|Date Posted||March 8, 2023|
New Hampshire (Tina Pickering)
|Compensation||Diocesan guidelines set the range from $65,000 to $85,000 cash compensation|
|Diocesan Compensation Info||https://www.nhepiscopal.org/clergy-compensation-manual|
|Is there a rectory?||No|
|Communicants in Good Standing||124|
|Average Sunday Attendance||60|
|Child Population in Church School||0|
|Adult Population in Church School||40|
Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.
Vibrant, stable parish in downtown Littleton in the heart of the White Mountains. Skiing, hiking, music, and arts abound and the town is growing. Faithful and friendly, with deep community ties and skilled lay leadership, the parish is poised to go from strength to strength.
Liturgical style and practice
a. Our liturgical style is prayerful and traditional, and also creative, inviting and interactive. Congregants are encouraged to participate in the liturgy, in the music ministry, altar guild, and as ushers, lectors, acolytes and eucharistic ministers, and of course praying and singing from the pews. We also bring the prayers and eucharist to the homebound.
b. We have two Sunday services. Our 8:00 am service is smaller and quieter, while our 10:00 am service attracts a larger gathering. This service includes music and is followed by a coffee hour and seasonal book and bible studies. One young parishioner calls the services “Quick Jesus and Sweet Jesus”!
c. We love music! Our parishioners sing. Our music director plays piano and organ, leads singing during the service, and directs our choir that sings once a month and on special occasions.
d. We have several engaging and inspiring preachers in our parish, so we benefit from hearing different perspectives on the readings and current events. The sermons reflect a deeply spiritual and reverent perspective.
e. Our liturgical style encourages intelligent, accepting, approachable, caring and prayerful involvement in planning liturgy.
We act on our faith in God. We demonstrate respect for the dignity of every human being. We care for each other with visits, calls and cards to those who cannot come to church, prayer shawls for those who need our prayers and support and home cooked meals for folks who are in need of them.
We love one another as Christ loves us. Our connections are deep and lasting. When folk move to other states or countries they regularly return to All Saints’, and they are welcomed with excitement and open arms.
We have a long history of strong, lay leadership. The Vestry and Finance Committee, and the lay leadership of committees, teams and groups that make All Saints hum with activity, provide communication (as appropriate) with and involvement from members of the parish. It is a wonderful and unique characteristic of All Saints that so many different people are involved in various ways in the ministries of the parish.
We are a Spirit-filled, prayerful, forward-thinking congregation. As one parishioner said, “People come here looking for something - and they find it!” We offer different prayer groups – including contemplative prayer, bible and book studies led by clergy and lay members, and a very social coffee hour. We love our coffee hour so much that we moved it to Zoom during the pandemic! We have seen an increased ASA and a more diverse population. We continue to grow to be a hub of spiritual and enriching programs for the greater community.
We are well known for our ministry in Littleton and beyond. Our feeding ministries: Food Pantry and the weekly Dinner Bell meal are well-attended. Our strong connections with local schools, Littleton Parks and Recreation, Toys For Tots, ChIPs, our Little Free Library, and our participation in a variety of local choral groups are some examples of our ministries outside the church.
We are located in an idyllic yet strategic setting, on an interstate highway, in a walkable downtown, in an amazing state. Our beautiful building is sound and the parish is financially secure due to responsible spending and investment, good stewardship and consistent pledging.
As we gathered information for this process from parishioners it was brought to light that some members of our community have different responses to the way the parish is led. They indicated that they do not feel heard. Our challenge is finding ways to incorporate all voices and provide ways for folks to express concerns or make suggestions.
We need to attract a diverse population of parishioners in order to be sustainable.
We are aware of the need to find solutions to decrease our carbon footprint and make efficient use of technology. With our desire to care for God’s creation and due to higher energy costs, changes associated with Covid disruptions, and the need for improved technology, we are assessing ways to minimize our use of disposables and the feasibility of solar panels and geothermal for our energy and heating needs.
This congregation is a gem in a quintessential New England town. Bring your skis and hiking boots and come alongside these strong lay leaders with deep community ties and a vibrant love of Christ that shines in all they do.
Canon Tina Pickering
Happy to chat informally and explore possibilities!
To apply, please send me your resume, OTM and a letter of interest addressed to Search Committee at All Saints in Littleton, NH.