The Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is seeking to appoint a Vicar for the Parish of St Aidan and St Bartholomew which is situated in the Town of Gibsons and the Sunshine Coast Regional District on the traditional and unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh and shíshálh First Nations. At the parish’s request this will be a direct appointment and the deadline for applications may be shortened. This is a part-time (60%), permanent position.
This posting is a brief snapshot of highlights in the parish profile. For a more comprehensive picture of the Parish of St Aidan and St Bartholomew download the profile.
St Aidan and St Bartholomew have taken time in focus groups to clarify their values and goals for future ministry. It is a process they have not done for a very long time and the profile reflects their thoughtfulness and integrity.
They have listed five areas they would value most in their priest:
- Strong pastoral care, especially for elders
- An engaging and empathetic preacher who brings Christ’s teachings to life
- An outgoing leader to connect the parish with the community and the community with the parish
- Welcoming presence and able to refresh and rebuild the congregation
- An innovative thinker who will develop ministries with and among young families, and with those from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic constituencies.
In addition to their ‘value-added’ list above they also want their priest to be a good communicator, technologically adept and with a good sense of humour.
They have had one weekly Eucharist at 11am on Sunday using the Book of Alternative Services and supplemented by approved liturgical texts. Music of all kinds - from classical to contemporary holds a significant place in the life of the parish. Interest in resuming a weekly bible study and other formation groups is expressed.
The parish has a vital and ongoing outreach ministry which includes St Bart’s Food Bank, (a well-supported community endeavour), community dinners, and jazz vespers.
In addition to the vicar, the parish’s ministry is supported by a parish administrator (10hrs./week) alongside a volunteer providing an additional 6 hrs./week, and a musician for Sunday liturgy. Many volunteers participate in the work and ministry of the parish at the food bank, maintaining the buildings and fundraising.
The buildings are in good repair but will need refurbishment soon, including roofs, boilers and plumbing.
The profile’s appendices include the 2021 budget, 2020 financial statements and attendance statistics.
The complete parish profile and the required diocesan application form are available on this post. No other documentation should be included as it is not retained or considered.
Applications for this position will be received until an appointment is made. Please email your cover letter, application and, if you are not from the Diocese of New Westminster, a letter from your bishop indicating you are ‘a priest in good standing’ to email@example.com
For further information contact Bill Siksay, Executive Assistant to the Bishop’s Office by email of phone at 604-684-6306, ext. 228.