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Minister for Families and Children, Christ Church, Gipsy Hill

Job title Minister for Families and Children (20 hours per week - but open to discussion)
Responsible to The Vicar (or the church wardens in his absence)
Salary FTE £22-24k depending upon experience

Our Setting

Christ Church is a Church of England parish church located in Gipsy Hill, between Dulwich and Crystal Palace. We are a diverse family – different ages, cultures and personalities – that is reflective of an area that is constantly changing. We have been one of the most challenged parishes in South London in terms of Indicators of Multiple Deprivation, but attract people from across all social demographics.

Our core aims are to:

  • build up a worshipping community of faith in God that is welcoming to all
  • equip and encourage one another to live our daily lives as disciples of Jesus Christ
  • serve God, in the power of the Holy Spirit, in our church, our communities and our world

We have very vibrant ministry among children and young people in our church that is well resourced and supported by a committed team of volunteers, offering three groups on a Sunday morning for children as well as a crèche and two groups for teenagers. This sits alongside a range of social and community activities, including a hugely popular toddler group on two mornings a week. More information is available on our website - gipsyhill.org.uk 

We have reached a point where we want to develop this work further and hope to recruit an individual who will be excited our vision as a church and by the range of opportunities available here.
Key relationships with

  • Vicar, clergy, ministry assistant and other staff of Christ Church
  • Leaders of groups and activities in Christ Church with a ministry to children, parents and families
  • Community links

Main purpose of job

Working closely with voluntary leaders, provide leadership for our ministry to children and parents and carers, support parents in the spiritual nurture of their children, and welcoming families from the local community to hear the Gospel.

Responsibilities of post

  1. Vision and strategy
    1. understand and promote the Vision of Christ Church and relate it to this post
    2. with the Vicar and CYP team, develop, communicate and implement a strategy for ministry to families and children
  2. Equip parents to nurture their children’s faith
    1. build relationships of trust with parents
    2. encourage regular membership of children’s groups
    3. provide suitable courses for parents and resources for use at home
    4. be involved in planning and leading all-age worship
  3. Support leaders working with children and families (Sundays, midweek and in school holidays)
    1. keep an overview of groups and build supportive relationships with leaders
    2. meet with Sunday group leaders to ensure co-ordination of their work
    3. encourage leaders of all groups with advice, ideas and help with recruitment
    4. in partnership with the safeguarding team, promote a culture of safety and care
    5. be involved in planning and leading Raise the Praise, Shine and holiday club
    6. supporting existing leaders of special events for children across the year
  4. Seek relationships with local families on the margins of or outside Christ Church
    1. visit groups which serve the community (e.g. PlayPen, Brownies, baptism preparation)
    2. provide an invitation and welcome to services, holiday clubs, adult courses, etc.
    3. seek to develop good relationships with local schools
  5. Belong to the staff team of Christ Church
    1. take opportunities weekly to meet and pray with colleagues
    2. meet regularly with the Vicar for supervision and support
    3. take opportunities for relevant training and spiritual refreshment

Person specification

Essential

  • A mature, living faith in Jesus Christ
  • Agreement with the vision and values of Christ Church and readiness to work in an Anglican setting
  • A love for children and their families and a desire to see them grow in Christian faith
  • Good knowledge of the Bible and ability to apply it within this post
  • Ability to relate positively and constructively with adults, within and beyond the church
  • Experience and skill in engaging confidently and pastorally sensitively with children and their parents and carers
  • Ability to work in a team, to motivate teamwork in others and to support and develop the roles and gifting of our volunteer leaders
  • Self-motivated and organised in managing time and tasks
  • Skills in creative thinking and able to bring an innovative approach to their role
  • Hands-on approach - willingness to get involved
  • Awareness of safeguarding principles and practice. Christ Church is fully committed to safeguarding children and an enhanced DBS check is required.

Desirable

  • A recognised qualification relevant to this post
  • Experience of supervising, mentoring and training adults
  • Experience and enjoyment of living or working in a diverse community

This role has a Genuine Occupational Requirement to be filled by a committed Christian. This role involves teaching the Christian faith and leading others in doing so.
The person filling this role will need to be a committed Christian as they will have responsibility for:

  • The church’s strategy for the Christian nurture of children
  • The church’s strategy for Christian outreach to children and families in the parish
  • Leading a team of volunteers in ministry to children as part of their Christian discipleship
  • Overseeing recruitment of new volunteers with discernment of their Christian commitment

Christ Church has an emphasis on continuous professional development for its employees. The CPD for this role will include training in Christian faith and ministry and personal spiritual development.

Closing date: 24 January 2020