Full-time Ecumenical Shared Ministry Position

Between the Parish of Digby, The Anglican Church of Canada and Rivers of Grace Pastoral Charge, The United Church of Canada.

Position Description

Position Summary:  This is a full-time position with time shared with and equally supported by the two denominations.  It is expected that there will be overlap and cooperation between the two denominations.  The minister will provide leadership within each congregation and the community as we move into this new relationship.

The minister will work with the Official Board of the United Church and the Parish Council of the Anglican Church to carry out the duties specified below in each congregation.  It is expected that some activities may be joint between congregations.

Rivers of Grace Pastoral Charge and the Anglican Parish of Digby is located in Southwest Nova Scotia, where the Atlantic Ocean crashes over the Bay of Fundy, named as one of the seven natural wonders of North America, for having the highest tides in the world. Tidal Power is becoming a reality with test turbines in several locations. The rolling hills of the Annapolis Valley share Canada’s oldest historic memories. The area has a rich cultural tapestry, where the Mi’kmaq people have made their home for over 10 000 years, welcoming French and English explorers 400 years ago. The tapestry also includes Acadian, African Canadian and Loyalist heritage.   We are a rural community, located 2 ½ hours from the city of Halifax and its International Airport.

The congregations come from the town of Digby and a 20 minute drive in each direction takes you to the home communities of Clementsport, Bear River, Weymouth, Digby Neck and Islands congregation members.

There are numerous Provincial Parks, campgrounds, beaches to explore and enjoy. Our coastline provides you with the opportunity for swimming, rock and shell collecting and just plain relaxing as you explore the beauty of God’s handiwork. The many lakes and rivers and Kejimkujik National Park (one hour away) offers backpacking, biking and hiking trails, canoeing and kayaking.   Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are very popular activities in the easily accessed “back-country”.  The Digby Area Recreation Commission offers free use of snowshoes and provides a wide variety of programs for all ages to promote healthy lifestyles.  There are also hiking groups (Fundy Erratics) and Trails Associations that can help you connect with other people that enjoy the outdoors year round. If you enjoy sailing, the Royal Western Nova Scotia Yacht Club with adjoining marina is the place to be! 

Both Rivers of Grace (UCC) and the Parish of Digby (ACC) are LGBTQ2SI+ inclusive congregations and affirm a welcoming and hospitable environment for all. Together we are committed to the work of affirming ministries: “challenging bias and discrimination based on appearance, culture, class, or age; working to end racism; promoting economic justice; increasing accessibility; and caring for the planet.” (from “Why Become an Affirming Ministry?”)

To receive more information about these two congregations and an application form  please contact Jana Gauthier, Diocesan Executive Administrator at bishopsoffice@nspeidiocese.ca or (902)420-0717. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 19th, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

Please note:  A Police Records Check report, Vulnerable Sector Check report must be submitted before assuming this position. Anglican Clergy from outside the Diocese of Nova Scotia and P.E.I., must present confirmation that they are an ordained minister in good standing and have their Bishop’s permission to seek employment opportunities outside their own diocese.  
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Parish of Shelburne - Full-time Rector

A Community of Hope: Christ Church Reaches out to share Christ’s Love

Small church ministry in the heart of Atlantic Canada… the Parish of Christ Church, Shelburne, Nova Scotia is waiting for you!

We are a welcoming, vibrant, caring, and active congregation. Involved in a variety of ministries, our outreach and missional activities include Messy Church, community luncheons, and an active Friday Night Youth Group. Deeply rooted in our town, we also enjoy regular musical entertainment evenings from which free will offerings are collected and distributed to community organizations.

Worship and music are central to our being. We have a number of talented musicians — voice, organ, keyboard, guitar — and enjoy a variety of expressions. Country gospel is a particular favourite! Christ Church’s Choir and Friends (Gospel Friends) regularly visit local care homes on a monthly basis for programs of spiritual music, prayer, poems, humour, and skits. Our worship is just as rich, including creative liturgies such as a Kenyan Eucharist (during Black History Month) interspersed among our classical BCP and BAS services.

