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Youth Work Lead- Full Time

Saint Laurence Reading Saint Laurence Church Reading
Closing Date
Sat, 23/07/2022 - 23:00
Full Time
Max Salary
Up to £28,600 (with pension contribution)
Description of Job
Youth Work Lead would hold responsibility for enabling the plans and direction of all youth engagement by:

-Working with the vicar to review, refresh and take forward our strategy for delivering our mission with unchurched young people (aged 12-18yrs); notably including approaches for facing the post-pandemic challenges of delivering our mission with unchurched young people

-Spearheading the work of the church with young people outside of the building. Developing, facilitating and nurturing engagement with young people through outreach activities such as school’s work, online and in-person engagement

-Lead our youth work team, working with and line managing our full-time Youth Worker

-To be creative in youth engagement utilising both in-person and social media, video and web-based platforms to make connections and inspire faith following our model of:
Contact - enabling our contact with non-churched young people
Nurture - ensuring a healthy connection with the Saint Laurence community is established
Commitment - prayerfully and creatively working on our evangelising
Growth - overseeing the discipleship

-With the staff team and volunteers, leading youth-orientated activities – both existing programmes and newly developed opportunities as identified - to create spaces that facilitate relationship building, discipleship, and the building of new forms of church with young people. This will comprise programmes of weekly, occasional (e.g. weekends away), holiday work, social action-focused etc activities; and be online and off-line as required

-Enabling young people to participate in the life of the church - from the point of no contact to vital involvement, sharing our values:
Loving Concern
Living in the power of the Spirit
Sharing Faith
-Communicating, informing, inspiring and involving the wider church in what is going on with young people to be an inclusive family to transform lives

-Equipping, releasing, growing, and training adults to engage with young people

-Oversee, support, supervise and train all those working with young people

-Ensure brilliant safeguarding practice

-Provide training in house safeguarding training to volunteers

-Support the safer recruitment of volunteers

-Sit on the safeguarding table (our safeguarding team)

-Maintain safeguarding records and policies

-Developing key partnerships with other youth provision within Reading (such as Chapter 2 and Starting Point mentoring)

-In addition to wider school outreach work, coordinate and liaise with several public fee-paying schools in the wider Reading area to coordinate volunteer work in our local schools. We have a good relationship with the chaplains at several of these schools, and they are keen to be involved.
Seeking out funding for youth-related activities

-Being instrumental in enacting the plans and direction of all youth engagement

Deadline for applications: Midnight 24th July 2022
Interviews: Monday 8th August

In order to streamline our recruitment process, we reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once we have received a sufficient number of applications.
How to apply for the job
To apply for the role go on New Wine and find our application portal.

Saint Laurence Reading


Saint Laurence lives to see young people come to faith and build new forms of church with them. We are a loving multi-generational community of adults, young people and children. Everyone who is part of Saint Laurence has opted in to be part of a community where all have the expectation of being involved in this ministry. We have been at this 19 years now, and it has been a more fulfilling, stretching, joyful, challenging, heart-breaking, faith-building adventure than we could ever have imagined. We have learned a huge amount and are therefore in a position like never before to commit ourselves before God to give ourselves to all he calls us to.

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