Interim Minister for 3 years for Carlton Colville with Mutford in the Diocese of Norwich

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Carlton Colville

The appointment process for this vacancy is beginning again 

Applications should be submitted by 30 June.

The post will now be that of Interim Minister for 3 years. 

We are a benefice of two very different Parishes offering an opportunity to explore, experience, develop, and lead ministry in many different ways.

At St. Peter’s, Carlton Colville, we are an evangelical and welcoming fellowship who love the Lord and seek to share the Good News of the Gospel with the community around us. We worship using services from, or adapted from, Common Worship.

At St Andrew’s, we are a more traditional rural fellowship and worship using a mix of services from both Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship.

With two parishes within the Benefice, the main base, and location of the Rectory, is in parish of Carlton Colville, which is a small town suburb of the larger town of Lowestoft.  

Mutford is a small rural parish with several areas of settlement, separated by countryside and narrow lanes with a total population numbering less than 500. It is separated from Carlton Colville by fields.

Carlton Colville, whilst having a rural history, is now very much within a growing town of both families and retired people. It has most amenities either within its boundaries or within easy reach by car.  It has a population of 8,505 adults and children and comprises 4,000 private residences.

Worship takes place on Sundays with up to two services at Carlton Colville (9:00am and 10:30am) and one service at Mutford (11:00am). Ministers make use of licensed and authorised Laity to either start/end services at Carlton Colville, or conduct services at Mutford. There are also mid-week morning prayer meetings at Carlton Colville.

Ministry away from Sunday worship takes place within Carlton Colville. Groups stretch from a Parent and Toddler group through to two highly valued bereavement support groups. We are growing a Saturday morning Messy Church and have a dedicated Open the Book team which takes the Word of God into our two local Primary Schools.  There is also a very popular craft group which reaches out to those in the community of all faiths, or no faith at all.

Our Fellowships’ aims, which we would want the new Incumbent to focus on:

To be a listening Church, through

  • Listening to scripture as we model ourselves on Acts ch.2 v 42 - 47 by devoting ourselves to the scriptures and to each other as we praise God.
  • Listening to tradition and rejoicing at our connection to the wider Church as we recite the Nicene Creed “we believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic church”.
  • Listening to our neighbours in the parish, as a Christ centred community, as we endeavour to “love our neighbours as ourselves”.
  • Listening to ourselves as we acknowledge each person’s gifts, talents, and skills to build God’s church and discover who we’re meant to be.

To celebrate our church’s past and build on the present as we look beyond ourselves and envisage a future energized by growing faith and growing numbers of believers, as the Lord adds to our number daily those who are being saved.

To go where the Spirit leads us.

We are looking for someone who:

  • is a leader of vision and a teacher of truth, whose faith and teaching are rooted in God’s word.
  • will serve and encourage us with joy, building us up in faith as they lead us by example in loving obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • will encourage church members to explore lay ministry and leadership, including Authorised Worship Assistants or Readers, and be willing to mentor those who decide to take up the opportunity to serve God in this way.
  • can both support the elderly in our fellowship and encourage the young in our community.

Simeon's Trustees and Hyndman's Trustees are leading and long-standing Church of England patronage trusts, with patronage interests in nearly 200 parishes in over 40 dioceses. For more information see or contact Ann Brown  

If you wish to have an information conversation with either the Archdeacon or the Simeon's Trustee directly involved please read the Information Letter for contact details.

Closing date: 30 June 2020

A new interview date will be arranged in due course.