Rector - St. Mary's

Rector - St. Mary's

Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC

The Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is seeking to appoint a Rector for the Parish of St Mary, Kerrisdale in the City of Vancouver, BC. The Parish is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. This position is full time and without term.  

“St Mary’s Kerrisdale:  Rooted in the neighbourhood, striving for the future of our world.”  So begins the introduction to the Parish Profile which succinctly lays out the framework for the ministry they seek to do in collaboration with their next Rector.  They say their next Rector must be someone who is dynamic, caring, an excellent preacher, and a strong leader, and who will ‘motivate us to be agents of change in our world.’

The Profile provides a full page to explain “What we are looking for in our new Rector.  Under three headings entitled Professional Qualities, Personal Characteristics and Particularly Anglican Qualities are listed skills and gifts needed by applicants to qualify.  A quote from a parishioner appended to the bottom of the page attests to the listening done in preparing the Profile:  “We need our next Rector to be intellectually minded, able to bring challenging and rigorous thought to preaching for stimulating and more thought-provoking sermons, empathy, sensitivity and understanding.”

Recognizing the changing demographics of their neighbourhood “from predominantly Northern European to a truly cosmopolitan mix’ – a reflection of Vancouver but not yet” St Mary’s--they want their Rector to assist them on the “path to more diversity and growth.”  The Profile is not shy on underlining the importance for the new Rector to be one who will actively help in drawing in new members, honor traditions, develop sound financial practices and explore “new approaches to worship and ministry.”

St Mary’s has three Sunday liturgies from September through June:  8am Book of Common Prayer said Eucharist with some music; 9:15am Eucharist that is ‘lively, participatory, contemporary and [uses] inclusive language’ along with a Sunday School and Nursery; and 11:15am Eucharist on the first, third and fourth Sundays from the Book of Alternative Service traditional rite, and Morning Prayer on second and fifth Sundays.  Summer Eucharists are at 8am and 10am.  Weekday liturgies include Morning Prayer at 8:30am every morning and a said BAS Eucharist on Tuesdays at 7am. 

Children, youth, young adults and families form an important part of St Mary’s commitment to formation to all ages.  Young people take active roles in the liturgies, Godly Play is used as the Sunday School curriculum and seasonal activities are employed to “bring that sense of goodness and faith into all our homes.” Two active youth groups and a young adults group gather regularly. A number of small groups meet for study and contemplation as part of their ongoing faith formation.

Like their commitment to young people St Mary’s is well known for its outreach.   One such notable effort is the Kerrisdale Community Meal on Tuesdays when a free hot meal is served September to June and a bag lunch in the summer.  On average anywhere between 60-90 guests are received weekly. The meal is made financially possible through a partnership with community donations.  Other outreach programs include a committee which allocates donations by parishioners, participation in the Truth and Reconciliation process, a Syrian Refugee Committee, a Cristosal Base Community, and financial support of the Primate’s Fund.

The physical plant includes the church and chapel a hall and a gymnasium.  Adjacent to the church is St Mary’s Mews, a housing complex, owned by an arm’s length society.  

The high cost of housing in Vancouver may well make the Rectory—a two-storey,  four bedroom heritage home—a very attractive feature. The Rectory is also located ‘down the street from the church’ and is available for the new Rector.

The Profile concludes with “Where we are heading-Our Future” and highlights six areas to consider:  worship, financial clarity and communication, prayer and education, pastoral support and pastoral connections, reaching out – “being God’s people in the world” and parish communication.  

Two appendices round out the Profile providing geographical, statistical and financial position.  

The complete Parish Profile and the required Diocesan application form are attached below. Applications for this position will be received until close of business on Thursday, December 14th, 2017.  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 dfenton@vancouver.anglican.ca

For further information contact Bill Siksay, Executive Assistant to the Bishop’s Office at 604-684-6306, ext. 228 or by email at bsiksay@vancouver.anglican.ca