Families Worker/Pastor

Kirdford Chapel

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Job Details

Type: permanent
Hours: full time
Location: Billingshurst
Salary: A competitive employment package will be offered which will depend on the age and experience of the person appointed. The package will include pension contributions. Accommodation requirements can be
Posted: 19 Aug 2021
Closes: 31 Oct 2021
Ref: P31052021-1651/KIRDFORD

Important Requirements

Applications can only be considered from those who are UK citizens or who otherwise have a right to work in the UK.

You will need to be able to declare wholehearted acceptance of the FIEC doctrinal basis and agreement with the FIEC ethos statements.


Roger Loosley (Chairman of Trustees of Kirdford Chapel)
[email protected]

Kirdford and Rudgwick Chapels are two small village churches in close proximity and an informal partnership is developing between them. Our mature congregations have a vision to further their existing outreach to their communities which is based on long standing good relationships with local residents.


The situation in August 2021


By the grace of God both churches have come out of the lockdown in good shape. Both started “covid secure” services on Easter Sunday and these have continued. Most of the pre-covid congregations have returned to the services. The Good News Club for children aged 5 - 10 at Kirdford has re-started on Zoom and, hopefully will be able to meet at the chapel for the autumn term. At Rudgwickthe Sunday morning the Lighthouse children’s group has resumed.


The churches have both been involved in running The Chapel Channel online services and Bible Studies produced by and for the congregations of five local churches. These and the associated chat rooms have been a great blessing, particularly when it was not possible to hold services, and, although currently on hold during August, may continue in some form subject to a review. This co-operation has fostered fellowship and co-operation between the leaders and congregations of the churches involved.


Although both churches have been affected by illness and bereavements, they remain in good heart and are looking forward to not only getting back to their full programmes but to extending their outreach to children, young people, and families, particularly to those moving into the new houses being built close to both chapels.


The churches are looking to appoint a person with vision who can take their ministry forward with an enthusiastic and innovative approach to evangelism and a commitment to teaching and discipleship.

The role is to:

Develop the existing and new outreach to children, young people and their families.

  • Be responsible for all-age services, using creative approaches to engage young people and attract families, especially from the new housing estates being developed in both villages.
  • Form good relationships with local schools.
  • Become an integral part of both churches.
  • Contribute to teaching and pastoral care.
  • Work as part of the leadership team of each church.
  • Understand and implement best practice in children’s work, including Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Use social media to extend the churches on-line presence and for communication.


Required Skills

  • It is an occupational requirement that the successful applicant is a Christian and accepts the FIEC Basis of Faith.
  • A full driving licence.
  • Enhanced DBS disclosure check.
  • Satisfactory references as to previous employment, Christian ministry, and character.
  • The support of his home church, to apply for this position.
  • The Biblical qualifications for eldership.
  • Experience of working with children, young people, and families.
  • A passion for evangelism and making disciples.
  • The ability to lead and work as part of a team.
  • Good organisational, time management and administrative skills.
  • A desire to learn and develop their God given gifts.
  • Sensitivity to the culture of small fellowships in a rural environment.


It is desirable, but not essential, for the successful applicant to have some musical ability and technical skill for developing and using social media.


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