Christ Church, Somers Point

at Rector
Location Somers Point
Date Posted June 26, 2024
Category New Jersey (Joan Mason)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation In accordance with Diocesan standards - see https://dioceseofnj.org/sccc/
Diocesan Compensation Info In accordance with Diocesan standards - see https://dioceseofnj.org/sccc/
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? Required
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
Equity Allowance Yes
Communicants in Good Standing 191
Average Sunday Attendance 65
Child Population in Church School 15
Adult Population in Church School 10
Teacher Population in Church School 6
Budget $193,474

Description

Liturgical style and practice

We currently have three services a week. A Wednesday healing service at 10:30 am which usually has an attendance of five people. A Saturday Evening service at 5:30 pm without music, which usually has an attendance of about fifteen people. Our Sunday service is at 10:00 am and the usual attendance is approximately sixty people. The parish participates in the service with a full choir and organ, lay readers, lay chalice bearers, and youth acolytes. We use Rite I and Rite II.
The parish has an active Alter Guild.  There are seven members who work diligently to keep the altar and church prepared for services.  They work extra hard during the Easter and Christmas season decorating the church with flowers and extra candles. 

Strengths

The church has 52 pledging families.  We are an active parish.  The parish has an active chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew with 12 members.  The chapter meets once a month for business, for bible/faith study with the Rector, supports multiple blood drives through the Red Cross, helps families with feeding their pets through Kibbles Korner and supports three local families at Christmas time with trees, gifts and a holiday meal.  Throughout the year, the Brotherhood supports Adelaide’s Place in Atlantic City which is a shelter for homeless mothers.  The Brotherhood also hosts a coffee hour after mass on the fourth Sunday of the month.  The parish participates in the Grace Food Pantry, located at Grace Lutheran Church across the street.  For the past two Christmas seasons, the parish has done Operation Bear Hug where members of the parish donate new Teddy Bears to the project.  Last year we gathered 130 bears.  The youth of the parish label each bear with a tag and personal message.  The parishioners then distribute the bears to folks that could use a little extra love.  Last year, the bears went to Somers Place Assisted Living, United Methodist Communities at the Shore, Parishioners’ homes, Adelaide’s Place, the children of our “adopted families”, and the Pediatric Unit of Shore Memorial Hospital.  The parish has two organized prayer groups: The Anglican Society of Mary and The Guild of All Soul  Each Sunday before mass, there is Sunday School for our younger children.  There are currently three or four students each Sunday.  There is also a youth forum held in the chapel for students from 6th grade and up.  This is usually attended by ten students.  Many of our youth also serve the church as Acolytes.  The church is the charter organization for Scout Troop 55 which meets once a week in the basement of the church and is very active.  Cub Pack 87 also meets at the church.  The parish hall is used by several twelve step groups during the week.

Challenges

The church is in need of a new organ as our old one was installed in 1976.  We are currently conducting a fund drive to meet this need.  One of our other challenges is that many of the members of the church are older and we are looking to bring younger families and youth into the parish.  In the post-covid era we have seen an uptick in the number of families attending church.  We also reach out the local community college and the local twelve step groups that meet at the church, encouraging those folks to attend.  There is a large Coast Guard presence in our area and we have had some members of the Coast Guard attending services.

Comments

Somers Point is conveniently located just 90 minutes from Philadelphia and 2 hours from New York City.  You can travel to Baltimore in about 2 hours and Washington, DC in 3 hours.  We are located only 8 miles from Atlantic City, just minutes from the wonderful Atlantic Ocean beaches, and boardwalk of the well-known family resort of Ocean City. Somers Point was founded in 1886 on the northern bank of the Great Egg Harbor River, when boating was a major local industry.  The area continues to enjoy the benefits of a waterfront city with numerous docks for private boats, charters and commercial fishing.  Local history includes many homes and settlements that date back to pre-revolution days when the British Navy and pirate ships sailed along the coast and into the bays.  Over the years, industry in the area has included ship building, glass works, farming, numerous family-run businesses, wineries, and Lenox China.  Medicine also plays an important part in Somers Point today with Shore Memorial Hospital located just 1 mile from Christ Church.  Also in the area is AtlantiCare, an award-winning integrated healthcare system, recognized as a Forbes Best-In-State employer.  Many of the residents of Somers Point work here and in the casino industry in Atlantic City.  Atlantic County also includes the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, our nation’s premier air traffic R & D facility.  Education opportunities include excellent local public, parochial, and charter schools. Higher education is available at nearby Atlantic Cape Community College as well as the four-year Stockton University.  Numerous civic organizations, senior citizen groups, Scout Troops, a fine library, championship golf courses and many cultural, historical and recreational activities provide “big city amenities” without the big city hassle.  Nearby Atlantic City offers a wide variety of entertainment, fine dining, and night life.  The ethnically diverse population of Atlantic County is approximately 275,000 people.  The community of Somers Point is comprised of approximately 10,400 people, but is considerably larger in the summer.

Contact Information

Please contact The Rev. Canon Joan Mason, Transition Ministry Officer jmason@dioceseofnj.org or 609-460-5408 to submit cover letter, OTM Portfolio, resume and response to Clergy Questionnaire found on the diocesan website at: https://dioceseofnj.org/ministry/transition-ministry/