Vicar of Theydon Bois, Theydon Garnon with Pastoral oversight of Stapleford Tawney and Theydon Mount Vicar of two lovely village churches and with Pastoral oversight of Stapleford Tawney and Theydon Mount. Excellent shops, schools and easy access to London on the Central Line. There will be slightly different de-mands made on the incumbent by the differ-ent worshipping patterns of each church, but any candidate would be generally required to display the following characteristics: Excellent leadership skills that can build on the good work that has gone on already and help us face the chal-lenges of mission. To be able to lead imaginatively and with a common purpose and vision, thereby encouraging both children and adults to join our loving and receptive congregations. Dedication. We would like to think that this incumbency will not be a short term commitment. To provide leader-ship to the four churches with the resul-tant worshipping patterns will require great patience, flexibility and stamina. Provide an example of faith at all times, especially when new challenges emerge or change is necessary, and thereby re-ignite our trust in, and love of, God our Father. Key tasks will be: Continuing the program of lay training. Encouraging and enabling lay leader-ship of worship. Developing and nurturing faith of adults. Supporting and sustaining laity in ministering to others. Developing Pastoral Care Teams to provide comfort and support for those who are ill or suffering bereavement. Developing further use of Church buildings and assets for the good of our congregations, the local community and wider church. Reaching out to the urban parts of the Parishes to encourage greater involve-ment with their churches. Encouraging and enabling fresh expres-sions of ministry and mission where the opportunity arises. Encouraging more creativity in worship e.g. drama and expansion of music groups. Developing ministry with 11-16 year olds through schools and other youth groups. Further details from the Archdeacon of Harlow, email@example.com 01279734524 Closng date 6th May 2016 Interview date 13th May 2016 United Benefice of Fyfield, Moreton, Bobbingworth and Willingale with Shellow Bowells and Berners Ro This is a full time stipendiary post as Priest in Charge of the United Benefice. We are four lovely but different churches, set in the rolling countryside near Chipping Ongar. We have lively communities with good schools and good access to London. We are looking for a priest who:- is enthusiastic to tell the story of Jesus will be a good preacher and teacher to enliven and grow our faith is a good listener is a good communicator, able to engage with the wider group of parishioners as well as the regular congregation and is good also in the written word, parish magazines and communications to the wider parish will administer to our diverse group of villages, bringing them together whilst enabling them to retain their individuality is willing to retain the traditional forms of worship whilst encouraging new ideas will be willing to become involved in all aspects of life within our benefice is keen to work closely with other colleagues in the Ongar MissionUnit and is prepared to embrace further re-organisation and change has good organisational skills in order to lead our ministerial team both lay and ordained will develop the involvement of our local school children in our services and enjoy working in our two local schools will offer pastoral care to non-church-going parishioners will give clear witness of their faith and encourage and support church members in their daily worship Further details and application form can be obtained from the Archdeacon of Harlow, The Venerable Martin Webster. firstname.lastname@example.org 01279734524 Closng date 6th may 2016, Interview Date 31st May 2016 Priest in Charge (house-for-duty) of Woodham Mortimer w Hazeleigh & Woodham Walter These two parishes are looking for someone to minister on a House for Duty basis which they have found works well. They are hoping he or she will have a visible presence in their villages, and particularly in association with their Church School in Woodham Walter These villages are ten miles east of Chelmsford between the town of Danbury and Maldon at the head of the Blackwater estuary. The villages are mostly made up of active people either retired or working in Chelmsford, Maldon or further afield The Woodham Mortimer population lives mostly around its village hall, half a mile from the church, which is on the main road (A414) into Maldon, with the vicarage next door. The church is a typical small Essex church, parts of which date from 1080. Hazeleigh is a hamlet around Hazeleigh Hall in whose farmyard the Elizabethan church used to be until it was demolished in 1959 Woodham Walter has about 200 houses and a voluntary controlled church primary school with about 100 pupils (drawn from a wide area). The village has a good sense of community with a number of village organisations. The church stands just above the village and is of Elizabethan red brick. In recent years it has been discovered that it is highly likely that St Michael’s is the first purpose-built Church of England Church, being constructed in 1563, shortly after the Elizabethan Settlement Our prayer is that God will make