Children and Families' Minister
A new part-time post at All Saints Whitstable in the Whitstable Team Ministry
£3120 a year for 5 hours a week based on 1 FTE of 37.5 hours a week at £23,400
Deadline for applications 31st July 2023
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES MINISTER (part-time)
All Saints Whitstable in the Whitstable Team Ministry (Church of England)
5 Hours a week
This will involve leading our Sunday morning teachings and activities on a regular basis both in school time and holiday times (allowing for successful candidates allotted annual leave).
The rest of the hours per week will be spent preparing the Sunday activities (though please note you will not be expected to prepare the teaching and activity each week on your own as there are a small team of volunteers who also help with this) , and preparing for an additional monthly activity to be held most likely on a Saturday afternoon, such as a Fun Day, Holiday Club, Cooking Club, Craft Activity. Time spent preparing for this activity and excess hours from the 5 hours per week will be pooled together towards the monthly weekend activity. See below for full details.
Job Description - Person Specification
All Saints Church Council have an exciting opportunity for a Christian with experience of working with children and young people. Though this is a very time limited role, this is a spiritual leadership role for an individual who understands and personally models Christian commitment and values.
The Children and Families Minister will enjoy building relationships with young families and have an affinity for working with children and young people of all ages.
You will be supported by the District Church Council and wider church community to strengthen the existing ministry and develop and extend this work, with the objectives of creating a more robust and sustainable ministry.
All Saints is a welcoming and friendly Church of England church. To see our welcome statement please visit our website www.allsaintswhitstable.com .
We believe as a church that we should invest in strengthening our children and family ministry in order to build on our community presence and increase the spiritual engagement of our church family, which includes a small number of young families with children who are very committed to All Saints. To support these aims a Children and Families Minister role has been developed to strengthen this section of the church with the aim of helping it to grow in numbers too as well as in depth of faith and spirituality.
The specific aims would be to work with our Team Vicar, Church Council and team of volunteers to achieve the following:
Lead the Sunday Club “Adventurers” on a weekly basis and oversee the rota, helping with the other volunteers to turn it into a thriving group, and using your hours to prepare material before each session. Please note that you will not be expected to use your 5 hours to prepare the material each week as there are a team of volunteers who take turns. Further explanation of this will happen if called to interview.
Develop Fun Days, Holiday Clubs, Baking Clubs and occasional trips out, again using the normal weekly hours allocated to. You will be expected to organize some sort of activity of this nature once a month, usually on a Saturday afternoon, and the time for this will come from the hours you have not used up during the preceding weeks, though additional hours may also be claimed with the agreement of your line manager.
Be pro-active in building relationships with local families, All Saints Nursery school and the uniformed organisations on your campus.
Occasionally help lead or speak at All-Age services on a Sunday morning and help with the planning of them.
Use social media as a form of communicating and publicising the various events and activities as a regular part of your hours each week.
Network with other children and youth leaders in the area and diocese in terms of mutual sharing of ideas of best practice and with a view to possible future joint events.
Attend church council meetings, supervision meetings, co-leaders meetings and other such meetings where directed by your line manager (additional payments may be made for additional hours with the agreement of your line manager).
HOURS AND DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Hours will be 5 hours per week.
You will have a base in the Church office available to do administrative and preparation work.
Some weeks the work may slightly exceed 5 hours, and others will have less than 5 hours. You will provide a monthly timesheet showing how over a month you have balanced this as an average of 5 hours a week.
It is to note that 2.5 hours of each week is to be spent at the church on Sunday morning and the remaining 2.5 hours will be spent preparing for Sunday Club (Adventurers) and for Fun Days/ Holiday Clubs. Excess hours each month not spent in preparation will be allocated to the Fun Days/ Holiday Clubs so that your 5 hours per week will include the additional hours the Fun Days and Holiday Clubs will take to prepare and run on the day. However, you will be able to claim additional hours should this become necessary with the agreement of your line manager.
We would ask that you submit a report to the Church Council every two months and attend Church Council meetings when required and additional payment based on your current rate of pay will be available for this..
Person Specification All Saints Children and Families Minister
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
• A gift for inspiring, equipping and leading others
• An eagerness to build relationships with both adults and children
• A capacity for vision and initiative
• An enjoyment of learning and new experiences competencies and skills
• Confident in sharing the Gospel. The applicant should be a committed Christian.
• Able to respect matters of confidentiality and sensitivity
• Self-motivated, able to work flexibly and to prioritise
• Able to organise self and others
• Able to monitor and evaluate own and others’ performance
• Up-front presentation skills to adults and children
• Capable IT skills, general office and clerical skills
• Competent understanding and knowledge of social media platforms
• Knowledge of child development
• Knowledge of safeguarding, with the capacity to demonstrate clear thinking and application in this regard
Qualifications and experience
• Experience of working as part of a team
• Experience of working with parents and children aged 0 -18.
• Experience of working with volunteers
• Experience of being involved with church and/or community children’s groups
• Musical and/or sporting gifts
• Qualifications related to childcare, teaching or working with children
• A relevant degree level (or equivalent) qualification
Supervision and Training
The job will be a six month contract for the first two years which will be renewed depending on the impact the post is having on Children and Families work at All Saints. Thereafter it will become a permanent contract but may be limited in its duration by funding constraints.
Your line manager will be the Team Vicar, Rev Simon Tillotson, although a designated member of the All Saints DCC will also be involved in your line management.
You are encouraged to have a spiritual director though time with them will not be taken from your paid hours.
You will be encouraged to seek further training for skills relating to your role within your hours from the Diocese and from possible in house training events that we may be able to organize with our wider Whitstable Team and ecumenical partners in Whitstable.
We will also provide training in your first year in First Aid and Food Hygiene if you do not already hold suitable certification in either – again you will be paid for these additional hours and this should be arranged with the agreement of your line manager.
There is an established network of Children and Families ministers and youth workers within Whitstable. In this role you will develop and extend these relationships to benefit the church family and enable and support your own delivery of this role.
You will be required to undertake a a DBS check at the outset of your employment and to be fully cognisant with Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policy and guidelines.
Completion of all necessary modules of Safeguarding training should be completed within the first four weeks of your start date and you may claim for these additional hours of training at your current rate of pay.
There is also a requirement that you will seek continued Safeguarding training whilst in post. Any matters of concern should be reported to our Children's Safeguarding Officer (Denise Blaskett) and our Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Officer(Julia Seath).
DRAFT CONTRACT CAN BE FORWARDED TO YOU ON REQUEST
(let us know if you cannot download the form and we will send you an email attachment of it)