St. Andrews-in-the-Valley, Tamworth

at Rector
Location Tamworth
Date Posted November 21, 2022
Category New Hampshire (Tina Pickering)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Rural
Compensation Diocesan guidelines set the minimum range from $65,000 to $95,000 depending on health insurance needs.
Diocesan Compensation Info https://www.nhepiscopal.org/clergy-compensation-manual
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance Negotiable
Communicants in Good Standing 58
Average Sunday Attendance 40
Budget $176,000 operating expense, $213,000 total expense

Description

Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

This is a relatively well resourced parish in an absolutely beautiful and somewhat isolated area (but only 1 hour to Concord NH and 1.5 hours to Portland ME). Housing market is tight, but eager to explore creative possibilities.

Liturgical style and practice

We are Broad church and use both Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer and Enriching Our Worship. We have a rich, traditional Sunday Morning Eucharist offered at both 8:00 am and 10:00 am. On the first Sunday of the month, we have one service at 9:00 am. During Covid we had our services on Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook Live. Although we are now back to in person worship, we have continued this practice to reach those who feel more comfortable at home. On occasional Sundays when our rector is away and we have no supply priest, we have Morning Prayer led by Lay Worship Leaders. In the new year we will begin having Morning Prayer with Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. St Andrew’s also offers a lay-led weekly Morning Prayer Service on Wednesdays at 9:00 am. as well as a Contemplative Prayer hour via zoom twice a month. We also have an active Liturgy Committee that meets regularly with the rector to review and refresh the liturgical format.

Strengths

St Andrews is a friendly church with a rich history, a strong community identity, and a place filled with love, compassion, joy and laughter. Our rector works in close collaboration with the vestry and parishioners, making it easy to accomplish whatever tasks we undertake. We are blessed with strong lay leadership, as well as a number of incredibly talented volunteers. Thanks to these parishioners, we not only have worship in person, but have been able to foster a deep connection with those at home, or away by offering a service via Zoom and Facebook Live each Sunday. We continue to improve our physical plant and contribute funds to various outreach programs in our community and beyond due to the generous financial support of our members.

Challenges

St Andrews is a small but mighty parish, carrying out the work of Christ with an aging population, few young families, and no youth at the present time. As we look to the future, we need a viable strategy to appeal to a wider demographic and attract new members. We are working on a stronger social media presence and a website to assist in this endeavor. Our volunteer base is strong, but it is the same group of people doing the majority of the work. It is difficult to get others to step up. We need to recover more fully from Covid and restart our fund raising, Dinner Bell, our weekly community dinner, and adult education. It is always a challenge to take care of our physical plant and remain financially stable.

Comments

Tamworth is an absolutely beautiful place to live, right in the middle of mountains and lakes, with abundant skiing and hiking all around. It is quintessentially rural and historic New England with tight community ties. The beautiful stone church is very well maintained with generous proportions, a parish hall and kitchen, and an outdoor laybyrinth.

The leadership has written: "Our mission is to do God’s work and spread God’s love in our church, community, and in the greater world. We are open and welcoming to all, respecting opinions and lifestyles. In our Episcopal family we care for one another through worship, prayer, fellowship and continued growth in faith practices. We share our church building with others in the community, not only as a place to worship, but also to provide them with a place for spiritual formation and community outreach.  In the greater world we strive to be protective of God’s creation and preserve our environment for future generations. We are researching a solar power installation for next year and are scheduled to have a new, more energy efficient furnace installed this fall."

 

Contact Information

Canon Tina Pickering

603-224-1914

tpickering@nhepiscopal.org

Happy to chat informally and explore possibilities! Send resume, OTM and letter of interest addressed to Search Committee at St. Andrews-in-the-Valley in Tamworth, NH.