Vicar, West End Parish

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West End

We are looking for a priest who seeks to discern how we can join in with God’s mission here in West End, who will share our passion for traditional and Choral worship, alongside more contemporary and informal services, at the same time continuing our work in finding ways to encourage others of all ages, to join us in worship and fellowship to spread the Christian message in the Parish.

Our vibrant church strives to be at the centre of the community, with opportunities throughout the day for quiet prayer and contemplation. We have a committed and established lay team, keen to embrace a developing vision for St James’ Church. This team also acknowledges the needs and requests of our varied Church community by providing a mix of house groups and quiet spaces.

With the addition, in January 2016, of our contemporary service ‘Church Alive’ we have begun to expand our congregation to incorporate more families and younger people. We are looking for someone with imagination to see how we can build on this and to drive it forward to help it thrive.

Our traditional services allow for prayer and reflection from the congregation and with a robed choir, celebrate the musical aspects of worship. Built in 1890, our building is a fitting setting for a Sung Eucharist, something which we value highly at St James’.

Vision and Priorities

We are keen to see our new incumbent work with us on developing our vision. Key aspects include:


  • Develop, grow and refine contemporary and creative forms of worship.
  • Maintain and incorporate our established rich Anglican choral tradition and to help it grow.
  • Share the passion of our vibrant and varied musical ethos, working with our new Music Director, which extends across both our traditional and contemporary worship.

Nurture, growth and discipleship

  • Continue to encourage participation in all aspects of the church community, harnessing people’s gifts and talents throughout.
  • Support and innovate our current work with families, youth and young people.
  • Develop our house groups and outreach across all age groups, including the ‘missed generation’ (20-35).

Community, outreach and common good

  • Expand the geographic spread of our local mission, especially sharing our Christian faith and values with our local schools.
  • Embrace new technology across all areas of the Church and complete our ongoing Lighting and AV project ‘Project Aurora’, target completion 2021.

For an informal conversation contact: The Ven Dr Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth on 01962 710960.

Closing date: 29 November 2018 at noon.

Tour and interview: 29 January 2019.

An enhanced DBS is required.

A priest who will share the passion of a vibrant church family and be committed to helping us flourish and grow.

  • Build on our strong musical and liturgical offering in both our traditional choral and contemporary worship
  • Continue to encourage wide participation in our life and mission, and innovate in outreach.
  • Lead us in developing and implementing mission plans.
  • Live out a life firmly rooted in Christ, balancing ministry in a busy parish with personal life

We offer:

  • A warm welcome, prayer and support from a lively and growing church eager to embrace our journey together
  • A single church parish in an urban-village setting with strong links with our CE Primary School.
  • A well-located four bedroomed detached vicarage

For more information about this application process, please use this link

Winchester Diocese

At the heart of our life is the desire to be always Living the Mission of Jesus. We are engaged in a strategic process to deliver a mission-shaped Diocese, in which parochial, pastoral and new forms of pioneering and radical ministry all flourish. Infused with God's missionary Spirit we want three character traits to be clearly visible in how we live:

  • Passionate personal spirituality;
  • Pioneering faith communities;
  • Prophetic global citizens.

The Diocese of Winchester is an exiting place to be right now. With a grant of £4.3m from the strategic Development Fund, we are investing in missional projects across the diocese which are aimed at strategic growth for the common good. We pray that, if God is calling you to join us in his mission here, he will reveal this to you clearly as you consider this post.