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A small parish in the Essex countryside has been vicar-less for more than a year now.
But instead of waiting for divine intervention, the parishioners have made a recruitment video to highlight the job vacancy.
Emma Walden explains.
The video complains:
"We have a lot of weddings, but we've got no vicar.
"We have a lot of baptisms, but we've got no vicar.
"We've got a lovely Church of England primary school, but we've got no vicar."
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.
The Essex parish is looking for a new Associate Minister, with duties including:
developing and growing the churches
evangelising, through the parish sports teams
developing a ministry of prayer and Bible study.
But it is quite clear that he or she will also need a good sense of humour.
Alongside the formal job description on the Chelmsford diocesan website is a comical YouTube video, in which local church-goers spell out - quite literally - why there has been a hole in parish life without a vicar. It's performed complete with a cardboard cut-out clergyman and humourous out-takes.
A church parish in Essex has issued a plea for a new vicar, with a comical YouTube video.
Parishoners from Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre say there's been a big hole in church life since their last vicar retired in July 2011.
Video from the Parish of Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre.
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A cardboard cut-out is no match for a real vicar, say the church-goers of Essex.