Priest-in-Charge of the Meneage Benefice
Our four small parishes are united in the belief that outreach into the community is key to spreading the Christian message through actions. Thus our emphasis is on raising the presence and meaning of the Church in the community rather than just increasing congregations.
Please see the Diocesan Website for more information: https://www.trurodiocese.org.uk/vacancies/house-for-duty/
We are looking for someone who will have
- An interest and involvement in pastoral care and enjoy taking part in the rural community activities that bond the population together;
- The ability to lead, share leadership and encourage the lay team to interrelate with the community;
- The ability to communicate with, appeal to, understand and relate to a wide range of ages and occupations whilst balancing the needs of four different parishes;
- The energy and enthusiasm to lead and enjoy rural ministry and the practical challenges it presents;
- Enthusiasm and creativity to provide worship in a variety of forms including working ecumenically with other denominations.
We desire a priest who will:
- Bring more people into the life of the Church, identifying and encouraging those beginning to search for God and those with potential for ordained or lay ministries;
- Develop and encourage children and youth initiatives, incorporating continued presence and links with community schools;
- Encourage Confirmation and develop teaching initiatives;
- Continue, heighten and develop the cooperation between the parishes and the ecumenical links and activities including exchange of ideas for use of Church buildings and utilisation of talents of individuals.
The Ideal Candidate
Will be a visible and active Priest who can become a leader in the Church and the local community, inspiring outreach and involvement.
The four parishes of the Meneage Benefice are on the south bank of the beautiful Helford River. The Benefice stretches for approximately ten miles from Gweek in the west to St Anthony in the east and inland to the south through St Martin to Goonhilly Downs and includes picturesque waterside villages and flat downland. Together with St Keverne, the Meneage Benefice belongs to that part of the Lizard Peninsula known as Meneage, which means 'Monkish land'. It was the Celtic monks who first brought Christianity to these parts, and whose names are still remembered in the present churches and villages.
The Benefice is mostly set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, popular with walkers and hikers, sailors and water sport enthusiasts. Essentially local rural communities of mixed age groups, the population increases at holiday times with visitors and those with second homes. Farming, tourism (including holiday lets, camping etc), daffodil growing and fishing are the predominant industries, plus restaurants, pubs, local artists and artisans.
Each parish has its own Parish Church, appoints its own Churchwardens and PCCs and deals individually with church administration. However, there is always liaison and flexibility over times of services, joint services where appropriate and the support of each other’s social and fundraising events.