Dover Town Team Ministry 


Background


We are a parish within the Dover Town Benefice Team and Group Ministry (formed in 2014).
The Group consists of:

Dover Town Benefice:

Parish of Buckland-in-Dover
Parish of Charlton, Dover
Parish of St Mary the Virgin, Dover

Parish of St Martin, Guston
Parish of St Martin, Dover
Cross-Links ecumenical fresh expression of church

The Staff Leadership team consists of:

Revd Dr John Walker *                   Team Rector with pastoral responsibility for St Mary’s Dover
Revd Kevin Garrett *                       Team Vicar and Vicar of St Martin’s Dover
Revd Josias de Souza *                   Mission Priest with pastoral responsibility for Buckland &Charlton parishes
Revd Canon Jocelyn Walker          with responsibility for Charlton congregation
Revd Trish Godfrey                          with responsibility for Aycliffe congregation
Revd Sean Sheffield *                      Curate
Nigel Collins *                                   with responsibility for St Andrew’s &St Nicholas’ congregations/Cross-Links Lay Minister
Angie Stupple *                                 Pastoral Team Leader
Malcolm Gavin                                 Deanery Lay Chair
Jill Sarjeant *                                    Group Development Officer
*  These team members meet weekly

Team Rector’s vision
“Above all, I want us to be spiritually fruitful; to follow Christ and be his disciples.  My vision is for our churches to work together in their unique ways to show our love for our Lord, our neighbour and our community.  That will involve inspiring worship; deepening faith; persistent prayer; mutual care and reaching out with God’s love to those in need.”

Rector’s Report 2018

Working together; being unique

Together, we can combine resources to give us energy and time to do more things, and to do things no single parish could manage.  And each church community has a unique character and calling to its locality.

Inspiring worship

Each of our congregations has its own minister responsible for worship and pastoral care:

Aycliffe congregation                                              Trish Godfrey
St Andrew and St Nicholas congregations             Nigel Collins
St Mary congregation                                             John Walker
St Peter and St Paul, morning congregation         Joss Walker
St Peter and St Paul, afternoon congregation       Josias de Souza

Deepening faith

Opportunities open to existing, new and future disciples include:

The Alpha course
Alpha is an opportunity to explore life, faith and meaning; courses run a couple of times during the year. 

Advent and Lent courses
During Advent and Lent we run courses and activities to enable participants to draw closer to the heart of God in his birth and death for us. 

Dover College of Ministry
The Dover College of Ministry meets regularly through the year and is open to anyone in a leadership role in our churches. 

Connect Groups
These are small groups which meet weekly in people’s homes designed to help connect us to God, each other and our wider community.
 
Provision for children
This is an area we hope to develop further; currently there is some provision for children in each of our parishes.
 
Mutual Care

Pastoral care teams were established in each parish under the oversight of Angie Stupple as team leader.

Reaching out

Our Mission Priest plays a key role in encouraging us to reach out to show God’s love to people in our communities, especially to people who do not yet know Jesus.  Here are some ways in which our churches reach out…

Pastoral services of baptism, marriage and funeral
A co-ordinated approach ensures the best, seamless care in both administration and pastoral need at these crucial times of life, and by keeping in touch afterwards.

Ignite-D
This is a new kind of service for those for whom life is especially tough or who can’t cope with usual Sunday worship.  Ignite-D takes place on Mondays at St Mary’s Church from 7pm.

Links with local children and schools
Members of the team regularly spend time helping local schools with collective worship, RE, governance and other dimensions of their life.

Community Café
This takes place at St Mary’s Parish centre, not only is it popular, it provides a safe space for people in need on a Saturday morning.

Dover Soup kitchen
This ecumenical venture runs every evening at 6pm from the St Mary’s Church porch.

Dover Winter night shelter
This ecumenical venture runs through the winter months with a different church hosting guests each evening.

Sean Sheffield, 16/04/2018