Priest-in-Charge of Bewsborough

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Bewsborough is a single parish benefice of five churches and communities in the countryside near Dover. It is a changing parish with a large residential development being built in Whtifield and with changing attitudes to what ministry and mission might look like in the present day. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a strong lay team to put in place our vision to promote outward looking ministry and growth of our church family.Our five Bewsborough churches yearn to be at the core of their communities, inspiring people to seek God, and supporting them to live their everyday lives, with joy, through faith in Christ.

For any queries, please contact Louise Mills, the Archdeacon of Ashford's PA, on 01233 712649 or

Closing date: 14 February 2020, interviews: 28 February.

Working with colleagues to

  • Deepen our understanding of God’s work in our world by prayer, worship, study and, where appropriate, training to give us better skills to serve God
  • Enhance pastoral care across the communities, bringing healing and hope to those in difficulty.
  • Engage with the residents in the new development of Whitfield and re-engage with the Elvington community.
  • Rejoice in Christian fellowship and encourage others to join us. Develop services and activities, including a wide(r) range of styles of worship, which reach out to those who have little or no positive experience of church.
  • Build our links with caring organisations, engaging with, and providing support and encouragement according to need, as well as resource.
  • Build upon contact made with children in our primary schools, develop further our ministry for children, and for young people, as they move towards adulthood.
  • Where appropriate, work with other denominations within our Parish and Deanery, so that people have a greater understanding of our uniting beliefs, and tolerance of the many paths to God.
  • Support chaplaincy for the industrial and retail areas developing in Whitfield.

To help us in our development, we're seeking someone who is:

  • Skilled at team building and managing change
  • Able to think strategically
  • A good pastor, both in leading worship and providing support and spiritual guidance across the communities.
  • A good team player and communicator, willing to work with others and engage in the life of the community.
  • Visionary and creative
  • Adept at delegation.
  • Committed to shared ministry within the Parish and Deanery
  • A person of prayer

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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.