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Vacancies in the Diocese of Ely


Magdalene College, Cambridge, seeks to appoint a Chaplain, who will be elected to an Official Fellowship, from 1 September 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications are invited from ordained graduate priests (male or female) of the Church of England (or of a Church in full communion with it), who have, at least, completed their first curacy (or equivalent), or are about to complete it.  

The principal duties of the Chaplain are to conduct services in the College Chapel, and to offer pastoral care for all members of the College and its staff. The Chapel is supported by people from many different traditions; the Chaplain will be expected to promote an environment of positive support for members of the community from all faiths and none, and to promote co-operation and understanding between Christians of diverse backgrounds in College.  He or she will also be expected to maintain and encourage the strong choral tradition, and, if appropriately qualified, to contribute to undergraduate teaching, and to direct studies in Theology.

The stipend is equivalent to the Ely Diocesan stipend for incumbents (currently £24,179) and accommodation (free of rent, Council Tax, and water rates) is provided in a nearby College house.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 14 May 2015. Interviews will be held on a date to be announced in late May or early June 2015.

For further information see http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/current-vacancy-chaplain/ and the Further Particulars.


For the Parishes of Whittlesford and Pampisford

In the beautiful setting of South Cambridge villages, with easy links to London and Cambridge; good local Primary and Secondary Schools; a good, modern, five-bedroom house with garage and a manageable garden; supportive colleagues. 

  • Are you an experienced and energetic Priest with a passion for village ministry, able to make strong connections in the wider community?
  • Can you communicate the Christian message to people of all ages and backgrounds?

Basic Duties

  • Two days per week and Sunday duties.
  • Responsibility for the Parishes of Whittlesford and Pampisford. 
  • Church of England (VA) Primary School governor and assemblies.
  • Ecumenical collaboration within established Anglican-URC LEP.

The House for Duty Priest would be supported by the Priest in Charge of the Parishes of Duxford, Hinxton, Ickleton, Whittlesford & Pampisford.

Please write or email for an application form and parish profile to: The Archdeacon of Cambridge, The Diocesan Office, Barton Road, Ely CB7 4DX / Archdeacon.Cambridge@ely.anglican.org

Closing date for applications: Friday 8 May. Interviews on: Friday 12 June.

An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this position.


The Parish Church of St Andrew, Stapleford

Stapleford is a village lying just south of Cambridge. At St Andrew’s we are a lively and welcoming church family, and the post is for a single church (ASA 109, three Sunday services, one PCC, vicarage adjacent to the church). Our all-age congregation is open-minded and supportive. We are fully engaged as laity, with a strong and loyal lay leadership, including pastoral and administrative teams. The church is financially solvent. The post-holder will work as a colleague of the Priest-in-Charge of our neighbouring parish of Great Shelford.

We are seeking a parish priest to lead us in developing our mission action plan ‘to bring more of God to the community and more of the community to God’.

We pray for someone who:

  • Is a person of strong faith who will inspire and guide us
  • Has an inclusive style and a warm and welcoming pastoral approach
  • Is well organised and a good leader
  • Shares our mission for reaching out into the community, especially with families and young children
  • Will work closely and collaboratively with the parish of Great Shelford.

You won’t come here for a quiet life but we believe you will find a role here that will be fulfilling and enhancing, for you and for us. http://standrewsstapleford.org.uk/

Please write or email for an application form and parish profile to: The Archdeacon of Cambridge, The Diocesan Office, Barton Road, Ely CB7 4DX / Archdeacon.Cambridge@ely.anglican.org

Closing date for applications: Friday 8 May. Interviews on: Tuesday 30 June.

An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this position.


£2,700 p.a.

St Mark’s Anglican Parish Church  on Barton Road,  Newnham, seeks a director for its enthusiastic choir  from September 2015. This friendly church is of central Anglican tradition, and its main Sunday worship with choir is usually a 10 am Parish Communion, using our own musical setting composed by the organist, Jonathan Hellyer Jones. The mixed choir, mainly adult, but with a few children, sings a variety of music including anthems, hymns (mainly from AMNS), responsorial psalms, and worship songs. The Sunday before Christmas there is always popular parish carol service, at which choral, as well as congregational carols are sung.  In Holy Week this year, the choir contributed to both the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.There are sometimes also other occasional services at which the choir is invited to sing, but very few weddings. In the past, choir directors have also arranged other choral events which have been enjoyed by the choir, and well-received by the congregation, including collaborations with college choirs for evensongs and cantatas.  Our current temporary choir director has also started a successful Junior Choir (primary aged children) meeting after church on a Sunday morning, and preparing items which are age-appropriate for All Age services, and for special events such as the carol service, so the choir director will need good interpersonal skills with people of all ages.

Choir breaks after Christmas and Easter for two weeks, for one Sunday at each half-term, and for the whole of August.

The  church’s pipe organ has just been refurbished and improved.  The church will be in vacancy from June  2015, and the choir director will be accountable jointly to the Church Wardens and the organist. On the appointment of a new priest in charge, the PCC will probably want to consider the purchase of a new hymnbook, a decision in which the choir director will be involved, along with others.

