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We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:

  • values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual
  • reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve
  • fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and ensuring that all employees, job applicants, customers and other persons with whom we deal are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination. We want to ensure that we not only observe the relevant legislation but also do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We expect all of our employees to be treated and to treat others with respect. Our aim is to provide a working environment free from harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form which may affect the dignity of the individual.

Financial Controller

Full time 35 hours per week
Salary circa £41k per annum
Diocesan House, Canterbury

Are you looking for an exciting and dynamic leadership role? As financial controller you will be a key member of the management team, bringing a fresh approach, running a highly efficient service.

Responsibilities:
• Prepare monthly consolidated management accounts, annual budgets and plans and develop and implement strategies to assist with the growth of the Diocese;
• Oversee development and maintenance of financial systems and procedures including the accounting system;
• Build strong relationships with partners and with key internal and external stakeholders;
• Be the point of contact for commercial and financial issues, as well as participating in the management of major projects;
• Contribute to the ethos, development and success of the organisation;
• Leading, managing and developing staff, promoting high professional standards;
• Seeking continuous improvements in its management and financial systems;
• Manage a number of small associated charities ensuring the organisation is compliant in meeting all its tax responsibilities, particularly VAT and Gift Aid.

Additional Information:
• CCAB qualification required
• On-site parking provided

If you have any questions about the role please contact Doug Gibb on 01227 459401. Please click here for the job description and click here for an application form.

Closing date: 9am Monday 10th February 2020
Interview date: Tuesday 18th February 2020

Priest-in-Charge for Bewsborough

Bewsborough is a single parish benefice of five churches and communities in the countryside near Dover. It is a changing parish with a large residential development being built in Whtifield and with changing attitudes to what ministry and mission might look like in the present day.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a strong lay team to put in place our vision to promote outward looking ministry and growth of our church family.Our five Bewsborough churches yearn to be at the core of their communities, inspiring people to seek God, and supporting them to live their everyday lives, with joy, through faith in Christ.

For any queries, please contact Louise Mills, the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, on 01233 712649 or louise.mills@archdeacashford.org

Closing date: 14 February 2020, interviews: 28 February.

For a copy of the introduction letter, please click here and for a parish profile, please click here.

Anglican Chaplain (Ordained) HM Prison Swaleside

Anglican Chaplain (Ordained) – HM Prison Swaleside, Sheerness ME12 4AX

Salary Minimum – £27,021 – £30,415

Job holders within this Group Profile will provide religious and pastoral care of prisoners and staff in their own faith tradition and have an understanding/ knowledge of other differing faiths.

Please click here to find out more.

Rector – Saltwood & Lympne

An exciting opportunity to minister to two villages in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lympne and Saltwood wish to serve their communities through the traditional Anglican model of parish ministry but are open to new ways of expanding that ministry for today’s world. There are good links into local church and community schools as well as other local institutions.

There are proposals for a new Garden Town of Otterpool Park which impact on part of the parish of Lympne. As this progresses, the new Rector will have the opportunity of shaping ministry, with colleagues, to this new area. In addition, there are opportunities to explore collaboration with the neighbouring parish of Hythe. The main responsibilities are those you would expect of the Rector of two villages, but we particularly want someone who can help us as we seek to be friendly and welcoming parish churches in well-maintained and user-friendly, historic buildings at the heart of our communities where people can discover and grow in the Christian faith.

We aim to build on areas of growth in the life of our churches by focusing on the priorities of

  • Developing discipleship, supporting each other in our journey of faith and making our services reverent, accessible and relevant to those in the two villages who are not yet part of our regular worshipping communities
  • Strengthening pastoral care
  • Expanding our ministry to children, families and youth, including building on our existing partnerships with our schools

Please click here for a Parish Profile.

Closing date: 17/01/2020
Interviews: 04/02/2020
Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills: louise.mills@archdeacashford.org

 

Priest-in-Charge - Temple Ewell & 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.

