Team Vicar for Families, Children and Schools

Posted 18 days agoExpires in 1 month
Standard stipend

As part of a dynamic new project on the island we are looking for two Team Vicars to join the newly formed parishes of Newport and Carisbrooke linked with the parish of Gatcombe to help us in our mission and vision for this upcoming resourcing hub on the Isle of Wight.

  • Our Team Vicar for Families, Children and Schools will take responsibility for the parishes' work with families, children and the local schools and colleges and will have pastoral responsibility for St John's, Newport.

  • Our Team Vicar for New Congregations is advertised for separately on this website.

Live : Pray : Serve is our vision and mission in the Diocese of Portsmouth and we want others to join us and to grow in depth, impact and number.

As a resourcing hub the parish and its team of lay and ordained people together with the new Team Vicars will focus on

  • offering a range of worship from traditional to contemporary
  • giving excellent and impactful pastoral care and social action
  • providing exciting and coordinated work with families and children
  • growing disciples and nurturing the gifts of every member

The Team Vicars will play a vital role working alongside the Team Rector, and other staff team members, both lay and ordained, to provide relevant and effective worship, outreach and service to the community, building and deepening the relationships with those already engaged with the churches and with those who the churches are not yet reaching.

We are committed to Live : Pray : Serve and have a culture that is courageous, pioneering, collaborative and generous.

Our Team Vicar for Families, Children and Schools will

  • deliver the mission and ministry of the benefice
  • work with the ministry team and the Team Rector in outreach to families and children
  • nurture the faith of all within the life of the church and take a lead role in work within education settings

Our Team Vicar for Families, Children and Schools will be able to

  • lead God's people in the offering of praise and the proclamation of the gospel.
  • build a deepening sense of unity, common purpose and cooperation between the churches in the benefice
  • engage proactively with the wider community in particular with families, children and those in schools and colleges

Founded relatively recently, in 1927, the Diocese of Portsmouth combines very diverse communities, ranging from densely populated and relatively deprived city and coastal areas to affluent rural areas. With 172 churches and 139 parishes we have weekly worshippers of around 14,000 and are supporting 41 Church of England schools and 4 academies.

The Isle of Wight is a single deanery and Archdeaconry, covering 59 church communities. The new combination of churches - Newport and Carisbrooke together with Gatcombe - provides an opportunity to celebrate the strengths of the old parishes and build new opportunities for mission.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 1st April 2021.

The interviews for this post will be held on Thursday 15th April 2021.

For any further information on this post please contact Archdeacon Peter Leonard on

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