Hello, and thank you so much for considering this role with us at St Cuthbert’s Fulwood in Preston.
Three general goals that we have for this post are:
1. Increased effectiveness in seeing our children and youth becoming disciples of Jesus and growing in him.
2. A larger number of non-church families having positive and regular links with St Cuthbert’s.
3. A growing number of families – parents as well as children – coming to faith in Jesus Christ and becoming part of our family at St Cuthbert’s.
There has perhaps never been a more important time to invest in youth and children’s work in our churches. The Scripture Union’s ’95 Campaign’ tells us that a staggering 95 per-cent of under-18s don't go to church. (It is likely this number has increased during the pandemic.) However, many of them are open to faith if we can work together to reach them with the good news of Jesus Christ.
We would not see your role as doing everything ‘for us’ in this area of church life; rather to journey ‘with us’, and to help oversee, catalyse and lead this endeavour to more fully reach and disciple the young people and children in our church and community. We would be willing to tailor the role around the right candidate, if necessary.
Please take a look at the information in this document, as well as the role and person descriptions, and consider applying for this role.
In the meantime, we will be praying for you as you consider whether this might be what God is calling you to.
Revd. Mark Bradford
Vicar, St Cuthbert’s Fulwood
St Cuthberts Fulwood (Preston)
St Cuthbert’s is part of the Church of England in the Diocese of Blackburn and committed to the Diocese’s Vision 2026. We have 169 people on our electoral roll and are connected to the New Wine network of local churches.
Like our namesake, we seek to be ‘fired by the love of God’ (St Bede’s wonderful summary of St Cuthbert), and we are asking God to shape in us a culture of wide embrace, long outreach, high expectancy and deep transformation (cf. Ephesians 3:14-20). (You can read more on our purpose and values at https://www.stcuthbertschurch.net/about/purpose-values/)
We are committed to three strategic goals over the next few years. Firstly, our UP relationship with God, to become a ‘house of prayer for all nations’ – seeing prayer and worship at the root of all that we are and do. Secondly, our IN relationship with each other, to become a ‘family of disciples’ – supporting and encouraging one another for whole life discipleship. Thirdly, our OUT relationship with the community/world, for our church centre and church community to become a ‘hub for our local community’ [see paper on that development - https://bit.ly/2U9i5RP - and how our goals link together], as well as for each of us to be ‘everyday missionaries’ in the networks in which our lives are lived.