Rochford Methodist Church, Southend & Leigh Circuit are looking to recruit.
Rochford Methodist Church is at an exciting moment in its development and is seeking to expand its ministry and mission team with the appointment of a Families and Children Mission Worker (20 hours per week).
Our Families and Children Mission Worker will lead our work in seeking to connect with and make disciples among young families and children in our locality and will lead and develop our volunteers team working with families and children.
We are looking for someone who has a passion for working with children and families, thinks creatively and encourages others within a team, and is able to network well with communities both inside and outside the church
Salary: £13,000 pa (plus pension provision)
Closing date: 29th November 2021 at 12noon
Interviews: 16th December 2021
A satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure is required for this post.
We are an equal opportunities employer but there is an occupational requirement for the post holder to be
a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010: part 1, schedule 9.
ROCHFORD METHODIST CHURCH 77–79 NORTH STREET SS4 1AD
Families and Children Mission Worker
Our Families and Children Mission Worker will lead our work in seeking to connect with and make
disciples among young families and children in our locality and will lead and develop our volunteers
team working with families and children.
You will be a committed Christian who is passionate about discipleship and sharing their faith with a
desire to see families and children find and grow in faith.
You will have good leadership skills, able to work independently and as part of a team with volunteers
with a shared vision. A confident self-starter, proactive, with good administration skills and able to set
priorities; we are looking for someone with a heart for Jesus.
You will be enthusiastic, energetic and innovative and have prior experience of organising family
outreach activities and children’s clubs. Up to date with current evangelism practices and willing to
learn and further develop your skills, you will come with plenty of initiative and a heart to see families
and children come to know Jesus and become part of a church family
You will be fully conversant with safeguarding practises and be committed to the highest standards of
safeguarding in all your work.
The Families and Children Mission Worker will pioneer and develop Rochford Methodist Church’s
ministries with families and children in 3 key areas:
1. Lead our mission work to families and children who have not yet come to faith. Develop links with
local schools and community groups including those who use our building, undertaking
assemblies and other community activities where possible as a means of building relationships and
supporting local families.
2. In conjunction with the Minister, Worship Leaders, and Church Stewards pioneer ‘Fresh
Expressions’ of Church including ‘Messy Church’ providing pathways for discipling families and
children who are new to faith.
3. Deeply engaged in the worshipping life of the Church, recruit and develop support from the
congregation for existing work among families and children and lead the team of volunteers
developing Sunday morning creche and Sunday School ̀ . Ideally the role will enable the
development and transfer of mission worker skills among the wider congregation.
The Families and Children Mission Worker will have a support Group comprising the Minister, Church
Steward and two other members with relevant skills drawn from the wider Church and Community.
The Minister will be Line Manager for the role, carry out annual appraisals and regular review
meetings. One member of the support group will act as the link between the Families and Children
Mission Worker and the Church Council, to be available to advise and act as a discreet sounding
board. Training will be available through Methodist and other sources.
Qualification in Children’s work or evangelism D A
Skills, experience and knowledge
Proven experience of working with Families and Children E A
Previous experience of working within a Church setting D A and I
A strongly relational individual who networks well with those both
inside and outside the church E A and I
Proven experience of working with volunteers D A
Excellent administrative and organisational skills E A
Digitally literate with video & audio production and editing skills D A
Creative, with excellent problem-solving skills E A and I
An ability to ‘self start’ and stay motivated despite challenges E A
Proven experience of planning and delivering events D A and I
Enthusiastic, proactive and uses initiative E A and I
A pioneer who is comfortable to try out new ways of working
and unafraid of failure E I
Ability to work flexibly, to work outside of the 9-5 pattern with
availability for Sunday worship, whilst ensuring good time off
and rest are never neglected E I
Excellent oral and written communication skills E A and I
Able to respond well to advice and directed guidance E A and I
Ability to work as part of a team E A and I
Cheerful and willing attitude E I
Terms of Employment:
Salary: £13,000 per annum.
Hours: 20 hours per week.
Holiday: 13 days per year plus public holidays.
Pension: Eligible to join contributory pension scheme
Notice: During the six-month probationary period, one month’s notice may be given in writing
on either side. After this period, three calendar months’ notice is required on either side.
Probation: Six months
Start: 01 January 2022 or earlier where circumstances permit.
Duration: 3-year appointment (subject to satisfactory probationary period)
There is an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance
with the Equality Act 2010: Part 1, Schedule 9. A satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure is required.
Further information can be obtained from our Chief Financial Officer, Mrs Heather Sims:
Applicants should send the following to the CFO attached to an email:
(a) Covering letter of application,
(b) Curriculum vitae and
(c) Two referees, one of whom is to be the applicant’s minister.
Closing date: 29th November 2021
Interviews: 16th December 2021