May 11, 2021


At Upton Vale, we long for each member to discover the gifts God has given them and find joy and purpose in serving God in the calling He has planned for them.  In order to help you do this, we would love to:

  • Help you discern the areas of service in which your experience and giftings may be leading you.
  • Clearly define your role, expectations and responsibilities.
  • Undertake a full induction so you know where things are and what to do.
  • Provide training and development opportunities to help you grow in your giftings.
  • Provide you with a clear reporting structure, including lines of accountability and support when needed.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan the session in advance, which may include, teaching, games, songs and other activities.
  • Clearly communicate with the other team members before the session and delegate tasks as appropriate.
  • Ensure that all resources, materials and equipment needed for the session are in place. (Any materials purchased for the session will be reimbursed by Upton Vale in line with the group budget).
  • Organise the setting up and packing away of equipment before and after the session.
  • On some occasions take overall responsibility for the running of the session.
  • Ensure that all safeguarding requirements are met, including the arrival and leaving of the young people to and from the session.
  • Lead and support the other session team members, including receiving and giving healthy feedback on how the session went.
  • Attend quarterly meetings with the other session leaders to plan, learn and develop together.
  • Be a supportive part of the wider Youth Team, including regularly praying for the young people and team.

Essential Criteria

You need to like being with young people! We know it sounds obvious, but it’s the most vital ingredient of the team. You need to believe that young people are amazing, spiritual, gifts from God that we have the privilege of ministering to and learning from.

Team player – the Youth Team work together to deliver the programme on Sunday and during the mid-week meetings. You will need to be flexible and have an ability to follow the lead of another team member some weeks and to lead the team on other occasions.

You need to understand and be willing to adhere to Upton Vale’s Safeguarding Policy, including allowing the church to complete a DBS check on your behalf.

You need to love Jesus, and want to share this with the youth.

Preferred Criteria

A driver's license is desirable, but not essential.

Accommodation Details

Accommodation will be provided by one of our church family members.

Week Overview

Upton Vale was committed to running a large number of programmes across a variety of ministry areas.  This included provision for pre-school and young families, and targeted children’s and youth work.  As a church we have been challenged at this pivotal time, to ask ourselves what God is doing right now at Upton Vale in Torquay.  We believe that the current pandemic is a once in a generation opportunity to re-evaluate, not only what we do but how we do it. We are asking the question ‘what does it look like to move from being a church that ran many programmes to a church that becomes a disciple making movement?’

Prior to the Covid pandemic our youth groups used to meet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings but, as we are reviewing all we do, this may change in the future. We are in the process of appointing a new Emerging Generations Team Leader who will lead the children's, youth and young adults' team.

Here is what your week could look like ...


  • Morning: 9.30am-9.45am Staff Prayers and prepare for midweek youth group
  • Lunch: Free
  • Afternoon: Supporting pupils in school (for example: assemblies, assisting in delivering an RE lesson, or helping in the Transforming Lives for Good school at Upton Vale.)
  • Evening: Prayer meeting with Staff and Trustees (bi monthly). Monthly Youth Team meeting.


  • Morning: Meeting with  Emerging Generations Team Leader (your line manager) + monthly training
  • Lunch: Free
  • Afternoon: SWYM study time
  • Evening: Free


  • Morning: SWYM Cluster
  • Lunch: Free
  • Afternoon: Free
  • Evening: 7.30pm-9.30pm Youth group


  • Morning: Prepare for Sunday’s youth group (e.g. plan the sessions which may include teaching, games, songs and activities)
  • Lunch: Free
  • Afternoon: More Sunday's youth group prep
  • Evening: Free

Friday and Saturday: Days Off


  • Morning: 10.30am-12noon Youth Group
  • Lunch: Free
  • Afternoon: Free
  • Evening: Occasional drama group and youth band practice

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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