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About our new priest - The Reverend Louise Vincer

Louise Vincer 17 07 17About our new priest Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the Chartham benefice. Interim Ministry is a new ministry within the church of England designed to help congregations address particular pastoral needs. An Interim Minister is not a locum priest but someone with a specific remit.

In consultation with the PCCs, Rev Louise Vincer has been appointed as Interim priest in charge in the Chartham benefice to work with the congregations of St Mary’s, Chartham, St Peter & St Paul, Upper Hardres and St Mary’s, Stelling in developing relationships and growing ministry and mission. This is a short-term appointment, half time for six months, and is renewable once. Louise’s main work will therefore be with the Churchwardens and PCC members, but she looks forward to getting to know the congregations and communities of the benefice where possible too.

Louise is new to Canterbury diocese. She moved in the summer with her family: husband Andrew Dodd (residentiary canon at Canterbury Cathedral), and their children Miriam and Benedict, and they live in Canterbury. Louise was ordained in 2000 and has worked in parishes in Essex, south east London, and Lincoln diocese, most recently as Interim Minister at St Peter’s, Humberston on the outskirts of Grimsby.

The first hymn at The Licensing of The Reverend Louise as Interim Priest “God is Here” reminds us that as we worship, both by zoom and across the churches of the benefice, God’s presence unites us in praise and service, and in faith and fellowship, wherever we are.

Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at St.Mary's (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits afterward. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome..
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Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes