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Children & Families Pastor

TO REBUILD AND GROW OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES MINISTRY TO ENABLE CHILDREN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CHURCH FAMILY TO ENCOUNTER JESUS AND FOLLOW HIM.

Thank you for your interest in the role of Children & Families Pastor at St Andrew’s Church High Wycombe.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR the opportunity to be stretched and developed while working with children and families in a vibrant church, then you should read on.  

ST ANDREW’S is part of the Church of England, and the New Wine Network, and we are based in High Wycombe – nestled in the picturesque Chiltern Hills, only 45 minutes from central London by train.

OUR VISION is to be God’s transforming presence for High Wycombe and beyond. We have seen God do amazing things and look forward to all that He will do in the years to come. St Andrew’s has recently been designated as a Resource Church in partnership with the Oxford Diocese with the aim of:

  • planting new churches
  • revitalising existing churches 
  • equipping and encouraging other local churches in our region

WHAT’S GOING ON? This is an exciting and challenging time for us as a church and out staff team is growing to serve this vision. A new Associate Minister joined us in April and a Curate will be joining the team this summer. St Andrew’s recently sent a planting team alongside a Pioneer Minister to revitalise St Mary & St George’s on the other side of High Wycombe. Over the next 5 years, our goal is to plant two more churches in the local area in partnership with the wider church. Before the pandemic we had agreed, as a church, to a large building project, called the Nexus Project, to enable the building to better serve our vision. We are currently reviewing this and seeking God’s guidance for the best way ahead.

THE CHALLENGE IS to engage and lead a team of volunteers to REBUILD our children & families ministry AND to reach out to the local community. 

STILL INTERESTED? Read on……

Summary of the Job's Responsibilities

We are now entering a time of rebuilding and welcome fresh eyes to see new possibilities for the way ahead. St Andrew’s has engaged with children and families, in the church and in the community, through a variety of groups during the week and on Sundays. We were engaging with about 75 different children and young people on a Sunday at St Andrew’es each month. During the week, Starlight, our toddler group, had 40-50 children & their carers attending each week, and we also ran a midweek after-school club reaching over 20-30 kids. We have also engaged with children and families through our Family Support Group, Insight Small Group, five local primary schools and a variety of events throughout the year. We have some amazing volunteers, but teams will need to be re-envisioned, trained and grown. 

We are looking for a dynamic experienced Children & Families Pastor who would help us to:

  • Enable children inside and outside the church to encounter Jesus and follow him.
  • Grow children in their discipleship, faith and expectancy that God can use them in the ‘church of today’, encountering Jesus through the Holy Spirit. 
  • Encourage & equip parents to raise their children to know and love God.
  • To develop creative ways to reach out to children and families who don’t know Jesus and help them to become followers of Jesus.
  • As a Resource Church, we want to support local churches in developing their children & families ministries through training and equipping.
  • To strengthen links with schools, Lighthouse, and be a part of our other community outreach events.

If this challenge appeals to you, we would love to hear from you. The deadline for applications is the 19th May 2021 and interviews will be held the week commencing 14th June 2021. 

Simon & Debbie Dust on behalf of St Andrew’s PCC.

Responsibilities

1. Encouraging children in their faith

  • To creatively develop termly programmes for St Andrew’s children that will help them grow into and become followers of Jesus.
  • To encourage children in worship and use of their gifts and skills.
  • To train and disciple children to be followers of Jesus in their everyday lives.
  • To ensure that our children’s ministry teaching is integrated with the ethos and values of the church and the adult teaching programme.

2. Working with families and children in, and outside, the church

  • To develop creative and effective ways of reaching children and families with the good news of Jesus in our local community.
  • To create community and support for parents and families through things such as social events relevant for young families.
  • To build on the connections we have with the Lighthouse holiday club and Wycombe Youth for Christ, helping to integrate children into the local church.
  • To build on links with local schools through assemblies, taking lessons and through good relationships with senior staff.
  • To support other community outreach events that connect with young families, especially St Andrew’s Playgroup.

3. Building up and supporting leaders

  • To be responsible for the recruitment and regular training of leaders and helpers, and to support them in developing the skills to work with children.
  • To plan, coordinate and supervise children’s groups and family events, ensuring adequate supervision according to statutory adult: child ration requirements. .
  • To work with our Safeguarding Leads and others to ensure that St Andrew’s meets the requirements of relevant legislation and good practice regarding the safeguarding of children.

4. Administration Management

  • Ensure that all legal requirements are met and adhered to including all of St Andrew’s policies – such as Health and Safety, Child Protection, Data Protection, Equality and Diversity, and ensuring that appropriate risk management arrangements are in place.
  • Oversee and ensure smooth administration processes that support the ministry, including communication and record keeping.
  • Manage the Children’s Ministry budget accurately and efficiently and actively seek external fundraising opportunities for community based work.

