Merton Priory Team Ministry came into existence in 2009 through the amalgamation of the parishes of Holy Trinity and St Peter South Wimbledon, St John the Divine Merton, and Christ Church Colliers Wood into a single parish. The churches have been inspired by a common vision and deepening relationships to work together to encourage each other and offer more effective service to the neighbourhood.
The vision of our parish is expressed in our Mission Statement:
‘In Merton Priory Team Ministry we aim to be a community:
We know we don’t always get it right, but seek God’s grace to fulfil his mission’
If you would like a conversation with the Team Vicar, Revd Alison Judge, please contact her on 020 8616 5794 / 07506 718940 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Revd Bruce Rickards, Area Dean, may also be contacted 07850 655 102 or email@example.com
The closing date for this post is midnight on 12 December 2018
For more information about this application process, please use this link
This is an exciting opportunity to lead the team on the next stage of its journey. We are looking for a Team Rector who is a spiritual leader, can communicate the Gospel message with passion and encourage people to grow in their faith.
Churchmanship and Theological Outlook
A person with a thoughtful and lively outlook on faith, rooted in a liberal catholic tradition. They should be inclusive: embodying and promoting a sense of welcome, committed to a ministry to all, reaching people wherever they are in their faith journey.
We are looking for someone who understands the importance of having a healthy rhythm of life, who takes proper time out to nurture their own spirituality and wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of those around them. Someone who can laugh at themselves and join in the laughter of others.
This person must be committed to a range of worship for both large and diverse congregations ‐ placing the Eucharist at the heart of worship; using music to guide and draw people into the act of worship; creating worship that is accessible to young and old alike. They should be skilled at using preaching and teaching to encourage people to relate their faith to contemporary issues and apply their faith in practical action.
Commitment to enabling the congregations to work together as agents of mission in South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood through our Mission Action Plan and lead us to explore the wide range of other opportunities to engage with our local community.
The new Rector will have a friendly and personable manner ministering to people in times of celebration and sorrow. They will actively welcome newcomers and encourage them into deeper faith, valuing all from the very old to the very new.
An experienced priest able to lead and extend the mission of this diverse team of churches.
The demands of managing a team of three churches and taking the lead role in our Team Ministry require excellent organisational skills, strategic thinking, financial awareness and the ability to delegate. There will also be a need to support and manage volunteers, nurturing their skills and enthusiasm and equipping them to take an active role in our communal life. It will be important to balance competing calls on time and to prioritise what is important, above what seems easy or urgent.
In the past Merton Priory Team has been recognised as a stimulating training parish. We have had the privilege of training a number of stipendiary curates as well as having ordinands on placements from theological colleges and non-residential training courses. We hope our new Rector would be a key person in continuing this work.
We would welcome someone who would continue to foster greater sharing between the congregations so that we are more effective in mission; someone who would value our committed volunteers and encourage greater lay participation and vocations, building on our current foundation and moving to encourage others to explore their own callings; someone with a heart for young people growing in faith.
We are a team of three distinctive churches working together. Each church has a Eucharist on Sunday morning and we enjoy shared worship on Sunday mornings three times each year, during Holy Week and on weekday Festivals. The Sunday evening service at Holy Trinity is the Sunday evening worship for the team and the congregation is drawn from across the Parish.
At Holy Trinity there is plenty of scope to work with all ages, including families with young children, to be an influential part of two thriving Church of England schools and to encourage and enable the people of God in mission in this lively area of South London.
At St John the Divine the challenge is to think of creative and meaningful ways to strengthen the congregation and draw more people into the church, to help put St John’s on the map.
At Christ Church you will find an ethnically diverse group of people passionate about social justice and willing to serve the community, finding ways to live and share the gospel in Colliers Wood.
The role carries with it a comfortable Vicarage built in 2003. As a family home it has a fitted kitchen with separate utility room, two reception rooms, four bedrooms (one en-suite) and a family bathroom. It has a mature garden that is bordered by the Broadway on one side.