Children and Families Co-ordinator
St Christopher’s Church, Southbourne

We are an Anglican church located in the heart of a residential area and have active connections to about 300 families. Our challenge is to convert them into disciples of Jesus and join in the life of the church.


You are a leader who is gifted in ministry and outreach to children and families. You are passionate about sharing the love of Jesus. You will be proactive, creative and determined in developing this new role within our church.


Flexible working hours of 30–37.5 (4–5 days) per week including Sunday.
Subject to Enhanced DBS Check and period of probation.
Application deadline: 11th July 2022


For a full Job Description see below, further information and an Application Form please contact Keith Inkpen through the Church Office at:
St Christopher’s Church, Arnewood Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 5DW
Tel: 01202 418394 Email: office@saint-christophers.org.uk

JOB DESCRIPTION
POSITION: Children and Families Co-ordinator
Purpose: To pioneer, lead and develop St Christopher’s outreach and ministry to children and
families, nurturing them to become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Hours of work: 30 to 37.5 hours per week, to be agreed with the successful candidate.
The position requires working flexible hours and days across the week to an agreed number of
hours and will include Sunday mornings.
Salary: £24,500 pa, pro rata to hours of work agreed with the successful candidate.
Place of work: St Christopher’s Church, Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 5DW and from home.
Length of employment: Initial contract of 3 years, subject to satisfactory review after a 6 month
probationary period.
Other Benefits:
 Accommodation and removal expenses are not provided.
 Holidays of 6 weeks per year plus Bank Holidays.
 The church will pay 5% of salary into a workplace pension.
 Reasonable work expenses paid following prior agreement with Line Manager.
Context:
St Christopher’s Church wish to appoint an enthusiastic and inspiring person to undertake a new
job within our church, to encourage children and families to encounter the love of God through the
Gospel of Jesus Christ and to become part of our church community.
We have wide-ranging contacts with around 300 families in our local community through our
ongoing church activities, but have not seen many new families finding faith in our Lord Jesus or
joining in the regular life of the church. We want this situation to change and are committed to
making resources available for this to happen.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead a long-term project, with no ready solutions and with many
challenges. It will call for a proactive approach, creativity and determination from someone who is
a committed Christian and has experience in doing this type of work.
St Christopher’s is an Anglican church which states that “We proclaim God’s love for everyone
through his son Jesus and the Holy Spirit in our lives today”. We are an active church community
with loyal volunteers and many weekly activities for all ages, although there are few people in the
18-30 and 45-60 age brackets.
Our newly refreshed vision is “To be a beacon in our neighbourhood drawing people of all ages to
encounter our loving God”. We particularly want to reach and disciple the next generation through
fresh impetus in growing our ministry to families and children outside the existing church
community.
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Role and Key Responsibilities:
 Attend Sunday worship at St Christopher’s and become active in the life of the church.
 Consider our current arrangements for children and families and take the lead in introducing
ways of doing things differently to improve our ministry and outreach.
 Involvement in planning and delivery of our all-age service once a month, ensuring content is
relevant and engaging for families.
 Consider opportunities for “non-Sunday” church and different ways of being church.
 Be the overall co-ordinator of Junior Church for 4-11 year-olds (which meets parallel with the
Sunday morning worship service), planning and organising the teaching programme.
 Grow the teams of volunteers involved in activities for children and families.
 Attend Funtime (pre-school, 0-5 year-olds) groups on Monday and Wednesday mornings, to
draw near to families, providing a listening ear, advice and assistance as appropriate,
encouraging them to explore faith in Jesus and to link with other relevant church groups.
 Attend Dads Out monthly on a Saturday morning, with the same aim.
 Organise and deliver additional events from time to time, such as Messy Church.
 Assist with other relevant events/activities arranged by church groups, e.g. Big Church Day Out.
 Develop links with our Boys’ Brigade & Girls’ Association, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides,
especially to get to know the parents of the children well enough to invite them to church events.
 Develop existing links with local schools.
 Be a member of St Christopher’s Ministry Support Team, to share progress and agree plans.
Working with: the Churchwardens, PCC, Ministry Support Team, Worship & Teaching Co-ordinator,
Youth Co-ordinator and Group Leaders.
Line Manager: Churchwarden
Overall Authority: Priest-in-Charge
Person Specification:
Personal
 Highly motivated to serve God in a church setting.
 Passionate about helping children and families come to know Jesus as their Saviour.
 Able to get alongside people, make friends and network.
 Able to work alone, be self-motivating and manage their time effectively.
 Able to work collaboratively in a team.
 Confident in using own initiative, but know when to seek advice.
Skills
 Creative and innovative in ways to communicate with children and families.
 Able to communicate Gospel truths to children and families who are not familiar with church.
 Excellent organiser.
 Good written and oral communication, presentation and reporting.
 Use of basic IT and social media.
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Experience
 Knowledge and understanding of current lifestyles of children and families.
 Organising and leading events for children and families.
 Preparing and leading worship that engages with and suits the needs of children and families.
 Teaching the Bible to children in their age groups.
 Leading and motivating a team of volunteers.
 Sound knowledge of Safeguarding and Child Protection.
Application Process:
 Closing date for applications: 11th July 2022
 Interviews will be held in the week commencing: 18th July 2022
 It is our hope that the successful candidate could start work in September.
 There is a genuine occupational requirement for the job holder to be a practising Christian.
 Candidates should already have experience in this type of role and seen successful outcomes.
 A formal qualification in theology, working with children and/or similar would be advantageous
but is not a limitation for applications.
 The successful applicant will need to provide two satisfactory references, undertake an
Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check, provide proof of identity and right to work in the
UK, before confirmation of employment is given.


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