Youth worker for church

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - What’s On - SAM KILMISTER

A Mar­ton church is of­fer­ing prac­ti­cal help to youth as part of vi­sion to look out for the com­mu­nity.

St An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church, which cel­e­brated it’s 150th ju­bilee in 2012, has ap­pointed Jas­min Van­der­w­erff as its full­time youth and fam­i­lies worker to work with young peo­ple, and not only as­so­ci­ated with the church, but dis­trict-wide.

Van­der­w­erff will be the church’s first so­cial worker after it re­cently re­viewed its com­mit­ment to the dis­trict’s youth.

Four years ago it started a youth club on Fri­day nights, with the help of church­goer Kyle Hastelow.

The suc­cess of that club prompted minister Rev­erend Phil Warner to seek full­time em­ploy­ment for strug­gling fam­i­lies in Ran­gi­tikei.

‘‘Over the past few years we at St An­drew’s have felt that there is a real need to reach out and care for the young peo­ple of Mar­ton,’’ he said.

‘‘Jas­min’s job de­scrip­tion asks her to not only work with young peo­ple at St An­drew’s, but also in the wider com­mu­nity.’’

Van­der­w­erff grew up in the Manawatu where she at­tended Feild­ing High School.

She came to Mar­ton with sev­eral years of ex­pe­ri­ence and train­ing in youth work, Warner said.

Van­der­w­erff was look­ing for­ward to ap­ply­ing some of that ex­pe­ri­ence in her work with Ran­gi­tikei fam­i­lies.

‘‘This po­si­tion of­fers me a great op­por­tu­nity to get to know the Mar­ton com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

‘‘My pas­sion is to see young peo­ple trans­formed. I love to see those that feel lost be­come em­pow­ered and equipped to go out into the adult world with a sense of pur­pose.’’

The church will hold a ser­vice on July 30 at 9.30am.

PHOTO: ZARYD WIL­SON/STUFF

St An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church has ap­pointed Jas­min Van­der­w­erff as its full­time youth and fam­i­lies worker.

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