us vulnerable that we may speak with calm humility; make us outward looking, that we may care deeply and make us a community of peacemakers and bridge builders; and that we may hear His still small voice Qualities the parish is looking for include: Ideally the new priest will have the skills to merge the traditional values of the church with modern approaches, whilst taking into account the age profile of our congregations. The new priest should have the ability to lead and teach our current members, and work to attract new and younger members of the non-church going community into our congregation. The new priest should be comfortable being a visible presence within our parishes, not only in terms of marriage, baptism and funeral arrangements, but also being part of community events. The new priest will have the ability to encourage, teach and guide our lay members within services and other church-related activities. The new priest should have the skills to actively encourage, by example, closer links with the Deanery and the future re-structuring within it. Interviews will be held on Friday 17th June An application form can be obtained from 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. Priest in Charge (house for duty) of Purleigh We hope that our new priest will encourage all parishioners to continue with faith, hope and enthusiasm and a vision to extend Christ’s kingdom here in this locality Purleigh is a large rural parish, on the western edge of an area known as the Dengie Hundred or the Dengie Peninsula, which is bounded by the Blackwater estuary to the north, the North Sea to the east and the river Crouch to the south. Purleigh is situated about 4 miles from Maldon and 10 miles from Chelmsford, with easy access to the A12 and rail links to London. It had a population of 1,271 at the time of the 2011 census Purleigh is a very active village with many local organisations. It has a well-maintained and actively used Village Hall. It has an active and caring Parish Council, which has helped with the cost of repairs to the church fabric as well as maintaining its closed churchyard. All Saints church is a 14th Century, grade I listed, building. It is well maintained and in a good state of repair. It has a rich history: one previous incumbent of the church was George Washington’s great-great-grandfather; consequently there are a number of American visitors. Another incumbent Edwin Hatch wrote the hymn “Breathe on me breath of God”; and another, Edward Lively was involved in the translation the King James Bible. Under the Reimagining Ministry policy of the diocese, the deanery within which this parish is set plans that each of its smaller parishes will have an appropriate level of support from one of the stipendiary priests. Purleigh will probably be in a cluster of parishes in and around Maldon As a parish, we have very good experience of working with an incumbent on a house-for-duty basis and are well aware of the unique challenges that are faced and relationship that is needed. Qualities the parish is looking for include: A relaxed style of approach coupled with the ability to reach out and continue to develop the spiritual life of the village. Be willing to build on the high visible presence in the village which has been attained in recent years and continue to build links with local groups and activities. To maintain the level of pastoral care and to engage with the community at all levels and all ages, keeping the church as a focus for the community. To provide leadership and inspiration to existing church members through excellent communication and involvement of all and to develop people's vocations To contribute to the development of the new lay led services. To encourage congregation members to seek a role in lay participation in services. To help the church reach out to new and younger worshippers Interviews will be held on Friday 3rd June 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. Associate Priest of St Andrew and St Michael and All Angels, Westcliff-on-Sea We are looking to appoint an Associate Priest who will work alongside colleagues across two parishes in Westcliff-on-Sea. The Associate will have special responsibility for St Andrew’s, and for the significant outreach projects based within this densely populated, urban parish St Andrew’s is an evangelical church that appreciates a breadth of worship styles within the Anglican tradition. The parish is in Southend-on-Sea, and has a diverse population, since while the area is regarded as a desirable place to live especially for young families, it still has within it aspects of deprivation and social need. The church works hard to be there for the community, sharing God’s saving love with everyone, especially those who could be considered “left behind” by society. It has a strong community focus, especially in children’s and youth work and in Open House, which offers daily support to people with vulnerable and fragile lives, especially those with mental health issues, those on the edge of society, and those who live on the streets. St Michael’s shares a border with St Andrew’s. it is also an evangelical church, with an emphasis on good Biblical exposition and teaching, and with an openness to the moving of the Holy Spirit. One of St Michael’s