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Vicar, St Mark's Ocker Hill, Tipton

28th Feb 2017

We are looking for a priest who


- Intends to stay in the Church of England and who will maintain the Catholic tradition of this resolution parish, rooting it firmly within the life of the Diocese.

-  Is a warm-hearted individual, with a sense of humour, who will be a good visitor and who will become well known in the community, as well as by the congregation.

-  Someone who will be able to develop lay ministry, and to guide and encourage the

congregation in their outreach to all sections of the community, especially the sick and housebound.

- Someone who would maintain and develop contacts with the local schools.

-  As the Church serves an Urban Priority Area, someone who could develop Direct Giving in order to ensure a sound financial base for the parish’s ministry and mission, and to restore a proper financial support of the work of the Church overseas.

-  In addition, a person willing to explore and develop ways of working in collaboration with neighbouring priests and parishes within the deanery and Ebbsfleet cluster.


Bishop Jonathan writes:


Go! baptize! teach!


I am delighted to have been entrusted with the oversight of St Marks, and to have received recently from the dedicated congregation a characteristically warm and generous Black Country welcome.  The same welcome awaits whoever is appointed as parish priest.


The pastoral priority herewhether in church, or on the streets, in homes and schoolsis as clear and simple as it is profound, and very similar to parishes across the Church of England:  to obey the Lord by making disciples, and building a community of hope. However near or far people feel they are from the Churchs life, the task is to enliven their spirits, communicate Jesuss call, and enable them to act on it.   What will be different here is that the new priest will have a vision for how this challenge can be met in a large estate parish, finding partnerships not only in the immediate congregation, but also in the deanery, in the Ebbsfleet connection across the diocese, and among other urban estates-based clergy, developing local leadership and creating appropriate resources to support points of growth.


It’s a place where priesthood will be stretched and can be satisfied.  I hope you will consider discerning with us whether this is God’s call to you


+ Jonathan Ebbsfleet


Enquiries and application forms via the Archdeacon of Walsall:


Closing date: Midday, Tuesday 14 March 2017

Familiarisation day: Tuesday 21 March 2017

Interviews: Tuesday 28 March 2017


Ocker Hill Parish Profile

Team Vicar, North Cheltenham Team Ministry

3rd Feb 2017

We are looking for a mission-minded traditional catholic priest who desires to be inspired and challenged to join this diverse and dynamic team. With a new Team Rector, and a newly-shaped diocesan vision this is an exciting opportunity to share in growing the mission of this benefice and diocese.


The benefice, formed of four parishes and five churches, serves a population of 21,000 and ranges in tradition from traditional catholic to broad centre. In addition to the Team Rector there are two Team Vicars, a Team Deacon, Readers, administrator and committed lay leaders. Within the team the Bishop of Gloucester has entrusted pastoral and sacramental oversight of All Saints parish to the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.  


Bishop Jonathan writes:


"Bishop Rachel and I are looking for mission-minded and experienced traditional catholic priests to apply for this potentially very rewarding assignment.  


Yours would be a ministry focused largely in the community at the stunningly beautiful All Saint’s Pittville, in the heart of Cheltenham (of which I have oversight under the House of Bishops’ Declaration);  and also on the many mission and ministry opportunities across North Cheltenham in partnership with the other clergy of the four-parish Team.   


The benefice is very nearly the CofE in microcosm - diverse in its various parochial histories, serving communities in rural, urban, residential and commercial areas.   Having just appointed a new Team Rector the whole team is looking forward to this appointment, and a future together where the catholic tradition is very much welcomed.


If you are interested and want to discuss any aspect of the profile, please ring my office on 0118 948 1038.


+ Jonathan Ebbsfleet


Application forms and information on the post can be downloaded from the Diocese of Gloucester's website:


Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 21 February

Interviews: Monday 13 March


Completed application forms should be sent to Kay Mundy, Secretary to the Archdeacon of Cheltenham at








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