Vicar for the Benefices of Blendworth, Chalton and Idsworth and Rowlands Castle

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Blendworth, Chalton and Idsworth and Rowlands Castle
Full Stipend

A mission opportunity for a full time Vicar to lead the United Benefice of Holy Trinity Blendworth with St Michael's Chalton with St Hubert's Idsworth and the Benefice of St John's Rowlands Castle in outreach, service and discipleship.

We are also seeking a Vicar for our Joint Benefice of All Saints, Catherington and St James, Clanfield and we are looking at possible ways by which all parishes would be open to exploring working together with their new clergy team when in post. This would be supported by a new House for Duty Associate Minister, whose duties will be shared across all the above parishes.

We therefore recommend that you also look at the Portsmouth Diocese adverts for the Vicar for the Joint Benefice of All Saints, Catherington and St James, Clanfield and our advert for the House for Duty post and the parish profiles and documents that accompany both adverts.

A gently charismatic church with many gifts and ministries St John's, Rowlands Castle has an active congregation and a team of lay leaders and Readers. Fellowship and prayer activity are at the core of the church life with a desire to develop evangelism, discipleship, pastoral care and social action reaching out into the community and beyond.

Bringing God's word to the people of the developing urban and rural parishes of Holy Trinity, Blendworth, St Michael, Chalton and St Hubert, Idsworth is the aspiration of these parishes.

We are positive about the future and possible changes and we see a clear mission task in the challenges set before us.

We are looking for a Vicar who will build on the foundations of growth and renewal that have already been laid in these benefices and will further mission, outreach, discipleship and pastoral care bringing congregations and local people together and growing God's kingdom.

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  • An enthusiastic leader and a passionate communicator of the Gospel;
  • A person with pastoral and spiritual sensitivity open to the needs of a varied congregation;
  • An encourager of the development of spiritual gifts and an advocate for training and personal development;
  • A leader gifted at relating to young families and children in our communities.

Our diocese is made up of 11,000 or so worshippers in 139 Church of England parishes across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is led by our Bishop, and includes clergy, Readers, retired clergy, chaplains, paid staff and thousands of volunteers who work in our parishes.

Our diocese is also divided into seven deaneries, each of which co-ordinates the mission and ministry of parishes in their area.

Further information about the diocese can be found at :

We have a framework to envision our diocese in the future - and it can be summed up in just three words:

live | pray | serve will be our guide for the future, as we seek to equip people to live as disciples of Christ; to pray, individually and together as worshipping communities; and to serve our local neighbourhoods and society together.

To achieve this, we will encourage and support our parishes, chaplaincies and church schools as they aim to:

  • make disciples of Christ;
  • grow our churches;
  • equip people for lifelong learning; and
  • promote the transformation of society.

These four strands embrace all the work covered by our central diocesan teams, but are also picked up through engagement with individual worshippers and in local parishes, communities, chaplaincies, and schools.

To discuss the post, please contact Archdeacon Joanne Grenfell

Closing date is 25th June.

The interviews for all three posts -

Vicar of Rowland Castle and of the United Benefice of Blendworth, Chalton, Idsworth and Vicar of the Joint Benefice of Catherington and Clanfied and House for Duty for all Benefices -

will take place on Monday, 15th and Tuesday, 16th July 2019.