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Ebbsfleet Chrism Homily 2014

“Let us recognize our need of all the gifts of God that these holy oils signify.” 


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Confirmation at St James the Great, Hanslope

Confirmation at St James the Great, Hanslope, Bucks, on Gaudete Sunday, 15 December 2013


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Vacancies


St Mary and St John Camp Hill (Nuneaton): Vicar on an Interim Ministry Basis


We welcome applications from priests in the Anglo-Catholic tradition registered with The Society (or who are willing to do so) and who:

  • Are a positive role model to the congregation and wider Diocese in growing a healthy church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition in an area undergoing significant regeneration, with the Eucharist at the heart of worship, contributing to the already positive influence Society churches are bringing to the health and diversity of the wider Diocese;
  • Value and enjoy working in schools, maintaining current links and can translate that into reaching and attracting young families;
  • Can lead the church into a vibrant new future, including some major renovation, refurbishment and possible re-building of parts of the church plant to enhance church growth and community development initiatives;
  • Do not mind starting with a small base of people;
  • Are able to laugh, have fun and be part of the local community.

Bishop Jonathan writes:

 

The parish of St Mary and St John Camp Hill has plenty of challenges: that much will be plain from the parish profile.  But they are genuinely opportunities and advantages for any priest who is confident (and who wants to grow in confidence) as a pastor and teacher, willing to cultivate, very deliberately, trustful friendships across any frontiers.

 

Church life and early priestly ministry on the Camp Hill estate fifty or sixty years ago played important part in the development of the community; and those links have begun to be re-energized recently as the authorities, and the community itself, has invested new-found ‘Pride in Camp Hill’ (www.prideincamphill.co.uk/about-us), putting behind a history of decline after the end of the local coal industry and looking to the future.

 

Therefore, we need a priest – whether you’re entering your first incumbency or you’re already more experienced – who can be an imaginative teacher of a congregation with a hunger to be guided and taught, and a missionary in a changing context and community.  As Bishop Christopher has mentioned, an essential part of the church’s outreach is the recently renewed relationships with the local primary school.

 

The single most important legacy from previous years is the centrality of the sacramental moments and rhythms in parish life.  And, therefore, we need – and I, as bishop with oversight, need – a priest who believes that Church is ‘mission-shaped’ because it is ‘sacrament-shaped’: missionary because sacramental.  That Christian life and learning, Christian evangelism and wider mission is a constantly celebrated, constantly deepened life in Christ’s body.

 

Finally, I want to echo Bishop Christopher’s endorsement of the witness of the catholic tradition parishes within the Diocese of Coventry.  It’s a positive and strong and fellowship of able and imaginative priests and parishes that will be an essential network and encouragement for you, if as I hope, you’re considering seriously whether God is calling you here.

  

 

Informal conversations welcome.  Please contact:

The Bishop of Ebbsfleet's representative, Fr Dexter Bracey, 024 7671 1687 or dexter_bracey@yahoo.co.uk

or

the Bishop of Ebbsfleet 0118 948 1038 or office@ebbsfleet.org.uk

 

Completed applications to be sent to the Archdeacons' Administrative Assistant, Matt Robinson - matt.robinson@covcofe.org

 

Expressions of interest welcome

 

An application form can be downloaded from the Diocese of Coventry's website: http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/vacancies/current


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