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 May 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 at Rudgwick it is hoped to re-open the Lighthouse children’s group shortly.
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 are a great blessing, particularly when it was not possible to hold services, and will continue, at least until the churches are able to resume their full programmes. 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.
- 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.