Sanderstead and Hamsey Green are looking for a new priest in Charge, (Rector Designate).
We are looking for a leader who will help us to fulfil our strapline of:
There has been a church on the site of All Saints, Sanderstead, since at least 1230AD worshipping God and serving the community. History books indicate that there has been a church on the site since the time of the Domesday Book. Our present congregation seeks to continue this faithful witness to the Gospel, and to share in God’s mission in this part of South Croydon.
Most church members live within the parish. There are 184 people on the electoral roll, although not everybody on the electoral roll attends church due to age or infirmity. The ‘attending congregation’ consists mostly of people in the 60+ age range. However, a monthly, Sunday afternoon ‘Messy Church’ service is growing strongly with some 70 children and their families. We also run a very successful Toddler Group twice a week.
As of 2020, the average age of people in Sanderstead was 41 with a total population of approximately 15,500 people. Local schools are heavily over-subscribed as young families continue to move to the area.
The Parish of Sanderstead lies on the northern edge of the beautiful North Downs and forms part of the southern boundary of the Greater London Borough of Croydon. It is essentially a quiet suburban parish, approximately three miles due south of Croydon Town Centre.
The area is, popular with established families who enjoy its amenities and pleasant atmosphere.
The attractions of living in the area include;
The primary responsibility of the Priest in Charge (Rector Designate) is to be the parish priest.
We are looking for A LEADER who, with ENERGY and DYNAMISM, will develop the vision for the church to enable the CHILDREN and FAMILIES work to be a priority in order to GROW the church both in numbers and spiritual maturity. In addition, the new person will CARE and TEND for the existing ageing congregation many of whom have faithfully served the church for many years.
We are looking for a confident, spirit-filled, prayerful, mission-minded leader with:
We can offer:
The parish currently has a Rector (post vacant), a non-stipendiary assistant priest and a pastoral coordinator, all based at All Saints. There are two administration assistants, both employed part time, one of whom manages the hall bookings.
Our service patterns are as follows:
All Saints church halls were built in the 1950s. The building includes meeting rooms and offices, one of which is occupied by ‘Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care’, a local charity supported by many All Saints folk.
A full-time caretaker/groundsman and a parttime caretaker/keyholder are employed to clean and oversee the day to day running of the halls and grounds.
St Anthony’s is a hall church in Hamsey Green and it is the only church in the area. The building is used as a community resource during the week and converts into a church when services are to be held.
The diocese is committed to appointing and accommodating a pioneer minister to develop the ministry here.
For an informal conversation with the Archdeacon of Croydon, please contact the Archdeacon’s PA Kathleen.email@example.com to arrange a time for a phone conversation.
Closing Date: Sunday 12 June 2022
Parish Visit for shortlisted candidates: Monday 11 July 2022
Interviews: Monday 11 July 2022
Please note we have a policy in Southwark Diocese that to be appointed to an incumbent status post, a priest must have served a title in an Anglican church in the British Isles.
This post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure.