Part-time Family and Children’s Worker
- Facilitate children and families exploring worship and prayer, growing in faith and becoming part of the church family.
- Our main contact with children is through our relationship with the church school situated, literally, across the road from the church building. We want to strengthen the bridges between the two, that we have already built, for children and their families.
This is a key moment in the life of Church of the Ascension, in Wall Heath. It is envisaged that this new role will last for 3 years. Our expectation is that the worker would spend roughly the first 3 months consulting with the church family and with the wider school community, to discover what is important to them and what is needed to provide support to the surrounding community and church. It would also be a time of building relationships with the headteacher and school staff, as well as introducing themselves to the children in the school, perhaps through assemblies and class visits. The church already has a good relationship with the school, at many levels, and the Vicar and Children’s Minister would be able to help in beginning this process.
The worker will be supported by the Children’s Minister, who prepares and delivers the Worship After-School club and the Vicar. There will be regular support meetings involving the worship team.
It is hoped that by the end of the 3 years some volunteers will have come forward who can be trained by the worker to continue the ministry and that worship and prayer in the school will have grown so that a regular worshipping community emerges that is linked to the church, in some way.
- Organise a weekly meeting (lunchtime or after school) for the children, located in the school, where they can take part in activities around learning and experiencing the Christian faith.
- Liaise with clergy, lay ministers, the headteacher and parents to promote the ‘school meeting’ and link it to worship at ‘Jigsaw’
- Be present at the Sunday morning act of Family Worship, ‘Jigsaw’, at Church of the Ascension in Wall Heath, to assist.
- Be present at Worship After School, to assist (Wednesdays, fortnightly). Weekly support meeting with the Vicar and worship team members, as available.
- Prepare appropriately for activities, drawing on support within the church family.
- Encourage church members and school parents to support and assist at the school meeting and the activities in church. Build up a team of volunteers who assist and, eventually, may lead activities.
- Someone who is lively, enthusiastic, imaginative, creative and who enjoys working with children and families.
- Someone who is practising a Christian faith, in sympathy with the Church of England. It will be expected that the person will worship on a Sunday during term-time at Church of the Ascension, in Wall Heath, at the 11am family service “Jigsaw”. They will also be available on a Sunday out of term time, for services where children are taking part e.g. Christingle and Mothering Sunday.
- Someone with sufficient confidence in their faith to discuss this with other adults, children and young people who might want to explore faith issues.
- Pastoral abilities to allow good interactions with children and their families. A sympathetic listener.
- Have the skills, or be willing to develop them, to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults, observing all Safeguarding procedures and undertaking any training where necessary.
- Have the skills and level of training to be responsible for the care of children, young people and vulnerable adults, to ensure their well-being.
- Be self-motivated, reliable, a person of integrity and commitment.
- Ability to plan, coordinate and organise activities and groups, using IT skills and social media where appropriate.
- Terms and Conditions:
Remuneration and holiday entitlement will be £5,720 yearly (£21,450 pro-rata), £11/hr, 10 hrs weekly. If desired, extra hours could be worked during term time that will allow the worker to accommodate childcare during holidays. Reasonable expenses associated with buying materials for the work or travel to training events and their cost will be reimbursed by the Treasurer.
The Worker will be responsible in the first instance to the Vicar. You will be accountable to the PCC as Employer. Your Line Manager is the Vicar, or in his absence the Children’s Minister and Churchwardens. You will meet regularly (approx. weekly) with a support team to report back on your work and to be supported and prayed for in your role. An initial 3 month review with the Vicar and Children’s Minister and subsequent 3 monthly reviews of your progress in your Role will be carried out. There will be written objectives that will be discussed at the reviews. There will be an annual appraisal with the Vicar.
The appointment will be made using the Safer Recruitment Process for the Church of England. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory DBS check and conditional upon undertaking safeguarding training for children and vulnerable adults provided by the Diocese of Worcester. There is a requirement for this training to be undertaken every three years and the DBS to be renewed every five years.