Sought – due to the retirement of the previous postholder:
A “House for Duty Priest” (Sunday plus 2 days) to serve in a well-established benefice team: post based at St Mary The Virgin, Colton, in the delightful rural Staffordshire Benefice of Abbots Bromley, Blithfield, Colton, Colwich and Great Haywood.
Realistic HfD role with a long pedigree that is well understood in the parishes.
A focus on pastoral mission to the whole community of Colton while sharing in supporting the benefice mission, especially our mid-week ministry to local primary schools.
Collaborative benefice team, whose roots vary from open evangelical, liberal and liturgical traditions, all of one heart committed in serving Christ and making his grace known.
Space and time for you to do your own thing. Staffordshire has everything going, except the sea! Easy access to the rest of the UK and beyond: Birmingham 50 minutes, London under 2hrs from the parish railway station.
Modern 4 bed rectory in a quiet location with a garden and off road parking; expenses, HfD fees and a friendly, supportive deanery and diocese.
"... coming here allowed me to be the priest I always felt I was called to be" (a previous post-holder)
About the Diocese
Lichfield Diocese is one of the most diverse dioceses in the country. Rolling countryside and vibrant inner-city life nestle together in a region that takes in Staffordshire, the Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent, most of Shropshire and bustling Black Country centres including Walsall and Wolverhampton. The only thing we don’t have is the sea!
Our shared diocesan vision extends an invitation to all to “Come follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad”.
As we follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad, we pray that the two million people in our diocese encounter a church that is confident in the gospel, knows and loves its communities, and is excited to find God at work already in the world. We pray for a church that reflects the richness and variety of those communities and partners with others in seeking the common good, working for justice as a people of hope.
Further information about the Diocese is available at https://www.lichfield.anglican.org/
The Revd Preb. Simon Davis (Rector) 01283 840242 or email
The Archdeacon of Lichfield the Ven Dr Sue Weller 07583 119740 or email
All applicants should normally have 3 years’ experience in the Church of England or other Anglican church in the British Isles.
Closing date: 6th July 2023
Familiarisation date: w/c 17th July 2023
Interviews: w/c 31st July 2023