Vicar, Reading St Luke with St Bartholomew

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                Vicar for the Parish of St Luke

with St Bartholomew,


Friendly, inclusive Parish Church seeks enthusiastic, prayerful, courageous and loving Incumbent to work with us to discern God’s will and be the Body of Christ in our community.                                                

                                  Can you: 






If so, this exciting opportunity offers the challenge to embrace the old, the new, and the unknown with love and God’s grace.

The Parish has a strong Eucharistic tradition and is situated in a largely residential area near the centre of Reading, close to the University and Hospital.  We have three beautiful Victorian Church buildings;  St Luke’s is our main centre of worship; St Bartholomew’s provides a home for a very successful Performing Arts College and our Parish Hall is home to the community garden and numerous groups for children and adults.

If you think God may be calling you to be a part of our journey, please read on:

Mission and Outreach

 • Work with the church to explore and develop ways of ‘creating space for life’ in the Parish and Community

• Develop our understanding of what it means to be an ‘Inclusive Church’ and lead the implementation of activities that demonstrate our commitment to this inclusivity

• Engage and attract families and young adults (including University students in our area) to become part of the church community

• Develop our work with local schools in order to create stronger links and opportunities for sharing the gospel

• Embody the presence of Christ both within and outside the church, representing the church to those in the wider community by being ‘salt and light’

• Grow our community engagement, both setting up new activities and making links with existing groups

• Engage and attract people into the church community, including building upon the opportunities that the occasional offices provide

• Lead the church community into a deeper understanding and more radical expression of their faith

• Continue to explore the opportunities that our links with Read College provides 

Our new Incumbent will play a leadership role working with the PCC to commission all church members as we continue our journey to become a caring, inclusive church which is outward looking.  We wish to create ‘Space for Life’ and strive to seek ways to serve the local community better and welcome new members in the name of Jesus Christ.

He/she will be compassionate, contemplative and courageous.  He/she will help us through prayer to make the right decisions to serve our neighbours as well as our fellow Christians.   

We are foremost a community of Christian people,  strongly driven by worship and prayer and a desire to support not only ourselves but the community around us and in the wider world.

We have a closely-knit group of very diverse people – very different and from many walks of life but united by our common faith and belief in God.
Full details can be found on our Parish Profile, please see below.

Closing date for Applications: Sat 10th October 2020
Interviews: Weds 28th October 2020