Seeking a Youth Worker

Ockley Okewood and Forest Green Parish is seeking to appoint a part-time Youth Worker to be based in this lively rural parish and to have a parish wide perspective to nurture and encourage the young people within the church family and lead an effective outreach to young people beyond the church family.

The post involves strategic oversight of the work with children and young people aged 3-18, with a particular focus on the activities and events for those aged 12-18 years.

The purpose of this role is to lead and work alongside the well-established Youth Team of volunteers, whose focus is on younger children, and to extend this to the young people within our church community, and to develop the outreach to young people.

We are looking for someone who will be able to think outside the box, someone with the skills to shape and grow our current ministry to young people, and someone to bring new vision and strategy for reaching out into the community.

We wish to appoint someone who has a heart for working with young people, the vision and initiative to start new things, and a commitment to youth ministry as an inclusive part of whole church life.

Required from September 2016 - download Job Description below.

Part Time: 18 hours a week (including Sundays)

Salary: £10,000 (depending

on experience and qualification)

Closing Date – End of August 2016


Contact Sue Godby 07549 535829


Job Description

Charity Status

Great News! 20.4teens is now a registered charity in its own right, we will shortly have updated donation forms available to make giving with Gift Aid easier.

Registered Charity no. 1159850

24 Peaks Challenge Completed

Green Gable summit

I finished the challenge of 24 peaks over 2,400ft in 24hrs walking in the Lake District fells on Tuesday 29th July, in a time of 24hrs and 25mins.

Huge thank you to everyone who's sponsored me - please get the money to me somehow, or use the button below to give online. And there's still time if you haven't sponsored yet and would like to!

The walk was actually longer than I'd thought at 35.4 miles, not the 32 I thought, but as expected it was the height gain that was the most punishing, or rather the height loss as the descents killed my knees! It was an epic 2 days with warm sunshine throughout the 14 hours of day 1, across Great Gable, Skafell Pike to name just a couple, misty by Bowfell - the last of the day. Day two brought the opposite with total cloud cover, rain and bitter winds across Red Pike, Dollywagon Pike and Helvelyn, clearing by the time I reached the Dodds, 24 peaks and the expected 32 miles were covered in 23hrs and 15mins, but the whole challenge includes the 2 miles or so to the finish at Grovebeck Fold left me ending frustrating close to the 24hr target.

24 peaks

lakeland hills

The 24 Peaks Challenge is a tough mountain walk in the Lake District: 24 peaks, each over 2400ft high, within 24 hours of walking. The total distance is roughly 32 miles, but the 13,000ft of total height gained makes it seem much further. Iain Gutteridge is undertaking the challenge to raise funds for 20.4teens. There is a sponsor form at the back of Okewood and Ockley churches, and will soon be one in Forest Green too.

You can also donate online:


Sponsor Iain

Progress report

We now have enough funds to apply for Charitable status (min £5,000) so that we are an independent charity. Grants are also being applied for where funding bodies support youth activities and we also will be doing various fund-raiser through the year, including a repeat of the very popular Barn Dance last November. Watch this space for more info and events...

Christmas and beyond...

Our last fundraising event of the year will be a stall at the parish Christmas bazaar on Saturday Nov 2-4pm in Ockley Village Hall. We'll be selling Christmas decorations and of course taking donations! There will be lots of other great stalls for Christmas shopping so come along and get in the spirit!
It's been a great start to our campaign, with the launch event in September, the Barn Dance in October (which may well become an annual event) and of course Chris' sponsored bike ride giving us a great start to our fundraising towards the goal of hiring a youthworker next year.
Huge thanks to all who've given their time, talents and funds to the cause - keep up the great work.

Chris' bike ride

Huge thanks to Chris for his bike ride - final total raised was around £565 - well done Chris, and thanks to all his sponsors!

Geneva to Nice... by bike!

Chris Hamp has kindly offered to fund our campaign through his sponsored bike ride. This marathon ride covers around 350 miles... over the ALPS!!!

Below is his description of what's ahead:

I will be setting out on Friday 13th of September (lucky I’m not superstitious!) to attempt to cycle from Geneva to Nice! I will, hopefully, be covering around 85 miles per day and, as you might imagine, it will not be easy going as the Alps tend to get in the way! I realise I am probably getting a bit old for this sort of thing, but I enjoy a challenge and I am doing this for a very good cause.

With your help, I am hoping to contribute towards the 20.4teens appeal, which is hoping to provide a part-time youth worker for our parishes. If you feel you would like to sponsor me that would be terrific!

To sponsor Chris online click here.

Tie Dye for...

It was a beautiful day at the flower show in August, with lots of kids and adults alike enjoying the Gel Cell for wacky hair colouring, making Tie Dye T shirts on site, and getting a seaside style instant photo. Funds were raised for the cause and a great time was had by all.

Wot no flowers?

We'll be at the Flower show at Oakwood this Saturday (12th) - we won't have any flowers but we will be there brightening the place up. Come and find us and design your own Tie Dye T-Shirt; get your hair sprayed a wacky colour, have an instant photo taken with a new body (!?) - hope to see you there! (from midday)


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