Emmanuel Church Marlborough is recruiting a Children’s and Youth Worker. This role combines practical experience of ministry, together with the opportunity to be trained through personal mentoring and an external training course appropriate to the candidate’s level of experience.
Marlborough is a beautiful town in Wiltshire, just off the M4, 20 minutes’ drive from Swindon. The population of Marlborough is about half children. It’s the market town for a rural area of about 40,000 people. Emmanuel Church was planted in 2015 to reach out to this community with the great news of Jesus. On Sundays we are typically 45 adults and 30 children, with a focus on good Bible teaching. We thank God for a strong sense of partnership within the church and that visitors are warmly welcomed. We are an independent evangelical church, affiliated to the FIEC and a member of the South West Gospel Partnership.
Biblical youth and children’s ministry
Our aim is to make disciples by the faithful teaching of God’s word, modelled by godly leaders and peers, in an engaging, fun and safe environment. Normally this includes:
During our Sunday services: Creche, preschool Scramblers, and primary age Sunday School
Outreach midweek: A toddlers’ group and a children’s club for ages 7-10
Discipleship midweek: A CY group for ages 11-14 to explore the Bible
Annual summer holiday Bible club (4 days)
From Sept 2021, as children in the church family get older, we anticipate that Sunday School will grow in number and we are also praying about starting new evangelistic ministries for children in Key Stages 1 and 3.
The Children’s & Youth (CandY) worker will serve in a team running Biblical children’s & youth ministry, and develop Bible-handling & leadership skills through personal mentoring & an external training course. Their role will include but not be limited to:
Helping to run or start up a mid-week children’s club and/or youth group
Teaching in Scramblers or Sunday School
Practical ministry, e.g. setting up for services
Serving in our summer holiday Bible club
Some of these groups will be headed up and developed by the CandY worker, and others by other church members, depending on the worker’s experience. There will be further opportunities for word ministry and mentorship of others, to be agreed.
Time will be set aside for the CandY worker to receive formal ministry training, to be agreed in discussion with the worker. For example, this could entail one of the following:
- Ministry Training Course at a regional Gospel Partnership: One day each week in Oxford or Bath, combined with home study
- Crosslands Seminary (Childrens & Youth Ministry Track): A combination of study from home, seminar days & residentials
The worker will also be discipled by meeting regularly with the pastor or other mature Christian, as appropriate, to read the Bible and pray together. Through regular mentoring we will enable the worker to reflect on what they are learning and to discern how best to serve God with their lives.
Housing will be provided. Salary details are available by request. The worker will be given assistance to raise part of their costs.
The appointment will start in August 2021. This is a fixed-term post of two years, with the option of extending if both parties are in agreement.
We are looking for a worker who is committed to serving God and promoting the good news of the Lord Jesus. In particular we are looking for one who:
- Has a clear personal faith in the Lord Jesus
- Agrees with the FIEC Doctrinal Basis and Ethos Statements (fiec.org.uk/who-we-are/beliefs)
- Is committed to the Bible and prayer in their own lives and as the means by which we help others to know God and grow in him
- Shows Christian maturity
- Is eager to learn and serve and willing to take on a variety of responsibilities and tasks
- Demonstrates clear leadership potential
- Demonstrates giftedness to teach the Bible to children
- Cares about children and enjoys working within a team.
The appointment would be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
For further information and an application form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Within the terms of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003, it is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the successful candidate agrees with and signs Emmanuel Marlborough’s Basis of Faith.