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Priest in charge of Ashingdon w south Fambridge, Canewdon and Paglesham


This benefice is set in a semi-rural area of South East Essex, approximately eight miles north of Southend-on-Sea.  Ashingdon, where the rectory is situated, is slightly more urbanised than the other villages, with a population of 5,000.  The remaining three churches are all set in small villages in the surrounding area.

We hope that by reading our profile you will want to come and meet and join with us to carry-out God’s word into the parishes of Ashingdon with South Fambridge, Canewdon and Paglesham.  We are a friendly group of people seeking an Incumbent to lead us in Ministry to the wider community.

Interview dates will be on  Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th May

Post Introduction

There are many, exciting and significant opportunities to develop mission and ministry in the villages this benefice serves.

Despite a difficult couple of years, the four churches of the benefice have worked hard with much fortitude to ensure that ministry in their parishes has continued. They are determined to see the growth and flourishing of the kingdom of God, and are now looking forward to appointing a new parish priest.

There is a church school in Canewdon. The school is now federated and shares a single governing body with St Nicholas School, Rawreth (in another parish in the deanery), as well as an executive head and deputy. The priest of either Canewdon or Rawreth is appointed as an ex-officio member of the governing body by the archdeacon. The Priest in Charge of Rawreth (who is also Area Dean) currently fills this appointment but this will be reviewed once an appointment is made.

There is also a local primary school in Ashingdon and both schools have close links with their churches.

Role Responsibility

We desire a Priest who will lead these parishes and develop the  priorities they have identified for the next five years.

  • Improve relationships with the local schools and build relationships with children and their families.
  • Organise teaching opportunities for the current worshipping congregations so that people are more confident in faith.
  • Engage in the social need of the wider community, e.g.: foodbanks, debt counselling, regeneration issues, etc.
  • Complete the project for a new Church Hall in Ashingdon. We have raised approximately £100,000 and have commenced planning.

The Ideal Candidate

The parishes believe it would be useful for their new priest to be:

  • A good communicator with persons of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Someone who can help us with our outreach – being able to help us link with the local community.
  • A person with broadness of churchmanship – help us to welcome anyone and everyone, no matter what, if any, their church background might be.
  • Someone who can communicate the Gospel and help us to grow in the Faith.
  • A person with leadership skills to lead four Churches and three parishes.
  • Someone with a good collaborative approach, so that the Churches of our benefice continue to develop together.

About Us

In the Chelmsford Diocese we believe that God is calling his church to be a transforming presence. Our vision is that the church - that is the people of God here in Essex and East London - should be a transforming presence in every one of our parishes.

These are our priorities –

  • To inhabit the world distinctively.
  • To evangelise effectively.
  • To hold ourselves accountable to one another and to God for the stewardship of the gospel.
  • To re imagine the way we minister so that each ordained minister and each individual Christian discovers their part in God’s ministry and so that each church flourishes.

More can be read about the vision of the diocese and the context in which these parishes are set in the parish profile.


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