Saints Andrew and Matthew
|Date Posted||January 30, 2023|
Delaware (Martha Kirkpatrick)
|Diocesan Compensation Info||https://delaware.church/active-clergy-guide/|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Is there a rectory?||No|
|Average Sunday Attendance||94|
|Child Population in Church School||15|
|Teacher Population in Church School||4|
Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.
Compensation includes 50% SECA and housing allowance.
Liturgical style and practice
Services are accessible, and intentionally inclusive of all races and classes, welcoming of anyone who enters our doors. Continuing live streaming of 10:30 services is part of that, and those services remain available online afterwards and always. The 8 AM differs from 10:30 service: quieter and contemplative. The Daily Office, Compline, and Evening Prayer are all online, led by lay members of the congregation. Guest preachers from various faith traditions enrich and expand our connections to the Divine and to each other. Our Season of Creation series is creative and expansive, and Carnival Sunday truly celebratory. Music is a big part of this. Our choir combines paid singers and congregation members. We balance the use of LEVAS II and the 1982 hymnal. We also draw from Native Peoples’ and African-American spiritual traditions in both music and prayers. The drum circle has played in several services per year, and occasional very well-attended Jazz Vespers. We have tried for racial diversity amongst those participating in liturgy. We could return to more youth involvement in liturgy.
SsAM recently celebrated with great joy its 25th anniversary as a consolidation of two parishes, one black and one white, in downtown Wilmington. In 2015 it also welcomed many parishioners when St. John's Cathedral closed. SsAM is vibrant and energized both in worship and in its work in the world. SsAM has a strong sense of mission in downtown Wilmington and beyond, a commitment to racial justice and healing in hands-on work, a strong and diverse music program known for excellence, and a deep commitment to its vision of radical inclusion.
As with many parishes, recovery from the pandemic has been a challenge. Some parishioners are still reluctant to join in-person worship, but steady improvement in the quality of on-line worship and other on-line offerings such as bible study has helped people feel included. SsAM is actively working on a strategic planning process to bring into alignment its vision and operations for a sustainable future.
SsAM is a leader in the Episcopal Church in Delaware and in the city of Wilmington, in particular for its commitment to social justice and its vibrant, excellent worship. We are looking for a collaborative, caring pastor, excited to work with us and our wider community, walking with us into our future for the Gospel.
FMI Please contact The Rev. Canon Martha Kirkpatrick, Canon to the Ordinary and Transition officer, at email@example.com
Please visit SsAm's website at https://www.ssam.org/clergy-transition/