Youth Worker | C of E Parish of St James (Southlake)

St James’ Church, Woodley, are looking to appoint a part-time Youth Worker with a passion for outreach, who can help us develop and fulfil an inspiring vision for the future of youth ministry in the parish. The successful applicant will join a warm, loving and lively congregation as a part of the staff team. Woodley is a town with a great potential for mission, and we are ready for God to challenge, stretch and grow us in this area. We have a gifted group of teenagers within the church who are keen to grow in their own faith and reach out to their friends.

There are 5 main aims to this role:
1. Mission – To motivate and equip St James' to reach out to young people in the wider community of Woodley, demonstrating the Good News of Jesus in culturally relevant ways.
2. Discipleship – To disciple and mentor young people in the church, enabling them to grow in faith and equipping them to share the Gospel among their friends.
3. Worship – To inspire and enable our young people to fully participate in the life of the church, and to encourage all members of St James' to value and support them through practical assistance and prayer.
4. Pastoral Care – To support, advise and encourage individual young people and their families, and to help them make positive life choices.
5. Leadership – To lead and develop a small team of volunteers who will assist with activities and help in mentoring and discipleship of young people,

For more information and an application form, please visit our website:

or contact our Church Administrator Becki in the Church Office:
Tel. 0118 966 2568

Please return the completed application form, plus a covering letter, to:
St James' Church Centre
Kingfisher Drive, Woodley

or by email:

St James Woodley


C of E Parish of St James (Southlake)
St James' Church is a lively and modern open-evangelical Anglican church of about 120 people on the outskirts of Reading, founded in 1974. Our church family is committed to regular worship, as well as an array of social and outreach activities – many of which involve food! We have a thriving Messy Church congregation, and several mid-week Home Groups. The Church Centre itself was built with the needs of the surrounding community in mind, and is an emerging social hub for the local neighbourhood, catering for Scout and Guide groups, exercise classes, parties and more, as well as a thriving pre-school. We currently employ a full time Vicar (Laurence), an Office Administrator (Becki) and a part time Children's & Families Worker (Linda). We also have a close working relationship with nearby Emmanuel Church, and until recently, we were one parish. Youth Work between the two churches has always been closely linked, and our hope is that the new Youth Worker will collaborate with the part-time worker at Emmanuel. The Youth Worker will be line-managed and supported by the Vicar, Rev.Laurence Smith. See Church web-site for further information about the Parish.
St James Church Centre, Kingfisher Drive, Woodley. RG5 3LH