The Chiddingstones are two parishes with two churches that meet as one congregation and as a combined PCC. We have a thriving village community including a 200-strong Church of England Primary School and a 4-bedroom Rectory, both situated in the heart of our National Trust village. This is an opportunity for a parish priest (part-time) to bring vitality and growth to our friendly rural parish. Depending on the needs of the community and the future re-organisation of surrounding rural parishes, some flexibility of the role may be possible.
The Archdeacon of Tonbridge is currently leading a review of the provision of lay and ordained ministry in the rural parishes of the Tonbridge Deanery – namely Edenbridge, Crockham Hill, Four Elms, Hever, Markbeech, Chiddingstone, Chiddingstone
Causeway, Leigh, Penshurst, and Fordcombe. It is anticipated that a number of the current incumbents will retire in the next few years and this presents an opportunity to consult on potential pastoral reorganisation. It is for this reason that the right of presentation to the Benefice of St Mary and St Luke Chiddingstone is suspended.
We are looking for a part time Priest in Charge for these two parishes such as could sit alongside other commitments. Details to be discussed and agreed with the Archdeacon of Tonbridge. Applicants should ideally have appreciation and understanding of a the needs of a rural community and of supporting congregations through growth and development.
A very warm welcome awaits our next priest who we hope will:-
For an application form, please contact Maria Campbell (the Archdeacon's PA) on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01732 833840.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday, 24th September.
Interviews will take place on Monday, 15th October.
More information about the Diocese of Rochester, the Archdeaconry of Tonbridge and a copy of the parish profile can be obtained from the Diocese of Rochester website: http://rochester.anglican.org/diocese/vacancies/archdeaconry-of-tonbridge-vacancies/
Please note that this vacancy is open to ordained Anglican clergy only and is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.