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of the Benefice of Shrivenham & Ashbury




London and Home Counties


Ref: JN006776

Job Description

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17


With its 7 churches in 4 parishes, we are situated in the stunning Vale of White Horse between Oxford and Swindon. At a time of change in our benefice we are seeking an individual to take on the ministry and lead us in faith to shape the future of our churches.


Our new vicar will:


  • Be approachable friendly, and at ease interacting with a cross section of people within rural parishes, the local Defence Academy and a number of local schools (both state and independent).
  • Be enthusiastic with a ‘can-do’ and a collaborative approach, prepared to engage with the wider community, encourage existing activities alongside developing new creative initiatives.
  • Be an inspiring preacher, able to adapt and be sympathetic to different approaches to worship from traditional to contemporary. An understanding of rural ministry would be beneficial.
  • Have a strong faith and pastoral focus; be passionate about scripture and able to translate God’s word to demonstrate its relevance in today’s world.


The successful applicant can be confident of receiving a warm welcome in an environment which offers great support and teamwork between the incumbent, the associate vicar, motivated and committed PCC’s and supporting ministry team including a part time benefice administrator. The modern and spacious vicarage is situated in the heart of Shrivenham close to local schools.


Application Form and Benefice Profile available at:


Applications to be returned to:
The Bishop of Dorchester, Church House Oxford,
Langford Locks, Kidlington OX5 1GF
Tel: 01865 208218 • Email:


Closing date for applications: 27th February 2019

Interviews 22nd March 2019


DBS Enhanced Disclosure is required


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Closing date: 27 February 2019


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