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Children and Families Worker

Purpose

The purpose of this role is to enable children (and through them their wider families) to grow in the Christian faith by drawing them fully into the life of the Church in ways that are attractive to them and to encourage and equip other members of the congregation to share in this ministry.

Vision

We are a community of Christians meeting regularly to worship God, to grow in God’s love and to share the good news of Jesus Christ with our neighbours.

We are an open, diverse and inclusive community.

In sharing his love, we try to meet some of the needs of the many different people living together in this place and to build community here.

Values

We seek to be faithful to our Christian heritage and calling and open to new thinking, ideas and other viewpoints.

We try to say ‘yes’.

We try to be respectful, welcoming and generous to other each other and to all our visitors and to speak well of each other

We try to be problem solving, collaborative and supportive of each other to get the best results for everyone.

We seek to be empowering of one another to help all members of the congregation to participate as they are able and feel called.

Responsibilities

The CFW will be a full member of the ministry team at St George’s and will work with our Rector and Curate to develop this ministry and will worship and pray with the team on working days including some Sunday working.

The responsibilities listed below reflect our pre-pandemic pattern.  Whilst we hope to re-start all of these activities we also want to engage the passions, experience and creativity of the CFW to develop both these activities and explore new directions.

Duties would include:

  • Lead responsibility for all our work with children and families and especially for developing (in some cases re-starting post-pandemic) our existing activities: school holiday programmes for children, a Toddler Group, a monthly Messy Church and Sunday Church groups for children and young teenagers.
  • Delivering some of these activities in person and providing ‘oversight’ of others through training, equipping and developing volunteers to enable them to plan and deliver sessions within an agreed framework.
  • There may also be opportunities to get involved in outreach to local schools both offering assembly/collective worship and also inviting school groups into the church for educational activities and worship.
  • Depending on experience, there may also be opportunities to participate in leading all-age worship, this might otherwise be a development opportunity
  • Being the main point of contact between children (and their families) involved in any way in the life of our parish so that they experience us as ‘joined up’.

Person specification

We are looking for someone who has the talents, experience and enthusiasm to communicate with and engage children and families in the Christian faith.    Someone who is highly motivated to serve God and to build up the church and enjoys working with people of all backgrounds and different educational attainment and abilities.

We delight in the social, educational and ethnic diversity of our parish as well as many different patterns of family life and we want to serve that diversity in all aspects of our church life.

Our Rector and Curate are enthusiastic about this ministry and we want someone willing to be flexible and to work as part of a team who is collaborative, innovative, flexible and self-motivating.

Essential skills and attributes

We are looking for someone who is:

  • A committed Christian and communicant member of their own church or denomination
  • Comfortable with the sacramental traditions of St George’s. Our principal Sunday service is always a Sung Eucharist though we have delighted in very relaxed and informal all-age Eucharists on occasions and would like to develop this further.
  • And also comfortable with the inclusive nature of our church which has a strong commitment to ensuring that UKME people are fully represented and can participate at all levels of the church and which welcomes people irrespective of gender identity, disability, and sexual orientation.

And who has:

  • The ability to communicate well and teach others; especially about God and the things of God
  • Gifts of creativity and imagination especially in sharing the gospel with children
  • The ability to inspire and encourage others to develop their skills and especially the skills to develop potential volunteer leaders of this ministry.
  • Some level of theological education or someone preparing for theological education
  • Experience of working with children and families or who has been involved in this work as a volunteer
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • A deep commitment to serving God in all aspects of life and work and the ability to help others to grow in that same commitment.

Terms and conditions

This role is part-time (0.5) of an FTE equivalent salary of £25,000.  Holiday entitlement is 28 days (pro rata) and employees may join a private healthcare scheme.

We offer great flexibility in terms of some home working and in terms of the days and hours of work around a limited number of fixed points.

The job is in the first instance for 2 years beginning in September 2021.  It may be renewed subject to funding including a six-month probation period.

To apply please send a copy of your CV together with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role to  by 6 September.

It is hoped that interviews will take place on 13 September.

For an informal chat please contact our curate Fr Rob Slater-Carr on 07551 940234.