St. James Church, New London

at Priest in Charge
Location New London
Date Posted January 13, 2022
Category Connecticut (Amber Page Gehr)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Urban
Compensation Will meet diocesan guidelines.
Diocesan Compensation Info https://bit.ly/3tvEbxT
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 6
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Required
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? Four bedrooms
Equity Allowance Yes
Communicants in Good Standing 189
Average Sunday Attendance 118
Child Population in Church School 8
Adult Population in Church School 8
Teacher Population in Church School 2
Budget 476,493

Description

Liturgical style and practice

BCP, Rite 1 and Rite 2

Strengths

We are an active parish. We knit baby hats and blankets for newborns at our local hospital. We have become a large distributor of food in our neighborhood with our weekly food pantry. Pre-Covid we gave out lots of food, post-Covid we provide enough food for up to 100 families week. In coordination with the Lord’s Pantry our Jumble Shoppe provides donated, gently used, clothes and housewares to our community. Additionally they help the Homeless and Hospitality Center’s and Covenant Shelter’s newly housed clients restock their wardrobes and kitchens. All proceeds from the JS are donated to ministries near and far. At our most recent tag sale all proceeds were given to Start Fresh to assist in resettling a new refugee family from Afghanistan in New London. St. James is not a parish where 15% of the parish do 85% of the work. More than half us use our God given talents to further the work of God through St. James.

Challenges

We are an older parish. The other half of us not actively serving are unable to because we are no longer driving or are not as physically mobile anymore or cannot risk community involvement due to weakened immune systems and the Covid threat. We are used to be being well cared for by our Faith in Action committee members as well as our previous priests with visits and calls. Visits are more limited in this pandemic but calls and cards are still made.

Currently church school and children's choir are on hiatus due to Covid, to the disappointment of many.

Comments

We are a forward looking, multi-cultural and inclusive faith community, proclaiming and doing Christ's work of love and justice in the greater New London area and the world.

 

 

We adhere to the Episcopal Church in Connecticut compensation guidelines, which can be found in The Commons Companion here.

Visit St. James' website here.

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Contact Information

Amber Page Gehr, Diocesan Transition Minister
apagegehr@episcopalct.org