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The closing date for applications for these posts has now passed

URC Northern Synod 

Pioneer Workers – Children and Families, and Young People – 2 posts

Post 1: Mid-Northumberland rural churches

Post 2: Durham & Gateshead group of churches

Part Time 20 hours per week, initially for a 2-year period

Salary £24,000 FTE

The Northern Synod is seeking to invest in work with children and young people as it develops its 5 year plan for the future. As part of that plan it is initially seeking to employ a number of pioneer workers to develop existing and initiate new work with children and young people. All of the work takes account of the importance of the family context of children and young people. The URC Northern Synod covers the area from North Northumberland to Northallerton

These new positions provide an opportunity to work with a group of churches to help them pioneer new and develop existing work with children & families and with young people. The posts involves working as a member of the Northern Synod Field team and contributing to Synod strategy for working with children & families and young people. It will be essential that the worker develops good relationships with volunteers in local churches as well as effectively networking with others who work with children and young people.

Post 1: This post is based with the URC churches in Rothbury, Longframlington & Glanton where the work will be focussed.

Post 2: This post is based initially with the URCs in Gateshead (Denewell Avenue & Cromer Avenue) but also, in time, developing activity with Chester-le-Street (Bethel) and Stanley (Christ Church); the focus being on building sustainable activities.

The pioneer workers will be employed by the Synod and a member of the Synod Field team and will be accountable to the Synod Children’s Work and Youth Work Advisors. Local support will be through a locally based steering group.

This appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK and must hold a current NI number, UK bank account and valid proof of ID (passport or British birth certificate, please go to www.gov.uk/check-an-employees-right-to-work-documents for more information). Due to the nature of the job a full driving licence and use of car is essential.

Closing Date: Monday 10 May 2021

Shortlisting: Wednesday 12 May after which those selected for interview will be contacted by e-mail.

Candidates selected will be required to attend in person for face to face interviews and to meet local church representatives in Longframlington for post 1 on Wednesday 19 May and in Gateshead for post 2 on Thursday 20 May.

If necessary due to a change in Covid-19 restrictions the interview will be carried out via Zoom.

Application forms and full details can be obtained by emailing Isabelle Milburn isabelle@imhr.biz

Any questions or for an informal conversation regarding the post please contact John Stephenson, Youth Work Advisor (part-time) 07849 670210 or email john.stephenson@urc-northernsynod.org

Pioneer Worker – Children and Families, and Young People

(Mid-Northumberland Rural Churches)

Hours: Part Time (20 hrs) to include some Sundays by arrangement.

Salary: £ 24,000 FTE.

Contract: Initial Contract for 2 years.

Responsible to: Northern Synod Youth & Children’s Work Advisers. In addition, the post will work with a steering group drawn from the churches in the Mid-Northumberland Rural Churches area of the URC Northern Synod.

Job summary: These new positions provide an opportunity to work with groups of churches to help them pioneer new and develop existing work with children & families and with young people. The posts involve working as a member of the Northern Synod Field team in Mid-Northumberland and contributing to Synod strategy for working with children & families and young people. The URC Northern Synod covers the area from North Northumberland to Northallerton.

General Job Description

  • To work alongside the Synod Youth Work Advisor and Children’s Work Advisor to provide a co-ordinated approach to children and youth work across the Synod.
  • To be part of a team who pioneer mission, share learning and reflect theologically and learn so that the Synod might grow in its connection with children & families and with young people.
  • To work with local churches to support them and pioneer mission activity appropriate to the local context including working with local schools.
  • To support churches as they transition to the ‘New Normal’ particularly with a blend of online and face to face ministry.
  • To support, equip and train volunteers in developing approaches to mission and discipleship with children & families and with young people.
  • To build networks and partnerships with others working with children, young people and families across including local churches and community organisations.
  • To promote, support and develop the Synod Youth Opportunities scheme.
  • To encourage attendance of children and young people at Christian camps and events within Northern Synod and beyond.
  • To ensure the voices of all URC Children & Youth members within the Synod are heard and celebrated.
  • To increase the presence of Children & families and Young people at Synod meetings and events
  • To ensure (in conjunction with the Safeguarding Officers) that safeguarding policies and procedures are fully implemented for all who work with children and young people in the Northern Synod.
  • To participate in relevant training and be open to opportunities for personal development.

 

 Specific Job Description

Working with the URC churches in Rothbury, Longframlington & Glanton and other churches as appropriate:

  • To conduct an initial community audit to identify the needs within the villages in Mid-Northumberland and to draw up an action plan in consultation with the Synod Advisors and the local steering group.
  • To develop existing links and work in Mid-Northumberland schools specifically the first, middle and primary schools.
  • To develop mission work in a rural context that can be shared with others.
  • To consider the development of Forest Church and other outdoor approaches.
  • To work with the Group Minister, Revd Edward Butlin, communicating and co-operating together to further the mission of the churches in the Group
  • To work with the Upper Coquetdale Churches Together, Diocese of Newcastle, reNEw NE, Ignite and Youth for Christ to achieve a co-ordinated approach.

