|Date Posted||September 25, 2017|
Virginia (Mary Thorpe & Ed Keithly)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||157|
|Average Sunday Attendance||68|
|Child Population in Church School||0|
|Adult Population in Church School||6|
|Teacher Population in Church School||1|
St Mary's has been in search for some time, but it seems they may finally have figured out who they are and what they seek. They are small but faithful, are willing to entertain hard questions about God, themselves and the world, and understand that their demographics mean that the usual wish for growth in young families will not happen...but they also realize that their ministry with older people who have lived in the area for a long time or who have moved here in retirement is anything but one of "waiting in the departure lounge just waiting to head to Heaven." This community on the banks of the Potomac River (35-40 minutes drive to the university town of Fredericksburg) is a burgeoning artist colony with many gifted individuals living and working on their artistic endeavors.
Small town that seems more remote than it is, older population, maintaining enough financial resources to do the ministries they are called to do.
An LGBTQ candidate would be a stretch for them, but is not out of the question.
TOM portfolio is online at otmportfolio.com. Parish website is http://www.stmaryscolonialbeach.org/default.asp. Candidates should send a cover letter, their resume and OTM profile to the Search Committee. The search committee chair is Ann Flaim - she can be reached at email@example.com.