Christ Church, Nailsworth LEP: Families Worker
(Joint Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed)
Who we are:
Christ Church is passionate about working to build God’s Kingdom in our town. Our outreach activities range from clubs at the local school to a weekly wellbeing space in the town. We believe that everyone should be given the chance to discover Jesus, and we understand that this can, and often does, happen away from Sunday services. We have seen this in our growing ministry with young people and families and we now wish to expand this further with the appointment of a Families Worker. We are a medium-sized church that wishes to exploit an important missional opportunity in our community.
Where we are:
Nailsworth is a busy small town in the southern Cotswolds that acts as a centre for surrounding villages. It is well known for its wide variety of independent shops, its football team (Forest Green Rovers), its poppy display for Remembrance Day, and for the wide range of activities and clubs available to the residents. It is a fascinating and wonderful mix of tradition and free spiritedness, with a strong sense of community and inclusion.
We are looking to appoint a Families Worker.
Our successful applicant will be a committed Christian with a calling to share the good news of Jesus, and subsequently help to develop good discipleship habits, through the building and developing of genuine relationships within the community and in the church. This will involve working with both adults and children, assisting with the current youth and children’s work as well as generating new initiatives that connect with the families of those young people. Much of the work will be outside the church in the community, particularly making use of the excellent facilities and good relations we have with Nailsworth Primary School at the top of the town.
Our Current Activities with Children and Young People
We already have a successful and growing ministry to children and young people which is delivered with the help of a half-time Sports Minister (employed through PSALMS: Putting Sport Alongside Local Ministries; see www.psalms.uk.net). The Sports Minister is co-funded by Christ Church and the local parish church, St George’s, and all activities are jointly co-ordinated. The new role of Families Worker will not replace this, rather it will enable us to further develop the work currently being undertaken by working alongside the Sports Minister and engaging with the current activities but particularly centred on growing new relationships with parents of the children, as well as other adults. Our Families Worker will help with Messy Church, existing children’s activities including children’s and families’ work during church services.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop and implement new missional outreach activities, such as a youth group or discipling group, and will do so working as part of a team which will include the Minister and the PSALMS Sports Minister. It is important to know that we encourage new ideas and do not assume that everything will work.
The successful applicant will also be encouraged to connect with other activities organised and supported by Christ Church in order to develop relationships with the wider community. This could include, for example, Renew Nailsworth (a weekly space where it is OK not to be OK), Kids’ Stuff (a pop up shop and café providing equipment, clothing and a chance to chat for parents, carers and their children), and Rainbows.
Our successful applicant will be a committed Christian with a good knowledge of the Christian faith, with a calling to share the good news of Jesus and subsequently help to develop good discipleship habits, through the building and developing of genuine relationships within the community and in the church.
They will have excellent interpersonal skills with a friendly personality.
It will be important they have at least some interest in sport and are physically active however, it should be remembered that this is NOT a sports ministry position.
They will be willing to work ecumenically.
They will be self-motivated, able to work alone and as part of the team.
They will need to be aware of and work within all current legal guidelines. This will include, for example, undergoing enhanced DBS checks, familiarity with Safeguarding guidelines, an ability to work within GDPR regulations, produce risk assessments for activities and operate within health and safety requirements.
- Experience in community outreach, evangelism, working with adults and children.
- Ability to work at evenings and week-ends when necessary (but within the half-time hours available), including attending Sunday services.
- Willingness to work ecumenically.
- Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Safeguarding training to Level 2 (Level 3 will be required as soon as practical).
- Experience of working in an ecumenical environment.
- Driving licence.
- Youth / children’s ministry qualification.
- Ability to play guitar / keyboard.
- A sense of adventure.
What we offer:
This is a half-time post, with a starting salary in the range £10,000 to £12,000 p.a. (plus pension and NI contributions), depending on experience and qualifications. The appointment will initially be for 3 years.
Oversight from the Minister and the Church Leadership Team while working both individually and as part of a team.
Ongoing training opportunities.
Five weeks annual leave plus equivalent time off in lieu of Bank Holidays.
Closing date for applications: Saturday 30th November
Interview date: Monday 9th December 2019
Expected start date: Monday 13th January
The minister (Rev Stuart Radford: email@example.com (tel. 07956 657 759;
9 Carters Way Nailsworth, GL6 0TP) or Malcolm Brown (Administrative Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org )may be contacted for more information and to answer queries.
Application is by CV and covering letter.
It should be sent to Rev Stuart Radford (as above)
The CV should contain:
Education and qualifications with dates
Previous and current employment with dates for up to the last 10 years
Previous and current church affiliation(s)
A brief statement of faith
3 references, at least one from your current (or most recent) employer and one from your current church leader.
The covering letter should indicate why you are interested in this position.
The post requires a Christian who is willing to share their own personal faith and encourage others in that faith. Regulation 7(3) of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 applies to this post.