Priest in Charge of Laindon with Dunton An energetic and enthusiastic priest is sought to lead the ministry of an ancient parish church to a large community in Basildon New Town Laindon is part of Basildon, in south Essex, thirty miles east of the City of London. It is a large parish, with a population of almost 20,000. It lies to the west of Basildon town centre and is served by a small shopping centre, a railway station (Fenchurch Street line), five primary schools and one secondary school. Before the New Town was built in the 1950s and 60s Laindon-cum-Basildon was the ancient parish of the district. The small mediaeval church of St Nicholas was built in the thirteenth century and stands on a hill on the north side of the parish in a three-acre closed churchyard. It has a large car park and is popular for weddings; although access is limited by a flight of steps to the south porch, or a long, and quite steep, ramp. At the west end of the church is a three-storied wooden annex built in the early seventeenth century to house, first the curate, and then a school. The PCC plans to create a small ‘heritage centre’ in the annex to demonstrate how the building might have looked when it was used as a school In a recent survey, many people in Laindon said “...The church can be seen all around and its presence is peaceful and inviting. It belongs to us all and we’re proud of it.” The PCC and congregation are looking for someone who will work with them to: Engage confidently and enthusiastically with young people, including the very young, and strengthen further, the links we have established with local schools. Make the Gospel relevant to all ages through Bible-based teaching and patiently nurture our spiritual growth and understanding of God’s Word. Communicate effectively and be a good people person. Lead us in working collaboratively with Deanery colleagues, particularly towards the establishment of effective ‘mission and ministry units’. Understand our gifts and strengths towards encouraging us to use them effectively in serving our local community. Interviews will be held on 17 November 2014 An application form can be obtained from The Ven Mina Smallman, Archdeacon of Southend 459, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, Benfleet, SS7 3TH (01268 779345), or by email to email@example.com Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Episcopal Area, would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy. He can be contacted at 01268 552219 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.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 Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Priest in Charge of Wickham Bishops, St Bartholomew with Little Braxted, St Nicholas An exciting and established dual role post. In the diocese: Help to shape ministry for the church of the future Discern and support vocations Able to work systematically with the DDO In the parish: Engage with our communities and support our outreach. Inspire and enable our ministry Encourage our work with Children and Young People Enthusiastic well-resourced single PCC Vibrant, well-resourced village community. Substantial 5 bedroomed house. Application pack from the Archdeacon of Colchester (email@example.com) Closing date: 5th September. Interviews: 26th September. Rector - St Laurence Upminster of Corbets Tey Road Mr W R Holden, the patron, and the Archdeacon of Barking seek for this substantial suburban parish of about 13,000 a new Rector in the Modern Catholic tradition to lead it into the next stage of parish life as it seeks to engage with the challenges of the current time. The qualities sought include: A spiritual and pastoral leader – a well developed and sacramental theology, a good listener, able to consult and communicate with all ages, caring, hands on and enthusiastic. Maintain the Anglo Catholic traditions of this church but open to a variety of worship styles. Willing to maintain the musical tradition of our liturgy. Experience of ministry in a parish environment. Prepared to say Daily Offices of Morning and Evening prayer in church. Willingness to engage with local people, families and schools. Administrative competence including the application of modern technology. Prepared to take an active role within the Deanery and Churches Together and to use their expertise widely. Click here to download the Mission Statement. Closing date for applications : 5th September 2014 Interview date for shortlisted candidates: 26th September 2014 For an application pack, please contact the Archdeacon of Barking's office : firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01708 474951 Priest in Charge of St Leonard, Southminster and St Lawrence and All Saints, Steeple This parish is looking for a person who is prayerful and Spirit-led and who makes the Gospel relevant to all ages through Bible-based teaching Southminster and Steeple are both rural parishes. Southminster is three miles north of Burnham-on-Crouch and ten miles south-east of Maldon. Steeple extends from the southern side of the river Blackwater estuary, to the north-west boundary of Southminster parish. Southminster has a population of over 4,000, and Steeple, nearly 500. Southminster is at the end of the rail-line running into London, Liverpool Street St Leonard’s church is in the centre of Southminster. It has a twelfth century shell, extensively modified and extended in Georgian and Victorian times. A kitchen and toilets are located at the rear of the nave in the base of the bell-tower. The pews have been replaced by comfortable seating, which allow the nave to host a variety of events as well as the Messy Church and Holiday Club. There is new staging in front of the screen. St Lawrence and All Saints church was built in the centre of Steeple, in 1883, replacing an earlier building. The church door, the bell, the font, the organ and the Chancel pews are much older than the present building. Some of the registers go back over 200 years and the list