St. Thomas, Bath, NC


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Location
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Bath
Date Posted May 15, 2021
Category East Carolina (Mollie Roberts)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation $81,000 inclusive of housing allowance, plus SECA, based on diocesan guidelines and experience
Health Benefits Clergy Only
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 125
Average Sunday Attendance 75
Child Population in Church School 0
Adult Population in Church School 8
Teacher Population in Church School 4
Budget $221,769
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

St. Thomas Episcopal Church has been an active parish for over 300 years. The church was built in 1734 and is the oldest church building in the state, located in the town of Bath, the oldest established town in North Carolina. We have a beautiful church campus with a newly enlarged parish hall, which is debt-free.  Bath offers outdoor recreational opportunities, especially boating, fishing, biking and the beauty of nearby Goose Creek State Park.  Bath schools are often touted as a reason to move to the Bath area.

Beaufort County offers reasonably priced housing and employment opportunities primarily in Washington (20 minutes away) and Greenville or New Bern (both less than an hour away). These nearby cities also offer cultural and entertainment events as well as two regional airports (Greenville and New Bern) and two international airports (Raleigh, 2 hours away and Norfolk, less than 2.5 hours away). Greenville is home to East Carolina University with a medical school, a dental school and lectures and theater performances.  The Research Triangle, 2 to 2.5 hours away, offers concerts, live stage performances, museums and several major universities including Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill.  Beautiful beaches along the Atlantic coast are just two hours away.

Challenges

Our congregation is predominantly transplanted retirees and part-time residents, very few of whom are cradle Episcopalians. This diversity of backgrounds, while positive in many ways, means we could benefit from additional education on the doctrines of the Episcopal Church and the Canons of our Diocese.

Some parishioners tend to identify more with smaller groups, whether it is social and political background or the service (8:00 or 10:00) they attend each Sunday.  We need to find a way to integrate people from the two services to promote a larger community discussion on what God expects of us.

Like most churches, expanding involvement and leadership beyond the same people can be a challenge.  Most parishioners are willing to support ministries, building campaigns and other programs financially, but are less willing or able to be active participants in committees and events. A major goal might be to increase our current membership through active engagement, resulting in renewal of mission and ministry within the community.

Comments

To Apply please send cover letter addressed to the search committee along with OTM portfolio and resume to: The Rev Canon Mollie Roberts, P.O. Box 1336, Kinston, NC 28503 or email same to: hjarman@diocese-eastcarolina.org

Contact Information

The Rev Canon Mollie Roberts, mroberts@diocese-eastcarolina.org, 252-522-0885