Assistant Parish Priest (Full-time stipendiary), Hanslope and Castlethorpe


Hanslope and Castlethorpe is a benefice of two villages in the Newport Deanery on the North Buckinghamshire and South Northamptonshire borders and have a population, currently, of 3,350 with a further 1,000 to be added in the next couple of years. The two churches are under the extended episcopal care of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet and are of moderate Anglo-Catholic church tradition. The churches are well supported and very active in their communities.


The current incumbent, The Revd Canon Gary Ecclestone, is being seconded by the Bishop of Ebbsfleet to work as his Parish Development Mentor for the next five years. He will continue to serve as Parish Priest and Area Dean but much of his parish role will be delegated to this new full time stipendiary Assistant Priest post. This is an incumbent status post and for a five-year period. The successful candidate will become the main and most visible face of the Church in the two communities. Fr Gary will continue to chair Castlethorpe PCC at least until the conclusion of the current building redevelopment project, but will delegate Hanslope PCC and the management of the day to day running of the two churches and their ministry to the successful candidate.


The new Assistant priest will:

  • be the prayerful centre of a busy parish
  • lead the benefice as it looks to build on 15 years of growth
  • encourage and resource a talented and committed group of lay leaders
  • will help us develop our vision and especially the opportunities we have through the occasional offices

We seek a traditional Anglo-Catholic priest who:

  • Is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross or affiliated to The Society of St Wilfred & St Hilda or willing to be so
  • Is rooted in prayer and can encourage others, of all ages, in the pursuit of holiness
  • Is fully committed to the sacramental life
  • Has a passion for both teaching and living out the catholic faith as the Church of England has received it
  • will plan and prepare diligently for public worship
  • Is kind and caring
  • Is naturally collaborative
  • will be a visible presence across our communities and especially in the two village schools
  • will visit people in their own homes

There’s a strong sense of shared vision within the two congregations and community life is in general is friendly and welcoming. Whilst rural in character the benefice is centrally located and within easy reach of London and the Midlands by rail (into Euston) and road (M1). There are good local schools and encouraging and supportive laity with whom to work. This post is a tremendous opportunity for someone. 


Bishop Jonathan writes:

I am immensely encouraged by a partnership that is coming together - between myself, Fr Gary, the bishops and dioceses of Oxford and Coventry, and the PCCs of Hanslope and Castlethorpe - to support a new initiative.  This vacancy concerns the last - and crucial - partner ... which could quite possibly be you.  


If you're just completing your curacy, and looking for a parish where significant day-to-day pastoral responsibility and leadership opportunities, in a busy community-based Catholic-tradition parish, are combined with collegiality with other clergy; or your retirement is in sight and you have the skills and aptitudes to take a lead in a team context for five years; or if you are simply attracted by the post and its setting we hope you will apply.


So much of this proposal is testimony to the qualities of parish life in Hanslope and Castlethorpe:

  •  outward-looking, daring and confidently part of their local communities;
  •  faithful to the Catholic tradition of the Church, and keen to learn and grow as Christian disciples;
  • prayerful and serious about their worship and mutual care;
  • aware of the needs of different age-groups in the church, but committed to their life together as an extended family.
This new role is, then a rare combination of an opportunity for pastoral leadership in a responsive and hope-filled parish alongside partners who are committed to the success of our venture.
For an informal conversation, please contact the Bishop of Ebbsfleet's office on 0118 948 1038 or
Closing date for applications: Monday 20th January at noon;
Interviews: Monday 3rd February
Enhanced DBS Disclosure required.
For more information and to apply, please use this link:

Hanslope and Castlethorpe Profile

Vicar, St Laurence, Long Eaton and Priest-in-Charge, Holy Trinity, Ilkeston

Vicar of Long Eaton St Laurence and

Priest-in-Charge of Ilkeston Holy Trinity


We are two Resolution parishes under oversight of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet and affiliated to the Society above.


We eagerly await a new pastor who

  • Will be committed to the centrality of prayer, the sacraments, scripture and service to the community 
  • Will nurture, encourage, motivate and challenge us in the areas of mission, growth and outreach 
  • Will be at ease across the whole church family 


We are two parishes in the catholic tradition who

  • Strive for excellence in worship and depth in prayer
  • Want to be better at outreach and mission
  • Want help in developing and growing our vision



The Bishop of Ebbsfleet writes:


The two parish communities involved in this appointment, together with their clergy, eagerly await their new pastor.  The priest we are looking for is a priest who understands their ministry as an apostolic ministry to 'build churches' - to build up the people of God in faith and prayer, to draw them together for the work of mission and service in the local community and to be communities of hope further afield.  He will be committed to the centrality of prayer, the sacraments, the scriptures and practical service of the needy as the key aspects of the Church's life


We need a person who is an effective team player and communicator and to express an attitude of mutual flourishing; and we want a person at ease across the church family.


We hope that you will want to apply, in the hope that God may be calling you to serve here.


+ Jonathan Ebbsfleet


Conversations are welcome with:

The Bishop of Ebbsfleet on 0118 948 1038 or


The Archdeacon of Derby, 01332 388 676 or


Enhanced DBS clearance required

Long Eaton and Ilkeston Parish Profile

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

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

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

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


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