Sharing a vision for youth ministry leads to exciting new role in the Hutt Valley.
Parishes in the Upper Hutt Valley cluster got behind the vision of Rev David Pask to appoint a youth worker. Funding the role at a cluster level allowed parishes to pool their limited resources to make a substantial investment, building on the resources available through the Trentham Youth Worker Trust. With the support of the Young People’s Office and funding form the Riverslea Trust the role was made a full-time appointment and will be available to assist with the development of youth ministry throughout the Belmont Archdeaconry.
The role is to develop a sustainable youth ministry in the upper valley, and supporting ministry throughout Belmont in good practice, smart thinking and working collaboratively. This would include working together in such things as Youth Alpha, group camps, travelling to the big 5 youth events together, etc.
Andrew Spence was appointed Youth Ministry Development Worker and commissioned by Bishop Justin at a service at St John’s, Trentham. Andrew is a seasoned youth worker who has followed his wife to the Hutt Valley and has experience in managing “24/7” youth workers in colleges along with developing collaborative youth ministry.