Updated: Apr 5, 2019
We are delighted to announce that we have successfully recruited for our new Children's and Youth Mission Leader role. Emma-Jane Manning will be joining us in September, subject to the remaining legalities. We are excited to welcome her and her husband Harry to our church and community as they relocate to this area. Following a solid appointment process with lots of interest and informal conversations four experienced candidates were shortlisted.
Emma-Jane is currently working part-time as the Youth Minister at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Romford whilst she finishes further study at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Emma-Jane has a rare mix of maturity & passion in working with children and young people, particularly in outreach ministry. The panel were unanimous in their decision to recruit Emma-Jane. We felt that God clearly confirmed what a good match she is with our church and young people and that God's timing with regard to the failure to recruit last year was perfect. We asked God to make it really clear and there was a wonderful moment when Emma-Jane said the exact same phrase that had been prayed in the early morning prayer meeting. In addition, her clear love of Jesus and working with His people in bold, kingdom ministry shone through.
Emma-Jane will be our lead for mission and ministry with children & young people both within our gathered church life and also in leading initiatives in our local schools and wider community. I want to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated volunteer teams who have faithfully served our children and young people since Glenn Walsh’s leaving, and to Barbara Ball who does so much behind the scenes in co-ordination & care. We are in good heart and encouraged to have so rising numbers of children & families almost weekly. We look forward to what God will do in this area of church life as Emma-Jane leads us forward. Please pray for Emma-Jane and Harry as they prepare to move to the new role and the area. I know from our experience that you will make them feel very welcome in our church family.
Some words from Emma-Jane:- “I have lived in different areas of Essex my whole life, leaving home for Romford when I was eighteen. I knew God was calling me to leadership, so I spent a year doing an internship at a church whilst living in community. This was a really incredible year of many lessons, leading to my decision to undergo a degree in Theology, Mission and Ministry. This has been really amazing and taught me a lot about myself and how I best minister. I'm really excited for myself and my husband to join you all in September, and become part of your church family. I can't wait to start my new role, and bring my creativity and enthusiasm with me. I look forward to meeting all those I will be working alongside! See you in September.”
Words from Cheryl Trice, Rochester Diocesan Team Lead Adviser Children & Young People’s Mission & Ministry Team:- “It has been a delight and blessing to accompany St Peter & St Paul’s as they’ve discerned Gods vision and explored the potential for their ministry team as a whole, particularly within the area of children, youth and family ministry. Their newest member Emma-Jane will be an inspiring role model of living the life Jesus has called us to do as she builds foundations, relationships and brings her gifts of CYP ministry to the heart of the community.”