Job Title: Organist and Choir Director
Are you an experienced organist and choir director?
St Peter’s Bengeworth is a growing Church in Evesham, East of the River Avon.
The church has recently embarked upon a renewal project, partnering with All Saints Worcester with the aim of giving the church a renewed focus on mission in the community. This is a long term initiative with the full backing of Worcester Diocese and with several people moving into the parish to live here and support the church in this exciting new chapter.
St Peter's Church is looking for an organist and choir director who will regularly play at the 9.15am service, encourage and grow the choir, and collaborate creatively with the incumbent for both regular and seasonal services.
St Peter’s has a broad range of services which include both traditional and modern styles of sung worship.
Our 8am service is a BCP eucharist, the 9.15am service is organ-led with a keen choir and our 11.00am service is guitar-led and has a developing band. At various points in the year, we aim to come together as a whole church which presents opportunities for a creative cross-over of musical styles and collaboration.
We’d describe ourselves as:
Evangelical (we hold the Bible in high regard as God’s words to us)
Sacramental (we believe in baptism as a sign of joining the family of God and sharing communion (bread and wine) as a sign of being united as family by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus)
Charismatic (we believe that the Spirit of God is living and active today)
Anglican (we are part of the Church of England)
The role will involve:
Playing the organ at the weekly 9.15am Sunday Eucharist service and other principal festivals as agreed throughout the year.
Working with the incumbent (or his appointed representative) on the choice of hymns for these services. Leading a weekly choir practice (except when on annual leave)
Nurturing and teaching the choir; encouraging excellence and creativity and drawing in new members. • Playing the organ for weddings and funerals in the church where such musical accompaniment is requested and as availability permits (for which an agreed additional fee would be paid)
Reporting any choir-related pastoral concerns to the incumbent (or the Churchwardens in the case of a vacancy)
Overseeing the care and maintenance of the organ, liaising with the church treasurer to arrange payments where necessary
Organising the replacement of damaged books and purchasing additional music within an annual budget.
Following all safeguarding guidance detailed in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.
Please Note: This role has an Occupational Requirement to be a Christian, as permitted under Schedule 9, Part 1, of the Equality Act 2010.
Closing date: 30th September 2022
Interview date: TBC.