Team Rector of Limpsfield and Tatsfield Team Ministry

Posted 27 days agoExpires in 8 days

We are a team ministry of three pretty rural villages in East Surrey just south of the M25. We are seeking a strong spiritual leader to serve primarily as priest at the liberal catholic parish church of St Peter's, Limpsfield set in the heart of this vibrant and historic village, and who will also lead as Team Rector providing support for the other team clergy.

We have a well developed and actively ongoing Mission Action Plan for our vision of growth, to be a seven day a week church, using our developing audio visual and media plans to fullest effect, nurturing our strong musical heritage through change, within our mission statement to be "a beacon shining as a light, sharing the love of God in Christ for all".

You will have resilience and creativity, for these current unusual times, with energy and empathy and with strong pastoral and spiritual qualities, to lead collaboratively in planning our worship and music, to be actively engaged in our local infant school, to join in the life of the village and to offer warm and open ministry to all in the community. You will be assured of a warm and prayerful welcome with plentiful practical support.

Limpsfield is a large semi rural village with a population of c 2700, the largest of the three team villages, the others being St Andrew's Limpsfield Chart (c. 850) and St Mary's Tatsfield (c 1900).  The population comprises a mixture of all ages, and many commute to London or Croydon for work. The Grade 1 listed church, which is open daily, is in the centre of the village, set in its own open church yard which receives regular visitors to the graves of several famous musicians, including Delius. Within the village is a small selection of local independent shops, including our own community village stores and post office, a popular pub and the C of E Infant School (voluntary aided). There is also an acclaimed Special school catering for girls with emotional and learning difficulties, and an independent preparatory school.  

All three villages enjoy a vibrant community life with many activities and supportive networks catering for all tastes and needs.

Our liberal catholic worship is rooted in the parish eucharist and a regular pattern of prayer with formal vestments and the occasional use of incense at festival and solemn eucharists. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved.  We have children's groups in our weekly Parish Eucharist and an established Messy Church.

You will support our five mission priorities - nurturing our faith, developing our musical heritage, growing our provision for those in later life, growing our provision for children and families, and investing in and managing our resources - all supported by a strong and competent committee structure.

You will teach and support us,  pray with us and encourage us,  engage with new people, share in the wider work of Deanery and Diocese as appropriate and work closely with the churchwardens, other lay ministers and the church coordinator whilst also discerning and encouraging the gifts and ministries of all members of the congregation.

Overall you will have the resilience and creativity to lead and walk with us in our developing response to the profound changes brought about by Coronavirus. 

We are a committed, warm and active congregation, well supported by the churchwardens, our verger, sacristan, altar servers, sidesmen, bellringers for our six bells, with many other volunteer roles within and beyond the church.

We have one commissioned SPA (Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary), a Lay Minister (Reader) due to be licensed in October 2020, an experienced Team Vicar at Tatsfield, an experienced House for Duty priest licensed at Limpsfield Chart in August 2020, and one other Reader on the Chart.

In normal times we derive significant income from the letting of our Hall, a pavilion on the Glebe field behind the rectory and from a residential village property which is currently let but which can be available for a curacy if needed.

We have salaried administrative support from our Church Coordinator who works 26 hours a week in our spacious parish office adjoining, but separate, from the rectory.

We offer bible and Lent study groups and have successfully run various Alpha courses with more planned by our SPA. 

We can offer:

  • The gift of designated and experienced clergy in each team church with strong lay support
  • An established and talented musical tradition with accomplished organist and quality organ
  • The potentials of our new wifi system in church and our developing audio/visual media support
  • Exciting millennium room expansion plans going through the faculty process now and well supported by a dedicated project manager and the wider PCC and relevant committees
  • A modern, spacious and practically designed Rectory with garden in this beautiful part of Surrey with plenty of recreational opportunities.  

We don't underestimate the challenges of:

  • The financial restraints caused by the pandemic - although this in itself offers potentially exciting development possibilities in previously unforeseen directions
  • Succession planning issues and seeing the new Millennium Room extension through to completion post Coronavirus.

Closing Date: Thursday 01 October 2020

Parish Visit: Tuesday 27 October 2020

Interviews:  Tuesday 27 October 2020