Children, Youth and Family Worker (Kirkheaton)

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Fixed Term Part Time
£10 - £12 an hour


We are looking for a person with lots of energy and a desire to see faith develop in young people. They would need experience of working with young people and children, and have the ability to work as part of a team.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the person be a practising Christian.



1.    To seek God for a fresh vision for children and young people in our parish.

2.    To co-ordinate and develop the existing programme of activities for the children and youth of the parish, in Kirkheaton, Dalton and Grange Moor.

3.    To have responsibility, with the current leaders in church, for the pastoral care of the children and young people who attend church activities.

4.    To develop links with local families with young children and young people in the parish, in order to build positive relationships between the church and our community.

5.    To enable the articulation of the views and concerns of children and young people to the wider church.

6.    To encourage families with young children and teenagers to take an active part in church worship, and to develop their gifts and talents.



In conjunction with the Line Manager:

1.    To co-ordinate most of the children’s and young people’s activities within the parish, and to assist with holiday clubs and other seasonal activities.

2.    To assist with the recruitment, training, encouraging and supporting of voluntary leaders and teenage helpers, both practically and prayerfully. This will include building up the team through time spent together and identifying provision for any training needs.

3.    To undertake overall responsibility for the Friday evening youth group (Re-Gen, age range 11 to 18), with the support of other volunteer leaders.

4.    To develop and evaluate projects working in partnership with families and young people.

5.    To develop opportunities to teach, provide pastoral support, and nurture the faith of children and young people.

6.    To foster and support links with local schools and youth groups.

7.    To attend PCC and any other appropriate church meetings when requested.

8.    To keep up-to-date all necessary administration and records, and to meet all statutory and legal requirements.

9.    To maintain and develop his or her own spiritual life, faith and discipleship.

10.  To prepare and work to a personal development plan and be prepared to attend training where identified and agreed.

Please see the attached job description for more details of the role.

Education and Training

It is essential that the candidate have:

  • A good standard of written English (GCSE English Language or equivalent).

And desirable that they have:

  • A nationally recognised qualification in children/youth work at degree or equivalent level.
  • Safeguarding training.


It is essential that the candidate:

  • Be an active member of a Christian church with a personal living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

* Given the nature and context of the work, it is an occupational 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, in order to fulfil the main purpose of the post. This post is therefore exempt under Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.

  • Have first-hand experience of leading or co-ordinating activities for children/youth.
  • Have experience of working within a team.
  • Have experience of leading and nurturing teams of volunteers.

And desirable that they have:

  • Experience of working as part of a staff team.
  • Experience of working in a local church context.
  • Experience and understanding of Fresh Expressions of Church and pioneer ministry.

Knowledge and skills

It is essential that the candidate have:

  • A clear understanding of children/youth and principles of children/youth work, including discipleship.
  • Working knowledge and commitment to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children/youth.
  • Skills in working directly with children/young people.
  • IT literacy, including use of social media and word processing.
  • Good people and communication skills, appropriate for connecting with children/families/youth, interacting with the church family and reaching the community.
  • The confidence to take the initiative to ask for help and advice when needed.
  • Specific gift(s) or interest(s) that could be a focus for attracting children/families/youth.


It is essential that the candidate be:

  • Able to speak with sincerity about matters of Christian faith in an informed, effective and non-judgmental way.
  • Able to show genuine desire and enthusiasm for leading young people and children into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Able to relate effectively with a wide spectrum of people (i.e. adults, young people and children).
  • Able to communicate effectively in person and in writing.
  • Able to motivate self and others and to manage use of time.
  • Able to manage administration effectively and recognise the importance of doing so.
  • Able to initiate and develop quality projects and adapt to changing priorities and circumstances.
  • Able to present a strong Christian role model.

And desirable that they be:

  • Able to set and work to goals without direct supervision.
  • Able to work in a range of social and cultural contexts.


It is essential that the candidate have:

  • Satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.
  • Commitment to engage in professional and spiritual development.

And desirable that they have:

  • Access to appropriate transport for travel within the area.
  • Willingness to receive spiritual direction

Please see the attached person specification for more details.

Here is an exciting opportunity to work in a beautiful part of West Yorkshire.

We are an active and growing church with lots of activities and exciting potential.

This is an opportunity to extend our work with children,  youth and young families, building upon recent initiatives.

Our vision is to see young people and families experience a life-transforming encounter with Jesus Christ and to live that out in their community.