Farnsfield is a large and vibrant village community of around 3,500 people. It is well situated between Mansfield, Nottingham and Newark and has become a very popular place to live. With a mixture of new builds and established dwellings there are a high proportion of families and younger people in the village, due in part to the excellent C of E school with which we are attached. There is a great community feel and lots of potential for the church to develop and strengthen links and play an increasingly active role in the life of the village.
St Michael’s church (part of a cluster of 4 parish churches) has been at the heart of the village for many years and has always sought to engage with the children and families in its community. In a process with the diocese in 2018/19 Farnsfield was identified as a place which has real potential to see growth, especially as the church seeks to deepen the partnership with the local C of E school. Through that process we discerned that God was leading us to start two new worshipping communities, one running midweek after school (at the school) and another Sunday worshipping community, which is still to be defined but which will focus upon ‘engaging with those not currently connected with church’.
Our After-School Church ‘Connect’ launched in October 2019 and has been great fun so far, attracting over 50 children and 30+ parents/adults each week and bearing witness to the great openness there is within the Farnsfield community to explore and engage with faith.
These new worshipping communities form an essential part of our recently developed mission statement as a church of “10-in-10: 10% of the people in Farnsfield living as devoted followers of Jesus within 10 years.” This is a vision which, as we each commit ourselves to our new values of praying | sowing | serving | growing, seeks the transformation of Farnsfield as a whole. Any successful candidate, whilst having a particular focus upon the development of our ministry amongst children and families, would be expected to work alongside the vicar and leadership team as we seek to follow God’s lead and work towards this wider mission.
Our vision for children in Farnsfield is that they would have a great time together whenever they meet, that they would come to know God personally and not just know about God, and build a genuine connection with him which they can continue to develop into adulthood. As they grow up in faith our hope is that they would learn to pray for others confidently, to share faith with their friends, to develop a deep understanding of the Scriptures and of their own spiritual giftings, and to take an active role within the life of the church. We’d love to see parents to grow in their faith too and feel equipped to disciple their children at home and share the life of faith freely as a family.