Vicar of St John's, Reading

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Reading
Clergy

We are a welcoming, engaged, outward-focussed, church, concerned for the people of our parish, social justice and the environment as well as our own spiritual development. The church plant is a shared space with the primary school giving a unique opportunity for involvement. There is a ministry team, consisting of retired clergy, LLMs and key laity and we are looking for a leader who can encourage, inspire, connect and lead us, building on what is there already to take us forward. The opportunities for ministry are many and varied including in the school, in our ethnically diverse urban community (in which there is a large new estate, with another planned), and our church. Come and lead us!’We are a welcoming, engaged, outward-focussed, church, concerned for the people of our parish, social justice and the environment as well as our own spiritual development. The church plant is a shared space with the primary school giving a unique opportunity for involvement. There is a ministry team, consisting of retired clergy, LLMs and key laity and we are looking for a leader who can encourage, inspire, connect and lead us, building on what is there already to take us forward. The opportunities for ministry are many and varied including in the school, in our ethnically diverse urban community (in which there is a large new estate, with another planned), and our church. Come and lead us!’

Closing date for applications is 11.59pm Sunday 23 June

Visit and interview: Wednesday 10- Thursday 11 July

Our parish is an Urban Priority Area; we are a Presence & Engagement church reflecting the demographic make up of our parish and the enthusiasm and energy of the church. 78% of the parish population is under 44 and there are 2 primary schools and a large college in the parish – as well as a Sikh Gudwara, 2 mosques, a thriving Baptist church, a Pentecostal congregation, a Polish Catholic church and a Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Church. Many of our congregation are involved in different community projects.

Our worship is eucharistic with a strong preaching ministry, and we draw our spirituality from many different traditions.

  1. Community Engagement - with the diversity of ethnic and faith backgrounds so that the church becomes more of a neighbourhood church. We have 2000 new homes being built in addition to the new Kenavon Drive estate across the canal. We want to build on the existing links with those with little church connection, such as those attending the church café and Fireside.
  2. School – fostering the already strong connection between the school and church, and being a source of support for the school, especially the leadership.
  3. Church
  • To again expand the children’s work continuing to build on the solid foundation this church has with children and young people
  • To further deepen the faith of every member of the congregation especially in the growing interest in prayer and spirituality, and to provide appropriate nurture for those new to the faith (e.g. Emmaus, or the Pilgrim Course)
  • To work positively with the commitment the congregation has for putting faith into action in a variety of ways
  • To co-ordinate and further develop pastoral care, including the homegroup network

So we are looking for

  • A thoughtful preacher with an appreciation and delivery of beauty & structure in worship. Someone who has enthusiasm for working with children and young people.
  • Someone with experience of community engagement, and ‘make Christ known’.
  • Someone who is empathic and able to offer practical and pastoral support.
  • Someone who takes seriously listening to God and reflects on their ministry, balancing their contribution to the life of the school, community and church.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

Simeon's Trustees and Hyndman's Trustees are leading and long-standing Church of England patronage trusts, with patronage interests in nearly 200 parishes in over 40 dioceses.

For more information see www.simeons.org.uk or contact Ann Brown

If you wish to have an information conversation with either the Archdeacon or the Simeon's Trustee directly involved please read the Information Letter for contact details.

Closing date for applications is 11.5pm Sunday 23 June

Visit and interview: Wednesday 10- Thursday 11 July