Youth worker Luke hopes to unite Stamford

Photo: SM120911-012ow.jpg'Barnhill Methodist Church's new youth outreach worker, Luke Denley.
Photo: SM120911-012ow.jpg'Barnhill Methodist Church's new youth outreach worker, Luke Denley.
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A NEW church worker says he is going to work with the whole community to engage young people.

Luke Denley started as the new youth outreach worker at Trinity Methodist Church in Barn Hill, Stamford, at the beginning of the month, after the church raised funds and secured grants for the three-year post.

Luke, 28, has moved to the area with his wife Joanna, who has secured a job as a nursery assistant.

The couple are currently living in Great Close, South Witham, but hope to move to Stamford.

Luke said: “I started at the beginning of September and it has been a very exciting time meeting lots of new people.

“I want to work with organisations across the town.

“Church is for everybody. My remit is to work with 11 to 18-year-olds and to make the church accessible to them and show them that God loves and cares for them.”

Luke has a degree in biblical and applied theology and studied for a diploma in youth work.

His first appointment six years ago was in Essex where he worked as a church youth worker.

He worked in Norfolk as a youth worker before moving to Darlington, where he took on a role as a youth and educational community development worker.

Luke hopes to work alongside the police, Teenzone, the Salvation Army and secondary schools.

He will be going out into the community to speak to youngsters and eventually wants to start a youth club.

He said: “I want to build a relationship and a rapport with the youngsters.

“I think Barn Hill Methodist Church is user-friendly and I am hoping we can secure funding for things like games consoles and computers, so we can encourage young people to make the most of the church.”

The post has been funded by the methodist church, the Methodist District, Circuit Missions Project Group, the Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin’s and the Rank Trust.

Luke said: “I know this post isn’t something that has happened overnight but everyone in the church is very excited about the position.

“It is good that my church sees the value in young people and is willing to go to such lengths to make it accessible.”