Associate Minister (Ordained or Lay with some Theological Training) with particular responsibility for the Discipleship of adults and children, oversight of youth ministry and schools’ ministry
This role is an exciting new appointment with a particular focus on streamlining our outreach and discipleship to the many new couples and children who come to the church through a weekly Intergenerational service started post-Covid.
Join a great team and share high level strategic leadership with the Vicar, two part-time Associate Ministers, a Curate, a Community Engagement officer and a team of experienced lay people.
The parish of Walton on Thames has a population of 26,000 people, with an unusually high number of young families. It is a 25 minute train journey to London. The town is well provided with schools and leisure activities, and the river Thames provides a lovely setting for walks.
A house is available.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 5th December.
Worship, Teaching and Discipleship
Preaching and leading in all services are integral to this role. You will oversee the eight Life Groups, supporting and encouraging them in spiritual growth and pastoral care.
You will lead our mission to young families; there are regularly new families coming to the service.
You will lead and develop this service with a team, spend time with families encouraging them in making faith a vital part of their family life and encouraging adults to take their own spiritual growth seriously, through the Alpha Course and a streamlined adult discipleship path. You will also take part in the monthly ‘Together at 10’ and ‘The 4’ Services for all.
You will develop discipleship groups for older primary age children to supplement the worship offered on Sundays.
You will work closely with the Toddler Praise team, the Family Outreach team who lead Messy Church and an annual Holiday club, which reach out to families on the St John’s Estate.
You will oversee the Youth ministry. The Youth minister left post in March 2023. There is a regular core of 12 young people meeting weekly and there are three committed co-leaders. There is a real opportunity to develop the Youth work.
You will oversee the thriving ministry to three local Primary schools both in Assemblies and school visits. There is a new secondary school with whom links could be made.
We worship in a variety of styles. We have a heart for mission in our community and recognise that we have much to learn.
Our Vision is:
“Taking our next steps towards deeper faith in Christ, welcome and belonging and shining God’s light in our local community.”
This gives us a springboard for action in three key areas. We review our priorities annually.
Our Five priorities for the year ahead
1. Building our discipleship and worship including:
a. Refreshing worship and discipleship for youth and older primary children.
b. Pursuing investigation into removing pews at St Mary’s
2. Building up our church community and surrounding everything we do with prayer.
3. Building our links with the local community especially around St John’s church.
4. Building a strong team of lay, ordained, paid and unpaid ministry based on people’s gifts.
5. Generous giving linked to our purpose undergirding all we do.
Embedding Eco-church in everything we do.
The church has a wide range of service styles. There are seven regular congregations across our two church sites. These are weekly:
9am St Mary’s Traditional, reflective with Holy Communion
10.15am St Mary’s hall Intergenerational seeker service
10.30am St John’s Community focussed, Morning Praise with Communion monthly
‘The 4’ – service at St John’s for families with older primary school aged children
6.30pm St Mary’s Contemporary worship with sermon and discussion fortnightly
Thursday morning St Mary’s Said Communion
Friday morning St John’s Toddler Praise
Messy church - Saturday afternoon
‘Together at 10’ - Joint Service for all in St Mary’s church
There is a weekly Youth Group on Monday nights and a monthly Seniors group on Saturday mornings.
We run no Sunday schools at present. We encourage families to learn together. Many of them come due to the Admissions policy of the local Church of England school. This is a huge mission opportunity for us. We invite them to the Alpha course, which God has used powerfully over the last twenty five years. We then invite them to the Bible course and Prayer course and many have found a lasting faith and have “stuck” with the church.
Outreach and community involvement
The church has regular involvement in civic services, annual town-wide events and three local primary schools. St John’s church hosts the Food bank and we have a weekly Community café running alongside this to provide a service for the community. 'Play and Chat' is a weekly Breakfast club for parents and toddlers, which has been over-subscribed since it started 18 months ago. This could feed into Messy church.