Please click here for a Parish Profile and for any queries, please contact Louise Mills, the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, on 01233 712649 or louise.mills@archdeacashford.org
Closing date: Tuesday 14 January 2020
Interviews: Monday 27 January

Priest-in-Charge - The King's Wood Benefice

The King’s Wood Benefice is prayerfully seeking an outgoing and collaborative priest with excellent people skills to help lead us into the next stage of our mission and ministry together.
The Benefice (formed in 2012) consists of four rural parishes (6 worshipping communities) in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Canterbury and Ashford; it is named after the beautiful and bluebell-filled King’s Wood which encompasses three of the four parishes.

The Vicarage and church school are in the extremely picturesque village of Chilham, which has featured in many films and TV programmes. All the churches are equally represented on the Benefice Council and have together agreed a vision and set of values.

Is God calling you to be a visible presence in our communities; a priest who will both encourage and challenge us – and above all care for us?

This post is subject to a DBS check
Applications and questions to: Jo Manser, PA to the Archdeacon of Canterbury
Email: adcpa@canterbury-cathedral.org Tel: 01227 865238

Lay Minister for Goudhurst

St Mary’s, Goudhurst is a thriving church with a large community of children young people and families. We are looking for a new part time Lay Minister to lead our ministry to the children and young people within the church community.

You will join a Staff Team of 4 and work in a setting that is ambitious for the gospel and absolutely committed to the place of children and young people at the heart of church.

More information at www.gkchurch.org/layminister or call Revd Hugh Nelson on 01580 211739 for an informal conversation.

Sessional Chaplain

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is looking to recruit a skillful Chaplain and sensitive team player to support the spiritual, pastoral, and religious needs of patients, their carers, families and staff.

This is a sessional post which requires the successful candidate to be able to respond and be on site within 1 hour. Sessional On-Call Chaplains cover night hour duties Monday to Thursday across EKHUFT acute sites. You will work in a team of salaried and volunteer Chaplains to offer an integrated service to the whole hospital community. As a full member of the EKHUFT Chaplaincy team, the post-holder will share with ecumenical and inter-faith colleagues in training and the development of wider work within the Trust. There may also be opportunities for occasional weekend working, as required.The post is open to ordained Ministers and pastoral careers with relevant qualifications that are in good standing with their community, and have at least three years’ experience of providing spiritual care in times of crisis, illness and loss.

For further details / informal visits contact Revd Christopher White (Head of Chaplaincy Services) on 01843 234287 or email  or Laura Wayman (Secretary) on 01843 234273.

StArs+ Café Co-ordinator, Whitstable

Whitstable PCC seeks a welcoming team-builder to spear-head a new project which is part of the growing ministry of St Alphege Church, Whitstable.

Building on established relations throughout this deprived estate, you will co-ordinate and help grow our dedicated team of volunteers, playing your part in this exciting inter-generational ministry.  This is a unique opportunity for someone with a passion to share with everyone Jesus’ invitation to ‘life in all its fullness’.

Working 10 hours per week, £10.50 an hour, Wednesdays plus occasional evening sessions (£19,110 per year equivalent).

If you would like to have an informal chat about the role please contact Rev Rachel Webbley, Team Rector 07743 387546 or vicar@stalphege.org.uk

Other organisations

New Housing Missioner

  • full-time permanent lay appointment
  • starting salary £28,938 per annum – with rent-free accommodation
  • 40 hours per week, flexibly, to include some evenings and weekends

This is an exciting opportunity to join the South Kent team in developing Missional work in some of the large new housing estates in and around Ashford, Kent. A house will be provided on one of the new estates and the post-holder will be expected to live there.
This post is one of 3 across the SE District being set up with the help of District funding and the person will work 2/3 time in the Circuit, based on one of the new estates, and 1/3 time in an advisory role, assisting the other Circuits in our section of the District and working ecumenically across the URC Southern Synod area.

The successful applicant will need to:

  • Have a heart for mission, with relevant experience
  • Have excellent inter-personal skills
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be able to set up a social media presence on behalf of the Church
  • Be well organised with some administrative experience
  • Be happy working alone and as part of a team

For further information, including job description and application details please contact:
South Kent Circuit Office methchurch12@btconnect.com Tel: 01303 270190

Applications should be sent to: South Kent Circuit Office by email
Applications to be received by: midday Friday 31st January 2020
Interviews will be held on: Monday 10th February 2020
Appointment date: May 2020

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS is required for this post. We are an equal opportunities employer but there is a genuine requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010; part 1, schedule 9.

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