Grace, Kingston

at Rector / Vicar / Priest-in-Charge
Location Kingston
Date Posted September 15, 2020
Category Bethlehem (Sandy Million)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $60,978-$69,590
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Supplied Housing
Equity Allowance No
Average Sunday Attendance 41
Child Population in Church School 5
Budget $222,264
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary yes
Emergent no
Morning Prayer yes
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

Grace is a tightknit community with a fairly even combination of members who have been here a long time and those who have joined in the last 5-10 years. There is a strong core membership that gives freely and regularly of their talents to various ministries and activities including our Music Ministry; Parish Life Committee; St. Martha’s Guild; Sunday School; Ushers Program; diocesan-wide conventions and worship events; and the physical maintenance of our church building and rectory. More recently, the Covid-19 pandemic has offered the opportunity for us to thoughtfully pursue creative and new ways of gathering and to recognize, in a very tangible way, that 'the building' is not our church. We are the church. And we are embracing this opportunity to re-imagine our church encompassing both physical gatherings, as well as virtual gatherings that will engage both parishioners and our greater community.

Challenges

The COVID pandemic has brought on recent challenges in keeping members engaged in worship, giving, and the life of the church. We have been working to call each member of the church to keep up personal connections in an effort to help with that. As with many parishes, Grace struggles with growing our congregation, and especially with attracting young people. We are working on ways to collaborate with other churches and organizations to find new ways of not only reaching new people, but also engaging our current members in ministry. We have a sizable endowment, but do not want to become overly reliant on it for funding.

Contact Information

The Rev. Megan Dembi, Diocesan Transition Minister