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We are an Inclusive Church, worshipping in two buildings in the village of Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells, in Kent. Always looking out to the whole community, we are proud of our past but continuously striving to move forward into the future. We are committed to sharing God's love in word and deed, seeing lives transformed by the gospel and making a difference in Pembury and the wider world.

We are a single parish with two churches both dedicated to St. Peter, with many opportunities for mission and ministry. The Old Church (Parish Church) is set in a rural location with the Upper Church in the centre of the village.

▪ We are an Inclusive, liberal catholic Eucharistically based church.
▪ Our congregations are friendly, relaxed and welcoming.
▪ We are receptive to change if it is introduced well.
▪ We have supportive lay participation in leadership and worship.
▪ We have a large team of active volunteers.

We benefit from excellent transport links, road and rail via Paddock Wood, Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells to London, the coast and the continent with ready access to airports.
We have a variety of good schools, primary and secondary, serving the village. Neighbouring towns have a good selection of secondary schools including some grammar schools and a CofE secondary school at Tunbridge Wells.

The patron of the parish, Christ Church, Oxford, seeks a vicar who:

  • is prayerful and spiritual.
  • will support our values of being a missional catholic and Inclusive Church.
  • is comfortable with a range of worship styles.
  • will, as a good pastor, teach, mentor and support others.
  • is a skilled, democratic and practical leader and communicator.
  • is committed to encouraging families and people of all ages to be part of the Church.
  • is able with imagination, enthusiasm and warmth to help us attract new people.
  • will be visible and available, ready to engage with people from all backgrounds in our community.

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

The patrons of the living of St Peter's, Pembury are the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford. Christ Church is in the happy position of being able to support the incumbents of its ninety livings through the revenues of the Dr South Trust, which is able to assist with grants for study, administration and holidays, as well as offering a biennial conference and loans for the purchase of a car.

Further information about the Diocese of Rochester can be found here:

Closing date applications: 4th March 2019

Interviews will be held on: 24th April 2019