of parish Vicars starts at 1326, when the parish was known as Stansgate cum Steeple. As a Church, comprising two village Churches, we pledge that we will give you the love, prayer and support that will enable both congregations, under your leadership, to fulfil God’s purposes The benefice priorities are To facilitate and foster the growth of younger congregations through the development of Messy Church, Holiday Clubs and Youth Groups To strengthen team-building between the parishes whilst retaining individual local identities To develop relationships with local groups and parishes in order to increase our relevance to the wider community For which we need someone who is able to discern our gifts and strengths and use these to develop effective lay ministries a team-player able to lead, to motivate, to encourage, to empower and to delegate a pastor with energy - willing to be visible and to engage with the wider community, especially encouraging families with children an effective communicator and good organiser Interviews will be held on 3 October 2014 An application form can be obtained from Miss Helen Willis (P.A. to the Archdeacon of Chelmsford) The Archdeacon’s Lodge, 136 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RN (01245 258257), or by email to email@example.com Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Episcopal Area, would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy. He can be contacted at 01268 552219 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.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 House for Duty Team Vicar of Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry This is an exciting opportunity for ministry with strong support and a realistic workload. The Team Vicar will have direct oversight of the mission and ministry of All Saints’ Church, Ashdon. Besides being the church’s focal point in this attractive and thriving village in beautiful, rural north-west Essex, the successful applicant will have the support of and the scope to make a contribution to the wider Team Ministry. We have a realistic approach to multi-parish ministry, a vision for growth, and believe that we need someone with a collaborative approach, the ability to engage with children and families, a proven ability to recognise and develop the ministries of lay people and who will share our evangelistic emphasis in ministry. Ashdon Vicarage is a purpose-built, modern detached, family-sized home, set in a lovely, peaceful environment. It is a very short drive from the church, and a short stroll to the primary school, the village hall and the pub. Further details of the post, and the Team Ministry, are in our profile. To download, click here. Informal conversations about the post are welcomed. Please contact the Team Rector, David Tomlinson. To email, click here. We plan to hold a day of exploration and interview on 23rd July 2014 Application forms can be requested from the Archdeacon of Stansted, the Ven. Robin King. To email click here. Diocesan Environmental Champion of From Home This is a new post to help move forward the environmental aspirations of the Diocese. Working in conjunction with the Diocesan Environmental Group, the champion will be a two day a week volunteer post. The post will be supervised by the Archdeacon of Harlow and will be for two years in the first instance. Working within the overall aspirations of the Church of England's Shrinking the Footprint campaign the Diocesan Environmental Group (DEG) wishes to find an Environental Champion to help push forward the need for the Diocese, in its clergy, lay leaders, churches and community outreach to be as environmentally aware and good practioners of environmental living as possible. The Champion would be working with and to the DEG, with other Diocesan officers and with the parishes. We look to build a growing network of chrisians who are passionate about Christ and how christian discipleship can be expressed in care for the environment and for human living. The post is part time and voluntary, expenses of office will be paid. The Champion wil be expected to work from home in the large part but prepared to travel and engage with different groups and people rght across the Diocese of Chelmsford. Please contact the Archdeacon of Harlow's office for further details and application form. email@example.com 01279 734524 Closing date 27th June 2014 Interview date 9th July 2014 Priest-in-Charge of Holland on Sea The Archdeacon of Colchester in consultation with the Church Patronage Trust seeks a Part-time (3 days plus Sundays) Priest-in-Charge. Holland on Sea is a settled community enjoying the beauty and contrasts of the Essex coastline. There are good rail and road links nearby to the rest of Essex and London. The parish population is 6,400, electoral roll 102, and average Sunday attendance is 60. The new Priest–in-Charge will : lead collaboratively nurture the gifts of all God’s people live and communicate a Eucharistic spirituality enjoy teaching in small groups build on our relationships with local schools and families with children formally develop ministry with the neighbouring parish of Clacton St Paul engage with the diocesan, deanery and benefice strategy of Transforming Presence (www.transformingpresence.org.uk) St Bartholomew’s will offer a warm welcome, a supportive PCC and an eagerness to change and grow. Post subject to enhanced DBS disclosure. An application pack can be obtained from: The Archdeacon of Colchester’s Secretary, 63 Powers Hall End, Witham, CM8 1NH Tel: 01376 513130 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Priest in Charge of All Saints, Writtle with St Paul, Highwood This parish is looking for a priest who can communicate effectively with all ages – friendly, outgoing, engaging and approachable – as a visible leader in the wider community to spread the word of God Writtle is 2 miles west of the City of Chelmsford (county town of Essex), and 30 miles north east of London. Driving, it is 15 