Part-time (12 works per week), £7,800 per annum
This person will be part of the Ministry and Pastoral Team and will be expected to:
- Help create an environment in which children and young people can grow spiritually and
develop their faith, building on Walton-on-Thames Methodist Church’s (WMC) existing work (Messy Church, Sunday School and Youth Group) with children and young people aged 7 to 15.
- Be responsible for the pastoral care and development of the children and youth work
programmes and enable children and young people to be fully participating members of the Church.
- Develop new initiatives for children and young people in Walton-on-Thames, possibly through pioneer work in conjunction with other existing churches and organisations and through follow up with Messy Church families.
- Develop work with children and young people in Walton-on-Thames schools - possibly in liaison with other local churches and youth organisations (Open the Book).
- To oversee and develop work with children and young people, providing a sound and consistent programme of biblical, life-related teaching, guiding them towards a deeper faith and understanding of Christianity.
- To consult with children and young people and in partnership identify their needs and
provide a range of suitable events and activities which aim to meet these needs.
- To organise outings, and also residential trips when appropriate, in consultation with the
children and young people and in accordance with risk assessments, health and safety
assessment and safeguarding considerations.
- To facilitate intergenerational engagement between children/young people and the wider Church community.
- To make connections with other local Churches and organisations with a view to developing ecumenical connections.
- To explore opportunities for pioneer work with families and young people in the community.
- To manage and administer an agreed budget to enable the ministry with children and young people to develop.
- As part of The Methodist Church Safeguarding policies and GDPR maintain adequate records of contacts and of work undertaken with all children.
The Lay Employee will have a Line Manager whose responsibilities will be to:
- Become familiar with the Lay Employee.
- Work with the Lay Employee to encourage the Church to respond to new challenges and
opportunities in mission with children and young people.
- Prepare a personal development plan with the Lay Employee.
- Monitor and evaluate progress with the Lay Employee on a regular basis (meetings will take place monthly during probationary period and quarterly thereafter).
- Act as a “sounding board” to the Lay Employee
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