Associate Priest (team vicar designate)

Location: Rochford and Sutton with Shopland; Barling Magna and Little Wakering; Great Wakering with Foulness

Rochford, Great Wakering and Barling Magna are three parishes set between Southend-on-Sea, and the river Crouch. Rochford has the biggest population (9,400), which is growing with a major housing development now nearing completion. Great Wakering (4,700) is east of Rochford, and Barling Magna (2,600) is to the north-east. Each parish has a strong sense of community, with farmland in between the main housing areas

The parishes are moving towards the vision that they will form a team ministry.

There are three churches in the benefice, with a chapel of ease in Little Wakering and a worshipping community that meets in a farmhouse in Foulness

  • St Andrew, Rochford (where you will have pastoral oversight) is 900 years old, and had links to the Boleyn family. It is set on the town golf course, across the railway line from the town centre. The north aisle has been converted into a meeting room with a  kitchen and toilet
  • St Nicholas, Great Wakering is a Norman church built in about 1100. It is at the top of the village High Street and has a well-used hall across the road from the church, where, among other things, a well-attended Messy Church meets regularly
  • All Saints Barling Magna was also built in the Twelfth Century, and has been added to and restored over the centuries. There is no meeting room or hall, so the Frost Fayre and other events are held in the church (the village is renowned for its spectacular Christmas lights)

More information can be found on the parish websites

There is great enthusiasm in all the congregations to grow in their own personal journey of faith, and a passion to share God’s love as demonstrated through Jesus life and teaching

After much discussion and prayer, we have identified these priorities for the next five years

  • To maintain a weekly worshipping presence at the heart of each of our local communities.
  • To encourage growth involving families and young people. I.e. Messy Church, Youth Clubs, Mother and Toddler Groups etc.
  • To develop and maintain the good links we have with the local schools.
  • To make links with the new families moving into our new housing estates

What sort of person might fit into this role?

  • A good communicator, who is ready to listen to, and value, the views and ideas of the PCCs and congregations and exercise collaborative leadership.
  • A good team player. I.e. somebody to work with our priest in charge and lay ministry teams.
  • Someone who will have a visible presence in the community.

An application form can be obtained from the office of the Archdeacon of Southend at The Archdeacon's Lodge, 459 Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, Benfleet SS7 3TH (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; as would Revd Kim Lepley, the priest in charge of these parishes Tel: 01702 216725 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

Peter King,
22 Jul 2017, 14:14