Job Advert Children and Families’ coordinator required. A blank sheet of paper is on offer to shape and create vibrant and outward-looking children and families’ work. Building on the existing children’s ministry and strong relationships with our local Church of England Academy, your role would be to grow and extend this work and help build God’s kingdom. We’re looking for an entrepreneurial, creative, missional-minded leader and communicator who can think strategically and has a passion for children’s and youth work.
Title: Children’s and Families’ Coordinator and Mission Leader for the Parish of St Christopher’s Allesley Park and Whoberley
Responsible to: The Vicar and PCC of the Parish
Line Manager: Vicar
Hours: 40 hours per week (full time) Salary: – £21,000 - £23,000 depending on qualifications and experience
Contract: 12 months, with potential for further extension of this project.
Appointment to start: Preferably September 2015 Vision and aim St Christopher’s Church is a community that caters for families with young children. We have a strong history of regular attendance of around 20-25 children up to the age of 14 on Sunday mornings. We also have a strong connection with our local primary school academy and uniformed groups. We would now like to build on this through appointing a full-time children’s and families’ worker who can provide strong leadership and continue to develop youth and children’s work in the Parish.
The main aims of the role are to …
- Establish a clear strategy for children’s and youth work, shaping the vision, values, programmes and priorities to establish St Christopher’s as a robust centre of Christian faith for children and families, and see this ministry flourish and grow.
- Communicate, and train others to communicate, the message of Jesus Christ to children and their families and establish young disciples whose vigour and openness to God speaks to the whole church and community.
- Lead and participate in Sunday and mid-week children’s work provision, including being part of the team ensuring that any worship is inspiring for children and families. This will include Messy Church, Sunday services, and potentially developing new forms of worship. Mentor and equip children’s and youth work volunteers and enable them to access appropriate training.
- Equip parents for the challenges of being godly parents and to bring up their children in the Christian faith.
- Build on existing good relationships with schools and uniformed groups to reach out to the community with the love of Jesus.
- Provide pastoral and mentoring support to children and families in the setting of the church and partnering school, St John’s Church of England Academy (and possibly others).
The age range covered by the worker will be 0 – 18 years, with a particular emphasis currently on 4-11 year olds
Funding is in place for the first 12 months. We anticipate that this role would be extended beyond one year as further funding is achieved. The successful candidate would be required to assist with fundraising for the development and extension of this pioneering role.
- A professional qualification or significant experience in working with children/young people and families.
Skills, Aptitude, Knowledge and Experience
- An infectious love of Jesus Christ, with the ability to sensitively lead young people and families to Him. Ability to disciple young people and adults in a family context.
- Leadership skills and passion to create a strategy and implement innovative programmes for children’s work and family support in a Christian context, in alignment with the 8 Essential Qualities for Healthy Churches (see healthychurches.org.uk).
- Skills to communicate and connect with young people and families, and a strong awareness of children/youth culture and issues.
- Enthusiasm and strong motivational skills to inspire, train and mentor individuals and teams to achieve results.
- Good understanding of Safeguarding policies and their application.
- Ability to plan for the continuation of the Children and Family worker role and to submit persuasive and financially credible funding applications.
- It is an Occupational Requirement (Schedule 9 part 1 of the Equality Act 2010) of this post to have a committed Christian faith.
Apply with a CV and a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the person specification and explaining why you feel a sense of God’s call to this role – to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Andy March
St Christopher’s Vicarage
99 Buckingham Rise
Application Deadline extended to Wednesday 29th July, 23:59