The Bishop of Portsmouth wishes to appoint a Vicar for the parish of St George the Martyr, Waterlooville.
Our diocese is made up of 11,000 or so worshippers in 139 Church of England parishes across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is led by our Bishop, and includes clergy, Readers, retired clergy, chaplains, paid staff and thousands of volunteers who work in our parishes.
Our diocese is also divided into seven deaneries, each of which co-ordinates the mission and ministry of parishes in their area.
St George the Martyr is part of the west side of Havant Deanery, and finds itself surrounded and supported by a further five clustered neighbouring parishes.
St George the Martyr is a church with a modern catholic tradition set within the town of Waterlooville, a thriving community of professional, trade and retired people.
St George's is supported by a wealth of lay people and ministry takes place not only in its impressive 1970s church but also in local schools and nursing homes, with activities outside normal services ranging from Sunday school and a church market, to Mothers Union and various groups for all ages.
Many newcomers are attracted to the church as St George's Church regularly provides the venue for a number of concerts during the annual Waterlooville Music Festival.
Substantial new housing as well as an ageing population brings with it challenges that the new incumbent will need to help the parish address.
The parish of St George's Waterlooville is part of the wider Havant Deanery within the Archdeaconry of Portsdown and is as such supported by other parishes. It has good relationships with other denominations and is well incorporated into the town's life and events.
- To lead and grow this Christian community and to represent the Church of England in the wider community.
- To work with and develop the team of lay volunteers in their activities in church life.
- To engage with the challenges of changing demographics by drawing young people to the worship of Christ and the love of God.
- To support the elderly in the community by providing pastoral support.
- To build on the excellent links, which the church already has, with the local community and schools through the Waterlooville Music Festival
- To further the principles of the Diocesan's live | pray | serve framework and incorporate the LYCIG (Lead Your Church Into Growth) fundamentals into the life of the parish.
The Ideal Candidate
In our next incumbent we are seeking the following qualities:
- A man or woman comfortable with the modern catholic tradition, keen to continue the liturgy at St George's by respectful celebration of the Sacraments.
- A person with the desire and skills to develop good relationships with the young people of the parish and to continue close contact with the local schools.
- A person with the talent to deal sensitively with the varying needs of our senior population.
- A person with leadership skills to encourage, reassure and focus the work of individuals and parish groups.
- A person with energy and commitment to contribute to fundraising and social events in the parish.
- A person with the interest and desire to continue and support the Waterlooville Music Festival.
We have a framework to guide our diocese in the future - and it can be summed up in just three words.
live | pray | serve will be our motto for the future, as we seek to equip people to live as disciples of Christ; to pray, individually and together as worshipping communities; and to serve our local neighbourhoods and society together.
To achieve this, we will encourage and support our parishes, chaplaincies and church schools as they aim to:
- make disciples of Christ;
- grow our churches;
- equip people for lifelong learning; and
- promote the transformation of society.
These four strands embrace all the work covered by our central diocesan teams, but are also picked up through engagement with individual worshippers and in local parishes, communities, chaplaincies, and schools.
To discuss the role, please contact the Archdeacon of Portsdown, the Venerable Dr Joanne Grenfell: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for this post is Friday 23rd February 2018 and the interviews and visits are on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th March 2018.