Church-goers in Essex have issued a plea for a new vicar, with a comical YouTube video.
They've demonstrated, quite literally, how the lack of a minister has left a big hole in parish life - with a cardboard cut-out clergyman.
Video from the Parish of Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre.
The parish's last vicar retired in July 2011. And now, the video complains:
The formal job description on the Chelmsford diocesan website says that the new Associate Minister will have to:
- develop and grow the churches
- evangelise through the parish sports teams
- and develop a ministry of prayer and Bible study.
But it is quite clear that he or she will also need a good sense of humour.
Church-goers decided to create the video after an initial job advert failed to prompt any applications.
St Andrew's Church in Bicknacre - one of the two churches where the new minister would be working - said that it hoped the video would give potential applicants a better understanding of the parish.
The closing date for applications is the 8th of November 2012.