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St George's Memorial Church, Elverdingsestraat 1, Belgium
We are seeking an Anglican Minister with substantial pastoral and leadership experience for our small English-speaking congregation. Able to welcome Christians from all denominations that attend St George’s.
Ypres (Ieper) also known as the City of Peace, welcomes many visitors throughout the year who attend the various remembrance events. A knowledge of local and military history and experience with remembrance ministry would be an advantage.
The new Chaplain must be an Anglican priest with substantial pastoral and leadership experience. He/she looks after a small resident congregation and welcomes Christians from all denominations to St George’s on a regular basis.
He/she must have demonstrable experience with Remembrance events. Besides regular Sunday services, the Chaplain welcomes many groups throughout the year who visit St George’s for special services (e.g. schools and military). There are also special services, such as grave side commemorations, held elsewhere in the Ypres area.
Chair the Chaplaincy Council and attend ‘Kerkfabriek’ meetings as the ‘Appointee in charge of the parish’;
- Attend meetings in London of The Friends of St George’s, accompanied by a member of the Chaplaincy Council;
- Maintain close links with the Ypres branch of the Royal British Legion, and other remembrance linked organisations;
- Attend meetings of the Ecumenical Committee of the Churches in Ypres. In this they would be assisted by a Flemish speaker on the Chaplaincy Council. This would also apply to Ecumenical services held
- Attend the annual synod of the Archdeaconry of North West Europe, as well as the meetings of the Anglican Council of Belgium. They would be accompanied for these meetings by the church’s synod representatives;
- There is potential to develop a link with the Waterloo battleﬁeld project. The Chaplain will take a lead in this.
A knowledge of Dutch, or the intention to learn Dutch, is required. For a chaplain who is able to master the local language, translations of Common Worship are available to use for missional purposes.
QUALIFICATIONS / TRAINING
- Have been ordained priest within the Church of England, or a Church whose orders it recognizes
- Have satisfactorily completed Initial Ministry Education
- Demonstrable experience with the military/commemoration side of the job
- An experienced pastor who works well with others and is a good communicator
- Demonstrable experience in building and maintaining constructive relationships with relevant organisations in the wider community
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND COMPETENCES
- Be able to deal well with the military/ commemoration side of the job – e.g. dealing with military and high ranking visitors
- A warm pastor to congregation members and visitors alike
- An encourager
- Be able to demonstrate ability to develop various ministry opportunities in cooperation with others
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St George's History
St George’s Memorial Church in Ypres was consecrated in 1929. It was built as a memorial to all British and Commonwealth soldiers who died during World War I. At the time it was ﬁnanced by public subscription. Currently, St George’s is an Anglican Chaplaincy in the Archdeaconry of North West Europe, in the Diocese in Europe. Our Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Robert Innes is based in Brussels.