Vicar of St Stephen and St Mark, Lewisham

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St Stephen and St Mark, Lewisham is a Parish of The Society under the patronage of St Wilfred and St Hilda and is under the Episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Fulham. The parish church is situated in an area of South-East London which is undergoing impressive local reconstruction and residential new build.

It has a devout and loyal Anglo-Catholic congregation which is representative of the area. The Church also has strong pastoral responsibility for St Stephen's Primary School.

The Parish of St Stephen with St Mark is an Anglican Parish in the Catholic tradition in Lewisham, South East London.

The parish has become vacant because of the departure of the Vicar for a new incumbency. Our last vicar was the Parish Priest for over six years, during which time the church community has benefitted from the enthusiasm with which he has worked, particularly at maintaining this thriving Parish.

The parish consists of one church, the Grade 2 Listed church of St Stephen (St Mark's was demolished some time ago). St Stephen's Church was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and it was built for Catholic worship in the Church of England, a tradition that continues to this day, and one which the congregation embraces.

The Parish now seeks to find its next Parish Priest, who can continue to build on the foundations of the past.

Support the congregation in their desire to uphold and deepen the catholic faith as a church of The Society, by disseminating the catholic teaching of the faith through soundly based scriptural preaching and catholic liturgy, including music.

Ensure that Mass is normally celebrated daily and twice on Sundays and Holy Days.

Organise regular visits for the sick and those unable to attend Mass, particularly for administration of Holy Sacrament.

Work with the Churchwardens and other members of the PCC and to regard attendance at meetings of the Parochial Church Council as a priority.

Support and develop the social life of the parish and congregation with the PCC and churchwardens with advice and help from the parishioners.

Support young people and encourage their involvement in the Church. Promote and support Junior Church.

Be the spiritual leader for St Stephen's School and be prepared to be the Chair of the Governing Body.

Undestand and comply with safeguarding legislation and ensure that best practice is embedded. Show a commitment to safeguarding and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

Interact with the local community, particularly other churches and faith communities.

Be an advocate for the congregation and the parish at all levels, including Deanery, Diocesan and Civic.

Ensure that the maintenance and improvement of the structure, fabric and artefacts of the church are carried out effectively and lead fund raising for this purpose.

Ensure that your availability to parishioners is known, especially in regard to emergencies.

Provide leadership and support to those working with you.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A relevant qualification for Christian Ministry and be someone who will be able to be licensed by the Diocesan Bishop and who is a priest of The Society.
  • An understanding and commitmment to the catholic tradition and teaching.
  • Enthusiasm for this type of parish and ministry and awareness of the need to motivate people spiritually.
  • An understanding that the individual spiritual needs of a diverse congregation may be varied and provide leadership to bring them together.
  • The ability to work with people from different backgrounds.
  • The ability to demonstrate initiative, responsibility and leadership in your pastoral approach to the church community.
  • Pastoral skills and experience in areas of diverse culture.
  • Experience of successfully engaging with local communities, schools and other churches.
  • Experience of preparing and leading spiritual groups e.g. Lent Courses and Quiet Days.
  • Experience of Young People's ministry and undertaking of outreach work to hospitals and residential homes.

The congregation is racially diverse with a majority from Caribbean and African backgrounds.

The Electoral Roll is currently 110 with relatively few of the Sunday congregation living in the Parish but most do live within five miles of the Church.

We are fortunate to have the services of additional clergy on a regular basis and we also have authorised Lay Ministers of Communion who assist with Sunday Mass and take Communion to the housebound.

Junior Church meets in the Church Hall and joins the Mass during the Eucharistic Prayer. They work on the Gospel of the day with the Bible, discussion and worksheets. On occassion, the Juniors will attend the entire Mass under supervision using age-related Mass books. The attendance at Junior Church fluctuates between 5 and 14.

We have a group of teenage servers who are regularly learning new skills.

Music is an important part of our worship. We are blessed with an excellent organist who has played at the church for over 20 years. We also have the joy of an excellent choir which consists of trained professional vocalists. There is a monthly Choral Evensong which is followed by Food and Fellowship; this is attracting people who worship elsewhere but come to St Stephen's for the music and fellowship.