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YouTube vacancy advert goes viral

19 October 2012

Caught on camera: Colin Wilson, a member of the PCC at St Mary's, Woodham Ferrers, trips over a gravestone in the closing frames of the YouTube advert

Caught on camera: Colin Wilson, a member of the PCC at St Mary's, Woodham Ferrers, trips over a gravestone in the closing frames of the YouTube adve...

A PARISH in Chelmsford diocese has adopted a novel method of finding a new minister: posting a video on YouTube.

The parish of Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre advertised for a part-time House-for-Duty Associate Minister on the Chelmsford diocesan website, in July, but has received no applications. A churchwarden at St Andrew's, Bicknacre, Nick Kitchen, said that someone suggested, almost as a joke, posting a video advert on YouTube to raise the profile of the parish. They then decided to take the idea more seriously, and recorded a video.

The humorous video, now seen by more than 10,000, depicts a wedding, baptism, and school assembly with a life-size cardboard cut-out instead of a priest, and shows scenes from parish life, such as members of the youth group playing snooker, and parishioners meeting to study the Bible in a home. "We wanted to show what the area was like: that we are a young, lively parish," Mr Kitchen said.

The post was advertised in last week's Church Times, for the first time. The paper offers an "Until Filled" offer: on payment of a premium, the Church Times guarantees to republish the same advert until the vacancy is filled.

 

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