minutes to the M25, and 30 minutes to Stansted Airport. It is very attractive; with a pretty, traditional village green complete with ancient cottages and a pond. The centre of the village is a conservation area. Highwood is a scattered parish consisting of a number of hamlets to the south-west of Writtle. Most of the land in the parish is agricultural. There is a new environmentally designed and energy efficient village hall (opened in 2011) All Saints has been a place of prayer and worship in Writtle for over 1,000 years, as well as being a building of great beauty and historic interest. The worship is lively and humour certainly plays its part but there is also room for movement and development. The church has a long tradition of music, counting composer Martin Shaw (1875-1958) amongst its organists. St Paul’s was built in 1842. The building is of red brick with an exceedingly attractive interior. It has been well maintained, with a kitchenette, toilet and, most importantly a top quality pipe organ installed in 1950 having been saved from a bombed London church. The church has excellent acoustics Worship is Spirit based, Liberal catholic centred on the Eucharist, with vestments and servers and attention to the Church Year and ministry of the Word. Based on our most pressing needs, essential skills and experience for this role is a priest who can help us to grow the church community, particularly amongst young people and working age adults; who can take the church into the villages for mission and evangelising; who can give inspirational leadership; who can energise the parishes in their mission; who is willing to be visible in the benefice Interviews will be held on 24 July 2014 The role description will be posted shortly An application form can be obtained from Miss Helen Willis (P.A. to the Archdeacon of Chelmsford) The Archdeacon’s Lodge, 136 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RN (01245 258257), or by email to email@example.com Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Episcopal Area, would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy. He can be contacted at 01268 552219 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.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 Vicar of St George’s Harold Hill The new vicar will have a collaborative approach, enabling all-member ministry and committed to congregational growth and community engagement. He/she will be open evangelical with charismatic experience but able to respect the diversity of experience within the congregation. St George’s serves a culturally diverse and socially challenging community in an area of primarily social housing. The congregation is engaging with socio-economic issues and reaching out the community. Interviews will be held on 15th May 2014 For details, please contact the Archdeacon of Barking. To email, click here Telephone: 01708 474951 Associate Priest (House for Duty) of Margaretting with Mountnessing and Buttsbury We are looking for a priest who will minister across the Benefice. You will also be involved, and supported, within a new wider cluster; which includes the neighbouring parishes of Ingatestone and Fryerning, whose rector will be Priest-in-Charge The five parishes are clustered around the old Roman road that ran from London to Colchester, between the town of Brentwood and the city of Chelmsford. Ingatestone (4,500) is the largest community. The other parishes are around it: Margaretting is to the north-east, Mountnessing to the south-west, Buttsbury to the south-east and Fryerning to the north-west. Margaretting has a population of about 900; a church school and village hall. The church, dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch in Pisidia, was probably started in the 12th century. It is a little distance from the village, located next to the mainline railway and is accessed via a level crossing. The house for this post is in Margaretting, opposite the church school. Mountnessing also has a population of about 900; a church school, two village halls, three public houses together with a butcher, hairdresser and florist. A windmill dating from 1807 is at the centre of the village and has become the symbol of Mountnessing. The church of St Giles dates back to at least the 11th century and is located approximately 1.5 miles from the village, next to Mountnessing Hall Buttsbury has just 21 dwellings with a population of about 50. St Mary’s church has no utility services laid on so lighting (and heating!) is provided by candles. The church is full of natural light and of great simplicity. It is kept open and visited by many looking for a space of peace and quiet. Each church is special in its own way, enjoying a particular style of ministry and tradition. Although each church retains its separate identity, we continue to work successfully together. We are looking for a priest who will Be able to embrace the existing traditions, churchmanship and spirituality of our parishes, and help us to grow in numbers and faith. Be an inspirational leader, but also a good team player who can encourage and work effectively with the community. Be bold enough to suggest change where necessary. Be able to relate to and inspire a wide variety of people within our community and bring people of different ages and backgrounds to the church, especially our local young people. Place pastoral care as a priority, inspiring others to share the responsibility An interview date with closing date will be posted here soon An application form can be obtained from Ven David Lowman, Archdeacon of Chelmsford The Archdeacon’s Lodge, 136 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RN (01245 258257), or by email to email@example.com Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Episcopal Area, would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy. He can be contacted at 01268 552219 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.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.