Come and help us to grow our Church to be a positive and tangible presence in the heart of Caterham Valley.
Caterham has an increasingly diverse community of about 9,000 people. It is a town centre single church parish in Tandridge, East Surrey blessed with easy access to beautiful surrounding country side, good local amenities and transport links into London.
Our aim as a church is to flourish as an aspirational, inclusive and sustainable Christian community. We continue to seek ways in which we can do so by working alongside our community, our church school, local business as well as other churches in our local Group Ministry.
We are therefore looking for a priest who has the ability to nurture and galvanise the energy, passion and strengths of our membership.In particular:
This is a fulltime post in the parish of St. John the Evangelist, Caterham Valley, which has been a fairly conventional local parish church with eucharistic-based worship. However, we are aware that many people in our parish don’t come to church and don’t really know us.
We therefore want a priest who will spend half their time in ‘pioneering’, seeking to meet with people where they are and developing new forms of church that are culturally appropriate.We expect our Church of England Primary School to be the initial focus of this ministry.
We particularly pray for someone who:
We are a parish with a Liberal Anglo-Catholic tradition however we remain open to fresh ideas, particularly those which can support us in our mission.
We continue to manage a number of challenges in terms of our finances, our buildings as well as in our leadership capacity. As a step towards responding to these challenges we have signed up to be part of and learn from those organisations within HeartEdge. This network of churches seeks to transform church and society through commerce, culture, compassion and congregational life all of which we are reflecting on within our mission plan.
The themes within our mission plan focus on finding ways in which we can:
In achieving these goals, we welcome the support we receive from our various church members and affiliated organisations.We are blessed with an active Mothers’ Union, Bellringing team and a growing Youth Ministry as well as strengthening alliances with local schools, community groups and those with a passion for music and the arts.
We do hope that this role excites you and you feel that God is calling you to work with us to share God’s love and grace to all.For more information about the post, our traditions and our community please see the Parish Profile and the Role description.
For an informal conversation with the Archdeacon, please contact Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
Closing Date: Wednesday 12 April 2023, midnight
Parish Visit: Saturday 29th April 2023
Interviews: Tuesday 2 May 2023
We have a policy in Southwark Diocese that to be appointed to an incumbent status post, a priest must have served a title post in an Anglican church in the British Isles. We aim to be a diverse and truly representative Diocese, and particularly welcome applications from women and people of UKME heritage.
This post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure.