St. George’s Candidate Letter
Thank you for considering the position of Rector at St. George’s, York Harbor ME. St. George’s is a vibrant congregation with a passion for sharing our many gifts with others. The church and its adjacent rectory are located within walking distance of the York River and Harbor Beach. York, a family-oriented, tourist destination boasts excellent schools, public library and major hospital. Our seacoast town is an easy commute from the cultural and employment centers of Portland, Portsmouth and Boston and is centrally located for the outdoor activities of hiking, boating, skiing and golfing.
Our ongoing mission is to walk in faith as Christ taught us, loving our neighbor as ourselves, not only through our words, but in serving both those within our parish and those within the wider community. We take our mission seriously. The sign above our door says, “All Are Welcome At God’s Table” and we mean it. Visitors have told us that from the moment they entered the building, St. George’s warm and welcoming spirit made them feel right at home. We share a robust and borderline rowdy passing of The Peace. There are no prerequisites for worshipping and sharing communion with us. We accept everyone. We celebrate diversity.
Our parish feels called to minister to needs within our community and we are proud of our outreach programs. We are individually and collectively people of action. This is a careful balance and we need reminding now and then that self-care is in order.
We do have concerns about the wider church. Specifically, we worry whether modern families find church relevant or even helpful anymore. Attendance at St. George’s, like many other churches nationwide, has been down. We especially mourn the absence of more young families. Our youth program is in desperate need of youth. We haven’t yet figured out the best ways to attract new people to church.
So, what are we looking for in a new rector? The successful applicant will have a healthy sense of humor and the ability to relate to all generations. Sticks in the mud will be met with considerably less enthusiasm. We consider humor to be downright therapeutic in a world where things often seem so challenging.
Candidates should possess a strong spiritual grounding and be able to inspire us to live according to the teachings of Jesus. This inspiration would come through example – how you live your own life as well as through your words from the pulpit. We yearn for passionate, intellectually and spiritually inspiring sermons. Wake us up and send us out to do the work we have been given to do.
St. George’s is looking for someone who embodies compassion, a rector who will help us to grow in faith, and who will support our many missions of service. We seek someone who will lead us and encourage our strong staff and lay leadership as we embark on this work together. The candidate should be able to respond to challenges with skill, flexibility, grace, and (here it comes again) humor. S/he should also possess the empathy to shepherd us when life gets difficult.
We ask that you prayerfully consider St George’s and if so moved, please do apply.
To apply, follow this link to the Diocese of Maine Transition website.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Members of St. George’s, York Harbor, Search Committee
St. George’s OTM
The Call is Answered
Meet the Search Committee
Janie Sweeney co-chair, Robert Palmer co-chair, David Burke, Nancy Daigle, Nancy Davison, Barbara Early, Bobbie Gray, Kathryn Yingst
For more information on the transitional processes please consult the Guide for Clergy Transition, put forth by the Episcopal Church in Maine.