Title Posts 2020

After their first phase of training, ordinands need a ‘title post’ to which they will be ordained and in which they will continue their training as a curate.

The following are available to ordinands who have been (or expect to be) released by their home diocese and expect to be ordained in 2020.

You are welcome to make initial contact with the incumbent directly, or for a preliminary conversation with the Bishop’s Officer for Ordinands, please contact the Revd Canon David Foster at david.foster@dioceseofnorwich.org / 01603 882337.


St Andrew’s Eaton: open-evangelical parish in suburban Norwich

A unique opportunity to put your training into practice in a church that has a proven record of over ten years’ sustained growth.

The parish is on the outskirts of Norwich, a beautiful city set in a lovely county.  The people are welcoming, and the culture is lively.  Our local schools and places of higher education are exceptional.

The flavour of ministry at St Andrew’s is open evangelical, but we enjoy crossing traditional frontiers of church definitions.  Our buildings combine the best of the modern and the medieval, and lend themselves to flexible creative use:  art of all kinds looks great here, and music sounds perfect!

We can offer a wide range of opportunities, such as: creative work with young people, families, and older people; growing gifts of pastoral care; demonstrating the love of God in the community; developing ministry with local businesses; and leading and training others in sharing the gospel.  In all we do we give a high profile to the Bible and to the life of prayer, and this feeds into ministry that is always relational and collaborative.

Above all, we will provide opportunities for you to play to your Spirit-given strengths, while assisting you to build up skills in those areas where you might still need a bit of help.

We guarantee you the freedom to try new things, to find your own style of leadership, and to make mistakes!

St Andrew’s Eaton – a place for you to discover the joy of doing the simple things well.

For further information, please contact the incumbent Revd Phil Rodd at rev.phil@eatonparish.com or 01603 455778 / 07861 676314.

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Attleborough with Besthorpe: market town and village in easy reach of Cambridge and Norwich

Attleborough is famous for turkeys, cider and paint brushes. An interest in any of these is not necessary but would you like to serve your curacy as part of a team, where you can develop your own skills and interests while completing all the challenges of a training post? If so then Attleborough with Besthorpe may be the place for you. We can offer an experienced training incumbent, the wisdom of other clergy colleagues, ministry in a market town and a small village in a lovely part of Norfolk, congregations which are genuinely committed to serving God and their whole community.

Attleborough is situated on the main rail line and the A11 between Norwich and Cambridge. An hourly train service means that Cambridge is just 60 minutes away and Norwich about 20 minutes.

Worship is traditional, Eucharistic based, towards the higher end of central Anglican churchmanship with a good musical tradition. We have beautiful, well kept buildings, friendly congregations with a good mix of ages and backgrounds, large numbers of occasional offices and a high regard in the community. We are actively engaged in the community with activities for young and old. The churches are outward looking and believe that mission and ministry is best achieved by engaging with those around us to build up the Body of Christ. Key to this, with your help, is spotting opportunities and deciding which ones to ‘run with’. With God’s Grace we pray that we may make further steps in making Him known and singing His praises in our community.

For further information please contact the Revd Matthew Jackson at 01953 453185 or therectory@me.com.

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Trunch Group: coastal parishes in North-East Norfolk (www.trunchgroup.org)

The Trunch Group is a collection of seven rural villages on the North East Norfolk coast, consisting of Bradfield, Gimingham, Knapton, Mundesley, Paston, Swafield and Trunch.

The total population is around 4,500; Mundesley is the largest at 3,000 and the whole number swells in the summer months with holidaymakers too.  Many of those regular visitors end up retiring here and across the benefice around 20% are children, 40-50% working age adults and 30-40% are 65+.  The other coastal parish of Paston includes half of the Bacton Gas terminal which brings employment to the area, and the majority of the inland parishes are farming land and pockets of houses.

We’ve ‘good’ infant and junior schools and a pre-school on the same site in Mundesley.  Other community facilities include village halls, cafes, library, pubs, social club, hotels, chemist, greengrocer and butchers.  The proposed curate’s house is located near to Tesco Express in Mundesley.

Five of the seven churches offer regular Sunday services; and mostly Common Worship Sung Holy Communion or Morning Prayer, additionally a second Café church congregation gathers each Sunday in Mundesley which is liturgically light and renewed evangelical in its style and format.  The theological history of the benefice has been Central with some Anglo Catholic elements and with the introduction of alternative styles of worship there is a move to a more evangelical theological stance.

We’ve a large team of two retired Clergy, four Lay Readers and four Authorised Worship Assistants alongside five Churchwardens as well as two volunteer administrators.  Pastoral care and discipleship are centred in three house groups and home visits.

The training incumbent has seven years’ experience as a minister in the Diocese of Norwich and has served in suburban and rural settings.  Sent from a fresh expression his ministry is one that seeks church growth and the nurture of missionary disciples, through the renewal of inherited and new forms of church.

You will have an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of parish ministry, including both traditional and new ways of being church.  You’ll be engaging with our communities through schools, baby & toddle cafes, Alpha, dementia friendly outreach and feeding the rural poor as well as traditional occasional offices.  To join a recently refocussed team to see what God is doing and joining in, through collaboration and experimentation but also sustaining the traditional qualities of rural ministry of presence and pastoral care.

