We are a lively, diverse and welcoming church in South West London and are seeking the person to lead us to grow in our worship, discipleship and mission.
The parish of St Thomas with St Stephen is bounded by the bustling Balham High Road (A24) to the west and Streatham Hill (A23) to the east with train stations on three corners. Most of us live in the parish itself and then others in the surrounding areas. We are excited by the many ways local residents are coming together to love this area of South London. We want to play our part too. Our parish is in an urban area of South West London with a diverse mix of Victorian/Edwardian terraced and semi-detached houses and local authority/housing association estates. High property prices have encouraged the in- filling of empty spaces with new housing. The population of the parish is around 13,000, living in around 5,500 homes although both will have increased since the 2011 census.
St Thomas with St Stephen, Telford Park was formed in 2006 after the merger of two neighbouring parishes. We are open evangelical with members holding a spectrum of positions within the usual understanding of that term. St Stephen’s, in partnership with the Weir Link Community and Children's Centre with whom we have strong connections and who then used the building extensively, was refurbished in 2010.
That year we also began Phase 1 of an extensive reordering and refurbishment of St Thomas’s to provide our future main worship space and a valuable resource for the local community. Funding for this first phase came from a major local fundraising campaign and a loan from the Diocese, since repaid in full.
In 2013, following the sale of St Thomas’ church hall to Telferscot School, we began Phase 2. Towards the end of this process our incumbent left to become Archdeacon of Lambeth and after a short period of interregnum a new incumbent helped us complete these major works in 2015.
Our most recent vicar oversaw the continued process of merging our two congregations and all that entailed. While handled with great sensitivity, some who missed the more traditional aspects of Anglican worship moved elsewhere. Over the years we have gained many more who enjoy the informality of our worship, with more than a nod to tradition, our church family focus and emphasis on welcome and inclusivity. The electoral roll is currently 143.
We look forward to the next phase of worshipping and serving God in this community, following Jesus and developing our mission and life as a church. We envisage our new vicar will be someone who:
• can discern God’s will, share and shape our vision and guide the faith community in fulfilling God’s purpose in this place
• can nurture the spiritual growth of all, wherever they are on their journey of faith • has a heart for pastoral care
• has good leadership skills with the confidence and authority to delegate, encourage and empower people of all abilities to serve
• has the experience or capability to be a training vicar and has broad life experience
• can lead us in mission, outreach and evangelism and will re-evaluate the shape, direction and impact of our evangelism in the community in the light of the Covid-19 crisis.
• will apply scripture to the life of today through preaching and teaching.
We would value a new vicar who will continue to nurture and empower the releasing of leadership in all groups, who is filled with the Holy Spirit and who has pastoral and listening strengths. The new incumbent will be comfortable with differences around styles of worship, music and on issues such as relationships and sexuality, leading with integrity and Gospel-based conviction through these differences.
We share the patronage of St Thomas and St Stephen with the Rector of Streatham.
CPAS is an evangelical patron with involvement in 690 churches across the UK
The closing date for this post is midnight on 28 June, the first round of interviews will be held electronically on 6 August, the second round of interviews will be held in person in the parish on 17 September.
If you have any queries about the post please contact Rev Mike Duff email@example.com 02475 267843
With the exception of the closing date, all dates are provisional and may
need to be reviewed in the light of COVID-19 constraints.