Priest in Charge of the Littlebourne Benefice, Associate Priest of Wingham, St. Mary and Assistant Chaplain, The Living Well

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Littlebourne Benefice, Wingham, St. Mary and The Living Well

The Priest in Charge appointment will be 0.6 basis to the ‘Littlebourne’ Benefice[1] consisting of the parishes of Littlebourne, Ickham, Wickhambreaux and Stodmarsh; and also licensed as an assistant priest in the Canonry Benefice with special responsibility for the parish of Wingham. This is with a view to Wingham joining the Littlebourne Benefice, in a newly named Benefice, in the near future, which all the churches have agreed to. The Chaplain to the Living Well, the Canterbury Diocese Centre for Healing and Wellness, will be on a 0.4 basis.

[1] The Littlebourne and Ickham with Wickhambreaux and Stodmarsh Benefice

Priest in Charge - Littlebourne Benefice with Wingham

We are looking for a priest who will join us in seeking to build the Kingdom in our rural village communities.

Over recent years we’ve been journeying towards discovering the most effective way of developing our mission and ministry in order to reach out with Christ’s love to and with the people who live in our beautiful villages. We know this will involve some pastoral reorganisation[1] as we work more closely together.

We need a priest who can guide us in our journeying – is this you?

[1] Wingham parish is currently part of the neighbouring Canonry benefice.

Assistant Chaplain - The Living Well

Our Core Team includes the chaplain, wardens, our administrator and volunteer assistant chaplains; beyond this we are able to encourage many volunteers to serve with us in this ministry of hospitality, healing and wholeness in Jesus Christ – for whom we are hugely grateful. We benefit from a Board of Trustees and a Treasurer who help with discerning the ministry and mission of TLW.

We hold 2 public healing services midweek at Nonington and seek to keep an ‘open door’ to respond to a wide range of requests from individuals and from groups. A 2020 programme can be found on our website

Our understanding of healing is holistic, we are body, mind and spirit; that healing may come over a protracted period of time or unexpectedly and suddenly, that our role is to provide a prayerful space, secure, welcoming, inspiring hope and with the freedom for God to be present. We are excited by this ministry and always reliant upon the eternal and creative breath of the Spirit of God at work among us, leading us forward in His beautiful Name.

Priest in Charge - Littlebourne Benefice with Wingham

To be an enthusiastic, outward looking parish priest in our Benefice and to lead us in this next stage of pastoral reorganisation, to become one, which we have already agreed.

The Cure of Souls in the Littlebourne Benefice and St. Mary's, Wingham

Working with the people of the Benefice to fulfil the vision and express the values, as described in their mission statement in the Parish Profile, to grow God's church.

Assistant Chaplain - The Living Well

The Assistant Chaplain may be asked to be involved in any or some of the following according to the applicant’s gifts and strengths:

To assist the Chaplain and existing team with the Christian ministry of Healing and Wholeness at The Living Well (TLW) in Nonington and across the Diocese. Working collaboratively with Canterbury Diocese.

To work within the safeguarding and good practice guidelines and policies as set out for TLW ministry and Canterbury Diocese.

To assist with midweek services in the chapel at TLW, this will involve leading worship, and/or preaching and/or prayer ministry.

To celebrate Holy Communion and other priestly duties if requested.

To travel (expenses paid) if requested across the diocese to assist the Chaplain with parish engagements including training in the healing and wholeness ministry.

To work as part of the Core Team (chaplains, administrator and wardens) in all practical and administrative matters including attending monthly staff meetings.

To ensure alongside the Core Team the provision of good hospitality and administration at TLW, greeting individuals, groups and/or facilitating group days as requested.

To undertake administrative tasks as agreed on occasion such as preparation of the weekly prayer chain, and the monthly prayer calendar.

To prepare creatively for facilitating groups, leading or teaching.

To hold confidentiality and confidential information securely.

To keep own TLW records and email communications up to date.

To be a competent and sensitive listener

Priest in Charge - Littebourne Benefice and Wingham

As our new Priest in Charge we expect these to be some of the qualities you will bring to ministry and leadership with us:

A Team Leader

who will help develop our ministry teams for mission both locally and across our wider community

A Church ‘grower’

who will help us to grow spiritually and numerically both as disciples and church

An Enabler, Encourager and Facilitator

who will help us to move forward on our journey as we discover better ways of being effective in mission, ministry and witness

A Spiritual Leader

Assistant Chaplain - The Living Well

A person of prayer, spiritually aware and called to the Healing Ministry.

Approaches the Christian healing and wholeness ministry with an understanding or theology of suffering and healing that is in context, relevant, applicable and accessible.

May have a creative and/or prophetic approach to this ministry that is Christ given and intentionally Christ centred.

Has a heart for healing and/or a background in social, medical and or other therapeutic care.

Has a willingness to learn and grow in the Healing and Wholeness ministry.

Able to listen empathically to adults, with basic or advanced listening skills, able to hold confidentiality.

Able to acknowledge their own vulnerability and contain personal boundaries.

Approachable, communicative, good humoured, open and non-judgemental, trustworthy.

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Who we are

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.

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. 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.

Where we’re heading

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 our diocese, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve in Kent: Changed Lives Changing Lives. In your role, in your place, we’ll be looking for you to play a crucial part in making this vision a reality.

Changed Lives → Changing Lives unites us in purpose, but will be expressed in different ways according to what makes sense for different parts of our diocesan family. It’s also a living strategy – as we listen to God and one another, the shape of our work together will undoubtedly change and grow.

Our commitment to you

We know that supporting healthy, flourishing ministers (lay and ordained) is crucial for a healthy, flourishing diocese. That’s why we offer the ‘Canterbury Diet’ to all our incumbent ministers – this is an intentional programme for ministerial development, health, growth and faith. A lay programme is in development too. Additionally, we offer a range of specialised training events, as well an opportunities for growth in prayer and spirituality.

In short, I hope that you will be as excited by our vision, priorities and opportunities as we are. Be assured of our prayers as you consider your next step in ministry,

The Right Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin

Bishop of Dover