Priest in Charge: Temple Ewell & Lydden

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Temple Ewell and Lydden

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

We are seeking to appoint a 0.5 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
  • who is willing to take risks in developing new initiatives to share the gospel

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

  • a PCC that has been working successfully during our interregnum
  • vibrant and varied communities
  • a location of outstanding natural beauty

Temple Ewell and Lydden is a single parish comprising the two villages of Lydden and Temple Ewell, near Dover. Each village has a church which has served its community for over 800 years and the PCC wishes to build on that heritage to explore how to minister effectively in the 21st century through worship that can be traditional, informal and innovative.

In common with many congregations we want to expand the number of families and young people in our churches. In order for our churches to become sustainable worshipping communities that effectively take mission into the local area we need to look at ourselves and identify what we do well and what we are not achieving and why. We need to listen to God, celebrate what is good and play our part in enriching communities. We therefore would welcome the leadership, inspiration and support of a priest to enable and encourage us on this journey.

For any queries, please contact Louise Mills, the Archdeacon of Ashford's PA, on 01233 712649 or

Closing date: 14 January 2020, interviews: 27 January.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Grow and enable mission and ministry within the communities of Temple Ewell and Lydden
  • Have a deep commitment to pastoral care
  • Have a vision for mission and outreach
  • 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
  • Work to 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
  • Be comfortable in ministering through a range of forms of worship
  • Be a productive and supportive member of the Western Dover Group Ministry

In short, our ideal candidate would be someone through whom God’s love for all shines through, has a good sense of humour, warmth and compassion, would be a good listener, an intelligent leader, encouraging and working with us to grow spiritually and numerically.

Founded in 597 by St Augustine, Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England and has a special place in the life of the national and worldwide Church. With its iconic Cathedral it forms a focal point for the life of the whole Anglican Communion, offering a spiritual home and place of pilgrimage for people from every nation and walk of life.

The County of Kent is renowned as the ‘Garden of England’ and this rural heart is core to our identity - yet the communities we serve are very diverse. Situated in East Kent, our Diocese stretches from Maidstone to Thanet, from the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context.

At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve in East Kent: Changed Lives, Changing Lives.