Priest in Charge

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Littlebourne Benefice

The Priest in Charge will be appointed on a 0.8 basis to the ‘Littlebourne’ Benefice consisting of the parishes of Littlebourne, Ickham, Wickhambreaux and Stodmarsh; and also licensed as an assistant curate in the Canonry Benefice with responsibility for the parish of Wingham.

This is with a view to Wingham joining the ‘Littlebourne’ benefice in the near future, which has been agreed by all the PCCs, the Deanery and the Diocese.


We want to be a church in which we share our love of God within our villages and in the wider community. We want to

  • Express our faith through Christian witness in prayer, ministry and worship, led collaboratively by our priest and well supported by the laity.
  • Develop our faith both as individuals and as a church family.
  • Be the spiritual home for the advancement of God’s work in our village communities.
  • Reach out into our community and schools to share God’s word with all, whatever their needs or circumstances.

We need a priest who can guide us in our journeying – is this you?

To be an enthusiastic, outward looking parish priest in our Benefice and to lead us in this next stage of pastoral reorganisation, to become one, which we have already agreed.

As our new Priest in Charge we expect these to be some of the qualities you will bring to ministry and leadership with us:

A Team Leader

who will help develop our ministry teams for mission both locally and across our wider community

A Church ‘grower’

who will help us to grow spiritually and numerically both as disciples and church

An Enabler, Encourager and Facilitator

who will help us to move forward on our journey as we discover better ways of being effective in mission, ministry and witness

A Spiritual Leader

who will build great relationships in all walks of life as a pastor whose life is rooted in prayer whilst encouraging us to do the same

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We’re ready for the challenges ahead and for a gifted leader to help lead us as we take the next steps on our journey.

These are some of the challenges we recognise:

  • making full use of the gifts and talents of clergy and laity, working collegially and collaboratively
  • building a sense of being ‘one church’ across the wider community while recognising the individual church communities and their local priorities
  • establishing better administrative arrangements to resource mission and ministry across our parishes
  • developing the worshipping life of the churches as a focus for the villages we serve through liturgy, music and life events and seasonal services
  • maintaining healthy finances to support the mission and ministry of our churches