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Children & Youth Worker

Emmanuel Church Oxford Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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Description of Job

To support our ongoing work, we are looking to appoint a capable and enthusiastic team member to support the provision of our children & youth ministries. Emmanuel has a large and growing number of children with four separate age groups in our Sunday provision, and a small group of youth that is likely to increase dramatically in size over the next two to three years. The children’s ministry has developed beyond Sundays to include several family events including Light Parties, Christmas and Easter events and a summer holiday club.

 We are looking for an individual who has a passion to see children and youth engaging with the gospel and growing in their lives of discipleship, who can help us to continue to improve the quality of our children and youth work. Our aim is for all our children to attend well planned provision led by well trained volunteers; for all those involved in children’s ministry to share this heart for children and find creative ways for our children to interact with the gospel and experience its challenge, comfort and joy for themselves. It is also our desire for children to build strong friendships with each other and benefit from integration into the wider church family. We want our youth to build strong friendships with each other, as well as being supported in their integration into the wider church family. Our aim is for all our youth to increasingly grow in confidence navigating the world they live in and in confidence sharing the gospel with those around them. 

 Please note that this advertisement is open to full-time and part-time applicants. In order to form a full-time role, some other office-based staff functions may need to be fulfilled, but these would be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership of the children & youth work teams and ministries
  • Recruitment and induction of new children & youth work team members
  • Ownership and development of children’s work curriculum
  • Planning and preparation of children’s work resources
  • Working in partnership with the Families Lead to plan and run events for families
  • Ownership and development of youth activities and teaching curriculum, including Friday Night Youth, and Sunday provision
  • Planning and delivery of youth including NewDay and the Youth Weekend Away
  • Potential to support the running of the Jellytots toddler group
  • Ensuring Safeguarding procedures are implemented across children & youth work ministry

The ideal candidate would have experience working with children (0-12 years old), developing curriculum and planning and delivering engaging teaching materials. They would have experience working with youth (12-18 years old), as well as mentoring and discipling others in their faith. They would be able to lead and inspire others; and to take initiative in creating new opportunities within the wider community on Emmanuel’s behalf. For the right candidate there would be the opportunity to engage in wider training opportunities within our Catalyst family of churches.

Person specification


  • High levels of initiative and organizational skill
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, able to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Ability to lead and inspire others
  • Ability to motivate, manage and support volunteers
  • Ability to work independently and flexibly
  • A background in education or working with children more widely
  • Experience of mentoring and discipling others in their faith
  • Must be willing to undergo an enhanced DBS check


  • Experience of child safeguarding
  • Proficiency working with the Microsoft suite of applications
  • Experience of managing budgets

Key details

  • Salary range: £25,290 - £28,447, full time equivalent, dependent upon experience
  • Hours: 37.5 hours pw. Part-time employment also considered
  • Annual Leave: Five weeks plus Bank Holidays (Pro-Rata). There is possibility to discuss how the hours are split to offer greater flexibility around school holidays
  • Location: Role based in the Church office
  • Start date: September 2024 (earlier start date would be considered)
  • Please note that the person fulfilling this role will need to be a committed Christian who shares alignment with Emmanuel’s vision and values, and the expectation is that the successful applicant will be or become an active member of Emmanuel Church Oxford. 

This Role is reporting to and supported by the Families Lead, Lauren Enright.

Please feel free to enquire about this position, or to apply please send your CV and covering letter to Matt Partridge, Senior Pastor,

Please note we are unable to sponsor visas for international applicants.

Application deadline: 15th July 2024


Emmanuel Church Oxford

Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Emmanuel Church is a thriving church in Oxford made up of people of all ages from many nations. We love God and love the city we live in.

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