The bishop of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia seeks a full-time incumbent for St John the Divine in Courtenay.
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.
The Parish of St John the Divine is comprised of both St Andrew and St John the Divine. The parish is one of two Anglican parishes (St Peter, Comox) serving the Comox Valley which spans 1,700sq km area including the city of Courtenay, the town of Comox, the village of Cumberland and a regional district that extends south to Royston, Union Bay and Fanny Bay and north to Merville and Black Creek.
"The Comox Valley is known for its culinary and outdoor pursuits that tempt food-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking locally made & grown food and pristine outdoor activities & experiences. Year-round festivals and events, a depth of arts and cultural attractions, vibrant downtowns with unique shops and boutiques, plus a growing roster of award winning craft beer, wine, cider and spirit tasting rooms & breweries, are surrounded by seafood rich oceans and beautiful beaches. It’s easy to get to the Comox Valley with flight and ferry connections via the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), harbour to harbour flights with Harbour Air, and BC Ferries service, coupled with an extensive range of accommodation providers."--discovercomoxvalley.com.
Our congregation of 114 members enjoys an average Sunday attendance of 64. While our average age is skewed older (over 60yrs) the trend in the region is towards younger families moving back to the valley to take advantage of a more affordable lifestyle. We are actively seeking ways to provide the spiritual renewal particularly sought by this demographic.
We are an open and inclusive community and we, along with the rest of our diocese, are on a journey of truth-telling, healing and reconciliation with the First Peoples of this region. Our desire is to be a community of faithful witness and action through prayer, worship, hospitality and service to our neighbours in the Comox Valley.
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 Tara Saracuse, executive assistant to the bishop or visit our website. Deadline for applications is April 17, 2020.