There are more demands on the time of Mandy, the Children’s and Youth Minister, including the vital work of safeguarding. We no longer have Sheila Samuels, in charge of outreach ministry to adults and children, including Messy Church and Holiday Club. The Parish of Walton on Thames has 26,000 people with 18% of the population under 14.
1 Young Families
Working closely with Caroline, our curate in charge of Toddler Praise, this would increase our capacity to provide groups for toddlers. We also want to pastor young families, recognising the pressures on families with young children and create a supportive network of parents.
2 Outreach to more needy families
This would take over the outreach portfolio for Children and families left by Sheila Samuels including Messy Church and Holiday Club.
3 Oversee Sunday School at St John’s
The Sunday school at St John’s relies on church members. Recent in house training is helping more parents to become involved is encouraging, but there is a need for longer term support and direction.
4 Youth age 11 upwards
This would release Mandy to focus on age 6 upwards and to have time to put into young people age 11 upwards. To re-establish Youth in the church
We are absolutely committed to keeping our children safe in all church activities. This would share the ever increasing burden of safeguarding with Mandy Watts.
We have two full time Vicars (currently paid 1.4 salaries between them).
We have a part-time curate (unpaid).
We have one Children and Youth Minister ( FT paid).
We have one part-time Administrator.
We no longer have a part time Church Army evangelist responsible for outreach work with adults and children.
Account name (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DIFFERENT ACCOUNT TO THE ONE USED FOR REGULAR GIVING)
Walton-on-Thames Parochial Church PCC
Sort code – 20-90-56
Account – 30925101
As a church, our outgoings are £360,000 a year.
£113,500 of this goes to Guildford Diocese paying for central support, curates’ training, one vicar’s salary and Bishops. The amount we give to the Diocese is calculated on the relative prosperity of the parish and the number of people who attend church. On top of this, we pay all salaries and running costs.
Average giving in the Diocese is £22 per family per week. The average giving in our parish is very low by comparison,at £9 per week. This severely restricts the ministry we can do as a church.
From our regular giving, we cannot afford this role.