strengths over a number of years has been the involvement of lay members of the congregation in leading services and preaching. Currently it has one reader, three authorised local preachers, and a team of seven lay assistants We will encourage, pray and work with you: giving good support; continuing to show commitment to the many ministries of the churches; and having a desire for the ministry of St Andrew’s to grow and reach out to the community The new Associate priest will be someone who: Has a passion to reach out to people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures, including those with mental health issues and other social challenges. Has good leadership skills, can communicate and relate effectively with a wide range of ages, especially the un-churched, and has a pastoral heart. Is good at building, organising and running volunteer teams to support the significant outreach programmes. Is a faithful and gifted teacher of the Bible and committed to prayer. Is comfortable leading worship in a variety of settings and contexts, from formal communion on a Sunday, to mid-week prayer meetings with the homeless. Is passionate about equipping and preparing the congregation to serve in the mission and ministry of St Andrew’s. Enjoys working collaboratively and is committed to working as part of a team in developing the shared ministry between St Andrew’s and St Michael’s. Both parishes support the ordination of women and welcome the ministry of female priests. However, due to theological convictions, St Andrew’s church believes the primary leadership of the church should be male. For this reason the PCC of St Andrew’s has requested under the Bishop’s Declaration that only male candidates be considered for this post Interviews will be held on Thursday 12 May 2016 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 Rev Tom Loh, Priest-in-Charge of St Michael’s would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy Tel: 01702 478462 email firstname.lastname@example.org; as would Revd Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Area Tel: 01268 552219 email email@example.com 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 Priest in Charge of All Saints and St Peter, Hutton The parish of Hutton offers to you a strong Ministry Team, an exciting ministry with children and young people, good links with its Church School; and friendly and welcoming congregations in its two churches The parish of Hutton is in South West Essex between Brentwood and Chelmsford, close to the A12, and within easy reach of the M25. It has very good rail links to London and the East Coast. Crossrail is being constructed to run from the nearby Shenfield Station through London and out to Reading, This is expected to be completed by 2018/19 The parish is very diverse, with properties ranging from £200,000 – to several million as well as social housing. It has a population of about 17,000 people, which is very mixed economically, 25% the richest to the poorest 25% and 25% in each of the other two quartiles. The churchgoing population tends to reflect that mix as it does the cultural and ethnic diversity. The parish has two churches: the fourteenth century church of All Saints in the ancient village, and the 1955 church of St Peter, which serves the needs of the new housing which was created at that time. St Peter’s is situated almost opposite the Rectory and in the same street as the Church School. The building was doubled in size in 1991 with the construction of a new nave, vestry, office and chapel, and refurbished in 2001. We have teams of people who run a variety of groups for children and young people; who prepare people for baptisms and weddings, and visit the bereaved; and who maintain strong links with our Church School, including running a prayer space day each term We are looking for an approachable, friendly and accepting priest who will: Encourage our work with children, and work with our Uniformed Organisations Build on our strong links with our Church School Work together with our committed Ministry Team and PCC. Understand the thinking behind the Bishop’s initiative in Transforming Presence and the possibility of the Mission and Ministry Units and would be willing to work with us where we already have contact and co-operation. Be approachable, friendly and accepting of all in our church and community. Interviews will be held on Friday 6th May 2016 An application form can be obtained from the Archdeacon of Chelmsford, 136, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RN (01245 258257) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 Rector of Wanstead We are looking for an able, mission-minded and prayerful priest to serve this flagship parish in East London. This liberal catholic parish is seeking a mission-minded, prayerful priest who will bring strategic leadership skills to the team of clergy and laity serving in our two churches, our excellent primary school, and in the community. Wanstead has two churches - Christ Church, by the Green off the High Street, which has the larger congregation, including many families with children at Wanstead Church School, and St Mary's, the superb Grade-1-listed church in Overton Drive. With around 450 on the electoral roll, Wanstead has considerable physical and human resources. We