Vicar of All Saints, Goodmayes in the Diocese of Chelmsford

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Goodmayes
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We are an Anglican church with a strong evangelical tradition, made up of almost 100 regular worshippers of all ages and from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. We strongly value our fellowship and mutually supportive ethos. Some of our congregation have a long association with All Saints. We are a very welcoming church looking to find new ways to reach out even more to our community.

Our 7-year, “2020” Vision is:

• To build for the future whilst acknowledging and celebrating the past

• To grow in Christ-like maturity equipping as many people as possible for ministry

• To grow in community knowing, caring for, loving and protecting our neighbours

• To grow in numbers to bring people of all ages to a saving knowledge of Jesus

All Saints website: https://allsaintsgoodmayes.org.uk/

Closing date for this post is 11.55pm: Tuesday 4 December 2018

Visit and Interviews (in Goodmayes):Tuesday 29 - Wednesday 30 January 2019

The Parish of Goodmayes is located to the east of the London Borough and Deanery of Redbridge. It is a Parish within the Archdeaconry of West Ham and the Diocese of Chelmsford. It is an urban parish. Redbridge is a north-east London Borough. Ilford is the main local administrative, commercial and retail centre. The nearest Tesco Extra Store is 15 minutes walk from the church. Goodmayes Station, ten minutes’ walk from the Church, is a station on the Elizabeth Line (formerly best-known as “Crossrail”) with regular services to Stratford East, London Liverpool Street and, shortly, will offer direct services to Reading via central London and London Heathrow Airport to the west. It extends to Shenfield (Brentwood) to the east. Buses also connect to Ilford, Barking and Romford, which are also between 10 and 20 minutes driving time away. There are road links to the M11 and thence the M25 within 20 minutes. London City Airport with direct flights to 39 cities domestically and in Europe is about 30 minutes’ drive. The congregation particularly appreciate the speed and ease of commuting to Central London and ready access to the countryside and coast of Essex.

All major religions are represented within the population. The largest group is Muslim (35%) and about 27% identify as Christian. Ethnically 60% identify as Asian, 10% identify as Black and 24% identify as white. Over the ten years between National Census surveys in 2001 and 2011, the percentage of those identifying as both Asian and Muslim increased, those identifying as Christian decreased a little from about a third to just over a quarter.

There is a family feel to our worship services.

Our 8:00 am Service is said, either Holy Communion or Morning Prayer. At our Principal Service at 10:30 am, which includes Junior Church during term-time, the music is a mix of traditional hymns and modern songs, either sourced independently or from “Songs of Fellowship”. When we need the resource, we may also use “Hymns for Today’s Church” or “Hymns Ancient and Modern”. We can be flexible because we use “SongPro” to project words, readings and from time to time key parts of the liturgy.

Our current worship group is formed from a number of singers, accompanied by guitar, keyboard and drums. We welcome singers and musicians and the congregation sings well.

All Saints is part of a recently commissioned Mission and Ministry Unit (“FERM”: Far East Redbridge Ministry, commissioned in June 2018) with the ministers and congregations of St Peter’s Aldborough Hatch, St John’s Seven Kings and St Paul’s Goodmayes.

There are therefore 4 churches and congregations but there be will only three Ministers (when the full-time appointment is made to All Saints). Whilst All Saints is different in character to the other churches, with its evangelical tradition, our new minister will be expected to co-operate with the other two ministers in the Unit to promote both Mission and Ministry in the locality.

We are looking for a Vicar who will…..

  • Embrace the diversity of the congregation whilst encouraging unity in Christ and be sensitive to, nurture and pastor the needs of the whole church family.
  • Encourage evangelism through developing and building further links within the locality, especially with children and young people re-establishing the high profile that the Church’s outreach within the local community formerly enjoyed.
  • Lead by the example of their own life and with courage, strength, confidence and sensitivity as a wise and biblical leader committed to personal growth through prayer, bible study, theological reading and peer counselling and support.

We are looking for someone

  • who will build on what we have already achieved, using the living stones already present within the congregation and developing those we are yet to be sent.
  • with has a strong personal faith
  • with leadership skills who is a collaborative team member able to nurture, motivate and affirm the talents and contributions of others.
  • who has a real gift for preaching and teaching will relate the Bible intelligently to the challenges of contemporary life.

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 about the Trusts see www.hyndmans.org.uk or contact Ann Brown via ann.brown@hyndmans.org.uk

Closing date for this post is 11.55pm: Tuesday 4 December 2018

Visit and Interviews (in Goodmayes):Tuesday 29 - Wednesday 30 January 2019