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Ministry Trainee

Youth Ministry / Music / Children's Ministry


A Ministry Trainee Scheme in a city-centre church, focussed on Children’s work, with excellent Bible Training, to explore future ministry

About the Role

This role offers you the opportunity to gain experience of serving and working within a welcoming Church family. Your main role will be in our children’s ministry where you will support and work alongside our children’s worker. This will involve taking part in: ‘Rock Solid’ our children’s group on a Sunday morning as well as mid-week primary school groups, school assemblies, Danger Club (after school clubs for years 3 to 9), and our Holiday Club week in the summer. 

You would serve practically in a number of ways; in particular spending one morning a week gaining administrative skills in the church office, some caretaking on Sundays and occasional evenings, as well as serving tea and coffee after services.

You will spend one day a week on the Peninsula Gospel Partnership Course being trained in biblical theology and practical Bible skills. You will have the opportunity to read the bible one-to-one with an older Christian to support you and you will also be able to read the bible one-to-one with some of our students. There may also be opportunities to be involved with Noah’s Ark our toddler group, our youth group for 14-18s or student Focus as appropriate.

Church Profile

The City of Plymouth is located in the South West corner of the beautiful county of Devon. Bordered by the moors to the North and the coast and beaches to the South, Plymouth is in a wonderful spot. However it is also a very needy city – both spiritually and economically.

St Andrew’s Church is situated in the city centre. For some years it has had an evangelical ministry and our aim is to ‘live for, worship and proclaim Jesus Christ in the heart of the city and beyond’. As we serve Jesus, we want our church life to be built on the foundation of His Word and prayer.

On Sundays about 350 people come to our three main services. The congregations consist of a healthy mix of people from across the city. The staff team includes our Rector, a Team Vicar, two curates, a children’s worker, a youth worker, a women’s worker, a director of music and office staff. We are looking for one ministry apprentice to join the team in September 2017.

Aims of our Ministry Trainee Scheme

Our Ministry Trainee Scheme seeks to enable people to serve God and his people through local church work; to equip individuals for lifelong discipleship and gospel ministry; and to help individuals to explore the possibility of future full-time word ministry. 


The position is a one-year post with the possibility of a second year by mutual agreement. Accommodation will be provided by the church and a living allowance of £400 per month will be given. A working week is Sunday to Friday and you will be entitled to six weeks off per year. Subject to discussion and parish commitments, we encourage apprentices to maintain links with camps they have helped on in the past. The post is to begin in 2017.


Those wishing to apply should nominate two referees and send a CV and a short testimony to:-

Joe Dent
St Andrew’s Church
Royal Parade

If you would like to discuss anything please call Joe Dent (our Rector) on 01752 211241, he will also be able to put you in touch with our current ministry apprentice who will be able to give you a good feel for the role. 

Interviews will be arranged as and when applications are made.