Children and Families Worker

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St Leonards on Sea

We see children’s and family ministry as a key area of future growth. We are looking to appoint someone with creativity and ability to build up our work with children and families and help them come to a living faith in Jesus Christ.

The Families and Children’s Worker will work in conjunction with the Rector to:

  • Help children and their families come to and grow in Christian faith.
  • Support our current team of children’s workers and identify and grow new volunteers
  • Develop and grow our existing Activity Afternoons into a regular church related termtime and holiday club for Primary School aged children.
  • Establish a church-related parent and toddler group supporting local families
  • Develop the existing All Age service and support the children attending Sunday Service
  • Establish a fresh-expression Church for local families
  • Explore ways of supporting parents in this area of significant socio-economic disadvantage.
  • Develop our links with the Primary Academies in our Parish [these are not church schools]
  • Ensure diocesan and parochial safeguarding policies and procedures are implemented []
  • Encourage the congregation at Church in the Wood to support the priority of mission and ministry among those at the fringes or with no church contact.
  • Participate in relevant community networks and partnerships
  • Take responsibility for ongoing professional development, including training and supervision as required

Proven Ability

  • Experience of faith-based work with families and children.
  • Willing to help and support our existing children’s work and equip our team to teach Christian faith to children in engaging ways.
  • Self-motivated, hands-on and organised in managing time and tasks
  • Willing to try new and creative ideas to reach families with the Gospel.
  • A good team player who can encourage and equip others for ministry.
  • Able to relate to and mix with people from every section of the community.

Special Knowledge & Skills

  • A strong awareness of safeguarding procedures and their implementation
  • Willing to work with and support a sessional children’s worker.
  • IT skills sufficient to communicate and connect with families and children in ways that are relevant, safe and appropriate to them.

Any Other Requirements

  • Active, positive Christian faith they are willing and able to share with others
  • A person who has a real heart for families and children


  • A recognised qualification in theology, ministry or children’s work relevant to the post
  • A successful track record in developing children’s groups
  • Experience in starting new ministries.
  • Ministry experience in a mixed socio-economic area which is significantly disadvantaged in places.
  • Access to a car