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Diocese of Waiapu - Vicar, Anglican Parish of Taradale, Hawke's Bay - Applications close Thursday 16 July 2020

Diocese of Waiapu - Vicar, Anglican Parish of Taradale, Hawke's Bay - Applications close Thursday 16 July 2020

Vacancy for Vicar of the Anglican Parish of Taradale, Hawke’s Bay, Diocese of Waiapu

Bishop Andrew Hedge is seeking to make an appointment of a priest as full time Vicar of the Parish of Taradale. The parish is set in the strong and vibrant communities of Taradale and Meeanee, part of Napier City in Hawke’s Bay. Historically a place of Maori settlement for Ngati Kahungungu, the area surrounding Taradale is full of this rich story made visible through the prominent historic Otatara Pa site. Taradale is a thriving community with a bustling local business area and is well-resourced with strong local schools, sporting clubs and community groups, including part of the vast network of cycle trails in Hawke’s Bay. There is a strong arts community within Taradale and many opportunities for engagement between the Parish and Community. Taradale community is a rapidly growing part of Hawke’s Bay with new subdivisions developing each year. The environment surrounding Taradale provides for some of the best wine growing areas in NZ and the community enjoys the benefit of a number of local wineries which add to the diversity of community life through offering live music events during the summer.
The parish has two worship centres, St Thomas’ Meeanee, and All Saints’ Taradale which have been places for Anglican worship and community for over 145 years. Services are held twice per month at St Thomas’ Church. The main centre for the Parish is focused around All Saints’ which offers a warm and welcoming parish centre including Church and three large gathering areas and a substantial commercial kitchen and parish offices within one complex. This is a sought after resource for the community and well used by the parish and community. The parish offers a wide range of worship options on Sundays and mid-week, including a strong Messy Church, reflecting the diversity of liturgical and theological preferences in the parish. There are many active groups in this busy parish that sustain parish life and as many forms of outreach that offer loving service to the community.
The parish has a vision ‘Make the Real Jesus Known Today!’ that is reflected through a genuine desire to be a caring influence in the community and offer the gifts of the people inspired through the Holy Spirit and nurtured by the Word. Through worship and service the parish seek to see all people nurtured in God’s love and grow into all that God has called them to be.  
Are you sensing the call of God to come and minister in this busy suburban parish as the Vicar?
Bishop Andrew and the Parish are seeking to a find a priest who:

  • is mature in their spiritual journey and is energised by faith
  • has strong pastoral and interpersonal skills, is encouraging, sincere and approachable
  • is a clear communicator, enabler, and facilitator of teams
  • is grounded in Anglican liturgy and adept at providing worship in traditional and contemporary settings
  • is committed to participating in bi-cultural partnerships in our 3-tikanga church
  • who can demonstrate stability in ministry and in ministry relationships
  • is prepared to get to know this parish, be visible in the community and be with the parish for a good length of time

For expressions of interest please contact in the first instance Sandra Gifkins (Office Manager, Diocese of Waiapu) for a copy of the Parish Profile.
Closing date for applications is Thursday 16 July, 2020. 



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