St Laurence Church

Job Description


Living to see young people come to faith and build new forms of church with them


Vacancy: Lead Youth Worker

Hours Full Time - 37hrs per week (worked flexibly as needed, must include: Sunday 12-4pm, Monday 12-9 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday Lunchtimes & occasional Evenings)

Salary up to £22,249 PA (dependent upon experience) Plus 5% Pension   

Contract 3 Years Fixed-Term (possibility of extension)

Probation 3 Months  

Starting Date: ASAP

Location: St Laurence Church, Friar St, Reading, RG1 1DA (and other various off-site locations where youth work activities take place)

Reports to: Youth Work Director/Vicar   


St Laurence is an Anglican Church with young people at its heart located in the centre of Reading. For the last 16 years we have given ourselves to the vision of living to see young people come to faith and build new forms of Church with them.


Job Purpose/Summary

As a multi-generational church with a specific vocation to young people, we seek to employ staff to enable and facilitate the ministry of the whole community. There is a vacancy for the key role of

Lead Youth Worker, working alongside the Youth Work Director, the Vicar, Associate Vicar, Leadership Team and all members of the community to greater serve and enable our vision. We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated female individual, exceptionally gifted in youth work and motivated to see the good news of Jesus transform young lives. She will be able to throw herself into this community dedicated to serving young people and provide particular input into the young women with whom we regularly engage.


Main Responsibilities

The role will focus on four priorities of the St Laurence’s ministry:


1. As a church one of our stated priorities is to be the inclusive family of Jesus Christ where lives are transformed by love. This means the care and nurture of young people by the community is an essential part of our ministry. The Lead Youth worker will be essential in providing and coordinating the pastoral support and care of the girls of the church.

We have a large number of girls from different backgrounds with various complex needs. Our desire is to love, care and encourage these girls and to enable them to mature into those who can take good responsibility for themselves and others. At St Laurence we identify this in three areas of life; being well, learning well and growing well.


2. As a church one of our stated priorities is to introduce young people to Jesus and see them thrive as his disciples. The Lead Youth Worker will have a pivotal role in evangelism amongst young people, and nurturing and growing young people as disciples. The post holder will engage imaginatively, creatively and enthusiastically in evangelism and discipleship.


3. As a church one of our stated priorities is to love and serve the young people of Reading. This post holder will be pivotal in serving the church in both the planning and delivery of this work.


4. To identify, train, empower and resource volunteers working with young people, most particularly those working with girls. The whole of the church is involved in working with young people. This post would skilfully and creatively enable the whole church to see why and how they can be involved, to bring their gifts and involvement.


5. Within all four of these areas the post holder will take a lead on the breadth of how good safeguarding practice can make the difference to day to day life in every level of the church’s engagement with young people.


Key Relationships

Young People, their families/carers

Youth Work Director & Staff Team

Youth Work Volunteers & Church Members


Person Specification

Work Requirements and Experience:


  • Mature Christian faith; can speak about how God has been growing their faith

  • A clear desire to work with young people and a passion for seeing them grow in their faith

  • Ability to quickly build trusting relationships especially with girls

  • Relevant experience of working with young people

  • Excellent relational skills with young people and in leading volunteers

  • Experience overseeing adults in a voluntary or paid employment context.

  • To work effectively with appropriate boundaries of effective contact and to have a profound grasp of the importance of safeguarding

  • An effective team player

  • A commitment to confidentiality

  • Excellent organisational skills in delivering specific activities

  • Excellent communication skills

  • A citizen of the UK or EU or have entitlement to work in the UK

  • A DBS Enhanced Disclosure for Adult & Child Workforce

  • A respect of and sympathy towards the Christian ethos and values of the church

  • Familiarity with standard digital communication methods (email, word processing, text messaging, social media etc.) and the willingness and confidence to learn new software as required.

  • This role is subject to a clear enhanced DBS check and evidence of right to work in the UK.

  • There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the holder of this post is a Christian as this is a Christian Ministry Post (Equality Act 2010) and St Laurence also considers that being a female is a GOR for this post under the Equality Act 2010.


  • A relevant qualification regarding young people (or currently undertaking studies in this area)

  • Has undertaken study in or has a relevant qualification in theology.

  • Experience training adults

  • Experience working with teenagers with special educational needs

  • Experience identifying, recruiting and developing people to work within a voluntary context

  • Experience of working within a church-based or charity context

  • Experience of working with individuals with mental health issues

  • Current knowledge of relevant legislation and good practice relating to work with young people

  • Experience leading young people in worship and prayer

  • A full UK driving license

To request an application form or if you would like further details, please contact the Office Manager & Vicar’s PA: Claire Brown on 01189 571293 or 

To Apply: Please submit a completed application form by e-mail to Claire by the closing date.

Closing date for applications: noon Tuesday 8th August

Short listing: Wednesday 9th August

Interviews: Monday 14th August