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Full-time Children and Families Worker

St Mary's Church Princes Risborough


South East

Ref: JN012316

Full time (37.5 hours), 3-year fixed term

An exciting opportunity for someone passionate about helping children to discover God’s love for them.

We are a lively and family-friendly church with great teams that help run Messy Church, Play Café, Holiday club and much more.

The successful applicant will work with children 0-11 years in our church and local schools, building on established children’s and families’ work and developing closer links in the community.

You will be part of a supportive staff team who encourage each other and will manage and lead teams of committed volunteers.

Salary £26,000 - £28,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Financial assistance with relocation may be available.

For further information and an application pack please email: or if you wish to find out more, call the Parish Office on: 01844 273300.

Application Deadline: Monday 17th June
Interview Date: July
Start Date: September 2024 (earlier start date will be considered)


This post requires that you are a committed Christian and a successful appointment will be subject to references, DBS and you must have the right to work in the UK.

JOB DESCRIPTION Post: Full Time Children’s & Families’ Worker Employed by: St Mary’s Parochial Church Council, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire Responsible to: The Line Manager, supported by the CFW Management Group Work base: Flexible: Office space is available in the Chapter House and some home-working is envisaged Location: Princes Risborough and the surrounding area Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week, to be worked flexibly including Sunday mornings and some evening work Duration of post: 3 years Salary: £26,000 to £28,000per annum, depending on experience and qualifications, plus contributory pension and agreed expenses. Financial assistance with relocation may be available. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the holder of this post is a Christian as this is a Christian Ministry post (Equality Act 2010 Part 1.) This position involves a substantial access to children and young people and the post will be subject to an enhanced disclosure from the DBS. A driving licence is essential due to the nature of the work. Purpose St Mary’s is a vibrant Church that is looking to enhance and grow its work with children and families. We are seeking the right candidate to inspire and ignite the passion for Christ within our Church and Community. Creating more opportunities for families and children to grow in depth of Christian faith and experience of God, to grow together as a household of faith and to grow through going out to share God’s Kingdom & Jesus’s love with our wider community. The main aims are to: • Further develop existing church-based provision, establishing young disciples whose vigour and openness to God speaks to the whole church and community • Able to deliver to a range of Children's ages and to lead in different church situations from up front in church leading children's services to small groups. • Work with and in the local primary schools • Reach out to children in the wider community in a variety of different ways seeking to bring children and families to a faith in Jesus Christ and enabling discipleship through St Mary's • Work alongside other Children’s organisations in the area • Partnering with parents and carers to develop children in their faith • The age range covered by the Children’s and Families Worker will be 0 - 11 years • Partner with other churches in the area in the provision of Children’s and Families Ministry. Role The role is divided into the main areas of: Leadership, Church Based Discipleship Ministry and Community Outreach Ministry. Leadership • Leading, training and equipping Children’s and Families Ministry volunteers. This will entail working in a collaborative manner with our existing children’s leaders to develop our ministries. • Establishing a clear strategy/vision and shaping programmes and priorities for Children’s and Families Ministry. • Contributing to the leadership team in the Church. • To ensure effective and smooth operation of Childrens Ministry, including management of rota’s, up to date safeguarding and operational administration. Church Based Discipleship Ministry • Children’s Church on Sundays: To provide fun, engaging sessions and to inspire and encourage the growing faith within our children and the wider church. • To co-ordinate, plan and provide oversight to children’s work volunteers, parents and carers. • Baptism support • Develop links with children’s and families’ ministry at our sister church, St Peter’s Ilmer. Community Outreach Ministry • Work with the two primary schools in the Parish: assemblies, services, help with delivering RE teaching, classroom visits and breakfast club and after-school club, Christmas services, Supporting Y6 as they are moving on to secondary school. • Support to Uniformed children’s groups (Beavers, Brownies): church visits, special services e.g. Mothering Sunday, Christingle. • Lighthouse – annual children’s activity week, that attracts some 400 children from Risborough and surrounding area: preparation, leadership. • Support church groups and events, including regular weekly activities such as Play Café, bi-monthly Messy Church sessions, and more seasonal activities such as a Light Party, Lent Activities and other events as deemed appropriate. • Missional Communities: we have a part-time Pioneer Minister on our staff team and we launched our first Missional Community in Summer 2023. • To expand the offering of Church and families’ events, such as opening a new hub / coffee morning, Play Café to support the new communities within the local area Support The Children’s and Families Worker will be a member of the Oxford Diocese Network of employed Children’s and Family workers and will be given financial and time support to attend meetings and retreats. They will also be networking locally. contact the Parish Office: or call: 01844 273300

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Closing date: 17 June 2024

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