We are looking for a priest who seeks to discern how we can join in with God’s mission here in West End, who will share our passion for traditional and Choral worship, alongside more contemporary and informal services, at the same time continuing our work in finding ways to encourage others of all ages, to join us in worship and fellowship to spread the Christian message in the Parish.
Our vibrant church strives to be at the centre of the community, with opportunities throughout the day for quiet prayer and contemplation. We have a committed and established lay team, keen to embrace a developing vision for St James’ Church. This team also acknowledges the needs and requests of our varied Church community by providing a mix of house groups and quiet spaces.
With the addition, in January 2016, of our contemporary service ‘Church Alive’ we have begun to expand our congregation to incorporate more families and younger people. We are looking for someone with imagination to see how we can build on this and to drive it forward to help it thrive.
Our traditional services allow for prayer and reflection from the congregation and with a robed choir, celebrate the musical aspects of worship. Built in 1890, our building is a fitting setting for a Sung Eucharist, something which we value highly at St James’.
Vision and Priorities
We are keen to see our new incumbent work with us on developing our vision. Key aspects include:
Nurture, growth and discipleship
Community, outreach and common good
For an informal conversation contact: The Ven Dr Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth on 01962 710960.
Closing date: 29 November 2018 at noon.
Tour and interview: 29 January 2019.
An enhanced DBS is required.
A priest who will share the passion of a vibrant church family and be committed to helping us flourish and grow.
For more information about this application process, please use this link
At the heart of our life is the desire to be always Living the Mission of Jesus. We are engaged in a strategic process to deliver a mission-shaped Diocese, in which parochial, pastoral and new forms of pioneering and radical ministry all flourish. Infused with God's missionary Spirit we want three character traits to be clearly visible in how we live:
The Diocese of Winchester is an exiting place to be right now. With a grant of £4.3m from the strategic Development Fund, we are investing in missional projects across the diocese which are aimed at strategic growth for the common good. We pray that, if God is calling you to join us in his mission here, he will reveal this to you clearly as you consider this post.