St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church

 in Thunder Bay is looking for its next Incumbent

May 2020

The Archbishop of Algoma is accepting applications from qualified and experienced clergy to fill the position of Incumbent at St. Michael and All Angels in Thunder Bay, Ontario. This is a full-time appointment with the compensation package including stipend, benefits, and travel allowance. The parish has a rectory next door to the church and will be ready to welcome the new Incumbent.

Late last year, St. Michael and All Angels suffered a great loss when their priest and pastor, The Rev. Charlene Scriver, died unexpectedly. They have been grieving this loss but, at the same time, feel compelled to continue on their journey in faith.  At present the parish is being served by an Interim Incumbent, the Rev. Nancy Ringham.

St. Michael and All Angels is a fiscally sound and well established parish in Thunder Bay with strong and committed lay leadership. While there are no other ordained clergy to assist in an honourary capacity, the parish does have three part time employees to assist with maintenance, administrative duties, and music ministry.   I commend to you, for prayerful consideration, the parish profile (link below) which has been thoughtfully prepared by the Concurrence Committee.  As you read it you will come to know a parish who are very transparent in sharing their strengths as well as their areas of concern. In reading it, in a time when too many parishes are reverting to congregationalism, I was encouraged that St. Michael and All Angels desires to align their mission with the mission of the Diocese of Algoma and the wider Church.  It is also important to note that while the parish has fundraisers (also funraisers) that it does not rely on these to support their operating expenses. Rather, these are used for special projects within the congregation or for missions. There is a vivid description of their history through the ages, describing how the church has been impacted by challenging economic times as well as a description of the ‘larger neighbourhood’ surrounding St. Michael and All Angels they hope to get to know in the coming years.   There is also a link to their Annual Report for 2019 for additional information regarding small groups, outreach, and their financials.

St. Michael and All Angels are seeking an Incumbent who will ‘provide them with stability and will continue to build on the legacy of their previous beloved priests’.  They list the qualities they are hoping for in their next Incumbent on page 6 of their profile.

If you are intending to apply for this position, please take the time to respond to the profile and indicate in your response why you believe you would be a good fit for this parish as it strives to be ‘more of what Jesus teaches us to be’.

If you are applying from outside the diocese, it will also be important for you to get to know Algoma through some of what is found on our website (www.dioceseofalgoma.com)  and in the Bishop’s Charge’s from previous Synods.

Applications are being received until June 30th, 2020 by the Archbishop’s Administrative Assistant, Liz Hamel (adminassistant@dioceseofalgoma.com) Only suitable candidates will be considered for an interview with the Concurrence Committee.

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 your “Vision For Ministry” at St. Michael and All Angels and why you think you are suited to this position based on your knowledge of the parish and careful reading of the Parish Profile; 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.

St Michael and All Angels profile 2020

 

 

INCUMBENT, Church of the Epiphany, Sudbury

The Archbishop of Algoma is accepting applications from qualified and experienced clergy to fill the position of Incumbent at the Church of the Epiphany (Sudbury Ontario). This is a full time appointment with the compensation package including a stipend, a generous housing allowance, and a travel allowance.

The Church of the Epiphany is one of Sudbury’s oldest and well established parishes and is located in the heart of the city. It is a beautiful modern facility which was rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in the late 1980s.

Advertised as a “Destination Parish Shining a Light in Downtown Sudbury” (www.epiphanysudbury.org) the parish has a strong and committed lay leadership team. It is served at present by an Interim Incumbent, the Rt. Rev. Thomas Corston, while the Rev. Rhonda Hirst (Lead of Spiritual Care at Health Sciences North) and the Rev. Canon Dr. John Gibaut (President and Provost and Vice Chancellor of Thorneloe University) serve as the Honourary Assistant and Associate.

