Chaplain to Cothill House and Vicar to Dry Sandford Parish

, ,

The Best Position in Oxfordshire?

If you feel called to work in a small rural Anglican parish, but also want the added dimension of being a key player in an exceptionally friendly boys’ boarding preparatory school, apply now. We are looking for someone who can fulfil both roles prayerfully and passionately. As Chaplain to Cothill House and vicar of Dry Sandford, you will be working with people of all ages who need an engaging friend, pastor, preacher and teacher.

Cothill House school is a few miles south of Oxford, a quarter of a mile from St Helen’s Church in the village of Dry Sandford. As Chaplain to some 200 boys aged between 8 – 13, together with their teachers, parents and domestic staff, you will have the opportunity to become involved in boarding school life, teaching a modest timetable, taking Sunday services and leading assemblies. Pastoral oversight and spiritual guidance will be at the heart of the Chaplain’s work, but this is a position where you will be encouraged to explore your calling and enjoy all that the school has to offer.

The nearby parish of St. Helen’s – a ten minute walk from the school – has a committed congregation of between 25 and 30 people who wish to grow in their faith and who hold their Sunday service immediately after the school service has finished. In addition to planning and leading these services, the Vicar will offer pastoral care, oversee occasional midweek groups such as Alpha, hold a monthly Prayer and Worship evening and chair the PCC. The role also includes taking an assembly at Dry Sandford Primary School each month, together with other assemblies to mark Christian festivals.

Dividing your time between the school and the parish will be demanding but immensely rewarding. You will have six Sundays off each year, a day off each week, and holidays as provided for an incumbency held under Common Tenure. The post of Chaplain will have a probationary period for its first year and the two positions will be tied to each other as there is no housing or stipend provided for the incumbency. The salary will be in the region of £34,000 – £36,000, depending upon qualifications and relevant experience.

This position requires someone with a living, practical faith and an infectious enthusiasm; you will inspire a congregation in their Christian lives and touch the hearts of more than 200 eager, questioning and receptive schoolboys and their teachers. Good communication skills will be essential, as will excellent time management in order to balance the needs of school and village. The local community and the school are exceptionally supportive and generous, but will expect their Vicar to have an interest in both communities, as well as the vision and ability to work cooperatively with those whose common interest is the development of the Christian faith in both parish and school.

To apply please send CV and covering letter to:

Duncan Bailey
Headmaster
Cothill House
Cothill
Abingdon
Oxon OX13 6JL

Or to his PA sophie@cothill.net