seek to grow in being a Transforming Presence in the local community, deanery and diocese. The parish profile is available from the parish website (see link on the right-hand side of this page). For the application papers and further details, please contact the Archdeacon of West Ham - firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8989 8557. Priest in Charge of Bradwell-on-Sea, Dengie and Asheldham, St Lawrence Newland and Tillingham Having started an exciting journey in a new joint benefice we would like our new Priest to help us take our churches forward, building new relationships, facing new challenges and embracing new opportunities The Joint Benefices, of Bradwell and St Lawrence and of Tillingham and Dengie, have opted to join as one benefice with a full time priest rather than, as in the recent past, two benefices each with a part time House for duty priest. So the first task will be to form this new benefice in such a way that it understands the mission God has given it and that each of its churches can flourish. The benefice also contains the ancient chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall, build by St Cedd in AD645. The chapel is under the oversight of Chelmsford Cathedral, with its own ordained Chaplain who is a member of the local ministry team The parishes are contiguous with each other, and located in the north-eastern corner of the Dengie Hundred on the east coast of Essex. The area retains much of its rural character with a degree of seclusion granted by the River Blackwater forming its northern boundary, the North Sea to the east and the River Crouch flowing along the southern limit of the peninsular. The area remains principally devoted to farming, however with the branch line from Southminster just a few miles to the south, many people commute from the area daily into London Click on the following links to find out more about each parish and its church: Bradwell-on-Sea; St Lawrence Newland; Tillingham; Dengie and Asheldham Our congregations include people from a varied denominational background and our style of worship attempts to take account of this eclecticism. We need an incumbent who can provide a ministry where all can be refreshed within the wide worshipping community All five of the parishes produced a survey of 10 questions to ask ‘what qualities’ parishioners would like their new priest to have and the top three most popular were: Schools (works closely with our local schools) Community (bringing church and community closer) Visiting; (those in need of support) Therefore, we seek an energetic and dedicated priest who can: Work with the two church primary schools and with existing groups and projects that have been started in the parishes. Reach out in pastoral care and engage with people of all ages, being warm, compassionate and ready to listen to those whom he or she meets, both inside and outside the church congregations. Inspire confidence to reach out to the communities, helping to unify any divided communities and groups and further develop the spiritual life of the parishes. Be a team builder who feels comfortable within the church and the community, discerning and developing the gifts and abilities of the laity Interviews will be held on Friday, 8 April 2016 An application form can be obtained from the office of the Archdeacon of Chelmsford, 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 Associate Priest (House for Duty) Stanford Rivers and Greensted We wish to appoint a House for Duty, Associate Priest to look after two lovely parishes in the new Ongar Unit. The parishes are St Margaret's Stanford Rivers and St Andrews Greensted juxta Ongar. These two churches are in wonderful countryside near the lovely thriving town of Ongar. Good local schools and other facilities. You will be working with the Revd Noel Taylor,Vicar of Chipping Ongar and convener of the Ongar Unit along with other clergy and lay colleagues to deliver misson and pastoral care across the Unit but will be specifically looking after the two parishes of Stanford Rivers and Greensted. Pastoral reorganisation is being planned which involves the two parishes detaching from their present arrangement and coming into the Ongar Unit in some way. You will be licensed in the interim to the Revd Noel Taylor and to the parish of St Martin Chipping Ongar and St Peter Shelley. The churches have been working ever more closely together in the vacancy but are looking now for a spritual leader who can bring skills in community outreach and worship development. Each church have their challenges but also there are great opportunities especially at Stanford Rivers where new young families development has meant a great opportunity to lead the churches into further growth. At Greensted, with one of the the oldest wooden church, there is opportunity to engage with pilgrims and others from the locality. These parishes have a history of being very supportive of their parish priest. Further details from the Archdeacon of Harlow Glebe House, Church Lane, Sheering, Bishops Stortford, CM22 7NR 01279 734524 email@example.com 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 the Diocese of Chelasfrod whilst taking carefully into account any recent changes in Church Law and the expectations of the law of the land.