Marika Piehler
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The Archbishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is seeking to appoint a Vicar for the Parish of St Augustine, Marpole, situated in the City of Vancouver, BC. This is a 50%-time, permanent position. The Parish is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam Nation.

St Augustine’s likens itself to Bethany – a stopping place of healing and hospitality on the way to Jerusalem. “People at St Augustine’s are prepared to care for others in ways that go beyond the norm…we provide care that is beyond conventional.” St Augustine’s is a place where people ‘come to learn about God – whether at Bible Study, quiet days, or worship.

During the Interim Ministry period parishioners correlated responses between the kind of leadership they desire with their priest and those of the lay people. The attributes are drawn from the Parish’s mission statement which highlights three central points of connection: Connect with God; Connect with Others; Connect Others with God.

St. Augustine's

  • Liturgy relevant to lives of community, faith and community's composition
  • Build relationships and support our neighbours
  • Develop a plan to target spiritual, social, economic, and emotional needs

Priest

  • Strong Anglican/Christian tradition, open to new ideas, make complex ideas practical
  • Genuinely compassionate, trusting, accepting; experience in standing with and helping those with many needs
  • Advocate for neighbours who may feel marginalized by society and alienated from God

Other priorities include adding a weekday liturgy, increasing Christian formation opportunities, and develop outreach programming.

Three significant challenges are named:

  1. Financial resources limit the ability to do more
  2. Historic church and aging physical plant need maintenance, repair and upgraded facilities would enhance the ministry
  3. Building connections between Sunday worship and the Community Meal

There is one liturgy on Sunday at 10am from the Book of Alternative Services and supplemented by other authorized liturgical texts. The community seeks to "create a sacred space where liturgy is accessible" and notes that "the atmosphere in worship is relatively informal though still prayerful and heartfelt.”

A weekly Thursday evening Community Meal is prepared by a professional chef and provides food for the body and the soul. On Friday mornings a breakfast is served by volunteers for between 25 – 40 people. Both meals have been offered for the past five years.

There is a monthly contemplative prayer group and weekly study sessions in Advent and Lent. The Parish Hall is used for community outreach as a food bank, senior’s fitness, knitting and ping-pong.

Second Hand Rows is a thrift store that operates out of the basement providing quality clothing and household items at a reasonable cost to patrons in addition to another point of connecting with the neighbourhood.

The property includes the Church, a B-listed heritage building, and an adjacent large Parish Hall. While they are both in good repair, considerable care and attention is necessary to retain the integrity appreciated by parishioners and the community alike.

The profile and appendices include financial information and demographic data for the parish.

The complete Parish Profile in high resolution is linked here; a web sized version of the Profile, the required Diocesan application form and a .PDF of this posting are available linked below. Applications for this position will be received until close of business on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Please email your cover letter, application and, if you are not from the Diocese of New Westminster, a letter from your bishop, indicating you are ‘a priest in good standing’ to [email protected].

For further information contact Bill Siksay, Executive Assistant to the Bishop’s Office by email or telephone, 604-684-6306, ext. 228.