logo                 Organist at Christ Church, Chelsea

The PCC of St Luke and Christ Church, Chelsea wish to appoint a permanent Organist at Christ Church, Chelsea

We wish to appoint a highly competent and motivated organist for Sunday and Feast Day eucharists and Occasional Offices.

We offer a competitive salary, teamwork with a professional Director of Music and Collegiate choir. The 2009 Flentrop instrument is highly sought after for teaching and concert performances.

Full details are available on our website For an informal conversation or to arrange a visit, contact Gareth Wilson (Director of Music) or the Rector,

Revd Dr Prebendary Brian Leathard

Organist at Christ Church, Chelsea


Playing for Sunday eucharist.

1000 Rehearsal and 1100 Service. Approx 2.5 hrs

Comfortable with all aspects of liturgical playing and accompanying at a professional level including:

Choral accompaniment


Psalms- Anglican and plainchant

Traditional Hymnody and occasional children’s worship songs.

Choosing and performing appropriate voluntaries to highest professional standards

Playing for Occasional Offices- weddings, funerals, carol services etc

Liaison with Organ Tuners (Michael Broadway) and Organ Builder (Flentrop)


To provide the above for 52 services a year for the sum of £4000. The Sundays in August, the Sunday after Christmas and the Sunday after Easter are not included, but if the postholder chooses to play on these Sundays (s)he would be remunerated separately. The postholder is also entitled to pension provision by the PCC at a rate of 5% of gross annual pay.

52 services must include Triduum (Maundy Thursday to Easter Day), All Souls, Carol Service, Christmas Day

Additional benefits are the capacity to rehearse and teach on this very fine 2009 Flentrop instrument (2 manual tracker action, no pistons nor swell), by liaison with the Parish Office to secure availability. This first class instrument is in high demand as a teaching and recital organ.

Person specification

At least ARCO level of competence or equivalent

Good and relevant experience of liturgical accompaniment

Sympathetic to liberal-catholic Anglican eucharistic worship in a vibrant, mixed-age church community, including child-focussed worship once each term.

Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to liaise with Director of Music and clergy

Advantageous to be willing and able occasionally to direct choir (8+ singers drawn from London universities and colleges). The collegiate-standard choir sings from a wide and unusual repertoire, from early music to new music.

Desire and ability to enhance the role of this world-class organ in the life of the church and community.

The appointment will be made by the Rector and Parochial Church Council to whom the postholder will be responsible. Day to day oversight is exercised by the Director of Music, Gareth Wilson.  Gareth also holds the post of Director of Chapel Music at Girton College, Cambridge and composes, conducts, lectures and records.

July 2017


Director of Youth, Children’s and Families’ Ministry


About our parish

St Luke’s and Christ Church, Chelsea, is a large, inclusive parish in central London.  We have two churches and a parish school which is outstanding (OFSTED) and ‘has exceptional links with the church’ (SIAMS inspection, 2016).  The parish has a fine choral tradition, including a Junior Choir, and a history of social engagement with local and international Christian charities.


Over the past few years we have experienced rapid growth in our children’s and youth ministry, with over 300 children registered as regular church attenders, and another 200 coming occasionally.  Across the two churches an average of 120 children (aged 0 – 13) attend worship each Sunday during term.  


Our Sunday Schools incorporate child-friendly liturgical worship, followed by age-appropriate activities and discussion of the day’s Gospel reading in six separate groups before returning to church for Communion.  We have a rota of almost 70 committed volunteers, about one-third of whom have attended the Diocesan “Academy Basics” training course, and a paid Sunday morning Sunday School teacher at St Luke’s.


We also offer a monthly Youth event, which is well attended by those already confirmed; a variety of social, cultural, sporting or religious half-term and holiday activities (currently up to 12 days a year) and an annual Youth outing to the Alban Pilgrimage, as well as a weekly baby and toddler group.  There are six All-Age Eucharists a year, plus a children’s Good Friday service, Crib Service and other worship to mark liturgical feasts and seasons.


