October 4, 2018
Sherston and Hullavington
Weekly Allowance
£35 per week pocket money, plus work expenses including travel



Many childrens and youth work posts are based in urban churches. We have a passion to reach the young people in the countryside between Malmesbury and Chippenham. Our dream is that all young people in this area should have the opportunity to encounter the love of Christ

A Rural Schools and Children's Worker has been in post since 2011, and is a proven trainer. We have supported a Youth and Children's Work Trainee for the past two years whose role has complemented and extended our existing ministries. We wish to offer another trainee post with the opportunity to gain experience and make a real contribution to the faith and lives of young people.

We can offer high quality training, practical support, a range of ministries in an interesting and varied context, with living expenses covered.

There is space for a successful candidate to develop their own interests, such as music or sport. Key opportunities include pastoral support of young people, working with the youth group, ministry in schools. Special opportunities such as Street Pastors can also be available through liaison with local partners.

Gauzebrook would be looking for someone to support the existing children’s work but particularly develop youth work. We have a church-based youth group which needs to be able to combine fun with discipleship. We have a new open youth cafe which provides a sound base for building relationships. The Christian Union in Malmesbury School is a new venture which we are committed to continue.

Ideally the trainee would have outgoing style. We are quite strong on craft and more reflective approaches, so abilities in sport (for instance) would be a useful complement. The ability to play a musical instrument in worship would be an advantahe. We could work with a placement of any length.

We offer diversity across children's and youth ministries, with opportunities to develop skills in all age groups. Our particular focus in making this appointment is to maintain and extend our support for teenagers.

Aims of project:

  • To enable children and young people to discover the claims of Christ, and to grow in the Christian faith
  • To work with local churches, their ministry teams and volunteers in providing appropriate ministry amongst children and young people
  • To work closely with local schools in supporting RE, Collective Worship, and Christian pastoral support.

Essential Criteria

  • Committed Christian
  • Passionate about sharing the love of Christ with young people and children
  • Inspired and motivated by a personal life of prayer and worship
  • Able to build strong, appropriate relationships with children and young people
  • Able to model an engaging life of Christian discipleship
  • Willing to learn, and to share their own insights
  • Able to demonstrate evidence of potential in youth and children's work
  • Be able to work in partnership with local churches, schools, volunteers, parents, clergy.
  • Willing to minister under the supervision and authority of the Church of England
  • Able to travel independently across the villages in the course of their work, realistically this means being able to drive.
  • Open to the blessings and challenges of rural ministry
  • Competent in organsing their own time and work efficiently
  • Ability to work within Diocesan and Parish Child Protection Policies
  • Computer literacy with email, internet, Word and Powerpoint or equivalent

Preferred Criteria

  • Previous experience of youth and/or children's ministry
  • Ability to teach and inspire
  • Ability to share in the leadership of worship
  • Ability to offer a gifting which can be used in youth ministry, such as sport or music.

Accommodation Details

Host Family

Example Timetable

Monday: Cluster, Club/prep
Tuesday: Assemblies, Schools, Club/Study/Prep
Wednesday: Assemblies, Schools, Detached
Thursday: Little Lights, Lunch Club, Supervision
Friday: Day off
Saturday: Godly Play, Study/Prep
Sunday: Church, Messy Church, Youth Group

Ready to Apply?

If you would like to explore joining SWYM then please fill in an application form, and one of our team will be in touch to discuss the next steps. 

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