Priest in Charge

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Westerham
Office Holder

Introduction

Could you be called to be the next Priest-in-Charge of Westerham?

Situated in the county of Kent, Westerham is a rural town, within easy reach of London and the M25. The area was once home to Sir Winston Churchill, General Wolfe and Pitt the Younger and still attracts tourists to its historic properties, charming cafes and an array of independent clothing and gift shops.

The town is home to the thriving Churchill Primary School and neighbouring areas of Biggin Hill, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells are a rich source of secondary schools, including grammar and independent schools - all accessible by bus.

Our beautiful church of St Mary’s continues to work with our community helped by strong links to the Churchill School and other town centred organisations. Twice a year we have a Fair on The Green, and at Christmas time the church is home to an enchanting Christmas Tree Festival.

However, St Mary’s is strongly aware of the changing needs of its parishioners. Within this apparently affluent town, lie pockets of some of the highest deprivation in the Sevenoaks district and our church was one of the community organisations, which came together some six years ago to launch the town’s Food Bank.

What we can offer:

  • a friendly church and town, who wish to keep St Mary’s at the heart of the community
  • an opportunity to build on our foundations of faith and service and
  • a vibrant yet peaceful place set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in which you can live, work and relax

Challenges and Opportunities - Key Areas for Development

  • to engage with children and young families and make worship relevant to them
  • to strengthen outreach and pastoral care for adults
  • to forge links with local churches
  • to take the church into the 21st century, while respecting more traditional styles of worship
  • to encourage a style of worship that speaks to younger people
  • to oversee financial stability, given the changing nature of donation and
  • to ensure that the church is a central part of Westerham community life

We are seeking and would welcome a priest who:

  • has a commitment to the Five Marks of Mission
  • has enthusiasm and energy to preach and teach from the Bible, with a real passion for sharing the good news of Jesus
  • is personable, a good communicator, inclusive, welcoming and open to all
  • is caring and supportive, especially to the most vulnerable, willing to visit parishioners and has time for people
  • is a genuine team player who is comfortable leading and yet able to share the work well with others, encouraging different skills and capabilities
  • will embrace traditional and more modern worship styles
  • will work with us to engage with other local churches
  • will be actively engaged in the Westerham community and support local initiatives
  • is able to show the relevance of the Church to all in the community, in particular young families, youth and children, whilst engaging with those of all beliefs
  • is able to provide leadership concerning safeguarding and to encourage everyone to contribute towards creating a safer church
  • will be a leader who will hold, inspire and bring to reality a vision that goes beyond the congregation of St Mary’s and out into the parish

Further Information and Application/Interview Details

Closing date for applications: 7 May 2021

Interviews to be held on: 15 June 2021

Appointment to this role is subject to obtaining Enhanced DBS with barred list check.

Should you have any questions, please contact Maria Campbell, EA to the Archdeacon of Tonbridge, at maria.campbell@rochester.anglican.org

For further information about the Diocese of Rochester, please see: https://www.rochester.anglican.org/

The Diocese of Rochester is committed to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults. We will carefully select, train and support all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles.