We are active, outward-looking worshipping communities, set within a benefice comprising the busy growing market town of Saxmundham and the small and lively village community of Kelsale cum Carlton. We seek a Priest-in-Charge who will be with us and lead us as we continue to grow and share the gospel.
We are an enthusiastic and committed church family consisting of four overlapping congregations meeting in our three church buildings and the local Primary School. We welcome and celebrate the diversity of traditional Parish Church and Fresh Expressions café style Church, seeking to grow in love and faith through our relationship with Christ and each other. We are a diverse group of people from different backgrounds yet drawn together by our desire to grow in God through our different forms of worship and service. We endorse the Diocesan 'Growing in God’ initiative to grow in depth, grow in number, grow in influence and grow younger. Across the Benefice we have a broad leadership team of nine Lay Elders, an Assistant Priest (SSM but near full-time), a Priest with Permission-To-Officiate, a Lay Pioneer Minister and, most recently, a Lay Evangelist. Some of this group along with others make up the five people who are currently embarking on a local diocesan course to enable them to preach in church. Leading prayers, reading, sidesperson’s duties, serving coffee, technical assistance, cleaning, gardening, and so many other practical tasks are all carried out by willing volunteers. There is a family sense of shared responsibility across the Benefice.We long to see the Kingdom of God grow amongst us and in our community, so we are looking for a leader who is passionate about Jesus, and someone who will bring new life to our vision as well as bringing their own fresh ideas.
If you’re more interested in Kingdom than you are church,
If you think our Father answers prayer and no request is too big,
If you think every soul really matters to Jesus,we’d like to meet you.
If you believe that the Spirit is alive and well,If you think knowing the Truth sets you free,
If you can imagine revival,we’d really like to meet you!
The apostle Paul teaches that no one person is every-part of the body. A church cannot be healthy if it is led by a one-man-band. That said, we're looking for the following in our new leader (in no particular order):-
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