Thank you for your interest in the post of Associate Priest within he parishes of St Peter with St Margaret, Rochester and St Matthew's, Borstal.
Across our three churches we offer a variety of worship and community outreach, including Dementia-friendly worship, Anna Chaplaincy, Memory Cafe, Carers' Cafe, Messy Church, etc. St Margaret's dates from the 1100s and began as a Chapel of Ease for the Cathedral; the present building incorporates the medieval tower. St Matthew's was built in 1901 and is in the heart of Borstal Village. St Peter's was consecrated in 1859, but the current church building and modern parish centre were built in the 1970s.
Working alongside the Vicar and our LLMs, you will:
* Preach and preside at our BCP and CW services;
* Take a lead in worship, lectio divina and Quiet Days across the parishes;
* Attend Morning Prayer;
* Provide pastoral care as well as funeral and wedding ministry;
* Help to prepare candidates for Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation;
* Meet regularly with the Leadership Team for prayer, strategic planning and theological reflection;
* Support our varied community events, which always attract large numbers of local people.
We are looking for someone who will work collaboratively with our incumbent and the Ministry Team, and will support the mission and ministry of the Rochester Cluster (made up of our three churches and neighbouring St Justus).
Our mission and outreach to support those who are struggling for whatever reason is very important to us. You would be expected to support our work in areas of new housing, and in existing estates, as well as work with young families and a number of schools within the parishes.
We are keen that our new priest also develops their own areas of ministry according to their gifts, and we would want to support them in that.
The historic City of Rochester is part of the Medway unitary authority and independent of Kent County Council. It has a population of around 280,000 (2020 Census) and parts are designated as areas of significant urban deprivation.
Our churches have signed up to Inclusive Church and support 'A Seat at the Table' worshipping community in Rochester Cathedral.
Further details about our churches can be found on our websites:
Housing: A well presented, modern 4-bedroomed property is provided on Common Wharf, Rochester.
If you would like to have an informal conversation with the Vicar of Rochester, The Revd Dr Joel Love, please contact Fiona Porter in the first instance to arrange an appointment by emailing email@example.com
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 30th June. Interviews and informal visits will be held in late July (dates tbc)