Thank you for your interest in this post, as together we seek to discern who God may be calling to serve as Rector of the Lowestoft St Margaret benefice.
St Margaret’s is a welcoming church with real potential to grow and build on some very good foundations from the previous incumbency. The church building is a large and significant presence in the community, set within an extensive churchyard and served by a modern, well-equipped church hall with several meeting rooms and spaces. Worship is in a broadly liberal catholic tradition, aided by servers and an impressive robed choir of varied ages. There is an excellent organ and accomplished organist and choir master.
The deanery chapter is supportive and committed to mutual encouragement, with a mixture of traditions that have worked well together. As the parish profile indicates, Lowestoft is, like many East Coast towns, a former fishing port which has had to develop a new identity as that industry has declined. One of the key challenges is raising aspirations among young people, and there will be opportunity to work with the schools and with local initiatives to try to meet this challenge
We are looking for someone who will:
Diocese and Deanery
Under the leadership of the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, a vision is emerging for the Diocese – Transformed by Christ: Prayerfully, Pastorally and Prophetically. Work is currently underway on the strategies that will help us live out and deliver this vision.
Bishop Graham has written an Ethos and Culture Statement, available on the diocesan website - https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/app/uploads/2020/12/Our-Life-Together-2021.pdf - which gives details of our structures and the character of the Diocese.
The Lowestoft St Margaret benefice falls within the Archdeaconry of Norfolk, and so under the care of the Bishop of Thetford (The Rt Revd Dr Alan Winton) and the Archdeacon of Norfolk (The Venerable Steven Betts). The benefice is in the Lothingland deanery, with a Rural Dean, the Revd Helen Jary, and an Assistant Rural Dean, the Revd Sharon Lord. There are 8 posts of incumbent status in the Deanery, along with 3 Assistant Curates, 7 Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers) and a number of PTO clergy and Authorised Worship Assistants.
Closing date Monday 6th June
Interviews Tuesday 28th June