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Cardboard cut-out no match for real vicar

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.

Protest planned outside American embassy

A Muslim pressure group that campaigns for an Islamic state with sharia law is planning a demonstration outside the American embassy in London today.

It's in protest against a film, produced in the United States, which mocks the prophet Muhammad, portraying him as a womaniser, homosexual and madman.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has previously faced calls to be banned, said hundreds of Muslims from across the UK would rally and demonstrate "in solidarity" with others across the world.

They plan to converge outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square at 2.30pm today.

A group statement said: "The demonstration will be condemning in the strongest possible terms any and all insults against Islam and the symbols of our religion; especially those against the greatest man sent to mankind the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him."

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