Vicar - Old Church, Smethwick

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The Smethwick Chapelry Trustees, as Patron, seek a new Vicar of Old Church, Smethwick to lead this diverse community, part of Inclusive Church and in the liberal catholic tradition.

There is extensive community work based at the Dorothy Parkes Centre, close to the parish church, with which the incumbent will engage, as well as continuing to grow the spirituality and outreach of the congregation. This includes a number of asylum seekers and refugees, many with Farsi as their first language.

In particular, the new incumbent will

  • value joyful Eucharistic celebration and explore new forms of worship and prayer
  • continue the development of lay leadership
  • engage positively with children and young families
  • collaborate with neighbouring parishes in the Oversight Area.

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A Diocesan Profile for this post should be read prior to submitting an application, this is available from the HR Support Officer, Chris Booth who can be emailed on

Informal enquires are welcomed by the Archdeacon of Birmingham, the Venerable Jenny Tomlinson ( and 07769 200507).

Closing date: Sunday 29th January 2023

Visits and interviews: Tuesday 14th February 2023

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people, particularly those
under-represented including persons of Global Majority Heritage.

The Church of England Birmingham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders are expected to share this commitment. All appointments to roles undertaking regulated activity are subject to pre-appointment checks, including a references and a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check.

The Bishop of Birmingham, looks for priests to serve as incumbents who have the capacity to grow local church in spiritual depth, in numbers, in confident witness, and in serious engagement with their community. Central to this is the task of identifying, encouraging and endorsing the ministry of others and entrusting them with real responsibility in the work of mission and outreach.

The priest appointed to this role must have been ordained in the Church of England or a church in communion with it and must have exercised at least three years ordained ministry. Those applying to be considered must have the right to work in the UK as this vacancy has does not yet qualify to sponsor a visa. The priest appointed will be an office holder under Common Tenure, and the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations will apply.

It is important that the priest appointed plays a full part in the life of the deanery, particularly Chapter and Synod, and in the wider programmes of the Diocese. Opportunities for ecumenical collaboration should also be pursued, and good relationships sought with other faith communities.