Vicar St John's Folkestone

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St John's Folkestone is a church with a vibrant evangelical tradition that believes God is leading us into a new chapter. We need a strong and courageous leader, a person of vision who will seek the heart of God, journey with us and move us forward in our faith.

Someone who loves the Lord Jesus, who is young in outlook, energetic and enthusiastic with a capacity for fun and will help us grow our younger Christians.

Someone who is able to engage with people of every generation and where people are on their journey of faith.

Someone who is approachable, warm and a good listener, enjoys fellowship and is willing to delegate and empower everyone to use their gifts to serve Christ.

Someone who has the vision and insight to grow the mission of our church and help us to discern God's desire for our church family and for those in our wider community who do not yet know the Lord Jesus, through prayer, discipleship, service and mission.

Someone who can help us to develop more varied services that are inclusive and more accessible for those unused to church, more informal and contemporary as well as enjoying some of the more traditional forms of worship.

Someone who seeks God in prayer, listens to God and preaches His word. Follows God's will with the help of the Holy Spirit and who will encourage and inspire us, collectively, to be disciples willing to spread the good news.

Someone who will help us to have a sensitive attitude to those who are marginalised, broken, homeless or struggling to cope with life.

St John’s is a church where there is a respect for tradition, with a sense of freedom and flexibility and a desire to be open to the Spirit. St John’s is committed to the importance of the Bible and to prayer. Prayer ministry is available following our services; we would like to develop our wider prayer life including healing, listening and prophetic ministries. St John’s aims to be a church that offers the welcome of the love of Jesus Christ to all who we encounter. The electoral roll reported at the 2020 APCM stands at 118, this includes six new members. Usual attendance in 2019 was 93 adults and 10 children.

Our Purpose We are here to be a blessing to others by declaring the love of Jesus.

Our Vision

We want to be a welcoming church, where people make friends not just for Sundays but for during the week becoming members of our family.

We want to be a church which is representative of our community, with a younger age profile than now (including the upfront team), attractive to families with children, men and women.

We want to be a mature Christian fellowship, with people committed to coming every week and growing into their Christian faith. We believe this will lead to a numerical increase in the church family.

We want to be a church where people can ask questions, and find God

We want to be a church which is a blessing to those who live in our community but are not yet part of our church.

We are open to God’s leading and stepping into the unknown.

Our Key Values

We desire to be characterised by passionate spirituality.

We desire to be a caring community.

We desire to be focused on mission.

We would love our new Vicar to;

  • Make outreach a priority.
  • Support other ministries, overseas missions, Social outreach, Parish visiting, pastoral work and schools ministry.
  • Be willing to challenge preconceptions and tackle difficult issues.
  • Confront and encourage the need for repentance and resolution as and when it arises in a balanced and discerning way.
  • Help us all to grow spiritually.
  • Help equip us to understand and use the gifts of The Spirit so that we can engage in, discernment, healing and spiritual warfare as the Lord directs.

Are you the person God is calling to lead us in this beautiful part of Kent? We will be there for you supporting you, working with you and praying for you.