Parish Priest for Higham with Merston and Perry Street

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Higham and Perry Street
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A parish priest of deep and traditional faith to lead this newly united benefice of Higham w Merston and Perry Street. [Under the sacramental and pastoral care of the Bishop of Richborough]

Over recent months and years there have been developing links between the two Benefices of St John's Higham and All Saints Perry Street, and the Vicar of Higham was also appointed Priest-in-Charge of Perry Street in December 2020. This arrangement has worked very well over the past 12 months, and the proposal now is to move Higham Parish into Gravesend Deanery so that the two churches will be in the same ecclesiastical area.

Both congregations are returning confidently from the pandemic and are looking forward to a new appointment following the retirement of their parish priest.

Celebration of Mass is at the very heart of church life, and the current pattern of services is set out in the accompanying Parish Profiles.

Interviews will be held in early February (date tbc). If you have any questions, please direct these in the first instance to Fiona Porter, EA to the Archdeacon of Rochester - email:

A Society priest who will uphold the long-standing Anglo-catholic traditions, but also sensitive to those who are not from a traditional background and be prepared to be an evangelist to the wider parish.

Someone with a strong discipline of personal devotion and prayer, and whose spirituality is sustained by the Daily Mass.

Someone who is keen to facilitate lay ministry and work in collaboration others.

A priest comfortable with all age groups (younger and older), and willing to reconnect with the local schools.

Higham with Merston is a semi-rural parish between Gravesend and Strood with a population of approx. 4,000. Perry Street is in Northfleet around a 10-minute drive away and has an urban population of around 8,000.

Both churches have a welcoming and caring community and a faithful team, and we see a great deal of potential for development and growth under the leadership of our new priest.

The Vicarage is a well-proportioned 4-bed property built in the 1980s and set within extensive grounds.