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

18th Sep 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 Assistant Archdeacon, Clive Hogger, tel: 07377 997 143 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


Expressions of interest welcome.


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


Enhanced DBS Disclosure is required for this post.

Tile Hill Parish Profile

Priest in Charge, Swindon New Town

18th Sep 2019

Based in the centre of this vibrant and rapidly growing town, the three congregations of willing and committed people would welcome a prayerful priest for the Parish of Swindon New Town, which is under the alternative episcopal, sacramental and pastoral care of The Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

We seek a Priest of The Society who

· has enthusiasm and pastoral experience to work collaboratively to reach out to the wider community and encourage others to join the congregations;

· holds management and leadership skills to strengthen the unity of, and guide the parish into the future

· loves and cares for his people

· teaches the Christian faith

· celebrates the Sacraments in the Catholic tradition

· can work in partnership with neighbouring parishes for the strengthening of faith and the enrichment of worship.

The parish offers a very committed team of people, which aims to ensure that the priest will be free to carry out his vital work, unencumbered by day-to-day administration.


Applications are welcome from BAME candidates.



For an application pack and guidance notes, please visit the Diocese of Bristol's website:


Closing date: 30 September 2019

Familiarisation day: 22 October 2019

Interviews: 23 October 2019

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:

Camp Hill Parish Profile

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.

Vicar, All Saints, Shrewsbury

18th Sep 2019

The PCC seeks a priest of the Catholic tradition who will:

  • teach and nurture Christian faith and prayer;
  • maximise the pastoral and evangelistic opportunities of a restored full-time post
  • work closely with the PCC and other lay leaders;
  • provide joyful and purposeful leadership;
  • engage a socially-changing area of Shrewsbury;
  • promote mutual flourishing across the Shrewsbury Episcoopal area.
Further details, including the parish profile, available from:
For an informal conversation, please contact:
The Archdeacon of Salop, Paul Thomas, 01902 372 622 and / or
The Bishop of Ebbsfleet, 0118 948 1038 or
Application forms available from the Bishop of Shrewsbury's office: 01743 235 867 or
Closing date: 6th October 2019
Familiarisation day: 19th October 2019
Interviews: 20th November 2019


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