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

Priest in Charge of Christ Church, Warley, and St. Mary the Virgin, Great Warley

Location: Brentwood

Christ Church Warley has a long and distinctive evangelical tradition. It serves a parish of about 8,000 people in Brentwood. St Mary the Virgin serves the village of Great Warley (population 700), just south of the town. Its more central than that of Christ Church

St Mary’s church is a small but nationally renowned Grade 1 listed Arts and Crafts/Art Nouveau building. There are frequent parties of visitors, who are guided by one of the churchwardens; this provides an opportunity for local people to feel the presence of the church in the village.

Christ Church is mid-Victorian building, in an unfussy style with later additions. A new gathering space was built in 2009, with a completely refurbished hall, new toilets and a new kitchen. The church, gathering space and hall form one building complex, which hosts a wide range of church and community groups and activities. There is parking for about 20 cars, with more planned, which also helps.

Both churches have websites. Click here for Christ Church, Warley and here for St Mary the Virgin, Great Warley

Warley is a suburb of Brentwood, which is a fairly affluent area with many professional and well-educated families but there is also a mix of people from broader socio-economic backgrounds. The town is served by a good selection of private and state schools including a Church of England Free (secondary) School, Becket Keys. It is an attractive place to live, situated on the TFL rail system with a Crossrail station at Shenfield, so it is within easy reach of London. It also has many facilities such as country parks, a local theatre, local museum and sports facilities.

We are servant hearted congregations ready for deeper Christian teaching and godly leadership.

We are now looking for our next incumbent to lead us in our pilgrimage of faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord

Together, under the overall theme of building our faith community we are hoping to

  • Renew a shared spirit of mission within our churches;
  • Strengthen work with families with young children and teenagers;
  • Revitalise mid-week worship, prayer and teaching activity through study groups and new initiatives;
  • Reinforce Church members approach to financial stewardship;
  • Help those of all ages to discover and use their gifts and talents and understand their calling in the service of our Lord.

Interviews will be held all day on Friday 29th March 2019

An application form can be obtained from the Archdeacon of Chelmsford, 136, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RN (01245 258257), or by email to

Archdeacon Elizabeth would also be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy

Closing Date: 12 noon on Wednesday 27th February 2019

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