In the largely urban Diocese of Birmingham, Wythall is a village community that has been steadily expanding, 8 miles south of Birmingham City Centre. It is in the County of Worcestershire, and so its residents tend to look to Redditch and Bromsgrove for civic administration, shops, hospitals and other major amenities. Another centre, Solihull, is only 5 miles away, and there is easy access to the Midlands motorway network.
Recent years have seen the systematic building of housing, largely privately-owned, for a mobile population largely working in the nearby urban centres. There is no significant presence of minority ethnic population. Only 2% (2011 census) declared themselves to be of other faiths.
The area is served by small parades of shops, three schools, a youth centre, and recreational facilities. The City of Birmingham is readily accessible, while in the other direction the villages and rural space of Warwickshire and Worcestershire are not far away.
The people of St Mary’s are warm and enthusiastic about their church life, and serious about reaching others with the Gospel. Their ethos has been within a generous evangelical tradition, with people from different church backgrounds able to feel at home.
The old historic parish church building was declared unsafe and closed for worship in 1986. It had been some distance away from the actual population, and was subsequently bought and adapted by an architectural practice. Church life was then based in the local Coppice primary school at the heart of the community, and through the years a number of possibilities were pursued for establishing a new church centre in Wythall. Finally, when the Coppice School had its own plans for further building, the leasing scheme was devised leading to the building of a new church facility on the site.
The church community showed great faith and hope through this long period of aspiration. It again has shown great resilience following the departure in November 2017 of their last Vicar. Recruitment of a successor has waited upon wider discussion about how many paid posts could currently be afforded across the diocese.
A comprehensive Parish Profile (please click) is available here.
Are you the person God is calling to be Vicar of this church serving a Worcestershire parish (pop. 11,000 approx) with a varied residential community in a semi-rural setting at the edge of the City of Birmingham?
The base for worship, mission and service is a modern and highly flexible church building, enjoying a close relationship with the community school whose campus it shares. Alongside the Vicar will be four Readers and a Youth, Children and Families Minister.
The enjoyable task is:
Role Description for this post (as required under Common Tenure)
Key tasks specific to this appointment:
The Bishop, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, 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.
Closing Date: 18 January 2019 Interviews: 31 January 2019
For more information about this application process, please use this link
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those who are currently under-represented such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and women.