Incumbent

Church of the Ascension, Sudbury

Archbishop Anne Germond is now accepting applications for the position of full time Incumbent at the Anglican Church of the Ascension located in Sudbury in the Diocese of Algoma.

The Ascension, founded in 1957 as a mission of the Church of the Epiphany, is a one-point charge. It is located in New Sudbury which is a very popular and growing residential area of the city. There are a number of primary schools in New Sudbury and the parish is also close to Cambrian College, Barrydowne College, and the New Sudbury Shopping Centre.  Within a few kilometres of the church are three long term care facilities in which residents depend upon the parish to provide services or pastoral visitations.  The Ascension’s central location and the fully accessible building brings with it many possibilities for outreach ministries in the local neighborhood – some of which the parish are already involved in. There are also numerous opportunities for the parish to get to know their neighbours and extend an invitation for them to encounter the living Christ within the people of the Ascension.

An abbreviated parish profile (2021 Church of the Ascension Precis) has been prepared by the leadership of the parish. In addition to this there are a number of links to the Ascension’s Annual Vestry Reports for the past few years and also to their website, Facebook page and one of their regular Godly Play lessons. We hope that in perusing these links you will catch a glimpse of who the Ascension is, as well as some of their hopes for their future ministry with Christ at the centre.

You will notice that the parish has a rectory. A family is presently living in it which means that a conversation will need to take place between the wardens and new incumbent about whether he/she/they will reside there or receive a living allowance.

In the same way that many parishes have been affected by the pandemic, this is true of the Ascension. They have faithful lay and clergy leaders who are doing everything they can to keep the mission and ministry of the parish moving forward. The church is open for Sunday worship and is offering a hybrid style of worship as it has the capacity to livestream Sunday services. The pastoral care teams and outreach ministries are all serving the parishioners and wider community. At present the Rev. Canon Dr. John Gibaut, President and Chaplain of Thorneloe University, is serving as the part time interim incumbent. Everyone is praying for the person God is calling to be their new incumbent.

The ideal future incumbent of the Church of the Ascension has more than 7 years experience in parish ministry and has the necessary gifts and skills to build on the strong ministries which are already in place and to lead this parish as it moves beyond the pandemic and strives to live into its mission to ‘Share in the gathering work of Christ so that his newness of life overflows into our hearts, homes, churches and communities.” (Diocese of Algoma Motto) The new incumbent will demonstrate in word and action a life that is shaped by Jesus. He or she or they will be a person of prayer whose life is formed by and rooted in the Holy Scriptures. They will have a passion for teaching and preaching and engaging in conversations with diverse people of all ages and at all stages of their faith journey.  Discipleship will be important to them, as will outreach and engagement in the local community. They will have a collaborative style of leadership and excellent communication skills.

Applicants from outside Algoma must ensure that they have their Bishop’s permission to apply for this position. Due to difficulties with immigration we are only accepting applicants from within the Anglican Church of Canada for this appointment.

Applicants are asked to submit, along with their CV, a response to why you believe that God is calling you to be the next incumbent of the Church of the Ascension and something about your vision for ministry in this parish.

For more information about the Church of the Ascension, or to apply for this position please email Archbishop Anne through her Administrative Assistant, Liz Hamel (adminassistant@dioceseofalgoma.com).  Please note that not all candidates will be interviewed for this position. If you are not moving forward to be interviewed the Diocesan Archdeacon, Jay Koyle, will notify you.

 

 

Incumbent

Trinity Church, Parry Sound

Archbishop Anne Germond is seeking to appoint a Permanent Part-Time Incumbent (30% ministry) to Trinity Anglican Church in Parry Sound.  This would be an ideal position for a retired cleric or a cleric who is bi-vocational.

Parry Sound is a community of 6500 people with an area population of close to 40,000. Located on the eastern shores of Georgian Bay on the Hwy 400 corridor, the area is part of cottage country and has a summer population in excess of 100,000. Parry Sound is the site of the West Parry Sound Health Center, a regional hospital with a large medical capability and housing one of two long term care facilities. The town is also the hub of the regional education facilities with several primary schools, a large regional high school, post secondary colleges and several private schools.

Trinity Anglican church in Parry Sound has a congregation of just over 100 members, including a handful of young people. Numbers at our weekly services have averaged around 35-40 pre-CoVID.

The parish is very active with outreach activities, creative initiatives, educational and spiritual programs.

Prior to Covid, several programs took place on a weekly basis:  a Meditation group;   Bible study program; Yoga; Prayer group; and on occasion, a labyrinth and walking prayer groups. Educational programs were sponsored by the Parish using technology to present programs from Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation, as well as from Trinity Church in New York City.

The music program continues during Covid with a dedicated and gifted organist who does a great job choosing music for our services. There is a group of singers who will be anxious to sing in the choir when it safely becomes possible.

Education has been a large part of the life of the congregation with participation in the Richard Rohr courses and more recently the Diocese of Montreal live stream courses.

A weekly Daily Reflection is ongoing, using email. From Monday to Friday, a post is sent out with a passage from Scripture, a reflection from “Forward Day by Day” publication, followed by a further reflection by this author. The email it is attached to invites the reader to prayer and pause for reflection.

Outreach has been very active, particularly with the local food bank, supplying warm clothing to the schools, and for those in need within the community. Recently, several members have offered to help to guide individuals to register for Covid vaccines; and to offer transportation to the vaccination site.

This Parish has a compassionate heart as they seek to love and support the elderly and anyone in need. There is a strong communication effort with a phone committee to keep in touch with these people, and to reach out to any with health concerns or in need of information, or moral and emotional support. Pastoral care is offered by a small group, with clergy oversight. However, most members are on the ground and caring for their friends and neighbours in every-day living.

There is a dedicated team of Lay Readers, many of whom participate on Parish Council as well as the wider Deanery community. They actively participate in all our worship services, and work closely with the clergy in whatever capacity they are invited.

Those desiring to apply for this position are asked to submit their application to the Archbishop’s Administrative Assistant, Liz Hamel (adminassistant@dioceseofalgoma.com)

At this time, the Archbishop will only consider those individuals who are within the Anglican Church of Canada.

Please ensure that you provide the following information with your application:

  • If you are resident outside of the Diocese of Algoma, a signed statement confirming that you have received permission from your bishop to make application to this diocese;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of application introducing yourself and describing why you think you are suited to this position; and
  • The names and contact information for three references. As a matter of courtesy and due diligence, we will be contacting the existing or former bishops of those who have been short-listed.

You will be notified to confirm that we have received your application but regret that we cannot provide information on the status of your application while the process is underway. We would ask you not to contact the parish directly. You will be informed when an appointment has been made.

Applications for this vacancy will be received until an appointment is made.