Vicar of St Andrew with Holy Cross, Basildon

This parish serves three housing estates, one of which was the first to be built in Basildon New Town in the early 1950s. The churches are just under a mile apart from each other, with the Vicarage next door to St Andrew’s. In the parish are a set of shops, a petrol station, a local library and a Community Centre (used for Messy Church) all less than half a mile from the vicarage. Life in the parish is bustling and lively. There is a good mix of ages living here, and people are generally happy to share a smile and a “hello” with each other in the street.

St Andrew’s church was built in 1955. It is a dual purpose building serving as both a church and a community hall. It is used extensively during the week by local groups, with a kitchen large enough to cater for significant numbers. The church has a room set aside for children’s activities on Sundays; a youth work area and a separate prayer room. The church uses a sound and image projection system

Holy Cross church dates back to the 13th century although records show that there was a chapel in place 200 years before that. It is located in a picturesque location, adjacent to open parkland. There is a large churchyard which is closed to new burials and a Memorial Garden for cremated remains. The church has a traditional organ and a sound system is installed

Our service to the community is shown through our extensive involvement in the Basildon Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre… We have recently expanded our Food Bank and twice a month, we hold a Community Lunch attended by over 50 adults.

The churches are looking for a strong spiritual and collaborative leader to further develop the mission of the Church in this place, to

  • Inspire discipleship in the churches through prayer, word and sacrament
  • Build upon the existing strong community links and outreach projects
  • Promote the ongoing nurture of the young people and families
  • Develop the gifts of the congregation
  • Take the parish forward with new and bold ideas
  • Engage with people moving into new housing developments

Interviews will be held on Friday 4 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  or by email to

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: 12 noon on Monday 10 October

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