Priest in Charge of Cheriton with Newington

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Cheriton, Folkestone, Kent
Office Holder

With two churches on the urban edge of Folkestone and one in the nearby countryside, our benefice has a wide range of ministry contexts, from urban, through new developments to rural, each of which has its own challenges and joys. Our churches have faithfully ministered for centuries and we wish to build on that work, adapting what we do, to share the Christian faith in a changing world. Each of the churches is centred around the Eucharist but through the interregnum we have also valued other forms of worship alongside and not afraid to see what Fresh Expressions might mean for us.

There are many links with other groups in the community, as well as with other denominations. Work with schools is strong and the parishes have good lay leadership.

Our new Priest-in-Charge will:

  • Lead worship
  • Be a pastor in the community and enable our pastoral care groups
  • Take a full role as part of our team
  • Lead us in developing our vision
    • working even more closely together
    • moving forward in our schools and young people's work
    • developing our lay ministry
    • working with current and new partners

You'll be

  • Someone with vision and able to communicate clearly and sensitively.
  • A team builder, you'll also work collaboratively and enable the gifts in others to be developed.
  • Grounded and realistic - although wanting to develop, we're also typical CofE, with older congregations. Our hopes for the future won't be a quick fix!
  • A priest who is confident in their faith and its expression, and able to work comfortably with the tradition in the benefice and wider Group Ministry.

Closing date: 25 April 2021

Interviews: 18 May 2021

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

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Who we are

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.

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. 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.

Changed Lives→Changing Lives is more than a strategy strap line, it challenges all of the activities within our diocesan life – from our prayer practices to our public statements to the discernment of gifts to the use of our resources. We are invited to discern God’s activity in our unique place and thus be changed, personally and corporately, by God. This is manifest as we work in partnership to be life changing communities, compelled by the love of Christ. If our prayer and worship, social action and learning, our community building and mission are to mean anything of lasting value, it is when they enable transformation – conversion of life, life in all its abundance.

Where we are heading

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. Increasingly, in our diocese, we want to become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve in Kent. In your role, in your place, we will be looking for you to join in with what God is already dong and play a crucial part in making this vision a reality.

Changed Lives→Changing Lives unites us in purpose but will be expressed in different ways according to what makes sense for different parts of our diocesan family. It is also a living strategy – as we listen to God and one another, the shape of our work together will undoubtedly change and grow. Could you help to develop this vision for the future? Find out more here.