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

18th Sep 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:

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


the Bishop of Ebbsfleet 0118 948 1038 or


Completed applications to be sent to the Archdeacons' Administrative Assistant, Matt Robinson -


Expressions of interest welcome


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

House for Duty, St Peter's West Bromwich

18th Sep 2019

St Peter’s, West Bromwich

is seeking to appoint a


House for Duty Priest


St Peter's is a parish in the heart of the Black Country, rooted within the catholic tradition that is looking for a priest who will:

  • minister within the parish on Sunday plus 2 other days per week and occasional offices; 
  • exercise a sacramental ministry that centres on the Mass 
  • reach out to the local community and bring the church to the people and the people to the church;
  • be a pastor, spiritual director, teacher and friend.
Bishop Jonathan writes:

Though small, the congregation is dedicated and very hardworking, and, as you will read, has a clear and practical shared vision for their worship and witness – both for the immediate next steps of their mission plan, and for the further journey.  What they most need—what any clearly Catholic community needs—is a priest who can feed that hope, and lead that journey. 


There are high expectations of working together—as clergy and laity—both in partnership with the congregation of St Francis Friar Park, whose strength and encouragement will be a real asset to St Peter’s, and in a closer fellowship with the Ebbsfleet parishes in this part of the Black Country. 


Please do not hesitate to be in touch, with me or with Fr Ron, if a conversation would help.  May God bless your thinking and praying.



For further details please go to


For an informal discussion, please contact Fr Ron Farrell


Tel: 0121 556 5823




The Bishop of Ebbsfleet, 0118 948 1038,


Enquiries and Application Form from the Archdeacon of Walsall  


Tel: 01543 622 590


Closing Date:                         8th October 2019

Familiarisation Day:              w/c 14th October 2019

Interview Date:                     25th October 2019


All applicants shoudl normally have 3 years' experience in the Church of England or another Anglican church in the British Isles.  This appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


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