Our Children and Youth Outreach Lead will be working at the coalface with churched and unchurched children and young people. Your lifestyle will be a roadmap and your faith will touch lives encouraging them to follow Jesus. You will be working in partnership with our church family to teach within our growing community.
St Paul’s Stockton is an exciting new church revitalisation in Stockton-on-Tees with a vision to be ‘the beating heart of God’s love in Stockton.’
Seeing the children and young people of this parish reached with the love of Jesus Christ is a core part of this vision. We want to see young lives transformed and hope restored here. The Children and Youth Outreach Lead will be responsible for this aspect of our mission, establishing and overseeing new relationships and ministries to reach children and young people here.
If you are a born evangelist with a heart for youth and children and a desire to see them become disciples of Jesus, then let’s talk.
Role Purpose –
To lead on the creation and establishment of new youth and children’s ministries both in the church community and reaching out to the community around the church with a vision of reaching children and young people with the love of God.
Key Working Relationships
The employee will work under the supervision of the Vicar, and in partnership with the church family.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
The Children and Youth Outreach Lead will:
· Lead St Paul’s Stockton, Children’s and Youth Ministries:
o Creating an environment for children and young people to grow spiritually.
o Creating relevant evening activities for our young people to attend.
o Encouraging intergenerational mentoring and discipleship.
o On Sundays, preparing and sourcing materials for children and youth activities.
o Guiding and overseeing volunteers in delivering discipleship teaching to appropriately grouped children and youth during Sunday gatherings.
· Leading and developing St Paul’s Children and Youth Programmes:
o Developing age appropriate weekly outreach (youth club/drop-in/toddler groups etc).
o Using our community hub to create new activities and events specifically targeted at our youth and children.
o Managing communication and building relationships with parents.
· Developing local schools work:
o Building relationships with primary and secondary schools in the area.
o Developing extracurricular activities.
o Supporting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development curriculum where appropriate through innovations such as prayer spaces for schools or Open the Book.
We are looking for the following:
Qualifications and Training:
· Essential: training or experience in children’s, youth or community work.
· Desirable: Theological training, educated to Degree or Diploma level in youth work
o Minimum 2 years’ experience leading children and young people.
o Experience of discipling young people.
o Experience of delivering relevant and accessible community youth and children’s work.
o Awareness of topical issues facing young people and children today.
o Experience of paid youth and children’s work.
o Experience of working in a school or other educational context.
o Experience in strategically developing new children/youth activities and the means of assessing their fruitfulness.
o Experience in leading and developing teams.
o Self-motivated and able to think creatively, generate ideas and act on own initiative.
o Competency with ICT
o Knowledge of key legislations, including safeguarding, affecting work with children and young people
o A teachable team player
o Confidence to work independently
o Ability to lead and inspire others
o Clear communicator
o Friendly and approachable with an ability to appropriately build relationships
o Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
o Sensitivity to working with young people and staff from all faiths and cultural backgrounds
o Willing to work flexible hours
o Ability to work efficiently and accurately under pressure and prioritise tasks
o Commitment to continuing professional development
o An ability to reflect theologically on work
o Confidence to deal with a wide range of community partners.
· Enhanced DBS clearance
· In possession of the right to work in the UK.
· Able to name up to two referees who can provide satisfactory employment references.
· Given the nature and context of the life of the church, and of the work the role will undertake, there is a genuine occupational requirement under the Equality Act 2010 that the holder of this post is a committed Christian.
· This appointment is subject to the individual obtaining Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and/or an international equivalent if necessary, as part of our safeguarding policy.
Hours, Salary and Benefits
This is a part-time role, based on a 20-hour week. The hours worked will be by agreement with the line manager and shaped by the opportunities the role creates.
· Salary: £13,400
· Pension: an option to opt-in to the employer contributory pension scheme (NEST) will be available.
· Holidays: pro-rated based on 37.5 hour working week equivalent to (112 hours per year).
Application Closing Date: Wednesday 7th July 2021
Interviews: Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th July 2021
Proposed Start: ASAP
St Paul’s Stockton is an exciting new church revitalisation in Stockton-on-Tees with a vision to be the beating heart of God’s love in Stockton. We are on a mission to serve the people of Stockton, and we would like to invite you to be part of our new team. We are All Jesus, All Led, All Family, All Real, All In and All Can Play. We are looking for passionate, experienced people who will become our lynchpins.