Below is an overview of the Clergy Team which form the Parish of Kidderminster East.
The Revd. David Hildred
My ancestral roots are in Yorkshire. But for most of my life I have lived and worked elsewhere, which means that there are only one or two words where the pronunciation gives away my origins.
I grew up within the life of our local church just outside York in the choir and as a bellringer. When I was 17 all of that fell into place and made sense when I became a Christian rather than just a church attender. The decision to believe in Jesus was strengthened and deepened during my time at Bath University, which is also the place where Hilary and I met.
After graduation I taught Maths and Computer Studies in a Comprehensive School in north Essex for three years. Then decided the time was right to see if the Church thought I was the sort who could be a vicar.
Three years at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, training for the ministry, gave me a profound grounding in the Bible, which has formed the basis of my ministry over the years. We enjoyed two curacies in Chelmsford Diocese; then moved to become vicar of a church in Sidcup, where we stayed for 13 years. Along the way our family grew to include our son John and daughter Clare.
Then came the move back to the ancestral roots, and we were in Darfield, just outside Barnsley, for 10 years. Being able to join in with the bellringers was an added bonus, especially as Hilary was convinced to learn the noble art.
In all of the places where we have lived and ministered we have enjoyed journeying with those who journey with Jesus, and have benefitted from their insights of him. We look to do the same here.
So you’ll recognise that bellringing is a favourite way of doing something very different from work. When I’ve only got my own company for recreation then I might mess around and see what a piece of paper can be folded into (origami) or get stuck into a crime novel of some sorts. For the two of us, getting away in the caravan is a treat, and a regular trip is made to The Lake District.
The contact details for David Hildred are 01562 743895 or [email protected]
We are prayerfully seeking a Team Vicar to work in our parish with particular responsibility for two of our four churches
Please find links below to access the parish profile and Diocese of Worcester job vacancies.
For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact any of the following:
David Hildred, the Team Rector on 07906 156239
The Area Dean on 01562 631856
The Archdeacon of Worcester on 01905 773301
Diocese of Worcester job vacancies
Diocese of Worcester job vacancies cofe-worcester.org.uk
While we wait we are praying for you and for ourselves:
Heavenly Father, we thank and praise you for your love for all people, and for all you give us. During our vacancy, we pray particularly for the person we believe in faith you have chosen to be our next Team Vicar. May that person respond gladly to your call, and work with us to grow your Kingdom here. While we wait, send us your Holy Spirit: help us to be patient, build us up in faith and love, and equip us to serve you well with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. These things we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen
Also, don’t forget you can contact the Parish Office with any queries.