Are you called to launch 5 new, innovative church services in the next year?
Bubble Church was launched at the Ascension Church, Balham in South-West London as a mid-pandemic experiment in October 2020. There are lots of young families in Balham, most of whom have no connection with church, and Bubble Church was our experiment to see if we could connect with them in a period when parents were starved of personal contact and were struggling to find things to occupy their little ones. So we came up with the Bubble Church service, with the strapline:
A puppet-packed, Jesus-centred, socially distanced, coffee-and-croissant-fuelled, kids and families adventure every Sunday morning
Since launch a new congregation has been formed from zero to around 100 each week and continues to grow post-pandemic.
Given the fruitfulness of Bubble Church at Ascension, Balham, the Church of England has awarded £250,000 of innovation funding across 3 years to roll out Bubble Church to other churches, starting with 5 pilot churches in Southwark Diocese. The Bubble Church Mission Enabler role is pivotal to leading and overseeing this expansion of Bubble Church.
The Bubble Church Mission Enabler will lead and oversee the expansion of Bubble Church beyond Ascension Balham to an initial 5 churches in Southwark Diocese and nationally.
The successful applicant will become a Bubble Church service leader of the Ascension Balham and part of the staff team, expected to play a full part as a member of the staff team including working collaboratively on shared goals and supporting wider ministries of the church as appropriate.
The post holder will:
Church House, Westminster or Bishopthorpe Palace, York; permission to work from other locations in line with NCI Interim Hybrid Working Policy