 

Person Specification

Essential

Committed Christian.

Experience of Mission with Children, Young People and Families.

Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative with minimum supervision.

Experience of helping children, young people, and families with no church connection to explore the Christian faith in creative and relevant ways.

Good communication and people skills.

Approachable to both young people and adults,

Sensitivity and pastoral understanding with the ability to establish positive and productive relationships with all ages.

A full driving licence and access to a car (HMRC mileage rates paid)

Desirable

Relevant educational qualification at FE/HE or post grad level.

Experience of working with schools.

Familiar with appropriate safeguarding policies and their implementation.

Computer literate, internet and social media savvy.

Additional Information

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a Christian.

An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post.

The successful applicant must be able to provide evidence of their eligibility to legally work in the UK prior to appointment.

Pioneer Worker – Children and Families, and Young People

(Durham & Gateshead Group of Churches)

Hours: Part Time (20 hrs) to include some Sundays by arrangement.

Salary: £ 24,000 FTE.

Contract: Initial Contract for 2 years.

Responsible to: Northern Synod Youth & Children’s Work Advisers. In addition, the post will work with a steering group drawn from Durham & Gateshead area of the URC Northern Synod.

Job summary: These new positions provide an opportunity to work with groups of churches to help them pioneer and develop new work with children, young people and families. The posts involve working as a member of the Northern Synod Field team in the churches in Gateshead, Chester-le-Street & Stanley and contributing to Synod strategy for working with children, young people and families. The URC northern Synod covers the area from North Northumberland to Northallerton.

General Job Description

  • To work alongside the Synod Youth Work Advisor and Children’s Work Advisor to provide a co-ordinated approach to children and youth work across the Synod.
  • To be part of a team who pioneer mission, share learning and reflect theologically and learn so that the Synod might grow in its connection with children, young people and families.
  • To work with local churches to support them and pioneer mission activity appropriate to the local context including working with local schools.
  • To support churches as they transition to the ‘New Normal’ particularly with a blend of online and face to face ministry.
  • To support, equip and train volunteers in developing approaches to mission and discipleship with children, young people and families.
  • To build networks and partnerships with others working with children, young people and families across including local churches and community organisations.
  • To promote, support and develop the Synod Youth Opportunities scheme.
  • To encourage attendance of children and young people at Christian camps and events within Northern Synod and beyond.
  • To ensure the voices of all URC Children & Youth members within the Synod are heard and celebrated.
  • To increase the presence of Children, Youth & Families at Synod meetings and events
  • To ensure (in conjunction with the Safeguarding Officers) that safeguarding policies and procedures are fully implemented for all who work with children and young people in the Northern Synod.
  • To participate in relevant training and be open to opportunities for personal development.

Specific Job Description

Working with the URC churches in Gateshead, Chester-le-Street & Stanley and other churches as appropriate:

  • To develop relational discipleship programmes for the children and young people who are currently connected with these churches.
  • To develop outreach to and engagement with children and young people on the fringe of church life.
  • To empower and encourage young people to establish sustainable peer-led communities going forward.
  • To have a particular initial focus on work with those in transition from primary to secondary school – school years 5-8
  • To develop existing links and work in schools that are part of the communities that group churches serve and other churches as appropriate.
  • To strengthen links with existing uniformed organisations that use the buildings so as to encourage faith development – specifically the Boys Brigade and the Girl Guides.
  • To work with the Group Minister, Revd Marcus Hargis, communicating and co-operating together to further the mission of the churches in the Group.
  • To work with the other children and youth workers in the areas around the churches, in particular with the Diocese of Durham, reNEw NE, and Youth for Christ to achieve a co-ordinated approach.

 Person Specification

Essential

Committed Christian.

Experience of Mission with Children, Young People and Families.

Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative with minimum supervision.

Experience of helping children young people and families with no church connection to explore the Christian faith in creative and relevant ways.

Good communication and people skills.

Approachable to both young people and adults,

Sensitivity and pastoral understanding with the ability to establish positive and productive relationships with all ages.

Desirable

Relevant educational qualification at FE/HE or post grad level.

Experience of working with schools.

Aware of the need for appropriate safeguarding policies and implementation.

Computer literate, internet and social media savvy.

Additional Information

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a Christian.

An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post.

The successful applicant must be able to provide evidence of their eligibility to legally work in the UK prior to appointment.

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