Team Vicar (St. John's, Kingston) and School Chaplain (Surbiton High School)

Posted 25 days agoExpires in 16 days
Kingston upon Thames
Office Holder
£27,889

Team Vicar of St John the Evangelist and School Chaplain at Surbiton HIgh School

The Diocese of Southwark in conjunction with Surbiton High School wish to make a joint appointment to this exciting new role, combining the duties of part-time Team Vicar in the Kingston Team Ministry, with particular responsibilities for St John’s Kingston, and a School Chaplain for Surbiton High School.

Closing date is midnight on 1 September 2022


This is a joint post - Team Vicar and School Chaplain

St John’s, one of three parishes in the Kingston Team Ministry, serves a vibrant village style community close to the centre of Kingston and enjoys a close relationship with its church primary school, attracting many young families. St John’s is a member of Inclusive Church and values an informal style within the liberal catholic tradition. The church building has recently undergone extensive refurbishment.

Surbiton High School is a leading independent school with approximately 1,600 pupils aged between 4 and 18. The Preparatory Schools are divided into the Girls’ Preparatory School and Boys’ Preparatory School, and the Senior School is girls only from age 11 upwards. Surbiton High School is part of United Learning and the United Church Schools’ Trust.

Team Vicar
➢ Establish Bible and fellowship groups.
➢ Explore how we can support and nurture the faith of our young people, especially those aged 6+
➢ Re-establish our Eco group and resume progress towards the Eco Church bronze award.
➢ Consider environmental issues for any future building projects.
➢ Develop our social media and online presence and interaction.
➢ Re-establish links with local schools and Kingston University.
➢ Move towards the development of a separate space to enable multi-purpose use of our building.
➢ Progress our partnership with Refugee Action Kingston.
➢ Increase engagement and improve communication with existing and new members.
➢ Reach out to former members who no longer come to church with an invitation to special services.
➢ Review how we can best offer pastoral care, both for church members and in the wider community

School Chaplain

SHS part of the role is 2 days per week, term-time (38 weeks of the year) plus ad hoc hours and days during the school holidays.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Principal by planning the programme of collective worship, develop formal liturgies and ensure that church seasons are publicly and creatively celebrated
  • Providing ongoing support and resources necessary for the spiritual growth and development of each pupil
  • Celebrating the Eucharist for the Senior School
  • Leading assemblies, formal acts of worship, and special services, such as Harvest Festival, Founders’ and Carol Services, Confirmation Service, Leavers’ Service across the Senior and Preparatory Schools
  • Preparing candidates for Confirmation
  • Developing and strengthening links with the local parishes, Deanery, Diocese
  • Supporting tutor time, Friday Reflections and developing a range of short informal liturgies/prayers appropriate for use by students and staff
  • Leading focussed Bible-study, teaching and discussion groups
  • Supporting the private prayer life and reflectiveness of each individual
  • Encouraging and supporting the awareness and understanding of faith practice across the whole community

The ideal candidate will be someone who

  • is prayerful, with a strong sense of vocation
  • is an open-minded, collaborative and confident leader
  • is an engaging preacher who connects faith and contemporary life and its challenges
  • is passionate about building links in the local community
  • has emotional and relational intelligence, with a strong feeling of empathy towards the pupils
  • has the personal warmth to gain the confidence and trust of pupils, staff and parents
  • has good communication and listening skills with a confident and positive outlook
  • has a flexible and creative approach to solving problems
  • Able to understand the complexity of working in a school and sensitive to the need to work together in the interests of students
  • Unconditionally welcoming of all faiths and none, at ease with working with students and staff within an educational context
  • Have a good sense of the Church’s liturgy and be able to enthuse children and young people to take part in school worship
  • Be committed to ongoing training and learning
  • Able to exercise sound judgement in a wide range of situations
  • An understanding of safeguarding in its broadest contexts, and its importance in a School environment
  • Awareness of issues facing children/young people and how to engage pastorally with these issues
  • Be a strategic leader for spiritual growth in the school, demonstrating an ability to create, manage and lead projects which meet the spiritual needs of young people

St John the Evangelist

The parish of St John the Evangelist is part of Kingston Team Ministry and serves a largely residential area between Kingston upon Thames and Surbiton. The church was built in 1871-2 and, together with St John's School and Parish Hall, and the Spring Grove pub, forms the heart of a vibrant local community which still retains its own distinct identity.

Surbiton High School

The School has an Anglican foundation, valuing its Christian heritage whilst welcoming staff and children from all faiths and none. We share with United Learning its core mission statement “to bring out the best in everyone”.

This joint post is offered with housing and full incumbent’s stipend. There is a modern four bedroomed vicarage, with garden and garage, adjacent to the church.