House for Duty - Priest in Charge

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We seek a parish priest who, by God’s grace, will be:

  • an inspiring teacher, who can help us to understand the bible better and help us on our spiritual journeys;
  • able to shake us up to give us direction and shape the steps towards the goals in our vision;
  • flexible in their working hours if necessary;
  • a person with good people skills;
  • committed to working in harmony with the clergy from the other churches within the group.

The post will suit a priest looking for a flexible role with the opportunity to exercise leadership as vicar of the parish who will work with other colleagues, both ordained and lay in the mission of the church in Sutton.

The modern detached 4-bed vicarage is next to the Church within easy reach of schools, transport links and local facilities.

For an informal conversation please contact the Area Dean: Revd Canon Angela Gbebikan. Email: or tel 020 8647 1201

St Barnabas Church is situated in the Sutton New Town area of Sutton, a short stroll from the centre of town. Sutton New Town grew up in the second half of the 1800’s when there was a rapid expansion in the size of the town and several leading local residents felt that a church was urgently needed with “a clergyman to care for the moral and spiritual life of the people”. The foundation stone for the church was laid in January 1882.

Today, the St. Barnabas parish is home to about 7,500 people, from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and living in a mix of privately owned houses, rented accommodation and small blocks of flats.

There is a good mix of local shops, including a pharmacy, cafes and pubs as well as many small businesses. There are several GP practices and dentists within easy reach. We have formed good links with Gracewell Care Home, the only one in the parish, and have created a new congregation there, holding services twice a month with several members joining our electoral roll.

St. Barnabas sits on a small plot which includes the church itself with a Memorial Garden at the front (where we inter ashes), two functioning halls which house a pre-school every Monday to Friday during the day in term-time and regular groups in the evening, and two ‘Memorial Halls’ which are currently being refurbished. The Vicarage is adjacent to the church.

We also own a plot of land in Westmead Road which has a hall on it, the hall itself being owned by the St. Barnabas Scout Group. We are currently investigating how St. Barnabas and the scout group can make the most of this facility to our mutual advantage.

We enjoy a traditional, ‘middle of the road’ style of worship at St Barnabas, with the leader of the service usually being robed. Currently, our only formal service is at 10.30 am on a Sunday. These are mostly Eucharistic but with an All Age Service every fourth Sunday. We also enjoy occasional Evensong services, especially for St Barnabas Day.

Most Important

o Someone who is engaged and committed to St Barnabas, who will be a presence at St Barnabas on a regular basis. Someone we can refer to as ‘our vicar’.


o Someone who is an inspiring teacher, who can help us to faithfully understand the bible better and help us on our individual spiritual journeys.

o Someone who can shake us up to give us some definite direction and shape the steps towards the goals in our vision.

o Someone who can be flexible in their working hours if necessary.

o Someone with good people-skills.

o Someone who can work in harmony with the clergy from the other churches in the ‘Group’.

Good to have

o Someone with good administration and IT skills

o Someone who can look at the wider picture, and form connections with the other churches in central Sutton.

o Someone who will ‘muck-in’ when needed

And definitely

o Someone with a lot of patience and a keen sense of humour.

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Best bits

  • The beautiful church
  • A warm welcome to all
  • Traditional but relaxed sense of worship
  • Links with community groups (Sutton New Town Community Festival, St Barnabas Bunnies, Open Saturdays, Gracewell)
  • Links with uniformed groups
  • Sense of family and shared community within the congregation
  • Proud links to local history