St Paul Old Ford is a friendly, welcoming Anglican church in Bow, East London. We are a church at the heart of our changing local community, and in normal times our building is a centre for life in Bow, open every day for a wide range of church and community activities.
Our current vision and purpose statement is ‘Loving God, seeking transformation’. This organises the main areas of our mission and helps direct our plans. It was developed with the full participation of the congregation, reflecting our desire to involve everyone in our mission.
The 4 main components are:
In our Sunday services, our worship style combines the modern and traditional. We use the Church of England liturgy and celebrate the Eucharist every week, but do so in a relaxed and informal style, with plenty of joyfulness.
Hyndman's Trustees and CPAS are joint patrons.
Closing date is 16 June with visit and interviews planned for 15-16 July.
The parish, like much of Tower Hamlets, is an exciting, culturally diverse and vibrant area with many opportunities to enjoy London life. It’s a place where people from all walks of life live and work. It includes both wealth and deprivation and is a place with long and proud traditions.
The parish is also a relatively youthful one. A fifth of the residents are children, and half are under 30, which makes our focus on youth work even more relevant.
The area has seen huge changes in recent years, particularly in the east of the parish in and around the Olympic Park, where money has poured in, and new developments are changing the landscape forever. But this prosperity is not experienced equally. Many families live below the poverty line, and our local food banks in Bow and Bethnal Green (which we support) have been working flat out to meet need, even before the pandemic and much more so now.
We’re looking for a new vicar who can help us build on our current vision and work. We want St Paul’s to be an even more inclusive and welcoming parish church. One which can truly reflect the cosmopolitan nature of East London and serve the changing demographic of our parish.
There are a number of priorities awaiting our new vicar, but among these are:
We are looking for a vicar who:
For more information on the kind of person we’re looking for, see the parish profile.
Hyndman's Trustees with Simeon'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 www.hyndmans.org.uk
For information about the joint patron, CPAS see CPAS - Making Mission Possible | Making Mission Possible
The process will be administered by Ann Brown from Hyndman's and Simeon's so you are welcome to email her.
Closing date for this post is midnight 16 June.
Visit and interviews 15-16 July.