Job Vacancies at FoL

    May 23, 2024

    FoL (Fountain of Life Church) is an Extra-Parochial Place which describes itself as a missionary congregation whose focus is on taking the gospel to those who haven't yet encountered it, and serves a variety of communities across every age group.  The church is located in Mid-Norfolk between Swaffham, Watton and Dereham and is in the Deanery of Breckland.  We have two congregations - one in Ashill approximately half a mile outside the village and a church plant in Swaffham that meets in the community centre.  

    FoL is a New Wine Church that works in around 20 schools, runs a number of missional communities, hosts leadership and training days, Alpha Courses, training conferences, theological courses, 18 home groups, a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre and CAP Money training programme.  It has been designated as a source church by the Diocese of Norwich.

    FoL is committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding principles, and in the growth and development of both staff and volunteers.

    For our current vacancies, please see below;

    Development Worker for Children, Youth and Families (CYF)

    Context

    This is an exciting year long opportunity based in the Swaffham area to develop and support Children, Youth and Families work (CYF). 

    The role is funded as part of the Diocese of Norwich Church Planting and Revitalisation programme and seeks to build a bridge into the Diocesan strategic objectives around strengthening youth and children’s ministry, church planting and revitalisation. 

    You will be based at the Fountain of Life Church (FoL), a missionary congregation of the Church of England (profile available) with congregations in Ashill and Swaffham; www. http://folchurch.co.uk/

    The role will be divided between launching and developing initiatives in and around Swaffham and engaging with initiatives in churches further afield.

    Summary

    Developing CYF provision in and around Swaffham – 2½ days a week

    You will be developing CYF initiatives in Swaffham and surrounding areas.  These will include the development primarily of FoL youth provision in Swaffham, liaising with and building relationship with local schools as needed but also a parent and toddler group and work with families. 

    Supporting and Connecting with other churches - 2½ days a week

    You will be connecting with and supporting a range of churches and CYF initiatives in target areas around the diocese such as King’s Lynn, Hunstanton, Fakenham and Watton.  Projects may include Youth Cafes, School involvement, Youth Discipleship Groups, Regional Youth Worship and Gathering events. 

    Each of the project churches will have been allotted funding designated for the development of CYF mission that must be utilised within the year. For some areas this will be a direct injection of funds to enhance and sustain what already exists, but in other areas this may involve starting CYF work from scratch.

    You will work alongside any existing projects in their respective churches as well as helping to develop new initiatives which may include:

    Supporting Churches:

    • building relationship and liaise with local church leaders, staff and volunteers in order to explore and develop CYF provision, and fresh approaches to CYF work.
    • using your knowledge and experience to make best use of available funding.

    Recruitment and Networking:

    • encouraging and network with volunteers and staff involved in CYF Ministry to build team.
    • consider onwards sustainability of projects and groups
    • having an awareness of the potential for a wider network of CYF mission in other areas in Norfolk.

    Training and Education:

    • sharing knowledge and expertise to normalize the new way of doing CYF work in the local church.

    Documentation and Reporting:

    • recording learning and produce reports in order to prove and improve models of CYF ministry for diocesan strategy and National Church learning.
    • reflecting on activities and visits to help churches refine their CYF ministry.
    • Identifying and report on gaps and opportunities for CYF mission.
    • maintaining records in line with CYF work and safeguarding best practice guidelines.

    General:

    • ensuring safeguarding requirements are met in line with the Diocesan safeguarding policy.
    • ensuring good management of volunteers.

    The Fountain of Life Church is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

    Person Specification

    Personal Characteristics and Skills

    Essential

    • To have an inherent sense of fun!
    • To be a person that can bring initiative and creativity to the role.
    • To be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised.
    • To have good organisation, planning and time management skills
    • To be a facilitator, networker with the ability to work with other agencies and organisations.
    • To have experience and knowledge of Safeguarding, Equal opportunities and Health and Safety.
    • To have a driving licence and access to a car which can be used for business purposes.

    Desirable

    • Ability to work within and support different church traditions and styles
    • Able to drive a minibus.

    Qualifications, knowledge and experience

    Essential

    • GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English.
    • Experience of working with youth in a paid or unpaid role.
    • Experience of co-ordinating and managing volunteers.
    • Experience of organising events.

    Desirable

    • A qualification in Child Development /Health and Social Care / Children or Youth Ministry
    • Some form of Theological training.

    There is an Occupational Requirement under the Equality Act 2010, section 1 schedule 9, that the successful applicant will be a practising Christian.

    Appointment will be subject to an enhanced check via the Disclosure and Barring Service, satisfactory references and criminal record declaration as well as a three-month probationary period. In addition, all applicants will be expected to work within schools’ and Diocesan policies and procedures.

    Terms and Conditions of employment

    • Salary £25,480 per annum plus agreed expenses.
    • Hours 35 per week
    • 1 Year contract
    • The post requires evening and weekend work, usually including Sundays.
    • Holiday entitlement: 25 days in addition to statutory holidays.
    • Pension arrangement: 4% employers’ contribution.
    • The postholder will be based in the Swaffham area but will be expected to work in other locations around the diocese. The church office is in Ashill, however some remote working will be required.
    • The postholder will work within the safeguarding policies of local churches, schools and the Diocese of Norwich
    • Your line manager will be the Senior Minister of the Fountain of Life Church.
    • You will be expected to attend monthly staff meetings in Ashill.

    Schedule

    • Closing date for applications: 12th July 2024
    • Date for interview: TBC
    • Start date: as soon as possible

    How to apply: contact to request an application form

     

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