An exciting opportunity to lead this well-known evangelical church. St Mark’s and St Mary’s Island Churches serve the large parish of over 14,000 residents in the centre of Gillingham.
This is an opportunity to grow God’s Kingdom in a vibrant parish which has great social challenges and diversity. The electoral roll represents the diversity of our congregations with many people contributing to the varied needs in the parish. Within the parish of St Mark’s there is also a congregation that meets in the church school on St Mary’s Island.
We are blessed with an active and committed lay ministry and under the leadership of the new vicar, our desire is to see St Mark’s and St Mary’s Island Churches grow both spiritually and numerically.
In 2019 St Mark’s was awarded a five-year Strategic Development Fund grant, creating three new job roles, based at, but not limited to, the parish. These posts support major change projects and mission initiatives within the local community.
Our vision statement is to Live for Jesus, Love Gillingham and Learn Together.
St Mark’s is situated in the middle of Gillingham’s main shopping area. Parish residents live mainly in small and medium-sized terraced houses (both owner occupied and rented) with council properties and sheltered housing for the elderly. St Mary’s Island is made up of some 1,500 properties, mainly houses, mixed with flats, where a pleasant and sought after residential area has been created in what was part of Chatham Dockyard. The development of the Island has been part of a large urban regeneration scheme, and building will continue during 2022.
Our worship is firmly rooted within the Anglican tradition and reflects the national charismatic evangelical style. There is strong lay involvement in leading worship. Music worship is led by a number of musicians and generally has a contemporary style. A prayer ministry team is always available to pray with people after each service.
Home Groups meet regularly at a variety of times midweek, to suit their members. These groups are led by members of the congregation and are for teaching and pastoral support.
Our young people are a significant part of our church family. We value them as individuals and desire to see them live out their faith with confidence; using their unique gifts and abilities in all that God is calling them to.
We have adopted and are committed to the Church of England Five Marks of Mission. We feel that we have quite good social engagement with the town, and hope to be an open community that welcomes newcomers. Over the past decade we have been developing strategies to reach the people of our community. We encourage Church members to serve on a large number of outreach projects.
Other opportunities for mission result from our involvement with partner organisations, home and overseas mission. We support our home and overseas mission partners with prayer, pastoral care, and finance as needed.
Our priorities for our new vicar are to:
We are prayerfully seeking a gifted visionary leader committed to enhancing the ministry of both St Mark’s and St Mary’s Island churches in their desire to reach out into the community and beyond. Someone who:
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