St. Paul’s by the Sea

at Priest in Charge
Location Ocean City
Date Posted September 12, 2021
Category Easton (Patrick Collins)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation 81750
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No
Average Sunday Attendance 49
Budget 263,357
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 no
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

We are a congregation that is engaged in our community through our ministries and outreach.    Our caring members are familiar with the liturgy and are connecting with visitors in our worship and service.   Many visitors have commented on the sense of welcoming when they attend our church.

Our historic and beautiful church is among our best assets. The location, in the heart of town, makes it available to out of town visitors.  We have a comprehensive campus with the Fellowship Commons and Dewees Hall connected to the church.

We are ready to welcome a priest who is motivated to help in energizing our congregation.

Challenges

The pandemic has taken a toll on attendance and income.   Many congregants have chosen to remain at home to watch our services streaming on Facebook.   While leadership is pleased with the response to this format, the absence of people in the pews has impacted the sense of community.

The congregation works very diligently and without waiver to keep the work of the church alive.  Our parish is blessed to have a substantial endowment.  This has been both a blessing and a curse.

The final challenge to the parish is keeping members engaged.  Like many parishes, a core group of committed congregants does much of the work.

We look to new clergy leadership to help us meet these challenges.

Comments

We are located in the heart of the thriving beach town of Ocean City, Maryland.  As an active congregation in the Diocese of Easton, our parish offers a warm and welcoming environment to all who visit.

The congregation is made up of working and retired members such as lawyers, doctors, teachers, nurses, and hospitality workers.  Visitors to the Ocean City resort enhance the congregation through the summer months.

We provide our congregants with opportunities for leadership and service to the church and the community.   We currently use a team of lay worship leaders for Morning Prayer when a supply priest is unavailable.    The congregants have a tremendous energy and are willing to serve both church and community.

Contact Information

The Rev. Canon Patrick Collins

Diocese of Easton

410.822.1919

patrick@dioceseofeaston.org