Rector of Lympne and Saltwood

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An exciting opportunity to minister to two villages in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lympne and Saltwood wish to serve their communities through the traditional Anglican model of parish ministry but are open to new ways of expanding that ministry for today's world. There are good links into local church and community schools as well as other local institutions.

There are proposals for a new Garden Town of Otterpool Park which impact on part of the parish of Lympne. As this progresses, the new Rector will have the opportunity of shaping ministry, with colleagues, to this new area. In addition, there are opportunities to explore collaboration with the neighbouring parish of Hythe.

Closing date: 17/01/2020

Interviews: 04/02/2020

Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills:

The main responsibilities are those you would expect of the Rector of two villages, but we particularly want someone who can help us as we seek to be friendly and welcoming parish churches in well-maintained and user-friendly, historic buildings at the heart of our communities where people can discover and grow in the Christian faith.
We aim to build on areas of growth in the life of our churches by focusing on the priorities of

  • Developing discipleship, supporting each other in our journey of faith and making our services reverent, accessible and relevant to those in the two villages who are not yet part of our regular worshipping communities
  • Strengthening pastoral care
  • Expanding our ministry to children, families and youth, including building on our existing partnerships with our schools

We are looking for a leader who:

  • Is an encourager, an enabler and a team builder, committed to ‘equipping God’s people for the work of ministry’;
  • Has the courage to innovate, as we seek to minister more effectively to children, families and youth, as well as the personal integrity and diplomatic skills to build trust within the PCCs and congregations and win people round by persuasion;
  • Combines a passion for mission and good communication skills with a gentle spirit and the ability to operate in village environments where the boundaries between church and community are fluid.

Visibility within the villages is an important objective. Given that the incumbent is resident in Saltwood it is particularly important that he/she is frequently seen out and about in Lympne. The right candidate will also recognise the importance of sharing and working together within the Benefice as well as the need to nurture the individuality of each church within the Anglican tradition.

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Founded in 597 by St Augustine, Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England and has a special place in the life of the national and worldwide Church. With its iconic Cathedral it forms a focal point for the life of the whole Anglican Communion, offering a spiritual home and place of pilgrimage for people from every nation and walk of life.

The County of Kent is renowned as the ‘Garden of England’ and this rural heart is core to our identity - yet the communities we serve are very diverse. Situated in East Kent, our Diocese stretches from Maidstone to Thanet, from the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context.

At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve in East Kent: Changed Lives, Changing Lives.