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Vicar (Self-Supporting Minister), St John’s, North Woolwich

Location: Newham

This small parish, sandwiched between the Royal Docks, with London City Airport and ExCeL, on one side and the Thames on the other, is set to undergo considerable regeneration as part of the London Borough of Newham's plans for the area.

The church currently occupies half of a building erected in 1968 and now in poor condition, described by Pevsner even when it was new as 'a dark brick box'. The other half is occupied by the Royal Docks Learning and Advice Centre on a long lease. An earlier church building is currently used as a music hall, and there is also some glebe land in the parish.

St John's congregation is small but faithful and needs to grow if it is to be viable in the long term. The patron's rights of presentation have been suspended for some years with a view to pastoral reorganisation but, with no immiediate sign of that happening, the suspension has been lifted and the patron and bishop are seeking to appoint a vicar with the particular skills needed to take advantage of the opportunities that local regeneration offers. These will include the ability to negotiate with developers in order to ensure that the Church of England has a strong presence in the area in years to come, as well using the built assets of the church to secure its financial viability for future generations. We would expect the successful applicant to have a proven ability to grow a congregation substantially in an area of regeneration.

The finances of the parish are such that it will not support a stipend, and the vicarage is also not currently available. The new incumbent will need to be entirely 'self-supporting', therefore.

The patronage of this parish alternates between the Bishop of Chelmsford and the Corporation of the City of London.

The interviews will take place on 10 July.

An application form can be obtained from

the Archdeacon of West Ham, 86 Aldersbrook Road, London E12 5DH (020 8989 8557) 

email a.westham@chelmsford.anglican.org

Closing Date: 1 July 2019

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