Situation Vacant: Director of Music

We are seeking an inspiring and flexible Director of Music to lead our friendly,
enthusiastic choir and to engage our whole community in the Anglican musical
tradition.
St Mary’s is a lively and friendly parish church situated on the High Road at the heart of
the Balham neighbourhood in south-west London. We are an inclusive, diverse, and
modern liberal-catholic church that places music at the heart of our worship. There is
an adult volunteer choir (SAMen) of mixed ability that sings at our main Sunday service
and at other occasional services as arranged. The church is equipped with a large and
convincing 3-manual Makin digital organ, as well as with a Grotrian-Steinweg grand
piano of good quality. A separate, large music rehearsal room also houses a baby grand
piano.
The Director of Music works alongside the Vicar in selecting choral and congregational
music for services throughout the liturgical year. Our regular Sunday Eucharist is at
10.30am, and the choir currently meets at 9.45am for a run-through, and then again
between 12-12.45pm to rehearse music for coming weeks. The Director will be
expected to direct and/or play the organ most Sundays and at occasional services as
arranged in advance.
A voluntary organist is available, and paid deputies can be arranged in exceptional
circumstances by agreement. Remuneration is set at £300pcm, with six weeks paid
leave per year. The Director will also have first refusal in playing at weddings and
funerals in the church, which pay a standard fee of £120.
For further information, please contact the Vicar, the Revd Robert Tobin, at:
vicar@stmarybalham.org.uk, or on 020 8673 1188.
Applications by email (including a covering letter explaining your interest in the post,
your CV, and two reference contacts) are to be sent to the Vicar by Friday, 8
December 2017. Appropriate candidates will be invited to attend for interview,
organ audition, and a sample choir practice.
In line with diocesan policy, enhanced DBS disclosure is required.

Situation Vacant: Parish Administrator

We are seeking a Parish Administrator with good communication skills to maintain an
efficient parish office, manage lettings, produce parish publications, and provide general
secretarial support to the Vicar.
St Mary’s is a lively and friendly parish church situated on the High Road at the heart of
the Balham neighbourhood in south-west London. We are an inclusive, diverse, and
modern liberal-catholic church seeking to enrich our local community through worship
and service.
The post is part-time (9.5 hours per week) at £9.75/hr (London Living Wage). As
Administrator, you must maintain regular office hours, but there is some flexibility in
establishing the pattern of work. You must be able to act on your own initiative, have
good IT skills, an eye for detail, and be comfortable working alongside volunteers. An
understanding of how a parish church works would be an advantage.
For further particulars, please contact the Vicar, the Revd Dr Robert Tobin, at
vicar@stmarybalham.org.uk, or on 020 8673 1188.
Applications by email (including a covering letter explaining your interest in the post,
your C.V., and two reference contacts) must be sent to the Vicar by Friday, 1
December 2017. Appropriate candidates will be invited to attend for interview.
In line with diocesan policy, enhanced DBS disclosure is required.

Reverend Robert Tobin Induction

The Rev’d Robert Tobin was Instituted and Inducted as Vicar of the parish by The Right Reverend Richard Cheetham Bishop of Kingston at the service on 4 September 2017 which brought the interregnum to an end; and so a new stage in the life of St Mary’s Balham begins.

Our new Vicar is named.

We are delighted to announce that the Bishop of Southwark, in consultation with the joint Patron Keble College, Oxford, has appointed the Rev’d Robert Tobin to the post of Vicar of St Mary and St John the Divine Balham in the Deanery of Tooting, subject to the usual legal formalities.

Robert is Chaplain of Oriel College Oxford.  He was previously Chaplain at Harvard University in the USA and served his curacy at Beaconsfield in the Diocese of Oxford.

Robert and his wife Olivia will move to Balham over the summer and will be licensed by the Bishop of Kingston at the beginning of September.

Please see the ‘interregnum’ page for additional information.

Appointment of our new Vicar

We are currently advertising for our new vicar.  See the ‘Interregnum’ page for further details,  including a copy of our Parish Profile and the advert. There is also a video of what its like to worship at St Marys which you might like to spend a few minutes with.

Applications are due by 9 February and interviews take place on 23 February 2017, so watch this space……..