Church seeks a home for Jesus in Ely’s new housing development
PUBLISHED: 09:13 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:13 07 February 2014
A vicar is to be recruited to serve part of Ely that is yet to be built!
An ambitious proposal by the Bishop, the Rt Rev Stephen Conway, will see the new vicar become one of the first to live on the 3,000 home estate once it is built.
The bishop says he wants a ‘church planter’ to help spread the message of Jesus to serve an estimated population of 10,000 that will live in the North Ely development.
The vacancy is already being advertised for a “once in a lifetime” chance to expand the Church’s reach into the area.
Bishop Conway says he is looking for someone to move into the new estate and help offer “Jesus’ life transforming promises to those without a church background”.
The ‘planter’ will be attached to St Mary’s Church but will live in the new estate and work with the existing church team to focus on “renewal and growth” of the church.
The job description says that “over the coming 18 months St Mary’s will identify and release a church planting team on to the forthcoming north Ely development under the new team vicar.
“The new vicar will move onto the north Ely development as soon as a suitable house is built.”
“Across the team we have a responsibility to make sure future generations inherit from us churches that are vibrant, relevant and represent every age group and social position.
“We must therefore put our resources and energy into the work of developing Christian communities in Ely, North Ely and the villages”.
To be suitable for the post, prospective candidates must be “open to the Holy Spirit” as well as being a proven communicator and leader.
The new recruit will live in Ely North- probably from 2016- and subject to a house being bought and completed.
The closing date for applications is March 3. For more information, visit www.ely.anglican.org