The Parish of Christ Church is located in Mi’kma’ki — unseeded and traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq people — and in the historic, Loyalist Town of Shelburne, NS. In 1783, black and white Loyalists began to settle here and many of their descendants remain today. Our population is pushing 1800, with the parish drawing its congregation from both the town of Shelburne and its surrounding communities. Many local people make their living from the sea: fishing, especially lobster, and ship building. The town is about 2.5 hours from Nova Scotia’s capital city, Halifax. The original church was built in 1789 and, after a fire in 1971, a new church building was opened in 1972.

We are a parish grounded in our history with hearts for hospitality. We love our community and as we work to re-animate our ministries in the wake of Covid, we look forward to the new pastor who will inspire us and guide us into the future!

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To Apply;

For the complete Parish Profile and application form, please contact Jana Gauthier, Diocesan Executive Administrator at bishopsoffice@nspeidiocese.ca or (902)420-0717.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 20th, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

Please note; A Police Records Check report, Vulnerable Sector Check report must be submitted before assuming this position. Clergy from outside the Diocese of Nova Scotia and P.E.I., must present confirmation that they are a priest in good standing and have their bishop’s permission to seek employment opportunities outside their own diocese.  

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Parish of St. Peter's Birch Cove
Friend, there is a Welcome in this Church for you.

We are a small Church in a perfect spot. We are located in Birch Cove, which is about half way between Halifax and Bedford overlooking the Bedford Basin. The parish encompasses many of the fast-growing communities of the greater Halifax area with a mix of many new condo developments and high-end single-family houses all of which have easy access to the big-city amenities. Halifax also has a good selection of excellent post-secondary institutions offering full and part-time courses in a wide-variety of disciplines.

We are blessed with a vibrant and friendly, albeit aging and small, group of parishioners who embrace change and look to the future while still honouring and maintaining the traditions of the past. We appreciate many things in our Church life such as a talented music director, a strong parish council, and many active outreach and fellowship groups. Unfortunately, we also have our challenges. We recognize that we need to grow and especially develop our youth ministry in order to be sustainable well into the future

We are looking for a personable and open-minded Rector who will inspire us. A compassionate and spiritual leader who is comfortable with both children and seniors. We would like someone who can work with the parish council as a team member and is a consensus builder to help guide the congregation to the best decisions.

If you feel that you meet these criteria, please do not hesitate to apply.so that we can consider you.

To Apply;
For the complete Parish Profile and application form, please contact Jana Gauthier, Diocesan Executive Administrator at bishopsoffice@nspeidiocese.ca or (902)420-0717.

The deadline for receipt of applications is June 15th, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

Please note:  A Police Records Check report, Vulnerable Sector Check report must be submitted before assuming this position. Anglican Clergy from outside the Diocese of Nova Scotia and P.E.I., must present confirmation that they are an ordained minister in good standing and have their Bishop’s permission to seek employment opportunities outside their own diocese.  

St. Peter's Birch Cove Website St. Peter's Birch Cove Facebook Page

Our Mission and Diocesan Vision

Mission: To participate in God’s mission of reconciling the world to God through Jesus Christ.

Vision: To create and sustain Christ-centered, mission-minded- ministering communities of faith.

How?

*By focusing on the Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion (1984)

  • to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
  • to teach, baptize and nurture new believers;
  • to respond to human need by loving service;
  • to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation; [revised wording Nov2012]

  • to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

*By focusing on the Marks of a Healthy Congregation as adapted by our Synod from the Alban Institute

  • IDENTITY: Our congregation knows who they are before God;
  • VISION: Our congregations knows what it is called to do;         
  • STEWARDSHIP: Our congregation has the resources and leadership necessary to carry out its calling;  
  • WORSHIP: People experience the power and energy of the Gospel in their worship and life together;
  • OUTREACH: The activities of our congregation make a discernible difference in individual lives and in the world around us.
  • CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION: Our congregation has the ability to transform conflict into positive energy for the Gospel.