House for Duty, St Mary the Virgin, Buriton

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North Lane, Buriton, Petersfield
Office Holder
House for Duty

The incumbent of Petersfield and Buriton is looking for a House for Duty colleague to minister as parish priest to the village of Buriton.

Buriton is a small village in the South Downs National Park- a community where it’s easy to know and be known, and a thriving church with a congregation of 30+. We’re looking for a priest who builds relationships easily, who is confident in their ministry and who enables the vocation of others.

Buriton is a vibrant rural community with a strong sense of identity. St Mary’s has been at the heart of this community, physically and spiritually,for 850 years. It has flourished in recent years, drawing in worshippers from neighbouring Petersfield and further afield, attracted by the distinctive nature of a village church community and by its broad form of worship.

The self-supporting, House-for-Duty priest, parish priest in Buriton will commit to working two days a week plus Sundays and major church festivals.

The key responsibilities will be

  • to provide spiritual leadership to the congregation of St Mary’s and to the wider parish of Buriton;
  • to lead and develop our regular pattern of services and worship;
  • to ensure that there is an active programme of study and prayer

The ideal candidate will be

  • compassionate and caring with a calling for pastoral care and a deep understanding of the varied pastoral needs of the community;
  • passionate about their faith and creative and sensitive in helping others to find their way to Christ and to deepen their faith;

The Diocese of Portsmouth stretches across south-east Hampshire and includes the whole of the Isle of Wight. It has139 parishes, many diverse rural and urban communities and a wide range of churchmanship.

Bishop Jonathan Frost was installed in March 2022, and has shared his vision for the diocese – a place where all are invited into a life-enhancing encounter with Jesus Christ.

The interviews will be held on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th July 2023.

For further information on the role, please contact Acting Archdeacon Will Hughes on