Families’ Worker sought at St Pancras

Families’ Worker (St Pancras Church, Plymouth) Job Description and Person Specification

Job Description

The vision for the families’ worker at St Pancras Church is that they will:

– Build relationships with the families who attend events and activities at St Pancras Church

– Identify and develop opportunities for evangelism and discipleship with new and existing families

The Families’ Worker will be an employee of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Pancras Church.

Specific Responsibilities

– To follow and actively promote the PCC’s Safeguarding Policy

– To build relationships with the families who attend these current events: o Sunday Church Services (weekly, 10.30am) including an All Age Service (monthly)

o Baby and Toddler Groups (twice-weekly during term time)

o Messy Church (Monthly on a Sunday Afternoon)

o Church Walks (Monthly on a Sunday Afternoon)

– To develop events and activities which build on existing relationships with families and create new ones

– To play a full part in the team running a monthly All Age Service

– To play a full part in the team running a monthly Messy Church

– To play a full part in the team running an annual holiday club in the summer

– To help leaders and preachers evaluate how church services can include and connect with families and young people.

– To develop engagement with local primary schools. This currently includes: o Regular assemblies at Pennycross School

o Buddies After-School Club at Shakespeare School (weekly)

o Pennycross School Christmas Carol Services

o Church visits as part of the RE curriculum (Pennycross and Manadon Vale schools)

– To lead ministry to under-14s during the 10.30am service on Sunday mornings

– To work with Clergy and lay ministers to support families who have come for baptism and weddings.

– To identify and attend relevant training for yourself.

– To identify, promote, attend and deliver relevant training for others.

– To attend and contribute to the weekly staff meeting and monthly church prayer meeting

– To report regularly to the PCC

– To review and develop the role in the light of the overall vision for the Families’ Worker and the mission of St Pancras Church

Remuneration and Other Conditions

The Families’ Worker will be a part-time (starting at 20 hours per week, potentially increasing to 25 hours per week) member of staff, employed by the Parochial Church Council of St Pancras Church. This post is initially funded for a three-year appointment and is subject to a six-month probationary period.

The salary for the part-time post will start at £21,000 pro-rata for the first year, and thereafter will be determined following an annual review meeting with the worker. The PCC will enrol the Families’ Worker in a pension scheme and make the contributions to this as required by law.

All job-related expenses, including attending agreed conferences and training will be met by the PCC. The worker will be responsible for the full costs of their housing and living expenses. The worker will be entitled to six weeks holiday per year (pro rata) in addition to public holidays, with a maximum of two weeks taken during school term time each year. Due to the nature of church life, it may be necessary to work on bank holidays, in which case, time off can be taken in lieu.

Person Specification

The Families’ Worker will be a mature and committed follower of Jesus Christ who is passionate about serving Him through a ministry to families. They will be:

A Prayerful Worker, with a vision for growing church-based families’ work. A People Person, with experience of relational church-based ministry among parents and young people (voluntary or paid) A Team Builder, who is able to identify and name gifts and callings in others, and motivate and lead teams to work together to achieve excellent results. A Self-Starter, who has the ability to motivate themselves and organise their time well; someone who will take the necessary steps to grow their own relationship with God. A Trainer, who is able to train groups and individuals to understand and relate to families, young people and their culture; to teach the Bible; to understand and implement safeguarding procedures.

It is desirable that candidates will have some Bible training to at least the level of a one-year course with a Gospel Partnership, New Wine, YWAM, South West Youth Ministries or equivalent. In order to satisfy the finance, reporting and communication aspects of the role, candidates should have a good standard of written and spoken English and the ability to keep basic financial records.

Safer Recruitment

The Vicar and the PCC of St Pancras adhere to a written Safeguarding Policy which governs the recruitment of staff and volunteers. As part of this commitment to safe recruitment, the following will be required of the Families’ Worker:

At Application

1. To have provided a full CV, including all previous work with young people and explaining any gaps in a covering letter.

2. To have provided the details of two referees, one of whom must be a church leader with the ability to comment on their suitability for the role.

At Interview

3. To participate fully in a structured interview

4. To present a plan for safely developing a church’s engagement with local primary school children and their families (seven minutes).

Before Commencing Work

5. To have completed a confidential declaration form

6. To have undergone a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and provided the original disclosure certificate. This will be administered through the Diocese of Exeter and the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service.

7. To fully endorse and agree to abide by the PCC’s Child Protection Policy

Occupational Requirement

The post-holder will be required to communicate the Christian faith by their example and teaching. It is, therefore, a genuine occupational requirement that the Families’ Worker has a personal Christian faith, is actively seeking to live their life in accordance with the Bible’s teaching and who agrees to be bound by the commitments accompanying the church’s disciplinary procedure.

Timescale and Application

The PCC intends to appoint the Families’ Worker to start after Easter, 2019. For an informal conversation about the role and or to arrange to see the church’s existing activities, please contact the Vicar, Lawrence Braschi (church office no. 01752 772499) or the Churchwarden, Mary Davis (01752 778921).

To apply, please send a CV (including all work with families and young people) and a covering letter (explain any gaps in your CV and outline how you meet the person specification for the role) to the Revd Lawrence Braschi, Vicar of St Pancras Church (Lawrence.Braschi@stps.org.uk). Applications must be received by Friday 22 March, 2019.

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday, 25th March.