The person appointed should be

  • competent, flexible and  encouraging to singers of varying abilities
  •  ideally, familiar with a wide range of  church music, and able to choose weekly anthems appropriate to the Church’s seasons; also to choose appropriate choir items for Carol Service, in consultation whichever of the clergy is taking the service
  •  able to accompany  (on piano) as well as direct the choir during weekly rehearsals on Friday evenings between 6 and 7 pm
  • willing and able  to build on the work of the Junior Choir, and familiar with  a suitable repertoire of songs to encourage children as singers
  • happy to work closely with the organist and his deputies
  • willing to see him/herself as part of the church’s ministry team, and to liaise with musicians in our partner parishes of Trumpington and Grantchester
  • ideally, willing also to play an instrument/keyboard  in our ‘Gallery Band’, which takes part in services on a roughly monthly basis , accompanying mainly worship songs
  • able to obtain enhanced DBS clearance, which should be applied for on appointment

Please apply by email or in writing, with the contact details of two referees (one musical, one personal) by May 23rd. Interview will probably be on Saturday June 6th, preceded by attendance at a short part of the choir practice on Friday June 5th,  between 6 and 7 pm, at which each candidate will be asked to rehearse the choir through a specified item. The appointment would commence with choir practice on Friday September 4th.

Applications for the above post should be addressed to:
Canon Maggie Guite,
St Mark’s Vicarage,
Barton Road,
CB3 9JZ.



Warboys - The 4parishes

The long established group of four parishes is looking for a new incumbent. They have a long history of evangelical ministry and are looking for someone who will help them to grow in depth and numbers.

Alongside the existing congregations they have a number of Fresh Expressions of church. These are well established and lay lead.

Lay leadership is a strong feature of these parishes and so the incumbent would be well supported by members of the Team.

This is a lively, exciting, dynamic and vibrant group of parishes.

For more information please contact the Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech, the Ven Hugh McCurdy, 01353 658404.

For an application form contact Mrs Anne Smith, 01353 652719 or archdeacon.cambridge@ely.anglican.org


Wimblington, Doddington with Benwick. Christchurch, Welney and Manea.

Six villages of varying size around the town of March.

The congregations are enthusiastic and supportive and there is a dynamic Ministry Team supporting the work of the congregations.
Alongside the traditional church they have experimented with some forms of Fresh Expression.

They are looking for someone who will help them continue to grow together. Think strategically about their future and help them grow in faith and number.

For more information please contact the Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech, the Ven Hugh McCurdy, 01353 658404.

For an application form contact Mrs Anne Smith, 01353 652719 or archdeacon.cambridge@ely.anglican.org


Walpole St Peter with West Walton

Both churches feature in Simon Jenkins Top 100 churches and receive a large number of visitors- they are stunning buildings. The parishes are between Wisbech and Kings Lynn. Kings Lynn has a good rail connection to Ely, Cambridge and London.

However significant the buildings are, that is not all there is to say about them. The existing congregations are middle Anglican in style and both churches have a good congregation, Sunday by Sunday.

One key aspect of these parishes is the excellent relationship with the local primary school. They are looking for a priest who is willing to be Chaplain to the school and to help the congregations grow.

For more information please contact the Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech, the Ven Hugh McCurdy, 01353 658404.

For an application form contact Mrs Anne Smith, 01353 652719 or archdeacon.cambridge@ely.anglican.org


Doddington with Benwick and Wimblington

Our Encouraging Team and Supportive Churches are seeking to appoint a House for Duty Priest to live in Doddington in Cambridgeshire in the Diocese of Ely.

You will work on Sundays and two other days and to live in the well-appointed 5 bedroom modern rectory in Doddington.  Doddington is a pleasant village within striking distance of Ely, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We would like you to become a member of our Ministry Team working with our Priest in Charge, Retired Priest, Licensed Lay Minister, LLMs and Lay Leaders.

We seek someone with a flexible approach who values scripture and church teaching with a caring nature and good humoured disposition.

For an informal conversation, please contact the Priest in Charge:
The Rev’d Kevin Fitzgibbon
Telephone 01354 680969   Email : k.fitzgibbon@care4free.net

Requests for an application pack and parish profiles to:
The Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech, c/o Mrs Karen Steyn, Diocesan Office, Bishop Woodford House, Barton Road, Ely CB7 4DX,
Email:  archdeacon.handw@ely.anglican.org.

The post will require an enhanced DBS check.


St Mary The Virgin Church, Fen Ditton is seeking an organist to assist with Sunday services.

Initially, we are looking for someone to lead services one or two Sundays per month.

The first, second, fourth and fifth Sundays in the month are Sung Eucharist services, using the Malcolm Archer setting. The third Sunday of the month is an All Age Worship service. We use the Anglican Hymns Old & New hymnbook. Fen Ditton Church Choir (usually numbering at least 8) helps lead the singing, and regularly sing anthems (unison/2-part) during the Communion.

Although the church is not able to offer a fee for the Sunday services, subject to approval, there may be opportunity for remuneration through playing for funeral and wedding services (currently paid at £60 and £80 per occasion, respectively).

Enquiries should be directed to Rebekah Ellis (Organist) on (01638) 720478 or bekah.ellis@gmail.com

Other Vacancies



Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force need a second padre. Chaplains need to be ordained or equivalent and of incumbent status and have an affinity with teenagers and a sense of adventure. Male or female, a military background isn’t required but, given that cadets are aged 13-18, there is quite a big requirement for TLC and pastoral care/ homesickness. There is an upper age limit of 65.

Padres are required to accompany the cadets on their 10 day summer camp, acting as the welfare team. Summer camp means a training camp somewhere, from which the cadets go out in various groups into the training area to practise fieldcraft, onto the ranges, participate in watersports, go on battlefield tours or whatever. The padre can be assured of a bed within the camp.

Further details can be obtained from:

Lt Col J A ALLAN QVRM TD Deputy Chief Executive EA RFCA
Civ 01245 244805 Mob 07712 637652