Are you called to this exciting new project resourced by the Diocese of Durham and the Church of England Strategic Development Fund to invest in low-income communities?  Seaham Communities of Hope seeks to bring hope and transformation and church planting in this North East seaside former mining parish.

The Parish of Seaham and Dawdon is looking to fill this post for their Community of Hope project:

Youth Lead

The Youth Lead will develop, lead and coordinate the children and youth work within the church and local community (including schools), through a programme of new activities.

Salary: £12,600 plus pension pro-rata (£21,000 FTE)

Hours: 21 hours per week with some flexibility (35 FTE)

This is a 4-year post, with an option to extend as funding becomes available.

25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays (FTE)

The post will include occasional weekend and evening work.

There will be a probationary period of 6 months.

Job description


Project background:

The Diocese of Durham is engaged in partnership with the National Church (Strategic Development Fund) to invest in low-income communities in ways that bring hope and transformation, both spiritually and physically.

The Church of England Benefice of Seaham and Dawdon (St John’s Seaham Harbour, All Saints Deneside and St Mary’s Seaham) hope to appoint three experienced and enthusiastic Christians. It would be desirable if the candidate were to have sympathy with Anglo-Catholic mission. This is the tradition within which the Priest and congregation frame their mission.

The posts require confident collaboration both with existing church groups (Diocesan and local) and community partners. They build particularly on the Diocesan priorities around energising growth, challenging poverty, engaging with children and young people and caring for the environment. Seaham Communities of Hope will establish a presence in the heart of the town by acquiring a disused retail unit. This shop will form a hub for community engagement and will operate in partnership with other local groups, agencies and organisations. The hub will be a focal point for key services to respond to the practical, spiritual and social needs of local people of all ages. The hub will also become: a safe place of welcome for coffee and snacks; a place to meet and chat; a place to find help and support; a place of spirituality, for prayer, stillness or spiritual counsel. It will be a place to explore the Christian faith, Catholic sprituality and practice, with informal Mass celebrated regularly. Additionally, there will be evening engagement with the young who gather in the town centre. As church growth is embedded, we anticipate planting similar models into the Deneside estates, the Parkside estate and a developing new Church Plant focused on the East Shore Village.


The aim at Deneside is to establish a new worshipping community alongside the existing one at All Saints, focusing on social engagement with families, children and young people.

 Parkside, Dawdon

The team will establish and replicate a new Community of Hope on the Parkside Estate, Dawdon, which saw the closure of its church in 2007, creating a social and spiritual void.

 St Mary The Virgin, Seaham

St Mary’s is a Saxon built church with a congregation that is deeply committed to established liturgy and the Book of Common Prayer. The plan is to expand the church facilities to make it more family friendly and to establish a less formal style worship in parallel with the existing services.

For an informal discussion about the project please contact Revd. Canon Paul Kennedy SSC on 07758 697167. If you are excited by our vision and are interested in the role, please complete an Application Form and GDPR consent form and send them

by email to:                                                                                    [email protected]

or by post to:  

The Revd Canon Paul Kennedy SSC

Benefice of Seaham & Dawdon

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Closing date :                                                                       5pm on 22nd October 2021

Interviews at St John’s Church Seaham on:                  2nd, 3rd or 9th November 2021


We are an equal opportunities employer with commitment to inclusion.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a practicing Christian.

The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced check by the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and required to attend Diocesan Safeguarding training.

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