The Diocese of London covers the Church of England in London north of the Thames. This post is to support the Director of Mission by assisting neighbouring Chaplaincies and Clergy staff in nearby schools within the Kensington Area.
This is a 10-month temporary appointment from September 2020 – end of June 2021 (maternity cover), part time (12 hours/week) to further develop and sustain the Bishop of Kensington’s initiative with youth and schools. Hours can be worked flexibly, by agreement, and could be adjusted to 16 hours/week, term time only.
The post holder will:
Work in collaboration with the School Chaplains and with the clergy and PCC’s of the associated/neighbouring parishes near each school, to encourage volunteering from church members that supports their local schools in nurturing young disciples, in commending the Christian faith to all, and in helping to deliver Christian ethos in schools. Aim to recruit 5 new volunteers in each of our schools who will assist regularly.
Ensure appropriate training is delivered to equip new volunteer workers going into schools.
Gather and provide support for local church volunteers to deliver one designated prayer space in each of the 6 schools in the academic year.
Meet regularly (at least once a term) with Chaplains in the Kensington Area COE Secondary Schools or appointed members of school staff individually, to understand and respond to their needs.
Organise a Chaplain’s group ‘prayer and share’ meeting once per half term.
Work closely with the Area ‘Growing Younger’ Champions to support them in their role, updating them with school’s work development.
Liaise with the LDBS and the Diocese Children and Youth Team, to be aware of resources, training and strategies that emerge, and to encourage schools’ workers and chaplains to attend the LDBS conference, etc.
Act as an advocate to schools for Area partner organisations such as TLG and Kick London.
Work closely with the Bishop and his Senior Staff Team to support the ministry of parish churches with a smaller number of young people by organising certain key events, particularly the Area Youth Spring Weekend.
Attend youth leaders networking events to gain valuable support and relationship building.
Any other duties that are commensurate with the role.
The Kensington Area Youth Chaplain will report to the Area Director of Mission for support and guidance in fulfilling their duties.
Strong organisational skills
Ability to relate well to people from all backgrounds and church traditions
Good levels of emotional intelligence
Ability to manage pressure well
Ability to make clear and incisive decisions
Natural team player
Some previous experience in the area of working with young people
Able to sustain personal devotional life in a demanding and sometimes isolated role
The LDF exists to support the mission of the Church of England in London, hence its strategy is nested entirely within the wider objectives of the Diocese’s Capital Vision 2020. It includes the Bishop of London’s Fund & Associated Organisations. The principal activity of the London Diocesan Fund is to serve and support the parishes and people within the Diocese of London in their mission of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. It does this operationally through the payment and housing of parish clergy and chaplaincies and support to their ministry.