Priest-in-Charge - House for Duty, SSM or Part-Time (0.5) Stipendiary

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Hever, Four Elms and Markbeech
House-for-Duty, SSM or Part-Time

Could you be called to be Priest-in-Charge of Hever, Four Elms and Markbeech?

This is a part-time role, offered on the basis of House-for-Duty, Self-Supporting Ministry or 0.5 Stipend.

Known as the "Three Spires", the benefice, which is located in the deanery of Tonbridge, within the Tonbridge Archdeaconry, consists of the parishes of Hever, Four Elms and Markbeech. It is set in open countryside, in a beautiful part of rural Kent, but also enjoys easy access to local towns and to London. There is a strong community, representing a mix of ages and of people working both locally and in London and the churches also have strong links with local primary schools.

We are eager to welcome and support a new priest, whose role we see very much as one of leadership, inspiring members of the congregation and the wider community, to take an active part in all aspects of the life of the church. We understand that as a part time priest-in-charge, the appointee will need help from all of us. We will cherish someone empathetic, spiritual and inclusive.

What we are hoping for in a priest

We pray that our new priest will be able to inspire, support and love the people who make up our communities. Our priorities include:

  • Spirituality: leading the spiritual life of the parish and conducting services with a real sense of meaning and ceremony, thus feeding and inspiring us all to do more of God’s work.
  • Pastoral care: including home visiting and real support for members of the community.
  • Outreach: being visible and active in the wider community to raise the profile of the church, and promoting Baptisms and Church weddings.
  • Education: Maintaining and developing church links with the community's schools.
  • The Young: Working with the the existing "Inspire" group and Cafe church and looking for more opportunities for us to engage with the young in the community.

For further information, please click on the links below:

The Diocese of Rochester

The diocese's vision and strategy:

The benefice of Hever, Four Elms and Markbeech:

Closing date for applications: 30th January 2020

Interview Date: To be confirmed (provisionally, Wednesday 26th February)