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  • Organist and choir leader at St George’s, Crowhurst, East Sussex

    Type: Parish By: Diocese of Chichester When:

    THE SCHEDULE: JOB DESCRIPTION (non-contractual)
    SALARY: Between £2000-£4000 depending on experience and whether all the responsibilities are taken on in the job description.

    The Parochial Church Council of St George’s has set out the areas it would like an organist and choir leader to tackle, but would not want to discourage a good candidate, who was unable to fulfil them all. There is a willingness to tailor the appointment to the right candidate and to scale the payment appropriately for this. If the appointed candidate, for good reason, is subsequently unable to fulfil any contracted duties and the PCC remains supportive of the continuation of the employment, then the PCC will again scale the payment in relation to duties actually being performed.

    1. To play the organ, at the 11am Sunday service, in Crowhurst. The important Sundays in the church calendar include Mothering Sunday, Palm Sunday, Easter Day, the Patronal Festival (normally the closest Sunday to the 23rd April), Whitsunday or Pentecost, Trinity Sunday , All Saints’ Sunday and Remembrance Sunday. 
    2. To play the organ at other major occasions which fall on a weekday, which at Crowhurst include Good Friday, Christmas Eve Christmas Day and All Hallows’ Eve. 
    3. To play at the Crowhurst School service on Wednesdays in term time between 9am-9:30am
    4. To work to recruit, with the support of Rector, wardens and Parochial Church Council, a new robed choir to sing at the regular church services including festivals and special occasions; the latter to be agreed with the Rector.* 
    5. The appointed candidate will cherish the musical heritage of the Church of England, but be willing to be innovative when appropriate. The New English Hymnal is normally in use, but we have more contemporary hymns on the first Sunday of the month. 
    6. To engage with the local school(s) with a view to encouraging staff and pupils to join the church choir. Crowhurst Village School is agreeable to a junior choir rehearsing as an after school club and would be delighted to work constructively with the appointed candidate. 
    7. In undertaking 6 to offer musical assistance to the school such as taking a weekly hymn practice. 
    8. To train the church choir and to arrange and conduct suitable weekly practices. 
    9. In undertaking 7 above individual tuition may be required. Please be aware of the latest Church of England Guidance on appropriate behaviour. 
    10. To be responsible for the supervision of the care and maintenance of any musical instruments, music or other accessories required by the choir. 
    11. When requested to do so by the Rector, to attend meetings of the PCC and its sub-committees. This has not been a regular expectation in the past. 
    12. To liaise with the Rector on the progress of the choir and any proposed activities other than normal church and festival services eg competitions. 
    13. Evidence of a DBS search will be required.

    To play at the Crowhurst School service on Wednesdays in term time between 9am-9:30am 

    *Until the start of 2019 the church had a small choir, which was down to two members, which was why the sad decision was taken to disband it. It is suggested that the previous members, who were highly committed, should be approached to see if they would be willing to join a new choir. There is good reason to believe that others would join a choir.


    Applicants are encouraged to give the Rector, the Rev’d Dr Michael Brydon, a telephone call (01424 892988) or to email him on mbrydon86@btinternet.com for an informal chat.

    Candidates are invited to apply formally by producing a letter stating their previous experiences and why they would like to apply for the job as outlined above. We reiterate that we will tailor the appointment to the right candidate, so an inability to fulfil all of the above, or to provide previous evidence of having done so is not a barrier to an application. Please email applications to the rector at mbrydon86@btinternet.com or post them to The Rectory, Church Lane, Catsfield, East Sussex. TN33 9DR. All applications need to have been received by the 22nd March. We will respond to all applications and let you know whether we wish to call you for an interview.

  • Parish Financial Administrator

    Type: Parish By: Diocese of Chichester When: 1 March 2019

    St Mary’s is a busy parish to the north of Eastbourne. The church is situated in the heart of Willingdon Village, which also serves the community of Willingdon Trees. 

    We are looking for an experienced Financial Administrator to manage and co-ordinate all areas of the Parish finances, including payroll and the maintenance of the correct financial process and controls for the management of charitable funds. 

