|Date Posted||March 10, 2020|
Easton (Patrick Collins)
|Average Sunday Attendance||81|
St. Alban’s is an open, diverse congregation with strong lay leadership. Although demographically we are a highly educated, middle class parish family, we welcome and serve those among us who are infirm and mentally or physically challenged. We celebrate seasonally with approved liturgies from other parts of our Anglican Communion, most recently from: Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and England (Canada and England were trial liturgies.) Music is an important component of our family service. Our pipe organ has been enhanced digitally. Our volunteer choir “prays twice” at the 10:30 service. Although we have a paid nursery attendant, infants and children are welcomed in our services. Service, social justice, and creation care are important aspects of our identity. St. Alban’s joins in regional building and rebuilding efforts, we serve at soup kitchens, help to stock pantries at a local Catholic charity and a local public school, host a community garden, welcome 12-step groups most days of the week, have a large outdoor labyrinth used by many into the community, and have raised and donated between $90,000 and $100,000 locally, nationally, and internationally over the past 11 years. Solar panels provide most of our energy, and appliances and light fixtures are energy efficient. We pledged to the Bishop when we became a parish 49 years ago that we would always pay our apportionment, and we have, even in lean times. We have had four rectors in our history, our most recent rector, the Rev. Dr. Frieda Malcolm, retired after 17+ years with us. We are a congregation that ministers to each other and to our neighbors.
While we have a stable adult formation weekly class, we do not have a core of children that can be grouped by ages to create age-range Sunday School classes. We recently lost our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, which served our children and many outside our parish. This had been an important ministry to young children at St. Alban’s for years. Sermons are the primary form of formation in our congregation, and we appreciate sermons that connect scripture and our Baptismal Covenant to our lives, sermons that pose questions to ponder and challenge us. Although we are known in our community for our service ministry, we need to learn how to evangelize to let people know that we are a place where their stories and ours can coalesce.
We seek candidates who:
- Can connect their journeys to a deeper Jesus Christ centered life to our journeys
- Equip our parishioners with evangelism skills to invite people to connect their spiritual journeys and needs with our own at St. Alban’s to encourage mutual journeys.
- Are well-grounded in scripture and can lead us to see clearly the scriptural call to our various ministries.
- Foster Christian formation in various formats and venues.
- Understand and communicate the theology of the total picture of stewardship of capital and human resources:
- Fiscal, immediate and long-term
- Personal health and well-being
- Parish health
For our Parish Profile and links to our parish communications, please visit www.stalbanssalisbury.com.