For further information please contact the Revd Andrew Jones at 01263 722218 or andrew@trunchgroup.org

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Tas Valley: rural parishes and cell church just south of Norwich (www.tasvalley.org)

We are a friendly Team Ministry of six rural parishes plus Cell Church situated just 8 miles south of the city of Norwich.  The Tas Valley is one of Norfolk’s hidden gems, set in beautiful countryside with an exciting and varied spread of ministry opportunities.

Prayer is at the heart of all we do and although each parish has its own particular vision for growth, our tagline ‘Growing in God’s love’ sums up where we are as a benefice; loving God, growing his church, serving our communities.

Alongside ministry in our parish churches, we are active in our three church schools, two nursing homes and are warmly received by the local communities we serve.

Our Cell Church is unique within Norwich Diocese and stands as a thriving fresh expression.  The groups which make up the Cell Church each have their own ‘flavour’, welcoming people with special needs, young people and beyond.

Aside from a small non-denominational chapel (with which we enjoy an excellent relationship) there are no other denominations working within our benefice.

The Ministry Team currently comprises: Team Rector, Team Vicar, one Reader (with two Readers in training) and four Authorised Worship Assistants.  We employ a part time Community Support Worker who assists, among other things, with pastoral visiting and evangelism.

We believe we could offer a fulfilling and mutually beneficial curacy to the right person.

For further information please contact the Revd Dawn Davidson (Team Rector) at 01508 498924 or dawn@tasvalley.org

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Swaffham and Sporle: growing market town and nearby village in central Norfolk (www.swaffhamparishchurch.org)

The benefice of Swaffham and Sporle has two parishes.  Swaffham is a market town, and there is an element of a ‘civic’ role.  There are also many visitors, including those who pass through en route to other parts of the county, and the connections made enrich our community.

Sporle is a village, with outlying farms, and the village itself is more densely populated than it at first appears. The churches are both beautiful medieval buildings, worship is fairly traditional, and Swaffham has a robed choir.

In both churches we are seeking to improve the quality of invitation and welcome; to build up the congregations in numbers and depth; to develop nurture and education programmes; and to further the existing musical and artistic traditions.

The congregations include many older people:  encouraging new volunteers and building up a pastoral team to meet the considerable needs is a current priority.  There are strong connections with the Church of England infant and primary schools (both imminently to become ‘all through’ primaries), and work to be done to include children and families more in our church life.

The curate would be able to lead and preach at a wide range of services, and obtain good experience of occasional offices.  He/she would be encouraged to participate in schools’ ministry, and in pastoral care and outreach in the community, and would be able to develop an initiative in line with his/her particular interests, in consultation with the vicar.

For further information please contact Revd Janet Allen at 01760 622241 or revdjanetallan@gmail.com.

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Thorpe St Andrew: on the river east of Norwich (www.thorpeparishchurch.org)

This large single parish benefice with two churches has some rich and varied opportunities for exciting ministry on the edge of the fine city of Norwich.

Thorpe St Andrew is in the liberal Catholic tradition with a Sung Mass each week. With a population of 17,000 (around 5500 households) Thorpe St Andrew has striven to maintain its own identity. The Parish plays an increasingly important part in the civic life of a community which is much larger than most Norfolk market towns (but with a faster pace).

Both churches have a special place in the hearts of the community here and as a result there are a large number of occasional offices. There are three primary schools and one secondary school (with Outstanding Status) within the parish. The church runs a very full Toddler Group, a Mothers’ Union branch, a bereavement coffee morning, a monthly café church, two choirs (adult and junior). The parish enjoys coming together in celebration, fundraising and in fellowship (the Rector has just bought a new fridge at the Rectory for parish refreshments).

There is a willingness to learn through bible study and other means and there is a regular flow of candidates for confirmation in Norwich Cathedral. Our church hall is much used by a wide variety of community groups, with strong links with Scouting and Guiding groups. The Rector has a real desire to share his enthusiasm and love for ministry in a reflective and open way.

For further information please contact the Revd James Stewart at 01603 439160 or JStewart1971@gmail.com.

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Hellesdon: Norwich suburbs with ‘old village’ heart

The Parish of Hellesdon, a suburb of Norwich – “a fine city”, offers a supportive and interesting environment for a new Curate to engage with the rich and challenging pattern of ministry within the life of a Church of England Parish.

The Parish has 2 churches – a traditional ancient building (St. Mary’s) and a 1950’s church plant (St Paul’s), with differing theological backgrounds.   Over the last 5 years the churches have increased their understanding of each other’s traditions and broadened their working together, whilst respecting the valued personality of each community.

Together we work to share the love of God within our church and the local community, finding our place and helping others to discover their place in God’s world.

We would like to be able to support a Curate who is continuing their journey of discovery with God, as they seek to explore what God has in the future for them. We believe that we are called to offer supportive training which is equipping for the role that God has in store for the Curate, by offering resources and opportunities that they will need to develop understanding, stamina and resilience, for all that lies ahead as the Holy Spirit works in their life, forming them into the Priest God has called them to be. We don’t know where this journey will take us, but we are excited by the prospect of all that we can share together and all that we can discover about ourselves along the way.

For further information please contact the Revd Louise Alder at 01603 426902 or louise.alder63@gmail.com.

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