St John’s Organist – Job Description
Address: St John the Evangelist, Grove Lane, Kingston, KT1 2TT
Responsible to: Vicar
Appointed by: Vicar and PCC
Hours: 10am Sunday service and other occasional services, occasional choir practices
Description of the Church and Role:
St John’s is part of the Kingston Team. We are a church in the liberal, Eucharistic tradition (we share Holy bread and wine at most services) and our services have a relaxed, inclusive and family friendly atmosphere. The congregation are a range of ages including lots of families with younger children. The average congregation is around 55 adults and 20 children. We use a range of music in our services from traditional hymns to modern worship songs and music from Taize and Iona.
Some of our congregation is transient and we attract new members who may not have much knowledge of church music so we are keen for our new organist to encourage singing amongst the congregation.
There have been good musicians in the congregation and we have enjoyed the cello and flute accompanied by the piano during communion from time to time.
Three times a year we gather a choir of people from the church and wider community who enjoy singing. There are varying levels of ability from those who don’t read music to those who regularly sing with a choir. This community choir sings at our Christmas carol service, our Easter service and our Dedication Festival in July. Ideally we would like an organist who would be interested in choosing the music and leading the three choir practices for each service.
Pattern of Services:
1st Sunday of the month – Family Communion service. An all-age service which lasts around 45 minutes with a short talk and lots of children present.
2nd, 4th, 5th Sundays – Parish Communion. Common Worship Order One with hymns and a simple mass setting sung by the congregation.
3th Sunday – 9am Holy Communion – said service no organist required. 10am sacred space – non-Eucharistic service for adults with hymns.
We have very few weddings and funerals. Only one or two a year. We regularly have separate baptism services at 12 noon on Sundays and sometimes the organist is asked to play for this.
We are currently working on a building project to refurbish the interior of the church. As part of this we hope to upgrade our current organ to a more substantial two or three manual organ and re-site it in the nave nearer the worship space. We would be very pleased to have our new organist involved in these decisions.
- Capable organist and pianist, with good sight reading skills
- Team player
- Prepared to get to know the congregation by staying for coffee from time to time and to boost the singing by a monthly singing practice with the congregation five minutes before the service starts.
- The energy and passion to enthuse the congregation about singing and music
- Ideally with experience as a church organist. But if not with the enthusiasm to develop the skills by attending suitable courses, learning a wide selection of voluntaries etc
- Ideally familiar with church music and able to choose appropriate hymns for services in cooperation with the vicar
- Ideally a practising Christian or at least sympathy with the Christian faith and an understanding of Church of England services.
Terms and Conditions and Fees
The organist will be asked to sign an agreement setting out the terms and conditions of the role.
Fees (for Sundays services and occasional offices) will be based on RSCM rates and negotiated according to the applicant’s abilities and experience.
We welcome all applicants. Those with experience as a church organist and those with none. As long as you have the musical ability and the enthusiasm and willingness to engage with our vibrant, welcoming community we’d love to hear from you.
For an informal chat or to apply please contact the vicar, Rev’d Vicky Maunder, by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 8546 9882.
Administrator: Frances Hazelgrove on email@example.com or 07952085661