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Mereworth, Wateringbury and West Peckham

Could you be called to be the next Rector of Mereworth, Wateringbury and West Peckham? Located in rural West Kent, our new benefice was created in August 2019 as part of the Malling Deanery Ministry and Mission Plan. The benefice offers a wealth of opportunity for creative and collegiate working and for developing a shared sense of purpose between the parishes. We are seeking a leader of our flocks, to guide us as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, as His disciples.

The main responsibilities of our new Rector will be to:

  • Be visible and accessible to the wider community
  • Help us serve our communities' spiritual hunger with fellowship and faith
  • Encourage us to show compassion and charity to all who suffer
  • Build us up so that we may grow His body in our Churches as worshipping people
  • Inspire us to learn to live with His Word in our lives and to reach out to our communities
  • Encourage us to offer welcome, generosity, forgiveness and fellowship to others

The benefice has an open mind about who it is looking for in its new Rector but prayerfully seeks someone who:

  • Is a prayerful and inspiring teacher and leader with a firm personal faith and a strong commitment to pastoral care and discipleship
  • Welcomes a broad range of worship styles and spirituality
  • Engages with and encourages the wider community
  • Is a collaborative leader
  • Engages and inspires a younger generation in the faith and has a desire to engage with schools
  • Discerns and develops the gifts, talents and ministries within the congregations
  • Has an open and welcoming outlook
  • Is sensitive to the particular needs and identity of each parish

Further information about the Diocese of Rochester can be found at:

Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their application online via Pathways. Should you have any queries, please contact Maria Campbell, PA to the Archdeacon of Tonbridge:

Closing date for applications: Friday, 21st August 2020.

Interview date: provisionally, 21st September, dependent upon applicable COVID-19 related restrictions

Candidates invited for interview will also be invited to contact the parish to arrange an informal visit prior to the interview date.

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS, with barred list check.