We wish to appoint an inspiring and enthusiastic person ready to pioneer new work that will enable children and families to encounter the love of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ and to become part of our church as a more inclusive, all-age community of faith.
The overall purpose of the Children & Families Worker will be: to pioneer, develop and grow our ministry building on the many existing links we have with children and families and enable children (with or outside their families) to find a home in the life and worship of St Andrew’s Church.
We have extensive contacts with many young children and families through our traditional parish ministry, but in recent years have not seen many families finding a living faith or becoming part of the life of the church.
We want this to change. We are committing significant resources to this purpose and recognise that this will be long term work, with no easy solutions and many challenges ahead.
We understand that starting from small beginnings will take time and will require people to work alongside our new team leader.
We also want to grow our ministry with families outside the church community; for the church to be good news for families in our community and to minister in ways that achieve more than just ‘getting them into church’.
We have an active church community. Some are new to Penrith and may have time and skills to offer, others are stepping down after many years hard work. We are looking to grow the next generation as well as the present one.
To attend Sunday morning worship as it currently is and start to get an idea of our culture and personality; get to know us, the context of the work and the community of St Andrew’s & Penrith.
Take key role in provision of appropriate activities for the small number of children who do come on Sunday morning and grow the team working with them
Meet with existing families to hear their story and perspective on St Andrew’s.
Attend Wednesday afternoon Ladybirds Pre-School Group; get to know us and the families with whom we have links.
Get to know Beaconside C of E Primary school; attend as classroom helper for some time, attend any afterschool clubs, help arrange any after school Christian event with existing ecumenical team; attend Collective Worship and start to take active role; work with school Worship Group in helping to plan worship in school and special worship events in church.
As time allows, get to know other local primary schools with whom we have a link
Meet with children and family workers in other local churches, to see what else is happening, where the gaps might be and how we might address them together as the wider church in this town.
Work with clergy, Mothers Union and any others to help make more of our ‘Preparing for Baptism’ opportunity with families.
Committed Christian seeking to grow in faith and practice and be part of the life of St Andrew’s Church
Drive and vision to energise self and others
The desire to help children and young families grow as Christians
Able to work graciously with a diverse group of people
Positive about challenges
Team player and able to work as a team leader
Committed to personal development
Ability to question and challenge constructively
…. and a healthy sense of humour.
Creative approach to integrating people into a church community
Ability to communicate faith, particularly to children and families not familiar with church life
Excellent organisational skills
Basic IT skills and knowledge of social media
Ability to develop opportunities
Written and verbal communication, reporting and presentation
The ability to organise and lead events for children & families
Experience and Knowledge
An active, living Christian faith
An understanding of the world of children and young families
Experience of working with children and / or families and shaping worship to suit their culture and needs
Experience of managing / working with volunteers, or being a volunteer
Knowledge of Safeguarding requirements and willingness to work within the Safeguarding policy of The Diocese of Carlisle
There is a genuine occupational requirement for the job holder to be a practising Christian.
Enhanced full DBS required before appointment can be confirmed.
For more information and a chat about this post, please contact Revd David Sargent, Penrith Team rector on 01768 863000 or firstname.lastname@example.org