Chigwell Team Ministry
The Parish of Chigwell and Chigwell Row is a suburban area, 30 minutes Underground ride to Central London whilst also bordering Epping Forest. It has a population of 14,300 (2011 census). It is an area of great diversity of ethnicity, age, culture and faith. Whilst the area is roughly at the mid-point on the Index of Multiple Deprivation List, it is held in that position by averaging areas of affluence with areas of great deprivation.
There is one senior school, two junior schools and three infant schools, together with a public all-through school.
The Assistant Curate will work with the Team Rector, Revd Ben King, and the Team Vicar, Revd Paula Preston across all three churches in the Team, under the guidance and supervision of the Team Rector.
- In keeping with the desire for unity across the Team there is a strong focus on the building up of relationships with members of all three congregations, so that preaching (which is highly valued) can be pastorally and missionally appropriate to each congregation.
- Weekly pattern of work will include preaching and leading of worship, funerals, baptisms and occasional offices. There will be involvement in at least two and sometimes three services on Sundays and attendance at Morning Prayer.
- Creative patterns of liturgy and worship and developing the Messy Church provision of the parish. Time will be spent in connecting with seniors, children’s and uniformed groups and in building connections with one of the schools.
- There is a strong belief in healthy patterns of work and rest, and so there is time allocated for study, further learning and spiritual reading.
- Expectation of a fortnightly supervision meeting on a Tuesday and regular team meetings and meetings with lay teams within the parish.
- As the parish discerns new patterns of mission and outreach there will be the opportunity to take a lead in new and creative initiatives under the guidance of the Team Rector and in the light of a corporately discerned vision for growth in numbers and discipleship.
The Ideal Candidate
- Are you enthusiastic about building on community links and existing relationships to reach out to people with worship and activities that connect with their aspirations, fears and hopes?
- Do you have a passion for preaching and teaching, discipling people in small groups, and inspiring others to pray so that God the Holy Spirit can inspire and lead us into new initiatives and a greater vision for our local communities?
- Do you have a strong commitment to every member ministry, encouraging and supporting others in using their gifts for God’s service, and abilities to come alongside in nurture and development of others to work in teams across the three churches.
- Can you confidently teach children and young people in different contexts and be happy to be a known face in our uniformed groups and local schools, in time leading regular assemblies, and starting an after-school club?
- Are you happy to lead a range of different services on Sunday, build a presence in local schools, and co-ordinate the Seniors house-group?
One of our churches has experienced vigorous growth in the past few years and its involvement in the locality has also increased. It sees itself as integral to the community and is in a buoyant state. In the second, children’s work and mission activities are underway to bring fresh hope and new life and this has served as a boon to people’s confidence about the future. The third church is well-resourced with established links in the community.
In brief, mission is becoming more of a priority all the while. The church is committed to building on existing relationships in order to reach out to the lost whilst also setting up fresh expressions to introduce new people to Christ.