Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill

at Rector
Location Philadelphia
Date Posted May 13, 2024
Category Pennsylvania (Jane Gober)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation 130,000
Diocesan Compensation Info https://diopa.org/uploads/attachments/clmp9cdaryfbg8gqsz5kriuv8-cow-rb-2024-compensation-guidelines-final.pdf
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Supplied Housing
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Live-in Rectory Preferred
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? No
Equity Allowance Yes
Communicants in Good Standing 613
Average Sunday Attendance 135
Budget 960,000

Description

Liturgical style and practice

The liturgy tends toward the contemporary Book of Common Prayer order of worship as well as approved supplemental liturgical texts. Most services are Eucharistically centered. There are three services using Rite II: an 8:00 am service (spoken), a 9:00 am service for families with young children and a 10:30 am service with music and choir.

Music remains an important focus of our liturgies, particularly our 10:30 am principal service.

The 9:00 am service features a guitarist who leads the families in simple hymns geared for children in a format that includes a shorter set of simpler readings and an interactive homily followed by time for formation.

The 10:30 am service features a full choir as well as children’s choristers who occasionally sing with the adults. Guest musicians are also occasionally a part of our celebrations, especially during Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. Music at this service runs the gamut from traditional Anglican hymns to Black spirituals and more contemporary music.

All principal feasts of the Christian calendar are celebrated. Services are live streamed, and we offer weekday morning prayer (Zoom) followed by silent mediation in person.

Strengths

We offer a wide array of opportunities, some of them include:

  • Bible study groups led by laity as well as ordained members of the clergy,
  • Adult Forums on Sundays focus on a variety of pertinent issues,
  • An annual Lenten retreat and a partner program pairing parishioners for spiritual sharing and for opportunities to deepen their own spiritual practices.
  • Under the direction of our new interim Children, Youth, and Families Minister a new Youth Group has recently been established geared towards young people in Grade 7-12. Our youth minister is also responsible for our 9 a.m. family service.
  • Education for Ministry (EfM)
  • Wellspring provides programs for spiritual and intellectual growth
  • Stephen Ministry for those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation
  • Wednesday night Suppers are open to families of the congregation and the community, particularly the youth part of our Choristers program.
  • Our Spirituality of Aging program is a peer-to-peer support group
  • Martin’s hosts one of the longest-running AA groups in the city.

Challenges

Renew and expand youth and family programming; support families and their growth in the church community.

Collaboratively strengthen community, ministries, and logistical needs with robust lay leadership and staff.

Truly welcome all seekers as a way of embodying Christ’s radical love.

Bring us together to become beloved community.

Delight in the ways that music, visual arts, and other experiences deepen our worship.

Communicate clearly, transparently, and with emotional intelligence.

Value the connection fostered by community and communal activities.

Comments

Hard as the last few years have been, it has led in many ways to a stronger, energized, more adaptable, and connected community. Parishioners have assumed responsibility and leadership in ways that have brought us together and developed new skills, new approaches and new programs. New relationships have formed, and older ones have revived. Our staff has done excellent work, holding things together and building towards our future with love and skill. A group of parents has worked hard to build a service and program for our youngest members. Our Vestry and Rector’s Warden have provided steady, faith-filled leadership.

Contact Information

All inquiries and applications should be directed solely to the Rev. Canon Jane Gober at jgober@diopa.org.

All applicants should send a letter of interest, a current resume/CV, and an OTM profile.