Children and Families Worker

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Church Hill, London
Fixed Term Full Time
£24.000 - £26.000

We’re looking for someone who has a deep Christian faith, and loves working with children and young families – and lots of them!

You will be someone who enjoys spending lots of time with children, and are able to relate to them and command their respect. At the same time, you will be someone who is good at relating to adults: both the parents and guardians of children, with whom you will build solid and lasting relationships, but also with the whole church community, enthusing every single person with a vision for a flourishing ministry with children and families.

You’ll be someone who is passionate about the good news of Jesus Christ, and who is able to share that good news with others.

The Children and Families Worker will be focussed on mission and ministry among children aged 0 to 11 and their families. The purpose of the role is to help us to:

  • Engage with and evangelise the large numbers of pre-school children and their families with whom we have contact;
  • Nurture the discipleship of children and young families as children progress through Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2;
  • Develop sustainable, outstanding links with our Church of England Primary School and our Uniformed Organisations to nurture and develop children’s and families’ faith;
  • Reach out with the love of Jesus Christ to children and young families with whom we have not had any previous contact;
  • Become a resource to develop children’s and families’ ministries in less well-resourced parishes, conscious not only of the economic disparity in our deanery and borough, but also nationally.
  • Help develop a vision and strategy for children and families to grow in discipleship, and develop their sense of belonging to the church.
  • Be involved in the planning and leading of our 0915 Family Service, and help to develop its evangelistic potential.
  • Coordinate and develop our 1030 children’s groups, curating and developing content, communicating with parents, and recruiting and training a strong team of volunteers.
  • Be pastorally responsible for children and young families, and build relationships which enable life-long discipleship, including welcoming new families and connecting them with the wider church family.
  • Ensure safeguarding practices are upheld in consultation with our Safeguarding Officer and team, ensuring volunteers are DBS checked, trained, and kept up to date with policies and procedures.
  • Increase children’s participation in the liturgy, including encouraging and training them to share in liturgical ministries such as reading and serving.
  • Set up and coordinate a Junior Church Council, so that the voices of children are heard at every level of parish life, and our fed into our overall mission and strategy.
  • Take part in collective worship, school services, and RE in St Paul’s School, and develop relationships with children, parents and staff to improve the cross-fertilisation between school and church.
  • Nurture relationships with our uniformed organisations and toddlers’ group, including involving them in worship and prayer.
  • Develop our relationships with children’s organisations in the parish, including nurseries, groups and schools.
  • Assist in baptism preparation and follow-up.
  • Coordinate and deliver children’s Christian formation, especially in preparation for confirmation.
  • Plan and implement new ways in which we can reach children and families with God’s love.
  • Develop St Paul’s as a resource for other churches, particularly those in deprived and less well-resourced areas.
  • Attend and take part in ministry and staff team meetings, and attend and take part in daily prayer.
  • Report to the PCC, including attending meetings.
  • Hold the budget for ministry among children and young families.

Essential

  • Passionate about your Christian faith and able to share it joyfully with others
  • Experience of church involvement in a paid or voluntary setting
  • Experience of working with children in a paid or voluntary setting
  • Understanding of the importance of safeguarding and familiarity with current safeguarding policies and practices
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with both children and adults
  • Ability to manage, develop and recruit volunteers, recognising and developing people’s skills and callings

Desirable

  • Able to lead all-age worship and preach
  • A qualification in children’s ministry or theology
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Experience of pastoral ministry, either formal or informal
  • Familiarity with primary school life
  • Experience of budgeting and financial planning

We are a large and vibrant Church of England parish, with 60-80 children attending our Sunday morning services, and an electoral roll of 412, embracing formal and informal patterns of worship with the Eucharist at its heart.

For more details and how to apply contact the Revd Daniel Sandham at vicar@spwh.org or visit www.spwh.org/jobs