Priest-in-Charge of the St Margaret's-at-Cliffe Benefice (Part time - 0.2FTE)

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St Margaret's-at-Cliffe
0.2 stipend + house

Our four small parishes are between Deal and Dover, above the White Cliffs. We are looking for a new Priest-in-Charge to lead us and our dedicated team of volunteers in our ministry to our communities. We offer diverse worship, engagement with our schools, the energetic civil councils and actively work in social justice.

Closing date:18/09/2020

Interviews: 15/10/2020

Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills:

  • Leading and taking forward our spiritual life
  • Collaborating with and encouraging all who work for the good of our communities and our ministry and outreach there
  • Bringing fresh perspectives to what form our Christian life can take
  • Being visible in our communities
  • Engaging with the life of the Deanery and the Diocese's Changed Lives→Changing Lives initiative

The benefice are looking for someone with:

  • Desire to be the leader of Christian life in the Benefice
  • Energy and patience to encourage, enable and innovate in all areas of church, parish and wider diocesan life
  • Empathy and deep sense of pastoral care for all ages, culture and spiritual disposition, reaching out across boundaries
  • Skills to work collaboratively to grow the spiritual life and Christ-informed actions of our parishes, both inside and outside the church setting
  • Ability to lead and guide us into deeper discipleship with service and joy at its heart

We'd be delighted if you also had:

  • A track record of growing a worshipping and outward facing community
  • Experience of rural parishes
  • Skills and interest in working with young people and community groups
  • Interest and knowledge in global matters such as the natural world, health and marginalised peoples
  • Experience of innovative fund-raising
  • A love of church music

For more information about this application process, please use this link

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.

The County of 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. Situated in East Kent, 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.

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 the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve in East Kent: Changed Lives, Changing Lives.

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