5. Supporting the wider work of St Andrew’s Church

  • To work with the wider ministries of the church to ensure effective co-ordination of work with children, young people and families.
  • To work with the Lead Pastors and other staff to ensure the smooth running of St Andrew’s and the development of new initiatives as appropriate.
  • Participation in church events and meetings. All staff are required to be willing to step outside their current work boundaries to help church wide events to happen and be supported.
  • To liaise closely with the Youth Pastor to ensure a clear synergy between the Children’s and Youth work.

Person Specification

Personal qualities 

  • Is a strong Christian of good character, who is prayerful, committed, and models the renewing work of the Holy Spirit
  • Good communication skills and an ability to think strategically and create vision.
  • Is a self-starter, but works well in a team
  • Ability to build a strong network both within and outside St Andrew’s, forging close contacts and collaboration with the wider church team, and externally with local organisations and schools.
  • Is at home in an ‘evangelical/charismatic’ church, sharing the aims and objectives of the church, and is in full agreement with its vision and values. St Andrew’s is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and a New Wine church.

Passion for working with children

  • Ability to relate to children and families from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Has experience of bringing children to faith and helping them grow in their relationship with Jesus.
  • Has experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in and through children.
  • Has experience of leading Children’s work and planning appropriate worship, teaching & prayer ministry.
  • Ability to organise a team to support children with additional needs and help them to engage too.

Planning and organising 

  • Schedules and manages their workload, and that of others, to optimal capacity.
  • Provides clearly documented information to support all their activities.
  • Has good IT skills and experience of using Microsoft Word, Excel etc.

People and capacity 

  • Equip the saints for service.
  • Helps others to develop skills and confidence. Supports people in their personal development and lifelong learning.
  • Mentors and coaches to ensures others show their talents to their full potential.
  • Grows and creates new team capabilities. 
  • Ability to plan appropriate training & envision the children’s ministry teams.

Supervision and support 

  • Has a high degree of personal initiative and operates within the Personal Development Plan agreed with the line manager.
  • A programme of personal training and development will be agreed both directly related to the children’s work, and also to take part in other training relevant to being part of the wider team.

It would be helpful if you ….

  • have a recognised children’s work qualification
  • have experience of working in a voluntary organisation
  • understand the operation of the Church of England at a local level

Job Terms and Conditions

  • The Parochial Church Council is the employer
  • Location: St Andrew’s Church, Hatters Lane, High Wycombe, Bucks HP13 7NJ
  • Full time would be 37.5 hrs/week, to include Sundays and other hours outside of ‘core’ office hours (There is a possibility for part time hours for the right candidate)
  • Salary: £25-27k per annum (based on experience)
  • Potential 3 bedroom house as part of the salary package
  • Benefits: 5% stakeholder pension, 5 weeks holiday plus statutory holidays (this includes a maximum of 5 Sundays annual leave per annum)
  • The probation period will be three months (including a one week notice period within this time).
  • The notice period is two calendar months.
  • The appointment will be subject to obtaining a successful Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and agreeing to the Ethos Statement for leaders in the church.
  • There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the post holder is a practising Christian.
  • You will receive appropriate training to assist with your personal training and development for this role.
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK.

Additional Information

  • The Children & Families Pastor will be a member of the Staff Team and will be expected to lead the way in supporting the vision of the church.
  • To attend weekly staff team meetings and regularly meet with the line manager.
  • To fully engage as a member of St Andrew’s, and be flexible and willing to respond to any percieved needs.
  • To be either leading or attending a small group on a regular basis. 

St Andrew's Vision: to be God's transforming presence for High Wycombe and beyond

How do we do this?

  • REACH out to others meeting needs and sharing the good news of Jesus
  • EQUIP those in St Andrew’s to grow deeper together and as disciples of Jesus
  • RESOURCE the wider church and town by planting churches and encouraging and equipping local churches
To help you understand the dreams God has given us and the direction He is leading us, you can read more about our vision and values here
 
To give you a better idea about who we are, below is a list of the things we have been involved in recently:
  • The Noise: a day for the community, including a free fun day at church and projects in the community
  • Community family events: Light Fantastic Halloween alternative, Community family movie night, Easter Family Fun Day.
  • School outreach: Assemblies in local schools, R.E. lessons and Schools Nativity Services
  • Running courses: such as the Alpha course, the Marriage course, Parenting courses including Parenting for Faith courses
  • Lighthouse: a Christian children’s summer holiday week run between the churches for the town.
  • Running groups and clubs: Senior’s Lunch Club, Starlight Toddler Group, Icebreakers after-school club, Homework Club, Playgroup, and Family Support Group.
  • Termly Small Groups, releasing new leaders and creativity
  • Mission Partners: Practically supporting our Mission partners across the world by sending volunteers to help them with specific short-term projects

You can see much more by looking around our website here

You will be joining a team including a Youth Pastor, Pastoral Lead, Church Manager, Finance Administrator, Associate Minister, Pioneer Curate, and an Intern on the New Wine Discipleship Year, who will be involved in children’s and youth ministries, led by Lead Pastors Simon & Debbie Dust. 

You can download the Role Profile here.

You can download the Application Form here.