Vicar of Rainham with Wennington

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We are an evangelical Anglican church,based in Rainham and Wennington in Essex, with two main worshipping centres: St Helen & St Giles is the Parish Church of Rainham, and St Mary & St Peter is the Parish Church of Wennington. Being located in the heart of both villages, we seek to be community minded and you’ll find us a friendly and welcoming family of people accessible to all generations.

We are “two parishes, two worship centres, three congregations”, in a town on the Essex/London border:  A joint benefice comprising two churches – one small, village church and one medium sized, multi-cultural church, with total Sunday attendances of 150.  We are evangelical in tradition and practice, open to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

We want to continue to grow in number and maturity, develop our prayer life; continue to establish and strengthen links into the community; share the good news of Jesus in our area; serving with excellence.

We are looking for a leader with a pastoral heart who also offers strong bible-based preaching and teaching; the ability to build on community links; a passion to encourage people to use their gifts and equip them to go out.

We offer a great place to live, a chance to lead a growing, friendly church; a warm welcome and continuing care; support from our ministry team and team leaders and a willingness to serve.

We asked our congregations and discussed both jointly andseparately as PCCs in Rainham and Wennington what qualities we felt God was leading us to search for in a new leader forour churches. After much prayer, it was felt that these wouldbe the ideal qualities we need in our new incumbent:

  • A pastoral heart—someone who is approachable and a people person.
  • Able to recognise and empower people’s giftings.
  • Able to encourage and build up our congregation—particularly
  • in relation to whole-body ministry and getting involved.
  • Can support and encourage our existing outreach as well as push us to
  • strive for more, and into what God has planned for us and our communities.
  • Someone who is enthusiastic and energetic in the above areas.

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

CPAS is an evangelical patron with involvement in the appointment to 689 benefices.


For informal enquiries about this exciting opportunity please contact: Kathy Burch  0300 123 0780

Closing date  26 January                 Interviews & visits 12 February