TEAM VICAR (full time stipendiary)
We look forward to welcoming to Oxted and Tandridge a vicar who will joyfully serve within a supportive Team Ministry led by a Team Rector. This post has responsibility for the parishes of St Mary’s, Oxted and St Peter’s, Tandridge within the Oxted Team Ministry of four churches.
The parish of St Mary’s, Oxted is nestled at the foot of the North Downs while St Peter’s, Tandridge is more rural, in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are part of the Oxted Team Ministry that also includes St John’s, Hurst Green and St George’s, Crowhurst.
Both parishes are a mixture of families and older people, with the dominant work pattern being commuting into London. Each parish contains an Ofsted/SIAMS Outstanding church school that has strong links with the church and the communities. Our parishes are very community-spirited and collaborative.
This post comes with a delightful 5-bedroom, modernised detached house, in a sought-after area of Oxted town. It is in easy walking distance of the church, schools, town centre, trains and sports facilities.
Based on our two churches working as part of a team with a Team Rector based in Hurst Green and a curate, NSM, OLM and Readers, our two PCCs have devised our Mission Action Plan as follows:
In wanting to Know Christ we increase our knowledge of him through the various styles of worship in our churches, from our informal cafe services to the tradition of the BCP Evensong.
We treasure community; both the worshipping church communities and the wider community. Friendship and support are found everywhere in our congregations and we constantly look for opportunities to Grow Community and bring others into God’s embrace.
We are working to Renew our Heritage to make our churches the centre of their communities. We want our wider communities to see the ancient church buildings as a place for them even if they are yet to find faith. That involves some practicalities, project groups, an occasional pre-occupation with amenities but also the joy last year at St Mary’s of seeing - and hearing - the swifts return to nest during renovations, and a roost of bats in St Peter’s.
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A typical Sunday would include
As well as Junior Church in both churches, across the four parishes we run a programme of events for children and young people such as Messy Church and Youth Groups, currently organised by our curate, and we also run an Alpha course and several home groups. Clergy and Readers also visit residential care homes in the area.
Tandridge has its own Village Hall and Oxted has use of Oxted Community Hall, and we share a Parish Administrator and Comms Assistant.
We both have Grade 1 Listed buildings and maintenance is a constant challenge – both churches have set up heritage groups to help fundraise and involve the wider community.
St Peter’s: To turn occasional attendance into more regular attendance, especially amongst the Family Service congregation, and to retain older children / teenagers and their families in church in a service pattern that is also suitable for younger children. There is also little overlap between the two congregations at the regular morning and evening services. Tandridge does not currently host a home group and there is scope to develop one within the community, especially to follow up Christian learning for those who have attended the Alpha course.
St Mary’s: Significant sections of our community travel a distance to work; many commute to London. Thus, they are home late and not in Oxted during weekdays. People are tired at the weekends and often visiting dispersed family. Regular church members are not all in church every week. We have links in Oxted secondary school but reaching teenagers, and even staying in contact with teenagers who worshipped as children, needs constant effort, activities and prayer. Many young people move away for university, although some live at home for college or London universities. Housing is expensive here. The youngest home owners generally move here just before starting a family or with small children. We are proactive in meeting young families at St Mary’s Monkeys, but people without families are harder to meet. Our poverty, spiritually and otherwise, is largely hidden in our verdant setting.