The Bishop of Southwark
wishes to appoint a
Vicar of St Philip’s, Reigate

St Philip’s, Reigate is tucked away in a residential area, an easy walk from the bustling High Street.  The parish lies to the west of the town, positioned on Nutley Lane which has the feel of a village within the town. It attracts more than half of its congregation from outside of its parish. This includes many families with school-age children who are attracted to the area by the presence of desirable schools and good transport links. The church is well-attended and has several groups meeting outside of Sunday worship including a monthly parent and toddler service and weekly ‘drop-in’ coffee morning.

The person we are looking for should be:

  • Motivational – this person will lead the PCC and other church volunteers and encourage greater involvement in projects and activities from among the congregation. Expansion of the worship team is a key objective, and this will require a warm and nurturing approach.
  • Creative and fun – this person will have an appreciation of all of the different ministries that make church – music, flowers, crafts and care for the environment to name a few.
  • Collaborative – working with young people with other local parishes, their ministers and their congregations.
  • Community-minded – the parsonage occupies a corner of this very friendly and sociable area. The church and church hall are often the ‘hub’ of social activities. Most worshippers regularly stay on for coffee and cake after services.
  • Self-sufficient – there is no parish office and no paid staff at St Philip’s. The vicar and PCC share responsibility for the buildings and finances, as well as the administration of the parish. Volunteers in the congregation offer their time and skills for projects ranging from plumbing to website design; but the vicar will need to manage their own communications and diary and many other ‘domestic’ matters relating to the church.

For an informal conversation with the Archdeacon of Reigate, please email [email protected]

Closing Date: Sunday 19 May 2024 (midnight)

Shortlist: Monday 27 May

Parish Visit and Interview: Monday 3 June 2024 

For further information and to apply, please visit https://www.cofepathways.org/members/modules/job/detail.php?record=6894

 We have a policy in Southwark Diocese that to be appointed to an incumbent status post, a priest must have served a title post in an Anglican church in the British Isles. We aim to be a diverse and truly representative Diocese, and particularly welcome applications from women and people of UKME heritage.

This post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure.

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