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Children and Family Outreach Worker, St Luke’s and St Mark’s Downham

The District Church Council (DCC) of St Luke’s Downham is seeking to employ someone to enthusiastically develop and enhance our ministry to children, parents, and carers (and potentially youth ministry depending on skills, passion and capacity), enabling all to encounter God’s love. A vital part of this role will be to give significant focus to developing our outreach, discipleship and support of children with autism and special educational needs, and their families.

St Luke’s Downham (www.stlukesdownham.org.uk) is one of four churches in the Catford (Southend) and Downham Team ministry and shares a vicar with St Mark’s North Downham. The parish of Catford and Downham has a population of around 28,770 and is in the top 7% most deprived parishes in the Church of England. With child poverty and
single parent households being particularly high in the parish. St Luke’s is a small but active church with an average Sunday attendance of 30 adults and 10 children, the
majority of whom are from BME backgrounds. Many of our congregation are living in poverty (working or otherwise) and many are vulnerable adults.

The Person: The right person for this role will be someone with a personal faith in Jesus Christ demonstrated through regular reading of Scripture, prayer, giving and church involvement. Someone who will be passionate about the vision of St Luke’s to be Jesus Shaped (www.jesusshapedpeople.net) and a source of life for the local community. A proven track record of children’s ministry leadership, schools ministry or equivalent transferable skills (voluntary or paid). A person who has experience and understanding of Christian faith and ministry in areas of urban social housing, ethic diversity and socially disadvantaged areas will fit right in here.

Terms, Conditions and Pay:
£22,000 per annum for 35 hours a week (including at least 3 Sundays a month and some evening/weekend work) and the post is funded for 3 years. The successful applicant will
be required to undertake a DBS check, however a criminal record is not necessarily a bar to this post.

To apply for this post please contact Rev Nick Walsh for a full role description and person specification on 07774516204 or revnickwalsh@gmail.com.

Closing Date: Midnight on Friday 24th January 2020
Interview: Shortlisted applicants Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit St Luke’s for a Sunday service followed by lunch with a chance to meet key members of the congregation which will be followed by a formal interview panel. Proposed dates would be 2nd or 9th February or 1st March but this can be discussed.