Youth Worker and Schools Chaplain Post

Overview

We are seeking an energetic and proactive individual with a passion for young people’s ministry to join our Ministry Team within the Benefice of Witney: five Church of England churches, some large and some small, serving the town of Witney and the villages round. Our styles of worship vary across our churches by embracing the eclectic and traditional while maintaining our sacramental focus.

We hope to appoint someone with a vibrant Christian faith who can articulate the good news of the Gospel in an engaging and accessible way to young people, within the church, our schools and in the broader community, and who can nurture people in their faith.

The role will involve team work; designing a range of youth outreach projects that support the spiritual well-being of local young people; developing our existing work with local schools; engaging and enthusing young worshippers in our churches; praying regularly with and for the young people; training volunteers for sustainable growth. It will also include organising one-off youth-orientated events, and activities

Job Title

Youth Worker and Schools Chaplain

Salary

£21,000 - £25,000 per annum, (dependent on skills and experience) per annum

Place of work

Churches and schools in the Witney Benefice and home (working remotely for the time being)

Hours

Flexible 37 hours a week to include Sunday Morning and some evening sessions, as agreed with the Rector. Holiday: 4 week plus statutory days.
Compressed hours will be possible. Working and holiday arrangements will be agreed at the start of the appointment.
You are usually expected to work on Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and at certain church events as agreed with the Rector. Time off in lieu will be given.

Contract

Fixed term (until 31 August 2023 with possibility of extension)

Reporting to

The Rector

Direct reports

To the Witney and Minster Lovell PCCs, via the Ministry Team

We want to appoint a full time worker on a fixed contract until 31 August 2023 with possibility of extension.

We are looking to appoint the right person by the end of May 2021 to start 1st September 2021 and see this recruitment process as one of prayerful, mutual discernment.

Job Description

Witney Benefice Youth Worker JD FINAL (pdf)

A Social Profile of our Benefice

Our Benefice covers the town of Witney and the surrounding villages of Curbridge and Hailey. According to the ONS 2019 mid-year parish population estimates, the population of Witney increased by 8% from 26,802 in mid-2009 to 28,977 in mid-2019. At the time of the Census 2011 survey the proportion of ethnic minority residents is 10%

Headline figures suggest that Witney and its surrounding villages is relatively affluent: average house prices are £391,000; average male salary is £36,917. However, there are signification variations in material wellbeing within our Benefice. Witney East and Witney South are both in the 40% most deprived areas, nationally. In these two wards, income deprivation affecting children is significantly worse than that in England in general. Parts of Hailey, Mister Lovell and Witney East are within the 10% least deprived areas nationally.

End Child Poverty 2019 estimates that Witney had over a fifth of its children living in poverty, after housing costs
On the Education, Skills and Training domain, one area of Witney, part of Witney Central ward, is within the 10% most deprived in England.

Mental well being is an issue for our area. Witney Central also has statistically worse than the England average hospital stays for self-harm. The prevalence of depression recorded by all GP surgeries in Witney has increased and, as of 2019-20, has remained significantly higher than the England rate
35% of travel to work is by residents is within Witney and 59% within West Oxfordshire. 92% commute within Oxfordshire

Our Benefice is experiencing rapid growth with the population of Witney and the surrounding area expected to grow from 28,800 to 33,800 (+18%) by 2027. Witney and Curbridge are areas identified for extensive house building. The influx of new buildings and new communities is a major challenge for our project. How do we help newly arrived families build neighbourly ties and community?
A new primary school, The Windrush School, opens in September serving the new estates in Curbridge and beyond. There is a real need to support pupils, parents, and staff in their novel surroundings

Prayer

God of many names,
You give each of us special gifts and skills and at this time we pray that you will lead a person with kindness, mercy and love to come and serve among us as our Schools and Youth worker. We give to you our past, with its joys, sadness, and mistakes; our present, with its celebrations, difficulties, hopes and fears; our future, with its pain and promise of what is ahead:
trusting the hand that made the world
trusting the spirit that breathes life
trusting the love that will not let us go.
We thank you that you will give us all we need and that we can always trust in you to lead us in our faith discovery and we pray that you will open our hearts to prepare for this new ministry among us. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

How to Apply and Interviews

If candidates would like to know more about the post, please email the Revd Toby Wright

To apply:
  1. Please complete this Online Application Form which asks for contact details and for you to briefly answer three questions (maximum of 1000 words in total for all three answers)
  2. Please forward a CV to office@witneyparish.org.uk. No letter of application is required

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 10th May 2021.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Wednesday 12th May 2021.

Interviews take place on Monday 17th May 2021. The selection process will consist of a virtual interview and task. Candidates will be asked to respond to the Disciples Together Report from the Diocese of Oxford Report.

Safeguarding

    If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408. Also please inform one of Parish Safeguarding Team.
    For other safeguarding concerns please immediately inform our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Sarah Jane, on 07506 515 952 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to safeguarding@witneyparish.org.uk
    If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01865 208295 or Richard Woodley on 07391 868478 or Lisa Wilkins on 07341 866832 lisa.wilkins@oxford.anglican.org

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