Priest in Charge

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Temple Ewell and Lydden

Temple Ewell & Lydden are two small villages near to Dover with good connections to London and beyond. This post offers an opportunity to work with two forward thinking congregations who are nevertheless comfortable in their Catholic tradition as they explore how best to grow and serve their communities now and in the future.

Temple Ewell with Lydden

Parish Priest


Part Time

This post offers a unique opportunity to lead our churches in the beautiful and historic villages of Lydden and Temple Ewell, a benefice that is eager for growth; pastoral, relational and mission focused.

We are seeking to appoint a 0.2 FTE Priest who will work with us in developing the next stages of our journey. We are looking for someone

  • who can stir and deepen our faith
  • who has the vision to carry mission into our communities
  • with the energy to bring new ideas to life
  • who is willing to take risks in developing new initiatives to share the gospel
  • who is confident with traditional and new forms of worship

We are a united benefice combining two committed church congregations who can offer you:

  • two individual PCCs who have been successfully working together
  • vibrant and varied communities
  • a location of outstanding natural beauty

Closing date: 17/02/2019

Interviews: 04/03/2019

Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills:

Full details and profile: or

Main responsibilities

  • Grow and enable mission and ministry within the communities of Temple Ewell and Lydden.
  • Develop and deepen the faith of the congregation so that they may help make the church more accessible to the community.
  • Treasure, maintain and build on links with Temple Ewell Church of England Primary School, so encouraging children and their families to join in our worship.
  • Lead, encourage and work with us to grow spiritually and numerically.

Ideal Candidate

  • Have a vision for mission and outreach.
  • Have a deep commitment to pastoral care.
  • Be a visible, compassionate and sensitive presence in the communities.
  • Be an effective leader, willing to listen, encourage, motivate and grow the gifts and skills of parishioners in contributing to church life.
  • Be comfortable in ministering through a range of forms of worship.
  • Be a productive and supportive member of the proposed new Western Benefice.
  • Be clearly willing to work with colleagues in the deanery and diocese.

For more information about this application process, please use this link