0.5 Priest and 0.5 Deanery Youth Officer - Salfords, Christ the King

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Salfords, Surrey

This dual post offers an exciting and challenging opportunity for a priest, rooted in the Catholic tradition, to combine spiritual leadership for a welcoming and friendly parish church and working with neighbouring parishes in the development of children/youth work.

Our church has a Parish Mission Statement which seeks to:

  • build on our love for God;
  • share the love of Jesus with each other; and
  • spread our faith to others through the Holy Spirit.

Working with two honorary assistant clergy and members of the congregation, we are looking for a new Vicar who will work with us to maintain a strong and much valued liturgical tradition and develop both the spiritual life of the congregation and our Mission Action Plan to grow the church and build links with the local community.

Salfords is a village on the A23 London to Brighton Road, about 3 miles south of Redhill. The population of the parish is about 6,000, with three distinct communities, Salfords village (where the church is situated) and South Earlswood both straddling the A23 and Whitebushes, a large housing estate to the east of the parish. It is mainly residential with some light industry and commerce together with rural and agricultural areas. The parish is socially mixed but essentially middle class with pockets of both expensive and poorer housing. There is a Primary school in the parish with which we have a friendly association.

In the parish, in line with our Parish Mission Statement the main responsibilities will be to work with the PCC and congregation to:

  1. build on our love for God by worship, prayer and teaching. The church has a strong Catholic tradition of worship which is greatly valued by the congregation, including an 8.00 a.m. said mass and a sung Parish Mass on Sundays and said masses during the week.There is also a monthly Bible study, a Meditative Prayer Group, a Prayer Link group, a monthly service of Vespers and Benediction and a Lent study course each year. We would look to the new incumbent to help us to build on these, to encourage and deepen the faith and commitment and increase lay involvement in all aspects of church life;
  2. to share the love of Jesus with each other by fellowship, compassion and unity.We are a very friendly church with a strong social life, including a craft group, monthly rambles and a variety of events such as a Quiz Night during the year. We would look to the new incumbent to encourage our fellowship and love for each other through these activities;
  3. to spread our faith to others through the Holy Spirit, by drawing people into our loving community, nurturing new Christians, outreach, caring and loving service. Despite being a largely older congregation, there is a great willingness to open our doors and welcome the local community in to share our worship and love of God, especially families and children.

We would look to the new incumbent to help us take this forward in the development of our Mission Action Plan, and to help us build on existing links with the local Primary School, Parish Council and other local organisations.

The shared post at Christ the King Salfords, will include working with some neighbouring parishes to develop older children / youth work and to be available for youth support across the Reigate deanery. This will be a mid-week role and the post holder will be expected to lead the outreach and events from scratch, with the support of the local churches, and coordinate and develop a programme(s) for the different ages and needs identified.

The applicant needs to have a passion for children and young people to ‘hear’ the gospel of Jesus Christ and experience of initiating, developing and leading groups and events for children and young people’s groups.

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We are seeking a strong, energetic spiritual leader with good communication skills who will work collaboratively with our PCC and congregation and:

  1. be grounded in Catholic tradition and be ready to maintain the customs and faith of the church;
  2. be committed to developing with members of the church family, the work with children and families. This will be in line with the work in the Deanery in this shared role;
  3. be focussed on mission and be prepared to work and further develop, with the church community and working parties, the Mission Action Plan to see growth in the parish;
  4. be committed to deepening the spirituality of the church family and to enable and encourage them to reach their potential especially in the development of new lay ministries in the church;
  5. be skilled in pastoral care;
  6. have an ability to explain the Gospel in terms which relate to modern life and catch the imagination of the young and old alike and those exploring Christianity for the first time.

Further detail concerning Christ the King.

The church building, which is just over 50 years old, was built by parishioners adjacent to the small old church, which was demolished, and the area was converted into a garden of remembrance where ashes could be interred. It is a modern building with timber portal frames, with a large west window depicting “Creation”.

Currently the average congregation at the Sunday Parish Mass is 35 people over 16 years of age and 1 child. The congregation comprises a cross-section of society. Some people travel from the surrounding area to worship at Christ the King. As at August 2019 the Electoral Roll stood at 50. Our numbers have fallen in recent years and we would hope the new incumbent would work to empower us to raise the number of worshippers.

Besides two honorary assistant clergy there is a verger, whose duties are coupled with those of sacristan.

Music is considered an important part of our worship, especially at the Sunday Parish Mass. There is no organist at present and music is provided by a number of freelance organists. There is a small robed choir.

Parish Visit: Monday 27 April 2020 at midday

Interviews: Tuesday 28 April 2020