Priest in Charge of Saxmundham with Kelsale cum Carlton

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Saxmundham Suffolk

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):-

  • a person of prayer
  • a person who is sensitive to the needs around
  • a team player who likes a lively ministry team – Clergy and Lay
  • someone who is committed to mission and hungry to see people come to Christ
  • a person who is collaborative by nature and who is eager to work with all the gifts God has already given us, developing 'every member ministry' across the Benefice
  • someone who will see the Benefice as “one church - four congregations”
  • a person who appreciates both the new and the traditional, and who can help us discern what to preserve and what to leave behind
  • someone who recognises there are a variety of ways and variety in worship that are pathways to growth
  • someone who - with everyone else – can embrace personal growth and change
  • someone who will help us develop the Diocesan 'Growing in God' initiative
  • a person who will assist people to move beyond casual engagement to being church - from activities to discipleship
  • someone who will put children first, helping us to engage with families in the community; tending the green shoots of our youth work, enabling them to blossom and flourish
  • someone who can help us reach out to the older community
  • a person who can help us find our direction and channel our energy effectively in the post-lockdown future

CPAS is an evangelical patron with involvement in nearly 700 parishes

If you have any queries about this post, please get in touch with Kathy Burch or Graham Archer

This post closes at midnight on the 4th October and interviews and visits are on 10 November