Rector of the Saxon Shoreline

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Hamstreet, Kent
Office Holder

In consultation with the Bishop of Dover, the Lord Chancellor is seeking to appoint a Rector for the Saxon Shoreline Benefice.

Overlooking the Romney Marsh and six miles from Ashford, this rural benefice comprises thriving villages and hamlets, served by eight churches in seven parishes. These range from traditional Book of Common Prayer through 'middle of the road' to one church which is more informal and evangelical in its style. All of our churches wish to serve God and their community and hope to do this in closer cooperation. Our priority is to promote the Christian faith and grow the Church and we would like to explore with our new Rector how to do this, with new ideas as well as those things we are doing now.

There will be an opportunity to see the benefice on 22 November, the day before the interview, but do contact the archdeacon's PA if you would like to make your own visit before then so that we can try to have someone available to meet you.

There's lots more information in our Benefice Profile. Scroll down to download it.

Closing date: 23 October 2022

Interviews: 23 November 2022

Any queries initially to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills: or 01233 712649.

What we hope for in our new priest:

  • Someone to help us grow in confidence in our faith through deepening our knowledge and understanding of the Bible, prayer, and worship. We are looking for someone keen to discern abilities and to encourage and support lay participation and leadership.
  • Is able to work with us to nurture faith among families and young people.
  • Has the ability to run a multi-church benefice and has personal support networks in place.
  • Someone with fresh ideas to reinvigorate us.
  • Has a willingness to be a visible part of the community.
  • Able to work collaboratively with our PTO clergy, Reader and laity to provide a regular range of worship and music across the benefice.
  • Willing to embrace the Local Ecumenical Partnership.
  • Able to develop our use of modern technology to communicate to all ages.
  • A compassionate, friendly, and interested listener.
  • Willing to enjoy country life and to get their shoes wet and muddy!

Changed Lives → Changing Lives

By God’s grace we want to be a people who are...

…confident & creative disciples of Jesus Christ
...rooted in scripture & drenched in prayer
…living gratefully, giving generously, caring for creation & sharing the gospel
...growing in number & expectations – of God & ourselves
...motivated by justice & love, open to the Spirit & ready for adventure!

Therefore we will...


'Therefore we will...' is a recognition that words without actions are empty. It is a commitment to taking real steps now to make this vision a reality soon. The current actions that flow from this vision - both at a diocesan level and in our deaneries - are outlined in detail in the document below. Of course, these actions will change and develop over time - and we would encourage our parishes to consider this vision carefully for themselves, to explore together what actions they will commit to take, what their local 'Therefore we will...' might look like.