Children and Families Worker
Anglican Parish of Deloraine
Location: Deloraine, Tasmania
Job Type: Part-time (0.4 FTE)
Closing Date: 12 November 2021
Our Parish vision is to be ‘making disciples of Jesus, building for eternity’.
Since the end of 2017, Deloraine Anglican have been actively developing ‘Pathways to Discipleship’, with an intended mission focus on children in the primary school age range, along with their parents. Over the past two years, we have initiated new ministry activities involving children and families.
We have an after-school LEGO club, which regularly attracts 15-20 non-churched children and their parents on a weekly basis. There is a growing once-per-month ‘messy church’ style Family Together service on a Sunday afternoon, involving 4+ families from a variety of faith backgrounds exploring what it means to follow Jesus together (we would love to see this ministry expand!). Our Sunday service includes a dedicated Kids Talk which we have recently shaped to mirror the big idea of the preaching/passage in the adult’s sermon – and there is scope for growth here as our in person gathering only regular attracts between 1 and 3 children, while we have between 2 and 3 families tuning in to the live stream.
We have a brilliant family ministry space – our Oikos centre – which is warm, comfortable, and flexible – and is dedicated solely to ministry use (so you don’t have to worry about clashing with an external hirer’s booking)! We also have a large church hall, and sizeable church grounds to use for activities for all ages. We have previously utilised these for Christmas Eve celebrations and Australia Day family fun activities. We regularly partner with other churches in the community Carols and the Easter festival, and we also support the local high school chaplain.
While there are significant challenges for our parish, not least of which is the increasing age of our congregation along with the corollary diminishment of our volunteer pool, there is also much to be excited about, and thankful for. Our current Children and Families ministries are ripe for development, and we believe this role will be a strategic investment not just to run what we already do, but to develop new and exciting ministry opportunities.
The Children and Families worker will work alongside the Incumbent and Parish Council to enact this vision, taking a lead role in faith sharing and discipling activities aimed at children, and by helping to equip parents to foster faith in their family home. They will recruit and train new team members, and we anticipate that new ministries may be developed as the candidate brings their own ideas, experiences and passions to the role.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
- a vibrant, personal, and public commitment to live as a disciple of Jesus, through regular bible study, personal prayer and other spiritual disciplines
- good self-care practices, through appropriate management of personal commitments, ministry activities, times of retreat and rest, and regular annual leave
- an enthusiasm for working with children and their parents, and especially in seeing them grow as disciples of Jesus
- the capacity to work independent of direct supervision, whilst maintaining commitment to fostering and supporting healthy team ministry
- a willingness and desire to explore new ideas, and creative ways to communicate the gospel across generations, and
- the ability to prioritise both in terms of the roles that they take on within various ministry opportunities and the tasks that need to be accomplished – keeping sharing the good news of Jesus with children and families in our community as their number one priority
How to Apply
To apply or for further information please contact the Rector Joshue Skeat on firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include a cover letter addressing the skills, experiences, and duties of this position; a Curriculum Vitae or Résumé; and the contact details of at least 3 referees – one of whom should be your current senior minister.