Vicar of St Mary with St Peter, Bury St Edmunds

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Bury St Edmunds
Office Holder

The two churches in the parish, St Mary's with St Peter’s, are both firmly rooted in the evangelical tradition of the Church of England.

There are a variety of styles of worship, ranging from traditional services with robed choir to contemporary services with a worship band.

We are seeking a visionary leader of godly character, and Christ led, who will nurture us and help us share our Christian faith.

Vision for the Parish: “We seek to worship the God and Father of our Lord Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit; to teach the Bible in a way relevant to everyday life; to grow people in faith, understanding and love; to equip people to serve others; to offer people opportunities to meet Jesus and discover forgiveness and new life.”

Bury St Edmunds is a historic market town in the heart of East Anglia, with a growing population of nearly 42,000. It has a fascinating heritage, there are a good number of excellent schools in the town, both state and in the private sector. The demographic of the parish varies from the relatively well-educated and financially stable through to those living in social housing. The parish includes two significant employers: a General Hospital (West Suffolk Hospital), and the Greene King Brewery.

The Parish has an important role in the life of the town; St Mary’s is the Civic church and hosts a number of town services, and there are ongoing relationships with local schools. Other ministries include developing youth, families, and seniors within our communities. There are also ministries to the many thousand tourists who visit St Mary’s as a historic building, and to those who choose to marry in the church.

Both St Mary’s and St Peter’s churches have an evangelical tradition rooted in our love for God’s word. We long to introduce the people in our parish to Jesus, and to see lives changed to the glory of God and to the benefit of the community. We trust Him to shape our lives and our attitudes through clear biblical teaching. We are united in our desire to share the joyful message of Christ with those around us. We hold services in traditional, contemporary and informal styles. There is a parish community centre, the Thomas Clarkson Centre.

  • Helping the congregation to grow in their relationship with God.
  • Develop a sense of one community across the Parish and between our congregations: the 9.15 and 11.00 o’clock services have their own distinct congregations, and who need to find ways of meeting together.
  • Build up our prayer life. There are a number of Home Groups, but there is scope for more. ·
  • Develop our pastoral support and community activities which were affected by the pandemic͘
  • Grow our work with children, families, and young people.
  • Develop our plans to make the best use of our buildings. We love our church but would like to make it a more welcoming space, particularly around the entrance.

We are seeking a visionary leader of godly character, and Christ led, who will nurture us and help us share our Christian faith, someone who is: ·

  • A thoughtful and articulate preacher, well-grounded in the Bible as the inspired word of God, committed to living out the message of the cross and resurrection in their life. ·
  • An approachable leader, experienced in managing a broad team of staff and volunteers, equipping and releasing them to work interdependently as their identified gifts allow.
  • Mission-minded and passionate to work alongside the local community, as well as supporting the world-wide church.
  • A pastor, able to get alongside people and support them with love and compassion · Energised by the opportunity and potential of a significant civic role.
  • Able to minister effectively and enthusiastically to a diverse range of people who worship in diverse ways including those new to Church of all ages or from other traditions and faiths.
  • Able to work creatively and collaboratively with us, leading the PCC and working with the leadership team of St Peter’s as well as other local churches and organisations.

The post is open to women and men. The vicar must be willing to support the ministries of colleagues, both male and female.

Simeon's Trustees is a leading and long-standing Church of England patronage trusts, with patronage interests in over 140 benefices in 32 dioceses.

For more information about Simeon's see www.simeons.org.uk or contact ann.brown@simeons.org.uk

For more information about the application process and for the contact details for an informal conversation do see the attached Information Letter.

Closing date for this post is midnight Tuesday 17th May

Visit and Interviews: Tuesday 21 - Wednesday 22 June