportunities it offers.
  • Guide and spiritually grow the congregations focussed on scripture and prayer
  • Promote team working, building of community, encouraging self-awareness and fostering mutual trust.
  • Affirm the gifts, skills and contribution of others; recognising differences and resolving conflict through effective and decisive management.
  • Help us spread the Christian message, finding ways to attract new Christians and grow our churches.
  • Demonstrate good daily living, on show through outreach into the community; walk the talk!
  • Establish high and consistent levels of Pastoral Care including home visits and supporting the elderly and youth activities; we will share the effort.
  • Demonstrate good organisational and communication skills; supporting social events, and being seen around the parish to rebuild local connections.

Interviews will be held on Friday 5th May 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 a.southend@chelmsford.anglican.org

Revd Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Area would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy Tel: 01268 552219 email mwood@chelmsford.anglican.org

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 Wednesday 29 March 2017

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