Emmanuel Church

at Rector
Location Wakefield
Date Posted September 20, 2022
Category Massachusetts (Carol Gallagher, Martha Hubbard, Kelly O'Connell)
Job Type 3/4 Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $72,831
Diocesan Compensation Info https://www.diomass.org/clergy_transition - see comp & benefits info links toward bottom of the page
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 106
Average Sunday Attendance 63
Child Population in Church School 8
Adult Population in Church School 7
Teacher Population in Church School 3
Budget $283,000

Description

Liturgical style and practice

For nearly two decades, Emmanuel has enjoyed a richly engaged and historically reflective traditional form of Episcopal worship, nestled comfortably in a middle ground between “high” and “low” church approaches. Emmanuel parishioners have also enjoyed and appreciated alternative approaches to worship that are both fulfilling and engaging. On Sundays, Emmanuel has an 8:00 a.m. (Rite I) service of Holy Eucharist, generally without music, and a 10:00 a.m. (Rite II) service of Eucharist with music. During summer months, the two services combine for one service at 9:00 a.m., alternating between Rite I and Rite II. A Morning Prayer service is occasionally offered. Our Deacon and Interim Priest also offer Evening Prayer and Compline over Zoom on Wednesday evenings.
There is significant lay participation in our worship services, with a long list of capable and enthusiastic lectors, litanists, responders, and acolytes, as well as a dedicated Altar Guild. Before the pandemic, Emmanuel had also cultivated an able corps of Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMS), a practice we hope to restore as we emerge from the pandemic. We are a family-friendly church and enjoy having children attend and participate in worship. The children join the congregation from Church School during the Peace, and children of all ages are welcomed at the Eucharist.

Strengths

Emmanuel Episcopal Church is an inviting community that finds joy in worship, fellowship, and mission outreach in our local area and beyond. There is a welcoming sense of family and friendship shared by our parishioners, and this has proven over time to be our greatest asset.  Emmanuel remains a healthy church, though small in numbers, because members have stepped up to meet the needs of the parish and the surrounding community Emmanuel is poised to move into the future with our new rector buoyed by a strong balance sheet, robust cash reserves, and a healthy endowment.

Aside from worship, spiritual development, and a robust music program, Emmanuel offers opportunities for social networking, fellowship, and fundraising events (e.g., meals out, paint nights, yard sales, etc.), as well as community service options (e.g., Bread of Life, Wakefield Food Pantry, Horizon House, etc.). All of these serve to burnish the sense of community and fellowship we share.  Emmanuel is a close-knit, caring congregation filled with anticipation and excitement to welcome our next rector and to journey together in faith and service.

 

Challenges

We have fewer parishioners today than we enjoyed in the past 10 years. We have lost key contributors of talent, treasure, and energy through deaths and relocations. While some newcomers have joined and contributed their own charisma and energy, we have not enjoyed enough of an increase to offset the loss of energy and talent in equal measure

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Emmanuel cannot be understated. A number of key leaders, individuals, and families moved away during this time.  Since Emmanuel's return to in-person worship, attendance has decreased significantly, both at in-person services and online via Zoom, which is a concern.  With fewer parishioners to play necessary roles and support mission endeavors no matter how rewarding they may be, a sense of fatigue has grown in the parish body.

Comments

While we are challenged with certain weaknesses and threats, we are also well-positioned with the seeds for a new and exciting stage of development. Our Finance Committee Chair offered his own assessment of our gifts: Incredible fellowship; a hard-working core of parishioners that willingly give of their time and talent; good financials; and a beautiful sanctuary. Emmanuel is ready to shed the spirit of scarcity; willing to embrace changes in liturgy, music, and spiritual focus; to be inspired; embrace the gospel; and to be open and vulnerable.

 

 

Contact Information

Contact Information*:

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Thank you for your interest in Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Please apply via e-mail to Search Committee Co-Chairs:

Nikki Nash-MacIsaac nikki.macnash@gmail.com

and

David Sullivan dsullivan@trccompanies.com

 

Or by mail to:

EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH c/o Search Committee

5 Bryant Street

Wakefield, MA 01880