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Could you be called to be the new Vicar of Otford? If you decide that God is calling you to consider this post, we look forward to hearing from you.

Otford is a semi-rural village of some 3500 people, situated in the Darent Valley in Kent, at the foot of the North Downs on the Pilgrims’ Way, in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our nearest town, Sevenoaks, is some 3 miles away. There are direct rail links to London (35 mins-1 hour) via our local railway station.

Otford has been inhabited since at least Roman times. It is home to both a listed duck pond (voted “Britain’s best roundabout” in 2013) and the remains of a medieval Archbishop’s Palace, amongst many other sites and buildings of archaeological and historical interest. Its accessibility, natural beauty and rich heritage makes Otford popular with visitors (including many walkers and cyclists) and commuters alike.

The Parish is situated within the Diocese of Rochester, with Westminster Abbey as its patron. It is the largest of the 14 rural parishes in the Shoreham Deanery, one of the six deaneries in the Archdeaconry of Tonbridge.


  • a supportive and sustained congregation of all ages, who enjoy a range of styles of worship
  • a Church with a large team of volunteers, offering wide-ranging skills, and including a sizeable and diverse Ministry team
  • a Church family that enjoys fellowship and having fun together
  • an active youth ministry with a dedicated volunteer leadership team
  • music from our talented and dedicated organist, choir, band and bellringers
  • a financially stable Parish, with a well-maintained historic church, benefiting from up-to-date technology and facilities
  • a thriving and vibrant village community of all ages
  • a five-bedroom vicarage in the heart of a beautiful village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Called Together - The Vision for the Diocese of Rochester:

Launched in November 2017, Called Together is the strategic vision for the Diocese of Rochester. The vision and core themes were discerned following extensive engagement across the Diocese, seeking to hear what God is calling us to in this place and time. The three themes – Growing Disciples, Enriching our Communities, and Resourcing our Mission and Ministry – seek to give focus and direction to our priorities over the next five years. Every parish in the Diocese is invited to support the shared vision in a way which fits their local context, working towards the same goals.

Called Together marks the beginning of an exciting journey for the Diocese of Rochester. As Bishop James said, “This is a significant moment for us as a Christian community. It has implications not just for how we move forward and connect as a Church family, but how we engage and support people across our communities.”

Called to Grow is the Diocese of Rochester’s five-step process for considering the whole life of our church community and what God may be asking of us – as part of the Called Together vision. At St. Bart’s, the PCC is now considering our own Called to Grow action plan. Plenty of ideas have emerged from our recent consultation of the whole congregation, which elicited a strong and encouraging response. The PCC is looking to implement some short-term ideas during the vacancy, in expectation of developing medium to longer-term goals with the new Vicar.

For details, please see the St Bartholomew's website:


We seek an incumbent who will demonstrate by both their preaching and their life the teaching of the Bible and who:

  • combines confidence in their own faith with a willingness to engage with those of different theological positions, and who will further develop sensitively our existing pattern of worship and teaching, whilst inspiring confidence in outreach, evangelism and mission
  • offers resilient leadership based on experience, valuing and supporting the contribution of the laity, and drawing the parish and our diverse congregation together in a common purpose and vision
  • will work out with rigour what it means to be a Church in the village of Otford and who will be themselves a visible and integral part of village life, building on the foundation and sense of community in our Church, and expanding our mission and integration into the wider community
  • will bring skill and vision to supporting our all-age congregation in making full use of their talents and gifts
  • embraces work with young people in Church, schools and village, and in particular our work with young families, continuing to support older members of the community, and encouraging all to grow in their Christian faith
  • respects the necessary stewardship of the Grade 1 listed Church building, whilst encouraging the development of wider use of all our buildings, for opportunities for the community to come together in mission

Further information about the Diocese of Rochester can be found at:

Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their application online via Pathways. Should you have any queries, please contact Maria Campbell, PA to the Archdeacon of Tonbridge:

Closing date for applications: Friday, 7th February 2020.

Interviews will be held on: 19th March 2020.

Candidates invited for interview will also be invited to contact the parish to arrange an informal visit prior to the interview date.

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS, with barred list check.