Vicar of Sydenham St Bartholomew

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St Bartholomew’s is a significant grade 2* listed church in a strategic position with a central style of worship where music plays an important part in the liturgy. We have an ethnically diverse congregation averaging 80+ people for our main Sunday Eucharist and up to 16 people attending the 8am 1928 BCP service. The parish is committed to growing and developing lay participation in worship and the life of the church and has an active partnership with our local Church of England Primary School.

We are looking for someone who both values the more traditional side of our church life and shows leadership in exploring new ideas to further embrace all ages and aspirations; in particular those of our young and disaffected.

We believe we are friendly, inclusive and loyal, and want to address the needs and desires of our congregation. We believe that we need to engage more with our local community, not only spiritually, but through realising the message of the Gospel in practical ways.

We need a leader who will renew and energise us in this pursuit, by being an encouraging and inspiring leader, with a commitment to outreach.

If you would like an informal discussion with the Archdeacon, please contact Richard Coe, PA to the Archdeacon of Lewisham & Greenwich on 020 7939 9413 to arrange a time for a phone conversation.

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Please note we have a policy in the Diocese of Southwark that to be appointed to an incumbent-status post, a priest must normally have served a stipendiary title in an Anglican church in the British Isles, or, following a Candidates Panel for ministers of other Churches and Priests from other Anglican Provinces, has met the Adviser’s recommendations for appointment to posts of incumbency status, set out in a report to the Diocesan Bishop.

St Bartholomew's is a broad church with a central form of worship, where music plays an integral part of the liturgy.

We are blessed with the custodianship of a Grade 2* listed church containing many features of great heritage value, some to be restored this year. While loved and used by the community within its current constraints, it is our fervent wish to extend this through future restoration and exploring the potential of greater flexibility within the main body of the building.

We would like to be a more inclusive place for the community, a more vibrant and diverse church that nurtures faith through the Gospel.We want to provide a space for families to worship through services designed for them.

Our hopes and aspirations are outlined in the Parish Profile.

  • Grow the congregation across all age groups
  • Develop exciting and engaging worship
  • Encourage leadership and participation in church activities
  • Work collaboratively across parish boundaries
  • Enhance utilisation of the church building to support local needs
  • Energise pastoral care and the work of the pastoral team

We are looking for someone who can:

Be a leader with vision and a commitment to outreach

Demonstrate a love of God and heart for the community

Present new and challenging ideas in a way that will unify and inspire all worshippers to re-affirm their Christian commitment

Encourage and develop the faith of new churchgoers and build up our work with families, children and young people

Recognise and value prayer as the foundation of the life and work of the Church.

Strengthen stewerdship of financial and physical resources

Value the beauty and heritage of our buildings and be committed to their development to serve the needs of the community and preserving them for future generations

Be open to learn as well as teach

Participate actively in Deanery and Diocese

Exhibit energy, emotional intelligence, resilience and wisdom

Sydenham St Bartholomew is a compact, mostly residential, suburban parish with a population of around 7,400 people located 6 miles south-east from central London. The largest age demographic is 30 - 44 and it has a minority ethnic population of around 37%.

We have a pattern of regular worship every day of the week with two services on Sunday at 8am and 10am. In 2018 our usual Sunday attendance was 106 of whom 18 were children.

Music plays an integral part of our worship and we have a fine 19th-century pipe organ in good working order and two pianos. We have a small but dedicated choir.

The parish has a close partnership with St Bartholomew's CE Primary School.