The congregation is becoming more diverse with a mix of long time parishioners and newcomers filling its pews. It has a rich worshipping life with its main Sunday service at 10: 30am (BAS) and there is a mid week Eucharist on a Wednesday.  Godly Play is offered for children during the service. The Epiphany has a dynamic choir under the committed leadership of Mr. Norm Blanchard. Mr. Blanchard also leads the Deanery Choir which consists of members of other parishes in the city as well as Epiphany members. This choir enhances the beauty of worship at deanery events such as the Easter Vigil Service, Ordinations, and the occasional Taize service and Evensong.  The average attendance on a Sunday morning is 80. The parish has a number of active lay readers who assist on Sunday mornings.

For many years, the Epiphany has been one of the teaching parishes in the Diocese of Algoma where students, postulants, and new ordinands have been mentored in preparation for their own ministry.

One of the important aspects of its mission and ministry is that it has a very active outreach program in the downtown core, in partnership with other denominations. The “Out of the Cold” dinner program runs during the winter months and is held in the basement of the church with participation from other parishes in the city.  Members of the Epiphany are very supportive of the “Sudbury Action Centre for Youth” and in welcoming newcomers to Canada. For decades, it has been the site for newcomers to Canada as they learn English as a second language. The parish is also involved in national and international outreach projects.

There is a devoted pastoral care team at the Epiphany who make regular visits to those who are sick, bereaved, hospitalized or lonely.

A copy of the most recent parish profile is available Epiphany Profile 2020 (rev).

Applications are being received until the 30th April 2020 (or until an Incumbent has been appointed) by the Archbishop’s Administrative Assistant, Liz Hamel (adminassistant@dioceseofalgoma.com)

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 your “Vision For Ministry” at Church of the Epiphany and why you think you are suited to this position based on your knowledge of the parish and careful reading of the Parish Profile; 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.

 

 

INCUMBENT, Emmaus Anglican Church, Sault Ste. Marie

The Archbishop of Algoma is seeking to appoint an Incumbent for Emmaus Anglican Church, Sault Ste. Marie. It is a full-time position and includes a housing allowance.

In September 2016, after much prayer and discussion, the parishes of St. John the Evangelist and St. Matthew’s in Sault Ste. Marie merged to form a new parish, Emmaus, on the site of the former St. Matthew’s.  They believe God has called them to be a gathered community that:

  • Is patterned by the gospel narrative
  • Tells a new story in the city
  • Is committed to discipleship
  • Is inspired by a robust hope
  • Exists for the sake of others

The congregation would welcome a new Incumbent who feels called to their midst and who is supportive of the mission and vision of Emmaus as they grow in their journey of faith together.  They are hoping for an individual who is energetic, young at heart, open-minded, and willing to be involved in the many community building and missional ventures the parish is involved with as their ongoing ministry in God’s world.

Emmaus is in the beautiful border town of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, on the north shore of the St. Mary’s River, which separates Lake Huron and Lake Superior.  The small city of 73,000 is truly “naturally gifted” and is noted as Algoma’s Friendliest City.  It is a virtual paradise for people who enjoy outdoor activities in all four seasons.  It is home to excellent post-secondary facilities and offers a variety of educational options at the elementary and secondary school levels.  There is no lack of cultural opportunities and exposure in the city.  Sault Ste. Marie is home to the Algoma Conservatory (second largest conservatory in Ontario), Sault Symphony, Art Gallery of Algoma, and a variety of theatre groups to just name a few.

A parish profile can be found here – Emmaus Profile 2019 website. Should you wish further information about the diocese, please visit our website (www.dioceseofalgoma.com)

Those desiring to apply for this position are asked to submit their applications to Archbishop Anne Germond (bishop@dioceseofalgoma.com). 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 your “Vision For Ministry” at Emmaus and why you think you are suited to this position based on your knowledge of the parish and careful reading of the Parish Profile; 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. Inquirers are invited to write to:

The Most Reverend Anne Germond
Archbishop of Algoma
619 Wellington Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario  P6A 2M6
Telephone: 705-256-5061 x23
E-mail: bishop@dioceseofalgoma.com