St John's Belmont

Appointment of Organist and Choir Leader­­­

Music at St John’s, Belmont

St John’s Church Belmont is a Local Ecumenical Partnership between the Church of England and the Methodist churches. The 2 constituent churches combined in the 1980s to become one congregation. Sunday worship consists of 3 modern language sung communion services a month (one led by a Methodist Minister), an all-age family service, and (when there is a 5thSunday in the month) a service led by a Methodist Local Preacher. On the 1stSunday of the month there is a traditional BCP Choral Evensong, consisting of introit, sung responses, a psalm to Anglican chant, canticles to a variety of settings, an anthem and congregational hymns.

We are looking to continue and build up further a tradition of music that seeks both beauty and joy. We are equally committed to developing excellent choral music and strong congregational singing.

Organ music is a core part of our worship. We are looking for an organist and choir leader who will enjoy the drama of liturgy and help shape t­­­he emotional landscape of worship.

Most congregational singing is of traditional hymns, though modern hymns and choruses are used when appropriate liturgically or in following the lectionary readings. Hymn books used are usually Complete Anglican Hymns Old & Newand occasionally the Methodist Church’s Hymns & Psalms.

Role descriptor

Job Description: Organist and Choir Leader

Responsible to: The Vicar

Working relationships: Choir members and key musicians in the congregation; (including a good organist who prefers not to play weekly, but is a valued member of the team); the Vicar, Methodist Minister, Wardens and Ecumenical Church Council (ECC); other members of the ministry team (including visiting preachers).

Remuneration: Dependent upon qualifications and/or experience, according to RSCM/RCO rates, plus occasional office fees (typically baptisms at £60, weddings at £115 and funerals at £85)

Usual hours: Thursday Choir Rehearsal 6.30 – 8.00 (open to review)
Sunday morning Communion 9.30 – 11.00, , preceded by 8.50-9.20 rehearsal
BCP Evensong 1stSunday, 5.30-6.30pm, preceded by 1 hour rehearsal 4.00-5.00pm, followed by refreshments - Open to review), plus additional time for private rehearsal, occasional offices if possible, and special services (e.g. Carol Services, Holy Week).

Safeguarding: This post is subject to DBS checking under our Safeguarding Policy.

Purpose of the role: To support, enhance and encourage the worship of the church, and to work with others in building healthy, joyous communities, by offering the best music we can, and enabling people to grow as singers and musicians.

Main Duties

  • To play the organ on Sundays at the Sung Communion, family or local preacher services and Evensong. To arrange cover for absence.
  • To encourage, support and develop the choir at the weekly choir practice.
  • To support the worship of the church at festivals and through the liturgical year. (See below, and up to six other services by arrangement.) There has also been a tradition of a choral performance on Good Friday evening.
  • To work with the Vicar and the ECC in supporting the vision of the church and wellbeing of the community.
  • To work with the Vicar to plan music for worship.
  • To develop and hand on a living tradition of church music to new musicians and worshippers.

Other seasonal services required:

  • Advent Carols
  • Festival of Lessons and Carols
  • Midnight Mass
  • Christmas Day
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • All Souls Service

Person Specifications

Essential:

  • To be a committed Christian or in sympathy with the Christian faith
  • An ability to play the organ and piano competently in order to enhance worship
  • To show a passion for and experience of leading and enabling worship
  • Familiarity with Anglican church music and liturgy, and ability to work within our sacramental traditions
  • To have experience of working collaboratively with volunteers of all ages
  • To demonstrate a friendly attitude towards all with excellent communication and organisational skills, good time management and punctuality. To be prepared to work flexibly as the needs of the job require
  • The ability to train and develop the choir

Desirable:

  • A desire to work with children and young people
  • Good skills of improvisation in worship, especially at the communion.
  • A willingness to explore new repertoire as and when appropriate

For more information, and to apply, please contact:

The Revd. Mark Williams,
The Vicarage,
Belmont Rise,
Sutton, Surrey
SM2 6EA

email: vicar@stjohnbelmont.org.uk

Tel: 020 8642 2363

We are seeking to appoint as soon as possible, and welcome initial enquiries before 20 November, 2018.