Priest in Charge (team rector designate) of St James the Less and St Barnabas, Hadleigh

All three parishes, lie within the Borough of Castle Point and one is partly in Leigh-on-Sea (in Southend unitary authority).

Hadleigh lies on the A13, on the Thames estuary. The parish includes Hadleigh castle and the 2012 mountain bike Olympic venue. Hadleigh expanded in the 1950s and 1960s from a village to a small town. The two parishes are very similar in their demographics – there is a rich mixture of people of all ages: many young families; families with teenage children; professional people; retired people and a mix of trades and professions with a large commuter population travelling to London from the two local train stations. Thundersley and Daws Heath are to the north and west of Hadleigh

The church of St James the Less Hadleigh dates from about 1140. In 1935 the daughter church of St Barnabas Hadleigh was opened on a new housing estate in the east of the parish. Since then, the St Barnabas site has been developed with a 1960s church and two halls (one, the original church). St Barnabas became a separate parish in 1958. The two churches complement each other. St Barnabas has more resources than St James the Less, whereas St James has a higher profile being in the town centre

Find out more from the parish websites

It is our vision to see our parishes truly alive, reflecting the whole breadth of family life today and reaching out into the community to offer loving Christian support and befriending care.

The new priest will be someone who:

  • Will work with the existing pastoral team to develop the leadership of the two communities
  • Is dedicated to the growth of the church membership
  • Will encourage young families with children into the church and support the development of Christian activities for them so that the congregations reflect the people who live in our parishes
  • Will help develop, for some services, a style of worship with music appropriate to families
  • Will work with the congregations to develop faith and spiritual growth
  • Is able to form and lead a team, encouraging and developing the talents of others
  • Will integrate into parish life and get involved in activities in the local area.

And, of course, most importantly, will play a pivotal role in the formation of the new team ministry.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 8 November 2016

An application form can be obtained from the office of the Archdeacon of Southend, currently operating from Rayleigh Rectory, Hockley Road, Rayleigh, SS6 8BA (01268 779345), or by email to

Revd Canon Martin Wood, Mission and Ministry Adviser in the Bradwell Area would be happy to have an informal conversation about this vacancy Tel: 01268 552219 email

An Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS and an identity check for the UK Border Agency.

The Chelmsford File sets out the latest agreed policies and procedures for ministry in Chelmsford Diocese whilst taking carefully into account any recent changes in Church law and the expectations of the law of the land

Closing Date: 12noon on Wednesday 12 October

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