    Applicants should hold a recognised accounting qualification, have experience of running payroll and excellent IT skills, including Word and Excel. The successful candidate should have good communication and organisational skills, be adaptable and have a pleasant and co-operative personality. It would be helpful if candidates have an understanding of Parish life, an appreciation of the Christian ethos and some knowledge of charitable financial processes would also be of benefit. 

    An application form and a detailed copy of the job description are available on our church website www.stmaryswillingdon.org or on request from Sussex HR Ltd. This position is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure. Alternatively download the full job description and person specification here.

    Please send your CV and covering letter in the first instance to recruitment@sussexhr.co.uk

    Closing date for applications: Friday 1st March 2019

    Anticipated commencement date: March 2019

    £5,200 per annum (£12.50 per hour) Part time (8 hours per week, working pattern to be agreed) Fixed term contract terminating on 30th April 2020, renewable subject to funding.

  • Organist - St Botolph’s Church, Heene, Worthing

    Type: Parish By: Diocese of Chichester When:

    Organist required for St Botolph’s Church, Heene, Worthing. 

    Sunday Sung Eucharist at 10am, plus Holy Days, occasional Evensong, weddings and funerals. Duties include accompanying the choir and congregation for the Hymns, Psalm (Anglican chant), Anthem and Communion setting. Settings used include Thorne (Mass of St Thomas), Schubert (German Mass), Shephard (Addington Service) and Merbecke. The New English Hymnal is used, with occasional modern hymns. 

    Two-manual Walker pipe organ and two-manual Eminent electronic organ. Remuneration at RSCM rates, dependent upon experience. Separate rates for weddings and funerals. 

    Please contact Rik Clay (Churchwarden) on 01903 693587 or e-mail: rv.clay@ntlworld.com. Website: www.stbotolphsheene2015.com

  • Part-time Parish Administrator

    Type: Parish By: Diocese of Chichester When: 3 January 2019

    Part-time Parish Administrator

    Are you looking for a part-time admin job? Midhurst Parish Church has a vacancy for a part-time Parish Administrator. The post is for 10 hours a week at a pay rate of £10 an hour. For further details and to apply online go to the church website: http://midhurstparishchurch.net/

    Or for a paper recruitment pack, phone the Parish Office at St Ann’s Hall, Midhurst on 01730-815356.

    To find out more about the life of Midhurst Parish Church go to its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MidhurstChurch/

    If you’d like to discuss further details please contact Mike Abbott on 01730-814857 or email mike.abbott@midhurstparishchurch.net

    The closing date is Thursday 3 January 2019.

  • Director of Music /Organist for St Peter's Church Henfield

    Type: Parish By: Diocese of Chichester When:

    The United Benefice of St Peter’s Henfield with St Giles’ Shermanbury and St Peter’s Woodmancote

    “Learning living and sharing God’s Love”

    Director Of Music And Organist For St Peter’s Church Henfield

    The parish church of St Peter’s is situated in the vibrant West Sussex village of Henfield. We are seeking an enthusiastic and gifted musician who will make a significant contribution to our worshipping life. The musical life of the parish includes a Sung Eucharist 3 Sundays a month, a Non – Eucharistic Family Service on the first Sunday of each month, the usual Festivals, and Choral Evensong, which rotates around the churches of the benefice on the 5th Sunday. There are plans to review Sunday afternoon/evening worship. In addition, there are a good number of weddings and funerals (13 weddings and 22 funerals during 2017) in church.

    The PCC is keen for the choral tradition to be re-established at St Peter’s church, with an emphasis on developing a children’s and young people’s choir. The successful candidate will have the skill and commitment required to develop the opportunities that our partnership with St Peter’s Church of England Primary school has that will support the recruitment of a new children’s and adult choir.

    Music is an important part of our life together as a church, and the successful candidate will be someone who can embrace a broad range of musical styles. They will be a choir director who can recruit, develop, and encourage singers of all ages. They will develop the musical life of the church and be excited by the opportunities that this post brings. Salary will be based on RSCM guidelines, plus fees. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

    For an informal discussion, for further details, or to apply please contact.

    The Revd Paul Doick | 01273 492017 | p.doick@btinternet.com

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