Two New Roles

Families Chaplain & Youth and Children’s Community Worker


Families Chaplain

Are you a committed Christian who loves seeing people of all ages grow in faith and confidence?

 Do you have a soft spot for profound theological questions and interesting observations from 5 year olds? Are you a people-oriented person who is able to connect with folk of all ages and find common ground?

Do you struggle to sit through church if it isn’t interactive?

Do you value the opportunity to pray and worship through sound and silence, craft and cake?

If so, you might be just who we’re looking for to join our team at The Beacon Project: SR5. In partnership with the Parish of North Wearside, we hope The Beacon Project: SR5 will result in a series of locally authentic and evolving, sustainable church activities and practices for all ages, that will increase our value to, and relationships with, our community in North Wearside, Sunderland.

The Family Chaplain’s key purpose is to facilitate and nurture the discipleship of children and families in the Parish of North Wearside building on established provision and developing it further. You will create, develop and lead, a contextually appropriate program of activity and events, to engage children and families in following Jesus and growing a personal faith. You will develop relationships and seek to involve and engage families more fully in the life of the church whilst developing appropriate expressions of worship for, and with, them. You will also work closely with grandparents and the wider family unit, with a specific focus on developing our parish support for the isolated and bereaved. As part of your role you will be involved in recruiting and training a team of local volunteers to support the delivery of the Beacon Project activities.

This is a role that is inwardly focused on the church community but with a missional mind-set.

Hours: 16 hours, assumed over 4 days

Salary: £9.50/hour

Work base: Office space at Holy Trinity, Southwick

Length of contract: four years initially, with a view to extend depending on funding

Whilst there is some flexibility available, we expect the post to be worked over four days a week, including Sundays and occasional evenings.

For further information and an application pack please go to www.northwearsideparish.com

You are invited to contact the ordained lead of The Beacon Project, the Rev’d Chantal Noppen on 07504 560249 for an informal chat about the role.

Deadline: 6pm on August 15th submitted electronically to beaconprojectsr5@gmail.com or by post to The Team Rectory, Rotherham rd., Redhouse, Sunderland, SR5 5QS.

Interviews are scheduled for the week beginning August 31st


Youth and Children’s Community Worker

Are you a Christian who is enthusiastic about their faith and following Jesus but willing to admit they haven’t got it all figured out? Do you know how to communicate and build relationships through minimal dialogue? Do you enjoy eating pizza, playing games, seeing things from a new perspective and thinking on your feet? Can you advocate for others and help them grow in confidence to do it themselves and get their voice heard? Are you comfortable with being real around others and able to model respect?

If so, you might be just who we’re looking for to join our team at The Beacon Project: SR5. In partnership with the Parish of North Wearside, we hope The Beacon Project: SR5 will result in a series of locally authentic and evolving, sustainable church activities and practices, that will increase our value to, and relationships with, our community in North Wearside, Sunderland.

As the Youth and Children’s Community Worker, you will be key in developing our youth provision and programme; building relationships and connections with local community groups and schools. You will have input in mission activities and events designed to improve our visibility in the community including planning and delivering interactive prayer spaces in school, church and around the community. You will be expected to develop an awareness of existing youth provision and seek to work in partnership with other groups, both church based and secular, where possible. You will be an advocate for young people in the church and the community, helping them to find their own voice and raise their aspirations, growing in faith and confidence. As a visible, accessible and active Christian you will create an environment for young people to grow spiritually, curating a safe place for exploration of faith and questions without judgement, in a non-intimidating way.

This is an outward facing missional role that is seeking to better embed our church life in the community, more thoroughly and visibly, boosting our accessibility and approachability. Whilst there is some flexibility available, we expect the post to be worked over 3 days a week, which will include evenings and weekends.

Post title:  Youth & Children’s Community Worker

Hours: 16 hours a week initially, presumed over 3 days

Salary: £9.50/hour

Length of contract: four years initially, with a view to extend depending on funding

For further information and an application pack please go to www.northwearsideparish.com

You are also invited to contact the ordained lead of The Beacon Project, the Rev’d Chantal Noppen on 07504 560249 for an informal chat about the role.

Deadline: 6pm on August 15th submitted electronically to beaconprojectsr5@gmail.com or by post to The Team Rectory, Rotherham rd., Redhouse, Sunderland, SR5 5QS.

Interviews are scheduled for the week beginning August 31st


We are an equal opportunities employer with a commitment to inclusion. There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holders are committed Christians.

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