Children and Youth Worker

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Horley, Surrey
Fixed Term Full Time

We have an exciting opportunity for Children & Youth Worker in Horley, a growing town on the edge of Gatwick Airport where new housing and schools are being built. 

As a Team Ministry consisting of three churches, we have secured funding for a Lay Worker for Children & Youth to enhance our focus on families and schools and to grow new worshipping communities as well as develop existing ones.

We are looking for a person with experience, enthusiasm and vision to be responsible for overseeing and growing the discipleship of our children and young people by placing the family unit at the centre of our discipleship strategy and building a culture of discipleship within every church family.

This role will play and important part in implementing “A Fruitful Future: Strategic growth and cultural change in the large, diverse Diocese of Southwark”.   This post is one of the specific projects that have been identified in places across the Diocese of Southwark where there is a clear opportunity for growth, and funding has been obtained as part of the Church of England’s Renewal and Reform programme. 

The post is initially for a fixed term of 5 years.



Working alongside the ministry team, the Lay Worker for Children & Youth will have a two-fold focus:

  • firstly, to develop fresh expressions of Church in the new, local Church of England Primary School and other local schools, and
  • secondly (but overlapping), working on the churches’ outreach to children, young people and their families so this can flourish through a clear programme of discipleship and mission

Key responsibilities:

  • to develop fresh expressions of Church in particular, in the new, local Church of England Primary School and other local schools
  • to initiate and support Messy Church alongside members of Horley churches
  • to encourage young people to be part of the life of the Churches, providing them with opportunities to contribute in a variety of ways to the worship; enabling them to grow in their faith and to become valuable members of the congregation and community
  • to encourage the leaders, overseeing, advising and providing them with opportunities to develop and learn new skills
  • to encourage the children and young people within the churches’ children and young people's groups, facilitating an environment where they can grow in their faith
  • to look at the wider community and the needs of children and their families, and to see how best the churches can meet those needs to provide training for the leaders of the Churches’ young people's groups, researching appropriate training courses (from inside or outside sources)
  • to identify and interview prospective new leaders of the churches’ young people's groups.
  • to work alongside the other churches and youth workers within Horley and helping to organise combined events
  • to build relationships with local schools, developing opportunities for leading collective worship, enabling children and young people to lead collective worship and involvement in RE and other lessons at the schools
  • to work with the SparkFish team to provide Learn! and Think! in Horley schools
  • to work as chaplain in Trinity Oaks Primary School under the leadership of the Head Teacher and in collaboration with the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education
  • to ensure proper safeguarding procedures are followed in the Churches’ work with children and young people

•             Demonstrable (3 – 5 years) experience leading children or families ministry

•             Experience of outreach ministry to families

•             Thorough understanding of safeguarding policy and its application in a parish context

•             Biblical knowledge and the ability to contextualise this for children/families in our parish context

•             IT Skills, proficiency in MS Office

•             Social media awareness and ability to use in ministry

•             We are an evangelical Anglican church and expect the candidate to live a lifestyle commensurate with our values and ethos

•             Takes the initiative in creating contacts and building on existing relationships with families in the parish

•             Approachable to parents and to children

•             Advocate for children and young people to be actively involved, heard and encouraged in the life of the church


The Diocese of Southwark is at an exciting point in its journey as it implements a project funded by the Church Commissioners.  We have has identified places across our Diocese where there is a clear opportunity for growth, and the Children and Youth Worker in Horley is one of these. 

These projects are an important part of our Southwark Vision 2017 - 2025, which, shaped by Bishop Christopher, has a clear focus on delivering five key objectives which, in summary, are:

  1. to grow average weekly attendance by 5% by 2025;
  2. to increase the number of worshipping communities;
  3. to grow a financial resources base that allows investment in growth for the future;
  4. to grow the number of ordained and lay vocations by 50% by 2020;
  5. to grow leadership and representation that reflects the rich diversity of Southwark Diocese by 2025.

As a Diocese, we celebrate churches, worshipping communities and fresh expressions of Church, across the full spectrum of traditions, that speak well of each other and support each other as together we seek to deliver a our key objectives.  This diversity and range of contexts within our Diocese means there needs to be more than one approach to missional growth – and this role will be a key feature of our journey towards delivering this growth.

Interviews for this posts are scheduled for Thursday 28th November 2019.