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St Michael & St Mary Magdalene, Easthampstead
Youth and Family Outreach Leader
- Are you called to lead youth and family ministry in a large and diverse Anglican parish?
- Do you have a vision and gifts to engage with young people and families?
- Do you have a heart for mission and a proactive approach to community outreach?
Location: Bracknell, Berkshire
Salary: £20-25,000 pa depending on experience
Parish information and application papers available on our website: www.stmichaelseasthampstead.org.uk
It was quite a surprise to see that Soul Survivor will end in 2019 as it has been part of the youth ministry landscape since 1993. Good to see the wisdom and courage involved though in discerning that it was time to stop.
“Right from the start of Soul Survivor, we always said that when God told us to stop, we would. We believe that time has come, and we want to be obedient. We’ve always been humbled by the amount of support you’ve shown us, and so we know some of you may feel sad about this decision.”
A gathering in Burford for 11-18s exploring faith and Identify.
Sept 22nd. Booking required
All details here
New Post at St Laurence Reading
Details here https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/st-laurence-church/girls-worker/569307
All saints Marlow are looking for a half time worker
All details below
Newbury YMCA are looking to recruit a new worker
Closing date 21st May. Details here
“We are looking for a Youth Worker with the experience, skills and enthusiasm to lead our established projects with Young People in Newbury. This includes two weekly youth cafes (which include “Faith Space” sessions), sports coaching and schools work. We see more than 100 young people each week, so being able to build rapport and positive relationships with young people from a variety of backgrounds is key.
You will have the scope to develop new projects and take the work in new directions, depending on your interests, which might be sport, music or something else! You will need the ability to work collaboratively with other voluntary organisations, schools and churches”
A new Discipleship resource from CMS
I was helping a Church interview for a new Youth Minister recently. As is increasingly common at the moment, the numbers of applicants is lower, and there are a greater number of inexperienced applicants, many who have not had the privilege of professional training.
This is the result of a ‘perfect storm’ given that due to the absence of funding courses such as those run by CYM and Oasis have all but gone, and that Ministry Division has been actively looking for younger Ordinands which has seen large numbers of youth, family and children’s minsters heading to the Vicar Factories.
In Oxford we are working hard at developing Induction training for those in their first posts, and looking to partner organisations who can help offer training and accompaniment. This only helps those who find themselves in a post. We need to do more to ‘grow’ those with the heart and gifts to work with and among young people.
A former colleague Ben Mizen has worked with us twice recently bringing some fantastic process work in the shape of ‘Lego Serious Play’
So impressed with the extraordinary power of this process (and Ben as a practitioner) in enabling creativity and fresh thinking. Amazing stuff
Wanted to commend the approach, and Ben’s consultancy: Ideas Alchemy