Priest in Charge (Intentional Interim-3 yrs)

Bath, ME
Type: Clergy
Posted May 19, 2020
Job Title
Priest in Charge (Intentional Interim-3 yrs)
Name of church or organization
Grace Episcopal Church
Job Location
Bath, ME
Job Description

Grace Church is looking for a priest to join it in ministry for the next several years, for a period of reconciliation, restoration, and renewal following the resignation of its former rector.

Grace is a pastoral-sized congregation located in the small mid-coast Maine city of Bath. While Bath has only about 10,000 residents, it is home to a large industrial shipyard, one of the largest employers in Maine. The city also has a nationally-celebrated downtown, neighborhoods of gracious 19t​h​ century houses, a new high school, scheduled to open in January 2021, a large number of subsidized housing units, and a small but growing number of New Mainers who arrived as refugees. It is a heterogeneous place, and a rich venue for diverse ministry.

Our congregation continues to renew itself, and our members are as diverse as the opportunities for ministry here: People who have retired to the area, people who summer here and winter somewhere else, workers at the shipyard, local professionals, families raising children in Bath and the surrounding towns. Yes, as is the case for many parishes today, we have a lot of grey hair – and spirit to go with it!

Grace’s ministry currently includes two services on Sunday mornings, the earlier one spoken, and the later one with music and choir, and a family service on Sunday afternoons. We also have a Wednesday Bible Study group with Holy Eucharist. We are blessed to have a Deacon who participates in leading worship and providing pastoral care. The congregation has a longstanding commitment to ministry in the community. A good deal of that ministry focuses on combating food insecurity: We support the Bath Area Food Bank, the Backpack Program, and “Feast at Five-Thirty”, which brings a meal and conversation regularly to residents of housing complexes in the area. We also share several special worship services with other congregations and denominations in the Bath-Brunswick area.

During the last four years, the people of Grace have invested considerable time, talent, and treasure in our physical plant to both enhance our worship, and maximize our ability to use our space to support our community. We also began to look at ourselves, our hopes, and dreams for our parish. We began both processes with the leadership of our last rector, who resigned in March 2020. The transition that we find ourselves in is not

without a sense of loss and pain. The Vestry has discerned that the congregation would be well served by a couple of years with a priest in charge, who could support us as we reflect on our experiences of the past several years, and help us to heal and move forward.

This work calls for a priest who can be warm, strong, and direct, who can help us come together, and hold us accountable for the spiritual work we have set out to do. This position is a full time call for approximately three years, with the expectation that a search for a rector (in which the priest in charge would not be a candidate) would take place in the third year. Cash compensation would be in line with Diocesan standards, and full-family health insurance is available subject to a 10% contribution by the cleric.

Type of commitment
Full Time
Does this job pay?
Yes
Application Process
Contact the Rev. Canon Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Maine, at mambler@episcopalmaine.org, or at 207-772-1953 ext 123; or see the “Transition Ministry” link at www.episcopalmaine.org (look for the Quick Link at the bottom of the home page) for full application instructions.
Application Deadline
06/29/2020
Link to the job posting or application
www.episcopalmaine.org/churches/search
Website
www.gracebath.org