Children, Youth and Families' worker

Our hope is that our Church can be a beacon for the community, providing loving, relevant and exciting provision for children, youth and families. If you are excited about sharing God’s love with others and feel you have the vision and drive to do so, we would love to hear from you. 


For further information, including to arrange an informal chat, contact Revd. Ann Varker at



To enable children, youth and families to know that they are valued, to help share the good news of God’s love for them, revealed in Jesus Christ, and to enable them to grow and develop in the Christian faith. In doing so, the post holder will work in partnership with the leadership team, the part-time Youth Worker and the Church community, to develop and oversee provision in the Church, local schools and in the wider community.

Main Responsibilities

Community outreach:

  • Reach out and get to know people in their communities, through existing groups, schools and established community links. 
  • Lead detached work to build groups and support networks around community needs, with a focus on those at the economic margins.
  • Develop inclusive groups, with young people’s needs and interests in mind, for all ages and genders across Rowlands Gill, Highfield, High Spen and Chopwell.
  • Focus on supporting children, youth and families’ mental and spiritual health, particularly with reference to the effects of the pandemic.
  • Offer training and support to parents. 
  • Be a link to other services who can offer support to families, should they need it. 



  • To develop an on-going strategy for the development of a schools’ programme.
  • To lead assemblies, classroom sessions and extra-curricular activities in local primary schools.
  • To build effective working relationships with head teachers and staff.
  • To begin to develop provision in local secondary schools, working with other practitioners to do so. 

Provision at Strathmore Road Methodist Church (SRMC):

  • To coordinate the large team of volunteers across the varied children’s provision at SRMC and support them in their work by:
    • Modelling good practice 
    • Encouraging ongoing training 
    • Working with the management group to identify and recruit volunteers.
  • To work with existing families to develop appropriate models of discipleship, particularly post Covid. 
  • To assist with pastoral support of existing families. 
  • To work collaboratively with the part time youth worker in delivering the children’s, youth and families work.
  • To regularly review and adapt the children, youth and families’ provision across SRMC, in collaboration with the youth worker and the Children & Youth Matters Management team, and respond to identified needs.
  • To promote and work within the Church’s safeguarding policy.
  • Input into Church leadership meetings.

Personal Development

Developing your faith:

  • Become an active part of worshipping life at Strathmore Road Methodist Church. 
  • Prioritise your relationship with God and use work time to meet with a spiritual mentor and/or attend retreat days, in conversation with your line manager. 
  • Listen to and seek the Holy Spirit to guide you in all aspects of your personal and professional life.

Developing yourself as a professional:

  • Engage with local, regional and national children, youth and family networks. 
  • Work collaboratively with your line manager, the part-time youth worker and the management group to develop yourself as a professional. 
  • Engage in and seek out continuous professional development and training. 

Rowlands Gill
United Kingdom

Full Time
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