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West Mersea Essex
seeks Priest-in-Charge



"The benefice of Mersea with Peldon and The Wigboroughs is one of the jewels in the crown of our episcopal area. Great people, great location and a real job of Mission to do." 

Bishop Roger

Please watch the video to learn about some of the many attractions of the role of Priest-in-Charge for our lovely benefice. You’ll also discover why The Bishop of Colchester thinks this is such a special job and the exciting possibilities it offers.

Meet Our Parishes



East Mersea

West Mersea

We are delighted to tell you about our benefice of West Mersea with East Mersea, Peldon and Great and Little Wigborough, nestled on the beautiful Essex Coast.

We are blessed with a growing population, active supporters, breath-taking countryside and impressive historic churches. We are constantly working to strengthen the links between our churches and communities and we hope our new Priest-in-Charge will lead us in this. Music plays a big part in the life of our vibrant benefice, so we would ideally love to welcome someone who shares our joy in this.

As you will see from our videos, our church wardens, PCC and congregations are all committed to supporting our church life and protecting the fabric of our churches. Our rural and island parishes are forward-thinking and don't believe in standing still. Recent initiatives include a community space at Great Wigborough, exciting plans for an interactive history hub at Peldon and a Porch Pantry at West Mersea offering a "mini foodbank" to those in need.

The Rectory is a family home close to St. Peter & St. Paul's Parish Church in the centre of West Mersea minutes from the beach.

Will you join us?

The Rectory is located in Kingsland Road, West Mersea, CO5 8AG, just a stone's throw from the beach and a perfect location for all village amenities as well as St Peter & St Paul's Church. It has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and is very well appointed. It will make a lovely home, consisting of a kitchen/diner, utility room, two reception rooms, conservatory, study and cloakroom. Upstairs there are four bedrooms (one with en-suite bathroom) and a family bathroom. There is a good-sized garden and a double garage.

Explore Mersea

There are many reasons why thousands of tourists visit Mersea Island each summer: thrilling water sports, our delightful beach hut-lined coast, locally-caught seafood and lovely countryside, are just a few of them.

Throughout the year, we are a friendly community that enjoys an enviable quality of life in the self-contained town of West Mersea. There is a primary school, waterside restaurants and shops and a thriving sports scene. The highlight of the busy social calendar comes in August with Mersea Week and the Town Regatta.

At East Mersea, on the quieter side of our charming seven square miles of island, there is also an extensive country park and a popular vineyard.

Where We Are

Mersea Island lies off the Essex coast, in the estuary of the River Blackwater, approximately 60 miles north-east of London.

This magical place may be the UK's most Easterly inhabited island, but it is still within easy reach of the many amenities and attractions of historic Colchester (9 miles) and the City of Chelmsford (27 miles).

Our island is linked to the mainland by a causeway at The Strood, so please check the tides before you visit us!