There are currently two priests and a deacon in the parish, all of whom are regularly engaged with children’s, youth and schools ministry, but the PCC has decided that the scale and scope of this ministry now calls for the creation of this new full-time role.  The post of Director of Youth, Children’s and Families Ministry will be a strategic, organisational, training and management role, to draw out the gifts and skills of our volunteers, requiring someone with a theological grounding, volunteer management experience, and the ability and desire to share their faith with others. 


About you  

We are looking to appoint someone with the following gifts, skills and experience:

 ·         A committed communicant Christian with an understanding of Anglican liturgy and spirituality

·         Confident, inspirational and experienced in sharing their own Christian faith, whilst creating open, non-judgmental spaces in which children and young people can pray, learn more about God revealed in Word and Sacrament, and safely explore their questions about faith

·         Experienced in working with secondary school age children, but also confident  working with children of all ages

·         Proven experience in volunteer management and training

·         Qualifications in youth/children’s work and/or religious studies and willing to undertake further training as appropriate

·         Excellent IT, social media and organisational skills, good presentation and communication skills and the ability to involve the wider church in the development of the children’s ministry

·         Warm, inclusive and welcoming to all our young people and to the diverse families from which they come.


About the post   


·         Manage and develop our large team of youth and children’s ministry volunteers through prayerful recruitment, inspiration, support, organisation and training

·         Oversee all our Sunday morning and weekday ministries for children and young people

·         Develop an exciting, creative and varied Sunday curriculum in line with the Lectionary, providing theological ideas and practical resource suggestions for volunteer leaders and helpers

·         Deepen the spirituality and prayerfulness of our children’s and young people’s worship throughout the year

·         Build further on our current programme of half-term and holiday activities, and feast-day celebrations


·         Engage proactively with the many families involved in the churches and the school


·         Expand our provision for secondary school-age children through dedicated Sunday morning provision

·         Build on our current monthly youth events by offering accessible and attractive opportunities for prayer, worship, socialising and learning, possibly to include a residential trip

·         Develop closer links with young people living in our parish, but not attending the church, by building further on an existing partnership with the local youth team


·         Maintain rotas and databases relating to our children’s and youth ministry

·         Produce a regular “digest” of external training and young people’s events, discerning, approaching and encouraging those who might benefit from particular courses/events

·         Develop links with local churches and with the Diocese

·         Be responsible for safeguarding our children and young people, through safer recruitment procedures; ensuring all volunteers are DBS-checked; that parish safeguarding policies are kept up to date and risk assessments are carried out on all children’s activities


Additional Information          


Salary of £31,500 per annum (which includes inner London weighting)

The post is for a three year period, with possible extension subject to gaining additional funding

All reasonable work related expenses and relevant training costs will be fully reimbursed

 Work Pattern

·         The role is based on 35 hours per week.  The working week is typically five days, to include Sundays

·         Holiday entitlement: 20 days to include a maximum of 6 Sundays per annum

·         The post holder will be required to:

o   Attend the main Sunday service

o   Attend some evening events, occasional Saturday events, and possibly a residential trip

o   Be available to work at Christmas and Easter services and other events when required

o   All holidays are to be agreed in advance with the Associate Vicar

 Occupational Requirement

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the post-holder is a practising Christian.

 Probationary Period

There is a 6 month probationary period.

 Notice Period

One month.

Eligibility to work in the UK

The job holder must be able to provide evidence of their eligibility to work legally in the UK prior to appointment and for the entire duration of employment.

DBS Clearance

Appointment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

To Apply

If you would like an informal conversation, please contact the Revd Emma Smith, Associate Vicar, on 020 7351 7365 or

To apply, please send a CV and a short personal statement (no more than 500 words), outlining how you meet the elements of the personal specification, and some initial thoughts about how you would engage with the different aspects of the post, to the Revd Emma Smith at the email address above, or by post to:

The Revd Emma Smith, St Luke’s Parish Office, Sydney Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 6NH


Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 18 September 2017.

Interviews: Thursday 28 September 2017.