Jun 09, 2021

Children’s and Families’ Missioner

£20,000 - £30,000 yearly
  • Ely Diocesan Board of Finance
  • St Neots, Saint Neots, UK
Full time Faith Based

Job Description

Do you love working with children and their families, long to see them come to faith and grow in character, and get excited about pioneering new things?

Are you ready to give yourself both to resourcing and refreshing existing children’s activity and building new activity and connection as part of the mission of ancient parish churches reaching out in new ways?

This job may be for you.

The Parochial Church Council of St Neots with Eynesbury is seeking to employ a Children's and Families' Missioner, to be based in the Parish Office in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

St Neots is a growing, thriving, and attractive Cambridgeshire market town with a historic heart that is rooted in the story of faith. In March 2020, two historic churches came together as the Parish of St Neots with Eynesbury - a single parish east of the Great Ouse (west of the river is the parish of Eaton Socon in the Diocese of St Albans), with two church primary schools, five (now six) other primary schools (all but two under the same academy trust), as well as a school for children with special needs and both the town’s secondary schools.

Within the Changing Market Towns (CMT) project, we are looking for a colleague to join the St Neots town team, reaching out particularly into longer-established areas of the town (some of which include pockets of substantial deprivation), complementing the Fresh Expression work that has been happening in recent years in the new developments at Loves Farm and now also Wintringham Park.

You will be joining a team that includes a Team Rector who arrived in 2020, experienced and new assistant clergy, accredited lay ministers, a newly appointed CMT Youth Pioneer, and a CMT Operations Manager, all playing their part alongside other town churches in bringing Christian faith to new generations. Further details on the Diocesan context and the aims of the CMT team can be found at: https://www.elydiocese.org/church-in-action/changing-market-towns/

Key Responsibilities

  • Work under the line management of the Team Rector, in partnership with the CMT Youth Pioneer and others, paid and voluntary, as part of the overall mission of the parish and of CMT, helping to lead change and increase the focus on mission among children and families, and developing a renewed and integrated vision for work among children and families in the parish.
  • Engage widely and confidently with the community to develop and lead new family orientated events to reach out and minister to new adults and children, engaging and helping to train others to join in mission and service, helping enquirers and new believers on the journey to faith, and growing children and their families as disciples of Christ.
  • Develop and lead, when the time is right, fresh expressions of church for children and their families and after-school and/or holiday clubs, so that engagement with children and families happens throughout the year; while gathering, enabling, and equipping new leaders and volunteers who will ensure the sustainability of such work beyond the duration of the CMT project.
  • Support, develop, and (where appropriate) lead existing family orientated activities such as St Neots Children’s Church & St Neots Play Church to increase effectiveness and maximise the impact they have; exploring also links that remain in St Neots Choir and from other recent activities at both parish churches.
  • Build on existing relationships with the two Church Schools (Eynesbury and St Mary’s) and re-establish relationships with other primary schools between river and railway – assisting with and/or helping to develop patterns for Collective Worship and RE as much as circumstances permit.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for parent/carer support groups, whether in connection with schools or otherwise.
  • Demonstrate God’s love by enhancing the general well-being of children and their families within the parish, while building contacts and relationships with others engaged in similar outreach.
  • Take part in regular parish team meetings - and be committed to praying and listening, joining in God’s mission and the creative work of the Holy Spirit.
  • Work with the Parish Safeguarding Officer and the Operations Manager (as Safeguarding Administrator) to ensure that all Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment requirements for children’s and families’ ministry are complied with; maintaining attendance records and risk assessments, where required.
  • Participate in the ongoing CMT training and development programme (including occasional residentials when these are possible) as part of a learning community with Diocesan officers and other co-workers.

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