St. Thomas, Pittstown with Calvary, Flemmington

at Priest in charge
Location Pittstown
Date Posted November 18, 2022
Category New Jersey (Joanne Izzo)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation cash stipend calculated according to years of credited service as minimum starting point, SECA and housing stipend provided
Diocesan Compensation Info https://dioceseofnj.org/standing-commission-on-clerical-compensation/?hilite=SCCC
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Supplied Housing
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 125
Average Sunday Attendance 55
Child Population in Church School 0
Adult Population in Church School 2
Teacher Population in Church School 3
Budget 300,000.

Description

Liturgical style and practice

St. Thomas has what can best be described as a broad liturgical style. During the fall-to-spring season we have an 8:00am service without music and a 10:00am service with music that incorporates extensive traditional hymns and chants from the 1982 Hymnal and occasionally from the Wonder, Love, and Praise supplement. At the 10:00am service the choir leads the congregation in chanting the psalm and sings an anthem after the sign of peace. During the summer we have a single service at 9:00am with hymn-singing but no choir.

We have traditionally celebrated choral evensong twice a year, in March and in November, for which the choir prepares special music. We love music and have been supported by a number of outstanding organists/choir directors over the years. An appreciation for music, and the ability to collaborate constructively with the organist/choir director, will be an important quality we will be looking for in a new priest.

While we love our music, we tend to eschew the other trappings of the High-Church service.

We had a deacon from Jan 2009 to April 2012 and we loved having her as part of our church and our worship.

Strengths

St. Thomas is a welcoming community with a strong commitment and engagement in ministry in the community and beyond. They are energetic and eager for a new clergy partner to help them grow spiritually and missionally.

Challenges

The St. Thomas community suffered from the same “COVID fatigue” as most of the rest of the population and return to indoor masking met with considerable resistance, despite the “This is how we love each other” message. We have dealt with this by having services outdoors as much as possible in the late spring to early fall, and purchasing air purifiers for use indoors, but traditionally well-attended indoor services (Christmas, weddings, baptisms, funerals) still feel fraught.

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