Norwich church appoints new youth worker
By John Breeze
Oak Grove Chapel in Norwich has appointed a new youth worker as they say goodbye to two gap year students.
Pete Skivington was appointed in September to work amongst young people in the Catton Area, particularly with those in their early teens, for the next three years. He will focus primarily on the transition years between Middle and High School.
Ian Savory, Oak Grove's senior leader, said: "We are involved with children from several middle schools and it is important that they are cared for in those difficult years between leaving Middle School and joining the various High Schools. Pete will establish relationships with them and develop various youth activities out of that."
Pete said: "I'm really looking forward to this new post as it is going to combine two roles I've been involved in previously. I've been working with the YMCA in local schools and I've been working with Oak Grove's Young People as a volunteer so the opportunity to bring those together is a big step into bringing Church and community together."
Peter's post is funded for three years by Children in Need. He will also help with the current youth groups associated with the Church. Peter is married to Jenny who helped found the 'Speak' organisation and later worked with Norwich's Christian Aid programme. They have a young son Cameron.
Two young people have spent their 'Gap Year' as outreach workers at Oak Grove, under the umbrella of Pioneer's DNA student system.
Vicky Lewis from Southampton and Christopher Marsh, from Herne Bay, have worked in local schools, at the church and other youth clubs in the Catton Grove Area.
For a year, young people enrol on the DNA programme. They engaged in training and practical Christian service.
Chris and Vicky have worked as classroom assistants and helping with lunch-time activities, Vicky has worked at 'Boredom Busters' the youth club on Bullard Road where she has helped run DJ workshops.
With Oak Grove they have helped with the youth activities, including youth weekends away, particularly Norwich YFC's Rock Solid Weekend at Dunton.
Ian Savory, said: "Having these young people here has always been a positive experience. We've enjoyed having them and they have served well. They have learned what it means to be in a church that's involved in the community with all the opportunities that brings right across the age spectrum."
Pictured above is Pete Skivington, the new youth worker at Oak Grove Chapel.