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St Mary's, Ashwell and St Nicholas', Hinxworth are two villages and their churches in the beautiful north Hertfordshire countryside. We are looking for someone who is fun, energetic and who communicates the welcoming love of God. Based primarily in the village of Ashwell you will work with children and young people both in and beyond church and be part of a friendly and enthusiastic team of clergy and volunteers. We explore faith, worship and personhood with children and young people who are encouraged to be part of the church and also to take part in changing it. Not just church-focussed, we also enjoy very good relationships with the communities in which we serve.

The person appointed will be part of a team of clergy and volunteers and will help us develop the varied and rewarding work with children and young people in the villages of Ashwell and Hinxworth.


Closing date for applications is Friday, 1st July. Interviews will take place in Ashwell in early July, with a view to the successful candidate commencing in October, or sooner if possible.

The post is suject to enhanced disclosure from the DBS.


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Person Specification
Job Description


Person Specification





Assessed by


Knowledge of legislation and guidance covering Children's and Youth Work

Knowledge of questions raised when encouraging churches and communities to recognise and include the needs of children and young people

Knowledge of current legislation and practice for recruiting volunteers


Application and interview


Good communication skills

Planning and co-ordinating events and activities both as the leader and also as part of a team

Management of volunteers

Listening and support skills

ICT savvy

Record-keeping: statutory personal, personnel and financial

Awareness of issues related to working in different locations

Musical ability across a wide range of styles including traditional choral

Application and interview


Church and community-based work with children, young people and volunteers

Involvement with of off-site outings and holidays

Working as part of a team, including regular team meetings

Work in schools and children's/youth clubs



Application and interview


Holding a recognised Christian or National Children's/Youth Work qualification, OR currently in training for such


Sight of certificates and transcripts

Personal Circumstances

Able to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends

Full UK driving license and use of own vehicle

Willingness to live in or within reasonable travelling time of Ashwell and Hinxworth



Job Description

Much of this work is church-related, and includes Messy Church, Toddler Praise and seasonal children's activities related to church festivals. However, work with young people expands beyond the churches and is appreciated and supported by the village communities.

The post is part-time and based primarily in Ashwell, but will include development of occasional activities in Hinxworth. It is not expected that work will be required on the same day/s each week, but the post-holder will attend morning worship at St Mary's on 2 Sundays out of 4 or 3 out of 5, with 1 Sunday a month at St Nicholas.

The priest-in-charge and Churchwardens are the immediate line managers and a management group meets quarterly.

Hours to be worked each week: 20

Salary: £10000 - £12000 p.a., depending on experience and qualifications, plus approved expenses.

The post is for 2 years, with a probationary period of 3 months.



•  Work as part of a team with the Priest-in-charge and volunteers to involve children and young people in worship in a way that is appropriate to their faith development and needs

•  Support children's and young people's spiritual growth

•  Work as part of a team with the Priest-in-charge and volunteers to prepare children for admission to communion and confirmation

•  Involvement with Junior Choir to support a range of musical styles

•  Support the churches of the United Benefice in forming relationships with families

•  Enable children and young people to experience and reflect on styles of worship in other churches

•  Explore possibilities for a holiday club or similar activity in Hinxworth

•  Build links with Diocesan children's and youth work teams and feed information into the churches of the United Benefice


Children's and Young people's groups

•  Oversight of drop-in club for young teens that meets in Ashwell fortnightly during term time, including co-ordination of volunteer helpers

•  Oversight of annual 'Ashwell Noise' weekend of community projects with clergy and volunteer team

•  Encourage fellowship and ideas generated by youth meals

•  Explore potential to form other fellowship groups, including amongst volunteers

•  Be aware of of village activities for children and young people and encourage these where possible

•  Explore links and supportive relationships with other children's and youth workers

•  A role relating to any special interests of the person appointed in agreement with management group


Personal Development

The post-holder will be expected to attend up to three training events each calendar year, and will be supported to do so financially and with time in lieu.


Administrative support

The Benefice has an office with a part-time administrator. A laptop, PC, printer and mobile phone are available.



A recognised qualification in Children's and Youth work. An applicant working towards a recognised qualification would also be considered.


Vetting and Barring

The successful candidate will be required to receive a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service.


Right to Work

The successful candidate will also be asked to provide evidence of their right to take up employment in the UK and, if necessary, to show a Work Permit.


Interview Expenses

Travelling expenses and subsistence allowance (in accordance with General Synod regulations) will be allowed to candidates selected for interview.



Please apply by letter giving examples of your experience and your reasons for applying for the post. Please include a C.V.. Applications that are simply a C.V. will not be considered. You should also provide the contact details of three referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer. Students may provide the names of tutors and placement supervisors. Your referees must be able to be contacted prior to interview.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 1st July 2013.
Interviews will take place in Ashwell in early July, with a view to the successful candidate commencing in October, or sooner if possible.

The post is subject to enhanced disclosure from the DBS.