P/t Children and Family Worker

St John’s Sandiway is looking for a part time Children and Family (CAF) Worker to help grow its work with families. St John’s is an active church, that already has a strong offering for young people: a Junior Church, Messy Church, a Junior Choir, an improvised music group called JIMS, and a Youth Group. The church benefits from a dedicated team of volunteers, and has recently benefited from 3 years of a dedicated CAF worker.

The church now has funding for a further year, at 10 hours a week – this would be a fixed term contract in the first instance, though it is hoped that there would be the opportunity to renew after the first year. The new CAF worker would deliver sessions with children, liaise with existing volunteers and seek to identify and develop new opportunities.

If you are interested, please contact John Hughes, Vicar at St John’s, for a job description and person specification. Phone 01606 883286, email vicar.stjohnsandiway@gmail.com


Hours of work: Part time

10 hours per week (flexible)

1 year fixed term contract

Salary: £10 per hour

Reporting to: The Vicar of St John’s Sandiway

Liaising with the chair of the Children and Family (CAF) Team & St John’s Safeguarding Officer (In the case of an interregnum, reporting to the chair of the CAF Team & St John’s Safeguarding Officer)

Job profile:  To further develop connections between St John’s church and the families of the parish. To support and co-ordinate existing provision for families, and to help identify new opportunities.

Main duties:                      

  • To attend Sunday morning family 10.15 services and support the delivery of Junior Church at those services
  • To deliver Friday evening Messy Church once a month
  • To support family involvement at major church festivals, e.g. Harvest, Christmas, Easter
  • To support family involvement at other events in the life of St John’s church, as agreed
  • To identify and support new opportunities for engaging with children and families
  • To liaise with existing children and family activities and volunteers, to ensure a coherent offering, and as part of that, to attend CAF Team meetings
  • To encourage the recruitment of volunteers to assist in children and family activities
  • To make regular reports to the CAF Team
  • To adhere to policies such as safeguarding, data protection and health and safety


An occupational requirement exists for the post-holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Person Specification


These experiences, skills and qualities are essential requirements of the post:


  • Experience of delivering sessional work with children
  • Experience of working with volunteers
  • Ability to communicate well – verbally, in writing and in promoting activities
  • Ability to relate to a wide range of people and situations
  • Committed to equality and diversity
  • Ability to motivate others and self
  • Administrative and organisational skills
  • High degree of enthusiasm, integrity and reliability



These experiences, skills and qualities would support an application for this post:


  • Experience of development work in a Christian context
  • Experience of school based Christian outreach
  • Experience of managing volunteers
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate
  • IT skills


Application deadline June 10th 2018.