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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 we recognise that there is a need to build up a shared sense of purpose between the parishes in working for God’s kingdom, belonging to each other and belonging to God.

The Benefice works in an informal cluster arrangement with the adjoining parishes of West Malling and Offham and with the BMO of St Gabriel’s, Kings Hill. Cluster clergy collaborate in arrangements for service cover and funerals and weddings, with the support of a shared parish administrator.

Mereworth, Wateringbury and West Peckham is a new benefice. 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 their 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 and is comfortable leading a Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship, Word and Sacrament, a school service or a baby and toddler praise;
  • Engages with and encourages the wider community, allowing church buildings to be a resource to the villages;
  • Seeks to have a place in the life of our communities as well as within our congregations;
  • Is a collaborative leader who is not afraid to seek assistance from retired clergy and ministers outside the Benefice and many gifted lay people to grow the worshipping community;
  • Engages and inspires a younger generation in the faith;
  • Has a desire to engage with a variety of schools by rebuilding and developing the links between the Church and Primary Schools;
  • Discerns and develops the gifts, talents and ministries within the congregations, teaching and encouraging worshippers of all ages to grow in their spiritual lives and developing Christian ministry among all ages;
  • Has an open and welcoming outlook that reflects the diversity of the people they will serve and work with;
  • Is sensitive to the particular needs and identity of each parish but will encourage collaboration between them;
  • Is IT-literate, comfortable with parish accounts and are realistic about time management and work-life balance;
  • Can encourage many things – such as choral groups, liturgical tradition and positive change in our churches;
  • Is able to find ways to champion stewardship in churches that need to increase levels of regular giving.

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, 26th June 2020.

Interview date: to be confirmed, 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.