The bishop of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia seeks a full-time incumbent for the parish of St Peter in Comox.
The Diocese of British Columbia is a regional expression of the Anglican Church of Canada, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and one part of the whole body of Christ. Our diocese is on an exciting journey as we seek, through our diocesan vision, to become renewed people with renewed hearts and renewed spirits.
St Peter’s church building is prominently located in the town of Comox, British Columbia, a three-hour drive north of Victoria and one-and-a-half hours north of the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
The Comox Valley is a popular retirement area but is also one of Vancouver Island’s fastest growing regions for young families. The valley includes the town of Comox, the city of Courtenay, the village of Cumberland, south to Royston, Union Bay and Fanny Bay and north to Merville and Black Creek. This is an area of 1700 sq. km with a population of 66,527.
St Peter is a ministry of approximately 140 families, with most of our active members made up of the “young-at-heart” seniors population reflected in the region. In all that we do we are seeking to know God as revealed in Jesus Christ and to make Christ known to our neighbours, through word and deed, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Although we are diverse both theologically and in denominational backgrounds, we are united in our desire for sound, biblically-based teaching. Our commitment to each other is paramount and through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit we seek ways to live with our differences, sharing the love, forgiveness and acceptance of Christ with each other and those we meet.
In addition to the many ministries that happen inside the four walls of our church, our members are actively involved in community outreach, volunteering at places such as the Sonshine Lunch Club, Rotary Club annual book sale fundraiser, Comox Valley Pregnancy Care Centre, L’Arche community, the local hospital and hospice centre.
There is a growing interest in our parish to connect inter-denominationally and to participate fully in the life of our diocese. We are excited to develop a vision of our future that reflects this desire to extend our parish life in these ways.
If your priestly vocation aligns with where God seems to be leading us at this time and in this place, we want to hear from you. Copies of the parish profile can be obtained from Imelda Secker, executive assistant to the bishop. Deadline for applications is February 27, 2019.