We are an Independant and charismatic church, aiming to be culturally relevant in our teaching, worship and outreach. We are smaller in number but expecting and preparing for growth.
We believe God has called us to actively prepare for this growth. We want to see people of all ages and walks of life come to faith. Part of this is our passion to see the many young people of our town experience Jesus in their lives.
Our Church is 22 years old and was a plant from the Community Church in the next village, this is out of the ordinary as it is quite unusual to plant from a village to a town. SCC was planted in the West End specifically because there was no other Church based there.
Numbers have varied over the years across all age groups, and in recent years numbers of young people worshipping at Church has diminished, however our prayer has been to see younger folk and children and families come through our Church doors and God in His faithfulness has answered our prayers and we are seeing an increase in attendance of all ages.
We meet in the local Community Hall on a Sunday for a morning service, but we are fortunate to have our own cabin where some of the weekly activities take place.
Having had Ministers in the past, the Church went through a period of time without a full time leader. In December 2016 the Church appointed its current full time Minister. One of the goals upon this appointment was to move our Church forward with a particular emphasis on engaging with youth within the Church and Community.
Structure & Vision
As a growing Church within a small rural Dorset town we believe God is directing us to be prepared and be culturally relevant and to be preparing for growth across all age groups.
As part of this process we believe we must be proactive in seeking to fulfil this vision. As a Church we believe we are now in a position to providing an opportunity for one or more interns to come and share this challenging and exciting journey with us. We hope that one or more interns would be able to help to develop our existing youth ministry; but also facilitate exciting front line projects within the community and local schools.
Our Church is united to encourage, enable, empower and equip those who respond to this challenge.
We are looking for someone who is passionate to see young people encounter Jesus, and join a willing team of volunteers.
As youth work is already developing in Church and the local community, our next strategic goal is to be in a position to appoint a full time youth worker. This goal we believe to be in the bear future. With this in mind we see the future of our Church’s youth work being led by a dedicated youth team made up of a full time youth worker, interns and volunteers.
Sherborne Community Church is excited, united and standing in faith to see this vision come to fulfilment.
Sherborne is a quaint, Historic Dorset town, full of character, nestling in beautiful countryside. We are approximately 45 minutes from the nearest Jurassic coast beach, and certainly close enough to explore the length of the Jurassic coast. We are six miles from Yeovil where a number of SWYM trainees and youth workers are based .
Sherborne is home to one state Secondary school, four Private schools and two state Primary schools. Therefore we have a large number of young people within the town and outlying villages. The harvest is certainly plentiful.
Alongside this there is an ageing population to minister to and care for.
Within all age groups there is a mixed population, ranging from great wealth to deprivation.
New housing is under construction in a number of areas across the town ranging from opportunities for first time buyers to the construction of new homes for the elderly.This will swell family numbers in the town and give outreach opportunities.
Our Church lies in the middle of the Westend between owned homes and social housing.
The town attracts many tourists due to its many great historic buildings, the Abbey, Castle and Sherborne boys school giving a flavour. Some of the buildings have been used as the backdrop for a number of films including Far from the Madding crowd and Goodbye Mr Chips. If you are a coffee drinker you will love Sherborne as it provides more than a dozen coffee stops in the main thoroughfare.
Sherborne has very good sports facilities, two very well equipped sports centres. The youth of the town have a skateboard park.
The train service provides a good service with easy access to London and the rest of the West Country.
Activities in Church.
Children and youth work within the church involves Discipling the small group of young folk that come on a Sunday. Numbers vary from 4-9 depending upon attendance and the age range is vast from 2-13. Due to an increase in numbers we are the point of splitting age ranges to accommodate learning needs of the young folk.
Friday youth club. The age range for this club is school years 6-9. We attract between 50-60 + on these evenings. We see this as an opportunity for outreach in serving the young folk by providing a safe environment where they can hang out. Activities include sports, organised and spontaneous. crafts, circus skills, board games, and we use the opportunity to come alongside the young folk, supporting and serving them and their families in anyway we can . We feel we need input from youth leaders in this area to help bridge the age gap. The young folk attend the local schools and the club is seen by parents as a good transition opportunity from Primary to Secondary education. There is also opportunity to support other community youth groups through the week.
Schools work - we are developing links with the local Secondary school. The school is a C of E school and is very happy to have interns working there. Opportunity to work with the Chaplaincy team leader and the CU within school is available. We would see this as an opportunity for interns to develop their mentoring skills with young people and find opportunities to do detached youth work. One of our Church leaders works in school and another volunteers during exam periods. A previous SWYM interns has worked in the school.
Community youth work - at the moment members of our Church leadership team are part of a working party looking at how we can serve the older teenagers of the town, and also some of the more vulnerable young people disengaging with school. This work is in its early stages and the multi faceted group is exploring different avenues to engage with this age group. It is an exciting time to be in Sherborne if your passion is to work with young people.
The Hen House - this is a weekly toddler group, it’s main focus is developing relationships with parents. The age range of the parents ranges from young mums under 25 through to grandparents caring for toddlers. An intern can use this activity to develop skills in relationship building across age ranges and help serve the community in a practical way. Every term we provide a dinner for the mums , cooking a meal for them and selflessly serving them. This is really appreciated by the mums.
House groups are essential to spiritual growth within the Church. House groups provide a great vehicle for an intern to get plugged into the life of the Church. Also house groups are a great opportunity to develop relationships with Church members .
Cafe outreach- The coffee stop. This is open to the general public and attracts a variety of age ranges but mainly a more elderly group of people. It is run on a Thursday from 10.30 - 13.30 , providing opportunity for building relationships and serving the community. You get a great bacon sandwich here and generous cups of coffee supplied. This can be a very busy activity with a really infectious good atmosphere that is uplifting for all who attend.
As a CAP ( Christians against poverty) Church we provide debt coaching and befriending to those in need due to debt. As an intern one can learn how this support takes place and observe the impact of this service to individuals and families.
Alpha programme - this takes place in September. We have experienced fruit from this outreach event, and continue to use the resources provided.
Supporting the local food bank, members of our Church along with members of the community are involved in preparing and delivering food parcels to the community. Another opportunity to serve the community.
20/20 event - this is planned for April 2020 the vision is ‘to ignite the local Churches to be effective in demonstrating the Kingdom.’ We have a guest speaker Simon Ponsonby coming to Sherborne for three evenings, there will be worship and a message - we are praying that Christians in Churches within the town and the surrounding villages will come along and that we will see Gods Holy Spirit at work and that Churches will be ignited to show The Kingdom at work. We are encouraged that the theme that came with the vision ‘Thy Kingdom come ‘ is now a national theme and lots of prayer events are happening around the globe with this focus. Our interns would be involved in preparation for this event and in promoting it to the young folk - teenagers, they come into contact with.