Children’s Worker

St Thomas’ Church is committed to seeing children come to faith in Jesus and grow as disciples. The parish contains two primary schools with whom we have strong links, a youth charity, and a scout group. It is socio-economically very mixed.

We are seeking to appoint a children’s worker to strengthen and develop our kids’ work on Sundays and our outreach to children in the local community. The children’s worker will develop existing groups and contacts, and create new opportunities to see the transformation of the lives of children and their families in the loca area.

This role will involve:

overseeing our Sunday kids’ work
developing our existing links with local schools and organizations
developing new outreach opportunities and regular events
growing teams of volunteers to support and develop these ministries
nurturing the faith of children who have come to know Jesus

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the holder of this post is a committed Christian.
This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

For more information, including job description and application form, please contact Al Rycroft (Priest-in-Charge) – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hours: 18 – flexibility will be required including weekend hours
Salary: Living Wage (£8.75/hr, or £8,190 p.a.)
Initial one-year contract but with the desire for the role to grow and continue well beyond a first year

Children’s Worker – Job Description

Introduction
Over the past decade, St Thomas’ has been growing, and the local parish has been our focus. We long – and have begun – to see children and families from all social backgrounds joining our community and finding faith in Jesus Christ. We now seek a children’s worker to strengthen and lead our outreach to and discipleship of children in our church and local community.

In the last five years, God has grown our Sunday kids’ work from just two or three children per week to over 20. On most Sundays, we run two kids’ groups, with a third group for those aged 8+ starting this September.

We also have an excellent relationship with one of the primary schools in the parish, where we have run an after school club for the past year. There are many opportunities for outreach at this school, as well as the possibility of building on a good relationship with the other local primary school, the scout group, and the local youth charity (Door 84).

We are amazed by these many opportunities right on our doorstep and seek to appoint a children’s worker so that we can make the most of them, bringing the good news of Jesus to these kids.

There would be the potential for the role to grow towards full-time, and increasingly to develop strategies for discipling and reaching out to youth (11+). The successful candidate would be encouraged in applying for external funding to help extend his/her hours.

Purpose of the Role
The role is designed:
To develop our capacity to reach out to chidren (and families) living locally who don’t yet know Jesus
To enable the church to better welcome and nurture children
To strengthen and develop existing relationships with local schools and youth organizations
To develop our capacity to offer high quality children’s provision as part of our Sunday worship
To build teams to support the work
To begin to develop strategies for youth work (age 11+)

Tasks and Responsibilities
To be a committed member of St Thomas’, attending and serving in Sunday worship gatherings and other whole-church events
To oversee the Sunday children’s provision, including leading and training the team of volunteers
To take initiative in pioneering new ways of working with local schools and youth organizations, and reaching out to local children
To engage other church members in children’s work, building healthy teams of volunteers
To produce or source appropriate material for various children’s groups, and to be involved with all age services
To be practically involved in delivering kids' work sessions in church and in community outreach
To ensure safeguarding policies and practices are fully complied with
To be a member of St Thomas’ staff team and take part in staff meetings and liaise as appropriate with other church planning groups
To communicate vision, purpose and progress of your work within St Thomas’

Person Specification
We are looking for applicants with:
A mature faith in Jesus Christ, and desire to serve him wholeheartedly
A desire and ability to share that faith with others, especially children, in an accessible way
An ability to build relationships easily with both children and adults
An ability to nurture faith and understanding in young people
Experience in working with children and schools or children’s organizations
A passion to see children come to know Jesus and grow in faith
A willingness to work closely with others
An aptitude for taking initiative

St Thomas’ would be committed to the personal and spiritual wellbeing and growth of the person who is appointed. There would be regular opportunities for feedback and mentoring, as well as an encouragement of ongoing training in the role (eg, attending relevant conferences).