Church and Community Development Worker

The Parish of Gateshead, comprising the churches of St Edmund and St James & St Bede, is looking to appoint a Church and Community Development Worker.

The person appointed will work alongside the Incumbent and other church members to further develop our presence in this urban environment with many areas of deprivation.

For further details see full job description attached.

Visits welcome.

Please contact The Rev’d Margaret Mackay on (0191) 438 3808 or 07910 697308


Send the completed application form with CV to Margaret Mackay by:

Closing date: 09:00 on September 6th.

Interviews: Friday 13th September


JOB TITLE: Church and Community Development Worker

REPORTING TO: Priest in Charge

LOCATION: Gateshead

HOURS24 hours per week. [It is expected that the role holder be committed to the Parish of Gateshead, to include Sunday Worship and Morning Prayer in church on at least one day a week. The role holder is expected to work flexible hours where necessary and pre-agreed in order to fulfil the requirements of the role.


The Churches of St Edmund and St James & St Bede (together forming the Parish of Gateshead) are situated in the heart of Gateshead, which is an area with pockets of deprivation. The statistics tell us that there is 35% child poverty, 41% pensioner poverty and a massive 80% of older residents live alone. The poverty is physical, emotional and spiritual.


To be an active member of the Ministry team of St James and St Bede (together forming the parish of Gateshead) providing leadership of the parish’s engagement with children and families and those who live alone (with a focus on the elderly); and sharing the overall vision of the Parish of Gateshead being an open and inclusive Christian presence. Working alongside and with, other agencies in the parish to serve the people of the Parish of Gateshead and share with them the love of Christ.


  • Be a key member of the parish leadership team, ministering alongside the Priest in Charge and other lay and stipendiary ministers to bring the message of the gospel to the people of the Parish of Gateshead;
  • Initiate and maintain new groups that benefit the community, specifically for the elderly and lonely in line with the parish’s mission and ministry strategy;
  • Support the development of existing toddler group and be an active member of its leadership;
  • Develop, with other stakeholders, the ministry to school-age children and families particularly in relation to holiday clubs and after school clubs;
  • Take an active role in supporting the development of All Age and Children’s worship activities on a Sunday;
  • Take the lead in engaging with other community agencies eg Foodbank in Gateshead to support the health and wellbeing of all members of the community but particularly focussing on those most marginalised and in need; encouraging congregation members participation in wider community activities; working alongside these agencies to identify community skills, assets, issues and needs
  • Work with and alongside the team of volunteers within the church community, ensuring that they are fully equipped to support the ministry to children, families and older people;
  • Identify funding opportunities to support the mission activities of the church, apply for such funding and oversee the spending of it;
  • Use different media to engage with the community eg bi-monthly newsletter, facebook page for families etc;
  • Engage with the day to day life of the Parish of Gateshead e.g. attending ministry meetings and PCC meetings as required. Be part of the team ensuring church premises are open and accessible to all;
  • Be an advocate for the safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults;
  • Any other duties and responsibilities, identified by the Parochial Church Council (the Church’s board of trustees and governing body) as are within your capabilities and responsibility, in order to meet the needs of the parish



  • Work closely with members of ministry team / SMDT
  • Lead volunteers


  • Budget holder for modest budget to support delivery of children, family and other activities.
  • Budget holder for any grant funding won to support role activities.
  • Reasonable working expenses are provided.

Equipment & machinery: Office equipment provided

Other resources: Keyholder to the church buildings and halls.


Qualifications and training:


  • Qualifications in community work, family engagement, fundraising
  • Safeguarding training (it will be mandatory for this role to hold Level C2. This will be arranged as part of the role induction)
  • GDPR training
  • Health and Safety
  • Food Hygiene

Experience and knowledge requirements:


  • Have a vibrant and active Christian Faith *


  • Experience of living and/or working in an urban environment
  • An understanding of the needs of people living in an area of deprivation
  • Experience of working with children and families
  • Experience of working with the elderly

Skills and abilities:

  • Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate with different stakeholder groups and committees, public meetings and individuals both in writing and orally
  • Ability to use software packages to a basic level including word processing, spreadsheets, email
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to work to deadlines
  • Flexible approach to working hours including evenings and weekends
  • Pastorally sympathetic to the needs of others


*The post holder must be an active communicant member of the Church of England or a full member of a church belonging to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or the Evangelical Alliance. This post is exempt under paragraph 3 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010. The Diocese of Durham supports and promotes the aims of the Church of England.

  • HOLIDAY: as per DBF (Diocesan Board of Finance)
  • PENSION: as per DBF(Diocesan Board of Finance)
  • PROBATION PERIOD: 3 months
  • SALARY: £15,961 24 hours [FTE £23,277, 35 hours].
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