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Country life comes to town

21 November 2014

THE Parish of St Anselm, Kennington, in Southwark diocese, celebrated its Harvest Festival together with the opening of its own market garden. Unlovely garages at the rear of the church had been demolished, and the area had been transformed with raised beds and planters, largely thanks to a hundred volunteers from the London advertising agency AMV (above).

"It's wonderful to see the project come to life," the Team Rector, the Revd Angus Aagaard, says. "The planters and raised beds have given the church a much needed face lift, and brought some colour and love to our little corner of south London. We are very grateful to AMV for nominating us as their charity of the year and donating £30,000 to get the market garden up and running."

Within days of its being completed, the National Fruit Show descended on St Anselm's, bringing with it 17,500 apples and pears. The Fruit Show formed the backbone of a four-day Country Life Festival, and the sweet aroma of cooked apples hung over Kennington as cafés and restaurants in the neighbourhood produced an array of dishes made with Bramley apples.

There was a talk and demonstration of flower-arranging on the first day; the church was overrun with scarecrows on the second; the Fruit Show and scarecrow-judging was on the third; and the St Anselm's Harvest Festival Service was held on the concluding Sunday. All the remaining fruit was distributed to charities and community groups. Some of it even found its way into the kitchens of Lambeth Palace.

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Our suburban parish on the border between the London Borough of Croydon and the lovely Surrey countryside and with a spacious modern Rectory, is seeking a Priest-in-Charge (Rector Designate) to lead our church as we seek to fulfil our mission to proclaim Jesus, change lives and serve our community.   We are looking for a leader who, with energy and dynamism, who will develop the vision for the church to enable the children and families work to be a priority in order to grow the church both in numbers and spiritual maturity. In addition, the new person will care and tend for the existing ageing congregation many of whom have ¬faithfully served the church for many years.   The person we are looking for should have: strong communication skills, the ability to engage and encourage people across the age ranges and to convey the church’s mission, vision and priorities; a commitment to preach the Word of God in thoughtful and stimulating ways; an energy and dynamism probably more extrovert than introvert; a pastoral heart, showing empathy and good listening skills, the ability, willingness and experience to help us to develop and enjoy a variety of worship styles, including a wider range of musical worship and a deeper corporate prayer life -whilst recognising and valuing our heritage;   For further information and to apply, please click the 'apply for this job' button below.   For an informal conversation with the Archdeacon of Croydon, please contact the Archdeacon’s PA Kathleen.bailey@southwark.anglican.org to arrange a time for a phone conversation.   Closing Date: Sunday 12 June 2022 Parish Visit for shortlisted candidates: Monday 11 July 2022 Interviews: Monday 11 July 2022   Please note we have a policy in Southwark Diocese that to be appointed to an incumbent status post, a priest must have served a title in an Anglican church in the British Isles.   This post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure

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