Chartham and Upper Hardres with Stelling is a rural benefice of two parishes and three churches not far from Canterbury. It's a benefice with a lot of potential and the parishes are working hard to realise all that potential and need the right priest to work with them. A joint PCC meeting identified these values for the benefice going forward:
Chartham is a large village which, although rural, has some small to medium enterprises within the village, There has been significant development within the village, increasing the population to over 5,000. The parish of Upper Hardres with Stelling is made up of three small villages and a number of hamlets with a total population of 1,000. Both parishes are involved in their communities.
Closing date: 17 June 2022
Shortlisting: 20 June 2022
Parish Visit and Interviews: 15 July 2022
Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills: email@example.com or 01233 712649.
We asked our church families to find what sort of characteristics people would like to see in an incoming vicar. The results clearly showed that apart from the usual preference for a super-vicar with boundless energy, able to be all things to all people, our congregations would particularly welcome a person:
Our Diocesan Vision
Changed Lives, Changing Lives
By God’s grace we want to be a people who are...
…confident & creative disciples of Jesus Christ
...rooted in scripture & drenched in prayer
…living gratefully, giving generously, caring for creation & sharing the gospel
...growing in number & expectations – of God & ourselves
...motivated by justice & love, open to the Spirit & ready for adventure!
Therefore we will …
'Therefore we will...' is a recognition that words without actions are empty. It is a commitment to taking real steps now to make this vision a reality soon. The current actions that flow from this vision - both at a diocesan level and in our deaneries - are outlined in detail over the rest of this document. Of course, these actions will change and develop over time - and we would encourage our parishes to consider this vision carefully for themselves, to explore together what actions they will commit to take, what their local 'Therefore we will...' might look like.