In January 2020, Rachel our first ever paid Youth, Children's and Families Worker started work at St Lawrence Church in Hatfield. Supported and employed by the Centenary Project, Rachel's role is to connect and work with local families, children and young people on behalf of the church and to develop the ministries to these particular age groups.
In the first year, her post was funded 100% by the Diocese of Sheffield through the Centenary Project. This year (2021), the church here in Hatfield will need to fund part of her salary, and in 2022 will need to fund 50% of her salary.
If the post is to continue from 2023 onwards then the church and community here in Hatfield will need to fund 100% of her salary.
WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN ACHEIVED
We are positive that this post is making a huge difference in our local community already, even with the pandemic and lockdown. So far Rachel has been instrumental in:
- Taking Messy Church online during lockdown, arranging craft packs to be sent home to 55 families every month and getting funding for these.
- Organising a 6 week long "Socially Distant Staycation Summer Club" for 50 local children over the summer of 2020
- Recording Collective Worship Videos for the 5 local primary schools to send out to their pupils during lockdown.
- Preparing to launch a new uniform bank to support local families
- Planning, funding and delivering an updated "Children's Corner" in church
- Expanding our popular Christmas Sheep Trail to reach even more local businesses and children taking part. 120 children returned their trail sheets and 42 local businesses took part.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
This page will be open long term for any donations that the local community and church would like to give towards the cost of keeping our Centenary Project Worker. There are also options to give regularly via standing order - please speak to Rachel direct about these.
If you have been impacted positively by the work being done in Hatfield then please donate whatever you can afford to keep this good thing going.