Associate Rector

Associate Rector

Parish of Acton, St Mary’s and All Saints

Diocese of London, Deanery of Ealing

 

 

 

 

The Post

The Associate Rector will work with the Rector of the newly reconstituted parish of St Mary and All Saints at the heart of the lively and diverse district of Acton in the borough of Ealing.  St Mary’s is a strategic parish with the church building right in the town centre; and All Saints is located in the new Acton Gardens development, one of the biggest regeneration projects in London. http://www.actongardens.co.uk and http://www.yoursouthacton.co.uk/

Two key aspects to the role, both missional and pioneering, have been agreed with the Bishop of Willesden and the Archdeacon of Northolt:

  1. To develop St Mary’s ministry in Acton town centre with the shops, businesses and community market, and, within that, to work with the Rector and the PCC on how the church building itself can be more fit for fulfilling our mission.

St Mary's and the Market

  1. To re-imagine church in the new Acton Gardens development, sustaining and developing what is already happening at All Saints, but with a larger focus on building the broader Christian presence on the estate, including exploring the potential for a missional community.

 

 

Part of the Acton Gardens’ Plan – artist’s impression

 

The Parish

The newly enlarged parish came into being in December 2015 following a pastoral reorganisation which saw a change to the former parish of Acton Green, with All Saints joining with St Mary’s.

Acton is a highly diverse urban area with a population of numerous ethnicities and social/economic backgrounds.  It is rapidly changing with a trend towards greater affluence and this will increase with the arrival of Crossrail (“Elizabeth Line”). 

There remains, however, considerable deprivation and Acton Homeless Concern is key among several agencies that work with specific needs in the community.  http//www.actonhomelessconcern.org.

 

There are three schools in the parish – Derwentwater Primary School, Ark Priory Primary Academy  and Berrymeade Primary School, which serves the South Acton area and has recently been rehoused in a brand new building. Twyford Church of England High School, with which St Mary’s has close links, and Acton High School are also close by.

The parish is approximately five miles from Central London and within easy reach of Heathrow Airport.  There are excellent road and rail links with Underground (Acton Town), Overground (South Acton and Acton Central) and Mainline (Acton Main Line) stations, as well as good bus services.  This means that London’s attractions are close at hand, but also that there is good access to all parts of the UK.

St Mary’s has a lively, diverse and inclusive congregation of around 150 on average on Sundays with a healthy number of children, young people and families as well as a broad range of ages. Parish Communion is at 10.30 on Sundays with an 8am service before that and a mid-morning Eucharist on Thursdays. More information about the parish is available on this website and Facebook page www.facebook.com/stmaryacton.

The Mission Action Plan sets out clearly what St Mary’s is about and how the church plans to develop. The arrival of a new Rector in September 2015 provides a key impetus for this.

All Saints has a small, diverse and lively congregation with dedicated people who persevere, are open to change and a fresh approach and want the church to grow. Sunday worship consists of a modern language Eucharist at 10.30. A community nursery currently uses the building during the week. More information about the parish is available on the website http://www.allsaintsacton.org.uk.

 

 

 

All Saints Church

 

There is a significant presence of people of other faiths in both parishes – mainly Muslim – with whom we want to engage further. 

Acton Mosque

 

 

The Diocese

The parish is in the Willesden Episcopal Area of the Diocese of London. 

London is a growing and dynamic Diocese committed to mission. 

This is enshrined in its Capital Vision 2020 with the strapline ‘Confident, Compassionate, Creative.’

 

http://www.london.anglican.org/mission/capital-vision-2020.

 

The Rector

Nick Jones took up the post of Rector in September 2015 and is therefore new to St Mary’s and All Saints, Acton and London.  Prior to this, he spent five years in the Prison Service as chaplain and manager, working mainly with young offenders, leading a multi-faith chaplaincy team and pioneering the prison’s Restorative Justice provision.  Before that, he was vicar in a challenging part of Bradford, West Yorkshire and was co-founder of the children and youth charity, Joshua Project Trust - http://joshuaproject.org.uk. The first ten years of his ordained ministry were spent in Ely Diocese with a curacy in Cambridge city centre and two further posts in rural settings close to the city, one of which included a school chaplaincy.  Before ordination, he was a teacher in Cambridgeshire and a missionary lecturer in Northern Nigeria.  His passion is for community ministry and mission.

 

Partnerships

There’s a strong team in the parish to work alongside – an experienced and able Self Supporting Minister, Mary Spredbury, together with creative and talented people in the congregations. There are also churches and other community organisations that we are keen to partner with in outreach the town centre and Acton Gardens, including the ‘network’ Church of England community located just across the market-place from St Mary’s, The Oaktree Anglican Fellowship. http://www.oaktree.org.uk.

 

The Person

The Associate Rector will be:

  1. of deep Christian spirituality and able to work across traditions, whilst rooted in their own.
  2. pioneering, visionary, passionate, approachable, good at forming relationships across the spectrum
  3. energetic and enthusiastic
  4. not fazed by the prospect of engaging with people of other faiths and willing to learn
  5. seeking a ministry that is more free-flowing, entrepreneurial and unpredictable than traditional Incumbency (though the stipend is very similar)
  6. good in a team
  7. willing to commit for a period of around five years.

The post is likely to suit someone currently in the third year of their curacy, but there may well be a broader appeal too.

 

Provision

The Associate Rector will be licensed by the Bishop of Willesden and accountable to the Rector as leader of the parish’s ministry team.

The stipend will be that of an Associate Vicar in London Diocese.

The Associate Rector will live in a house in the new Acton Gardens development.

 

 

 

 

Part of the already completed Acton Gardens development

 

 

 

 


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