Children’s & Families Minister (With oversight of Youth)
£22,000 - £27,000 yearly
St Thomas' Church
Fair Oak, Eastleigh, UK
Youth and Children
About the Role
As Youth, Children’s & Families Minister, you will discern, shape and lead our future strategy for these core groups and be part of the broader church leadership team. Before the pandemic the Youth Ministry engaged with around 40 young people through youth clubs, with around half of these attending discipleship groups in the week and on Sundays. The children’s ministry engaged with 20+ families through Parents and Toddler groups each week, 20+ children on a Sunday morning, and 10 children through the Y4-6 after-school café, as well as doing Open the Book and other activities with local schools. These have been led by a young married couple, who have since left, one of whom to pursue ordination. This is therefore an opportunity to re-boot the ministry area as the parish emerges from lockdown. We anticipate that as this ministry area rebuilds, it may be appropriate to recruit an additional part-time role, potentially offering future flexibility in role responsibilities.
The successful candidate will possess the pastoral skills to nurture and encourage children & young people in our church and the surrounding community to grow in their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Discern, re-shape and re-grow the youth, children’s and family’s ministry of St Tom’s
Manage the recruitment, resourcing and development of volunteers to support this ministry
Act as a role model, enabling children & young people to develop and use their God-given gifts in the life and worship of the church
Offer support for parents, and enable discipleship within the family setting
Maintain or develop relationships with the local schools
Together with the volunteers, lead / facilitate strategic programs to make and grow disciples
Support the ongoing development and implementation of the St Tom’s Safeguarding policy and procedures
Support outreach events including the Light Party, Carols in the Square and other community and missional events
Manage the budget appropriately for the ministry area
As a church, we are committed to the development of every team member. Funding for this will be provided where possible. You will be encouraged to take regular time out to invest into your own relationship with Jesus.
St Thomas' Church and PCC takes the safety of everyone within the church very seriously and expects that everyone will work within the church safeguarding policy. In particular, St Tom's expects anyone who becomes aware of a safeguarding risk or of actual abuse, to immediately raise this with their supervisor or Safeguarding Officer.
Experience and Qualifications
You will be a committed Christian with an active Christian faith. (This role has an Occupational Requirement to be a Christian, as permitted under Schedule 9, Part 1, of the Equality Act 2010)
Proven experience and a passion for children, youth & families ministry and a desire to grow in personal faith and love for Jesus
Be open to the work and voice of the Holy Spirit in your life and ministry and encourage others to do the same
Children’s or Youth Work Degree, Diploma or similar qualification
Excellent communication and administration skills
Some experience in larger scale out-reach and missional events
Theological Training and Experience
Experience, Knowledge & Skills
Ability to relate and build relationship with people of all ages and especially youth and children
Able to inspire and explain the bible and kingdom lifestyle to children and youth
Have a good grasp and understanding of the bible
Proven ability to lead teams of volunteers
A belief that youth/children/families are valuable/ important part of the life of the church and are able to have a full relationship with Jesus
A good understanding and high value for safeguarding practices
St Tom’s Church is committed to safeguarding every child & vulnerable adult who attends our activities. A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be a requirement once a conditional offer of employment is made to successful candidates.
Member of St Tom’s Church
It is expected that staff members will become active members of the Church.
To apply for this role, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter including details of two referees – one personal, one professional – to email@example.com.
Please ensure that your covering letter demonstrates how you are suited to the role.
The application deadline is 12:00pm on Friday 5th November 2021, it is anticipated that interviews will be held during November, 1st Interview via Zoom and then 2nd will take place at St. Thomas Church, Fair Oak, Hampshire.
The vision of St. Tom’s is “to know Jesus better and to make Jesus better known”.
We strive to achieve this vision through being a welcoming, thriving and growing Christian family that is visible and active in our local community. We recognise God's power to transform our lives and the lives of people who live in our two villages, through the Holy Spirit.
The Parish comprises the two villages of Fair Oak and Horton Heath situated four miles east of Eastleigh town and about halfway between the main centres of Winchester and Southampton.
Fair Oak and Horton Heath is mostly an urban Parish with residential areas and local shops, with rural areas in the east. The current population of the parish is 11,000 people, and is growing in size due to increased housing development in recent years. A further 2,200 homes are planned over the next 10 years, mainly through the One Horton Heath development.