Vicar for St Andrew's Church Biggleswade

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Worshipping God with Joy, Growing in Faith, Serving with Love, and Welcoming All

The Benefice of Biggleswade St Andrew is part of the Diocese of St Albans and it is an enormously valued and valuable member of the Diocesan family. The Bishop of St Albans and and Bishop of Bedford expect its distinctive witness to continue, flourish and develop under the guidance of its new Vicar.

This is a substantial and exciting job for the right priest with the opportunity to build a strong missional church, rooted in worship and prayer that serves the whole community of Biggleswade, both established and new. There is much to build on, and much to do. You will be supported by a good lay team and have the chance to form an even stronger team of lay and ordained colleagues. St Andrew’s have already begun to explore what pioneering ministry within the new housing looks like and are desirous to take this forward. The schools are and will be important partners in this. It is a post that requires the ability to lead, to inspire and to release joy in God’s people.

This is a Benefice which has affirmed and been blessed by the contribution of ordained women in public ministry, and the Diocese looks for this approach to continue.

Are you a priest who:

  • has the energy and enthusiasm to translate our vision in practical and living ways
  • can offer a breadth of prayerful and inspiring spirituality to all ages in church, our schools, and the wider community
  • can utilise our abilities and skills to manage the challenges and opportunities that we face post pandemic
  • is pastorally gifted, nurturing, and a good listener.

We offer:

  • a commitment to pioneering outreach to the new housing
  • an active community of faith, with lay ministers and leaders for Sunday School, study groups, and music
  • a welcoming supportive and gifted community of faith
  • a financially well-resourced parish, with secretarial support
  • a 4-bedroom family home with separately accessed study
  • established civic, ecumenical, and school links

Enhanced DBS disclosure is required

For more information about this application process and to apply for the post, please contact the Archdeacon of Bedford's office using this link or contact the Archdeacon of Bedford's PA, tel 01727 818 167

Closing date for applications: Noon Monday 10th May 2021

Interview date: Monday 7th June 2021

The Diocese of St Albans consists of the counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and part of the London Borough of Barnet. The population is approximately 1.8 million, and the total electoral roll number is approximately 32,000. The Bishop of St Albans has overall responsibility for the Diocese. He is assisted by two suffragan bishops, the Bishop of Bedford and the Bishop of Hertford, who in turn are assisted by the Archdeacons of St Albans, Bedford and Hertford. There are twenty deaneries and the Diocese has 340 parishes, of which about one third are rural, 210 benefices, 414 churches, 257 stipendiary clergy, 44 non-stipendiary clergy, 223 clergy with Permission to Officiate and 248 Lay Readers. There are 138 Church Schools and Academies in the Diocese.

The Diocese of St Albans has a clear vision of Living God’s Love with three priorities: Going Deeper into God, Transforming Communities, and Making New Disciples.