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The Benefice of West Purbeck is looking for an Associate Priest...

Passionate about Rural Ministry? Pastoral Heart? Pioneering Practitioner?
You should come to work with us as an Associate Priest 
in the newly formed Benefice of West Purbeck
We seek an Associate Priest 0.5, half stipend, who will work 4 days a week (including Sundays) for our Benefice which comprises the parishes of Wool and East Stoke, Bere Regis and Affpuddle with Turnerspuddle in the beautiful countryside at the heart of Dorset’s ‘Hardy Country’.  
We can offer:
 A varied and interesting Ministry in one of the most beautiful area of Southern England
 A wide variety of forms of worship from traditional liturgical worship with a strong musical tradition to vibrant Junior Church, Family Services and Fresh Expressions of Church including Messy Church
 Very supportive colleagues in West Purbeck Benefice, retired clergy and lay members in the Purbeck Deanery and very good relationships with ecumenical partners
 Respect for your time off
 A large family home with garden, adjacent to the Church in the centre of Bere Regis.
We seek a Priest who:
 Shows energy and maturity and will be an enthusiastic spiritual leader and guide
 Will work collaboratively with the wider team, lay and ordained, in the Benefice, whilst having lead responsibility for Bere Regis and Affpuddle
 Has a heart for rural ministry and wants to throw him/herself into village life, strengthening relationships with parishioners and village organisations including our  schools
 Enjoys pastoral ministry and can delegate to others, where appropriate
 Will bring original and innovative ideas to pioneer new forms of church and help to take our benefice forward into the future.
For full details of this vacancy including the parish profile, please visit the diocesan website at
Application forms are also obtainable from
The Sherborne Office
Closing date:  17th May 2019
Interview on 11th June 2019
DBS Enhanced disclosure required
Personal Profile for a new Associate Priest
In our benefice of rural parishes, we pray for a new priest who is rooted and grounded in the love of God, who will wholeheartedly preach the Gospel and will make God’s love known to our respective communities.
Personal Qualities
He or she will:
 be approachable and energetic with the skills of a good leader and good listener, who will communicate their God-given inspiration and enthusiasm to us all.
 show the qualities of kindness, empathy, understanding and retaining a good sense
of humour.
 enjoy being with people, building relationships and being pastorally sensitive to
the needs of others, committed to regular pastoral care of souls in the parishes and all who seek comfort and hope through the Holy Spirit in whatever circumstances.
Parochial ministry
Within a rural context in a multi–parish
Preparedness for leadership
Previous church leadership or specific areas of responsibility
Collaborative work with others, lay and
Worked in a Ministry Team with colleagues including clergy and authorised and/or
commissioned lay ministers
Work with schools
Worked with community and church schools and has been a school governor
Work with different models of church both traditional and contemporary
Pioneered fresh expressions of church
Leading a wide range of worship including BCP and Common Worship Traditional and
Contemporary Language
Use of Innovative and creative non-liturgical worship styles
Benefice of West Purbeck Profile
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 have maturity and the gifts of leadership, who is expectant of, and has the ability to manage change ― both in us and our benefice.
 be comfortable in dealing with a teams of lay people, appreciating the skills, availa-ble, identifying and encouraging the potential within all God’s people, both in their
work in the parishes and in their training and development.
 respect different styles of worship, both traditional and more innovative methods, pioneering these and new expressions of church, valuing them all as important ways of feeling God’s love for us and for our giving genuine praise to God.
 work in harmony and across boundaries with the Incumbent of the Benefice of West Purbeck as part of the ministry team.
 be able to work easily among all generations











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Finally, please do keep bringing things for the Food Bank – the need continues and may sadly increase:


Food Bank – Update!

Usually every 6 -8 weeks we hand over at least five carrier bags full of your gifts to the Food Bank - so thank you from the people who were very grateful....and please keep your contributions coming!


There are boxes in both our churches for you to place any goods you would like to donate. This provides a simple way of helping people who have fallen on hard times.

I would ask: Please ensure that your gifts are at least 6 months in date.

You do not have to be a church member to contribute!

The boxes are emptied regularly

and the contents given to the Wareham Food Bank.

The list of what is most appropriate is:

Tinned Soup Fruit Juice(carton)    Pasta Sauces Baked Beans    Rice/Sponge Pudding (Tinned)

Tomatoes (Tinned)    Pasta/Rice (1kg)   Tinned Vegetables  Tea Bags/Coffee    Instant Mash Potato

Tinned Meat/Fish   Tinned Fruit   Sugar (500g)    Biscuits or snack bars


The FOOD BANK provides for local individuals and families in crisis -

Thank you for your support!