Vicar for Cople, Moggerhanger, and Willington

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The Benefice of Cople, Moggerhanger and Willington, 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 I expect its distinctive witness to continue, flourish and develop under the guidance of its new Vicar.

The Benefice is well-placed to consolidate and build on the vision and mission activities of the last few years. There has been imagination, creativity and much outward looking commitment to making Christ known across the benefice. An important initiative for the benefice is the new Forrest Church which enables all ages to gather outside and connect with creation. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone excited by the Kingdom and the potential for church growth.

One of the Patrons for this Benefice is The Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford, who have offered generous support to the incumbent in the past through grants from the Dr South Three-Fifths Trust.

Please note that applications should be made via the Archdeacon's office, contact details below, and not through the Pathways online application system.

Close to the River Great Ouse our Benefice is situated in a beautiful part of the Bedfordshire countryside. Priory Marina and Route 51 of the National Cycle Network are nearby. There are good road and rail links. There are several small independent theatres in Bedford, museums and an art gallery. Leisure and recreation facilities are in Sandy, Biggleswade or Bedford.
Cambridge and Milton Keynes are just half an hour away.
The Benefice consists of the parishes of Cople, Moggerhanger and Willington, which are situated to the east of Bedford. The three parishes are village communities, Each parish has a historic listed church which has a wider support group (Friends) for the fabric of the building.
Each village has its own Village Hall, local pub providing food, recreation ground, car repair facilities and a Parish Council. The Post Office / shop at Willington services the three villages. Willington and Cople fall within Bedford Borough and Moggerhanger falls within Central Bedfordshire.

We hope and pray that the person whom God has chosen for this Office will hear his call. It is likely that this will be a priest who embodies the following attributes;

  • Who is well organised with a strong sense of pastoral care
  • Who is willing to embrace the opportunities offered through modern technology taking a fresh approach to our worship
  • Who will provide challenging preaching based on a clear knowledge of the Bible
  • Who has empathy and is proactive in welcoming all ages and in reaching out to families, children and young people
  • Who is not discouraged easily and likes a challenge
  • Who is approachable and has a good sense of humour

Enhanced DBS Disclosure is required

Closing date for applications – 12 Noon Monday 20th September 2021

Interview date – Tuesday 12th October

For more information or to apply, please contact: Mrs Tricia Reed, PA to the Archdeacon of Bedford, 17 Lansdowne Road, Luton LU3 1EE

Tel: 01727 818167 or email:

Being called to serve our community means being immersed in our community life - here are some extracts from our Benefice Profile which is attached;

Cople is a village which can be traced back to the Domesday Book. The village is surrounded by farmland and farming remains an important part of the community. Cople has a pub -The Five Bells, a garage, Primary School (situated over 2 sites), village hall, playing field, cricket pitch, football pitch, children’s playground, mobile library and a sports and social club. The village has a monthly magazine which is delivered to every household. There is also a village and a church website.

Moggerhanger has a history and reputation of being a strong community which has been strengthened by the church starting up ‘Moggerhanger Help’ groups for community aid during lockdown. Moggerhanger (though smaller at the moment) is probably the fastest growing village of the three.

Willington church is set in a buy community including many organisations including the Willingtots Pre-School, The Brownies, Evergreens, Village Market, a Martial Arts group and a Pilates Class.
The Danish Camp visitor centre and restaurant is situated on the banks of the Great Ouse where we hold a Summer Songs of Praise and at Christmas, Carols in the Cabin. We also have two Garden Centres and a village pub. There is a village shop/post office, fruit and vegetable market and Italian Deli. We have a Riding School for the disabled which is well supported by the village.