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.
– St. Andrew's Church - Bicknacre
" We advertised the vacancy in the summer and have had no applications at this time. But we are not disheartened, as we have faith that God will provide the right person (and we hope that anyone considering the position does too!). Although we have tried our best to summarise the parish in the parish profile, we hope that the videos below will help anyone interested in this position understand a bit more about our 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.