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Vicar (Interim Basis), St Oswald's, Tile Hill

11th Mar 2019

We are seeking a Society priest, or a priest who is willing to sign up to The Society for the parish of Tile Hill in the Coventry Diocese - a parish with huge potential for community regeneration initiatives.


In particular, the parish seeks a priest who is:

  • able to be a positive presence and work with a wide number of people, churches and organisations to bring about unifying and transformational change in a local community;
  • pastorally skilled with people who can have complex issues and lives, with an ability to be a 'peace-maker';
  • able to develop and deliver excellent Christian faith exploration opportunities and courses, along with helpful ways of developing discipleship and a passionate spirituality for everyday life

Bishop Jonathan writes:


The task within the parish, is that of a shared one - between the new parish priest and the worshipping congregation and is full of opportunities to be seized, opportunities that are linked to renewing parish life and mission overall, renewing worship and discipleship, mission and evangelisation, all in a Catholic and sacramental key.


Our aim is that after three years, St Oswald's will be able to tell a story about how a Eucharistic community is built in a way that transforms the possibilities for all around it, not just for itself, about how barriers are broken down and people discover common vision and common purpose in Christ.


The tapestry that dominates the sanctuary of the church is of St King Oswald and his inspired choice as missionary bishop, St Aiden.  Providentially, Oswald's exile in Ireland made him the perfect translator for the preaching of Aiden and his fellow monks until they had mastered English.  Are you the priest who can translate the Gospel to the people of Tile hill, and help them respond.  We hope that you are.


For an informal conversation please contact:


The Archdeacon Missioner, Ven Morris Rodham, tel: 07506 731 892 or


The Area Dean, the Reverend Greg Smith, tel: 02476 422 856 or


The Bishop of Ebbsfleet's Representative, Fr Dexter Bracey, tel: 02476 711 687 or


The Bishop of Ebbsfleet tel: 0118 948 1038 or


Closing date for applications: Noon, Friday 22nd March

Interviews: Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th April


An application form can be downloaded from the Diocese of Coventry's website:


Enhanced DBS Disclosure is required for this post.

St Mary and St John Camp Hill (Nuneaton): Vicar on an Interim Ministry Basis

11th Mar 2019

We welcome applications from priests in the Anglo-Catholic tradition registered with The Society (or who are willing to do so) and who:

  • Are a positive role model to the congregation and wider Diocese in growing a healthy church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition in an area undergoing significant regeneration, with the Eucharist at the heart of worship, contributing to the already positive influence Society churches are bringing to the health and diversity of the wider Diocese;
  • Value and enjoy working in schools, maintaining current links and can translate that into reaching and attracting young families;
  • Can lead the church into a vibrant new future, including some major renovation, refurbishment and possible re-building of parts of the church plant to enhance church growth and community development initiatives;
  • Do not mind starting with a small base of people;
  • Are able to laugh, have fun and be part of the local community.

Bishop Jonathan writes:


The parish of St Mary and St John Camp Hill has plenty of challenges: that much will be plain from the parish profile.  But they are genuinely opportunities and advantages for any priest who is confident (and who wants to grow in confidence) as a pastor and teacher, willing to cultivate, very deliberately, trustful friendships across any frontiers.


Church life and early priestly ministry on the Camp Hill estate fifty or sixty years ago played important part in the development of the community; and those links have begun to be re-energized recently as the authorities, and the community itself, has invested new-found ‘Pride in Camp Hill’ (, putting behind a history of decline after the end of the local coal industry and looking to the future.


Therefore, we need a priest – whether you’re entering your first incumbency or you’re already more experienced – who can be an imaginative teacher of a congregation with a hunger to be guided and taught, and a missionary in a changing context and community.  As Bishop Christopher has mentioned, an essential part of the church’s outreach is the recently renewed relationships with the local primary school.


The single most important legacy from previous years is the centrality of the sacramental moments and rhythms in parish life.  And, therefore, we need – and I, as bishop with oversight, need – a priest who believes that Church is ‘mission-shaped’ because it is ‘sacrament-shaped’: missionary because sacramental.  That Christian life and learning, Christian evangelism and wider mission is a constantly celebrated, constantly deepened life in Christ’s body.


Finally, I want to echo Bishop Christopher’s endorsement of the witness of the catholic tradition parishes within the Diocese of Coventry.  It’s a positive and strong and fellowship of able and imaginative priests and parishes that will be an essential network and encouragement for you, if as I hope, you’re considering seriously whether God is calling you here.



Informal conversations welcome.  Please contact:

Archdeacon Missioner, Ven Morris Rodham, 07506 731 892 or


the Acting Area Dean, Rev Kate Massey, 024 7637 2089 or


the Bishop of Ebbsfleet's representative, Fr Dexter Bracey, 024 7671 1687 or


Completed applications to be sent to the Archdeacons' Administrative Assistant, Joe Grayson -


Closing date for applications: noon, Friday 29th March 2019

Interviews: 9th and 10th April 2019


An application form can be downloaded from the Diocese of Coventry's website:

Vicar (Benefice of South with New Hinksey, Oxford)

4th Mar 2019

We are seeking to appoint a priest of The Society for this half-time role who is:

  • deeply formed in prayer (both liturgical and personal), the Scriptures and the sacraments;
  • able to nurture spiritual growth and to lead in evangelism and service;
  • a hardworking pastor;
  • able to communicate effectively with people in and beyond the church.

The Bishop of Ebbsfleet writes:


Oxford is famous for its ecclesiastical as well as its wide social diversity.  Situated in the city’s southern outskirts, the parish is unique among its churches as a committedly traditional Anglo-Catholic parish.  But its commitments are far from narrow.  “We believe in God’s love and generosity to all his people through Jesus”, says the parish’s mission statement, “and as his people in this place we hold out our hands in welcome.”  Therefore we are seeking a confident priest, rooted in Catholic tradition, (and probably already affiliated to The Society) to minister in the parish, who can deepen the communal life, and widen the service and outreach of the two congregations, and who will enable it to play a visible part in the mission of the Deanery and See city overall. 
While the parish has long been under the pastoral and sacramental oversight of the Bishops of Ebbsfleet, it will be important, as you read, to keep in mind the wider life of the diocese and the next stages in its overall vision and priorities.  They can be explored in more detail on the diocesan website:
In addition to what I have outlined above, Bishop Steven and I would expect the priest we appoint to be a man whose love for the Church, and whose passion for Christian formation, for mission and for community engagement, reveals
• a deep sacramental spirituality with a discipline of prayer;

• an understanding of the sacraments as primary missionary tools for church growth in number and in spiritual gifts;

• a generous inclusivity, so as to engage effectively with a range of opinions and background;

• an ability to think theologically and communicate effectively;

• a warmth of character and a high value for relationships;

• a disciplined life that gives proper time to work, prayer and rest.
If, with all modesty, you recognize yourself in these qualities, and you are trying to discern a fresh pastoral responsibility, I hope that you will take that discernment to the next stage with us.


For an informal conversation, please contact either the Archdeacon of Oxford (01865 208 263) or the Bishop of Ebbsfleet (0118 948 1038).


For an application form and further details, please visit the Diocese of Oxford's website


Closing date: Midday, Friday 17th May

Interviews: Friday 7th June


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