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2 Lichfield Rd, Portsmouth
Full Stipend

Can you lead this active, community-centred church looking up to God, looking inwards to one another and looking out into the world as they continue to strive to be a loving, united, inclusive and faithful community?

The parish of St Cuthbert with its church plant of St Aidan in this north-east corner of Portsmouth is looking for a priest, comfortable with "middle of the road" but diverse churchmanship and supported by an active core lay membership, who will develop the ministry of the whole people of God.

Since the re-ordering of the church in the past years, the St Cuthbert's Community Centre has made a real impact in the life of its community and provides plenty of opportunities for pastoral care through its links with the GP surgery housed in the building and a wide range of community groups, cafes and events.

A variety of services is held in both St Cuthbert's and St Aidan's ably supported by a Sunday school and Messy Church and occasional All Age and Café Church services.

Here at St Cuthbert's and St Aidan's you will find a welcoming church with a warm family atmosphere that reaches out into the parish and the community. With God's guidance you, as our new incumbent, can help us to work towards our aims of bringing meaningful fellowship in our communities of faith.

We believe St. Cuthbert’s and St. Aidan’s are called by God

  • to worship God, personally and corporately;
  • to make known the good news of Christ;
  • to serve those in need, locally and globally;
  • to continue to grow as a loving, open Christian community, filled with the Holy Spirit.

We are looking for someone who can bring us new challenges and is willing to take a risk and try new ideas to lead us forward in our mission.

We are looking for someone who, through vibrant worship, prayer, Bible study and meaningful fellowship supports us in being hospitable, welcoming and loving in our relationship within our communities.

We are looking for someone who, with vision and enthusiasm can help us grow closer to God.

As with all parish posts in the diocese, clergy may wish to also take on some additional deanery, diocesan, or national church involvement. Possibilities can be discussed with the archdeacons or bishop at interview.

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

The ideal candidate will:

  • foster genuine relationships with all ages both in church and in the community
  • empower and support lay people taking an active part in the church
  • inspire and encourage the congregations helping them to grow, nurture and deepen their relationship with God

Our diocese is made up of 11,000 or so worshippers in 139 Church of England parishes across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is led by our Bishop, and includes clergy, Readers, retired clergy, chaplains, paid staff and thousands of volunteers who work in our parishes.

Our diocese is divided into seven deaneries, each of which co-ordinates the mission and ministry of parishes in their area. There are a number of Clergy with Permission to Officiate in each of the deaneries, who are always ready and willing to offer cover for Sunday or weekday services.

Further information about the diocese can be found at :

We have a framework to envision our diocese in the future - and it can be summed up in just three words:

live | pray | serve will be our guide for the future, as we seek to equip people to live as disciples of Christ; to pray, individually and together as worshipping communities; and to serve our local neighbourhoods and society together.

To achieve this, we will encourage and support our parishes, chaplaincies and church schools as they aim to:

  • make disciples of Christ;
  • grow our churches;
  • equip people for lifelong learning; and
  • promote the transformation of society.

These four strands embrace all the work covered by our central diocesan teams, but are also picked up through engagement with individual worshippers and in local parishes, communities, chaplaincies, and schools.

To discuss the post, please contact the Archdeacon Dr Joanne Grenfell

The closing date for this post is Thursday, 10th January 2019. The parish visits will take place on Sunday, 3rd February 2019 with the interviews being held on Monday, 4th February 2019.