Priest in Charge of the Church of Our Saviour, East Springfield
Church of Our Saviour is in a Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP), worshipping as one congregation of members from various backgrounds (Anglican/URC/Free Church), whilst working alongside the Roman Catholic church who use the space for Mass each Saturday. The building is shared and administered according to C of E regulations and a joint management committee holds responsibility for its upkeep.
Ministry is shared with a half-time URC Church Related Community Work Minister (the other half of her post is elsewhere in Chelmsford).
2018 was a significant year in the life of the church. A new Annexe was opened in April and the new URC CRCW minister arrived in June, just before the retirement of the previous incumbent. However, in August an electrical fault caused significant fire damage to the majority of the building; leaving only the Annexe within which to meet. All the equipment, bibles, AV systems, chairs, service sheets and much more were unsalvageable. Work is currently underway on renovating and re-equipping the church building, with the worshipping community, stronger than ever.
East Springfield is made up of two housing developments, Chelmer Village (built in 1978) and Chancellor Park (built in 1998). They are to the east of Chelmsford, one of England’s newest cities. The church is adjacent to the Village Square which is seen as the centre of Chelmer Village. The square is also home to an Asda supermarket, several local businesses, a doctor’s surgery, dental surgery, opticians and pharmacy.
We are a Christ centred multi-generational and multi-ethnic church, praying for a new Vicar who will help us to deepen our faith and witness in the 21st century.
Church of Our Saviour is in a strong position to evangelise to the local community and is looking for an inspired leader to take them forward with this.
If you feel God is calling you here we believe you will have some of the following qualities:
- Holy Spirit led with a focus on evangelism, mission, and community and be able to encourage servanthood, discipleship, and stewardship
- A team player and collaborative leader, able to work ecumenically. A spiritual guide for young and old alike
- A good communicator; both from 'the pulpit' and also one to one
- Able to take us further in our faith and deepen our Bible knowledge
- Open to our way of worship and the fact that we are a one-congregation LEP
- Community focused. It should be noted that the median age of the community is 34 whilst the median age of the church is 44
- Able to develop our purpose and our vision, boldly leading by example in their prayer life, reading of scripture and in the message they preach
Interviews to be held all day on Friday 6th September 2019
Archdeacon Elizabeth would also be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy.