Youth, Children and Families Worker, Benefice of Balby and Wadworth with Loversall
This post covers the Benefice of Balby, St John the Evangelist, and Wadworth, St John the Baptist with St Katherine, Loversall. The Benefice covers a wide-ranging urban and rural demographic area in West Doncaster.
We welcome all people to our church services whether young or old. Our mission is to present Christ's message, and by our example to share His love in service to the community; to grow through prayer, worship, teaching, and friendship; and to bring people closer to God and to each other.
We have already benefited from having a Centenary Project Worker for the last four years which has re-ignited youth work in the Benefice. The Benefice is fully committed to advancing God’s mission to children, young people, and families; we wish to build upon the youth work, develop the existing tea-time family service and look to start a community based messy church.
We are looking for a committed Christian, with experience in youth and/or children’s work, who will develop and co-ordinate the youth, children, and families work in the church and community.
The main responsibilities of the role are:
- To develop and oversee the work with children, families, and young people, in the Benefice.
- To coordinate and develop a team of volunteers to oversee the work with young people, children, and families and to play an active role in the staff team.
- To be a member of the Centenary Project Worker Network.
Who We Are Looking For
It is a genuine requirement that the post-holder should be a communicant member of the Church of England or a full member of a Church within Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
We need someone who:
- To deliver and develop the existing weekly discipleship group in Balby and to extend this to young people across the benefice.
- To deliver the existing weekly outreach group in Balby alongside a team of volunteers.
- To attend the termly Centenary Project Doncaster Youth Hub events.
- Working with the existing team, to take responsibility for the delivery of the fortnightly tea-time family service at Wadworth.
- To build on and develop relationships with local primary and secondary schools, in particular, to strengthen links with the Carr Lodge school on Woodfield Plantation and Dominion Estates
- To identify and recruit a team of volunteers to help establish a Messy Church or equivalent in the Woodfield Plantation and Dominion Estates.
- To work with the existing team of volunteers to ensure that Sunday morning youth and children’s activities are well resourced, engaging, and age-appropriate.
- To be present in a working capacity three Sundays a month to visit, assist, and/or lead the groups in each parish as necessary (according to need and priority in each church family).
- Equip the churches to welcome children and young people.
- Make connections and build relationships with families in the community.
- Identify skills and talents relevant to children, youth and families work, within the congregation, and to nurture and develop these gifts, building on the team of volunteer leaders.
- Comply with relevant safeguarding and health and safety guidelines, including ensuring compliance by other youth leaders and completing appropriate risk assessments.
- Meet on a monthly basis with other Youth and Children’s Workers in the Centenary Project network for learning and support.
- As a member of the Centenary Project Network, set achievable objectives and record measured outcomes.