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Emmanuel Church Centre,  South Lake Crescent,  Woodley,  Reading, RG5 3QW

© 2019 by Emmanuel Church 

Families Worker

Title:   Families Worker

Employed by: Emmanuel PCC

Responsible to: Vicar of Emmanuel Church

Work-base:  Emmanuel Church

Work area: The Parish area covered by Emmanuel Church, Woodley

Hours:   8 hours per week (Term time only).  

About us


Thank you for your interest in the role of Families worker at Emmanuel. We hope these pages will give you a taste of the job and the church community you’d be joining. If you have any questions, please get in touch with  


Emmanuel Church Woodley is a lively, modern, informal, welcoming Christian community for all ages and all walks of life. We are a church with a genuine family feel, living life as part of the community in south east Woodley, one of the most deprived areas of Wokingham Borough. Sharing life and faith with local people has always been, and remains, a key part of the church's identity. Our dynamic mid-week children and families work has played a major role in this, enabling positive connections in the local neighbourhood. We are looking for an energetic, spirit-filled Families worker to join us on the next stage of our journey together.


Aims of the Post


The overall aim of the role is to enable local families not just to survive but to thrive. You will do this through:

  • Building on the existing families networks through the Fusion and Little Gems midweek groups.

  • Energising and motivating a team of existing and new volunteers.

  • Follow up family visits and helping build bridges with families in the local community.

  • Encouraging children and adults to explore and discover the Christian faith.

  • Facilitating Emmanuel Church in reaching out with God’s love to unchurched children and families in Woodley.

  • Supporting, advising and encouraging families, and helping them make positive life choices.

  • Inspiring all members of Emmanuel Church to invest and participate in the lives of our families.



Duties and Responsibilities


  1. In both Little Gems and Fusion, the aim is to build relationships with children and parents from the local community and be a signpost to available support within the church and external agencies.

  2. To offer opportunities to explore and discover the Christian faith for themselves.

  3. Oversee the “Fusion” after school club on a Thursday including existing team and volunteers.

  4. Participate in the Thursday morning little gems group in order to build relationships and trust between the church and the community, especially with children and families.

  5. Spiritual support for both Little gems and Fusion volunteer teams. To develop and build the existing teams’ focusing on wellbeing, volunteer skills and spiritual support.

  6. To identify the specific needs of children & their families who live within the local community by building relationships and home visits; and to liaise with other agencies who provide support as appropriate.

  7. Scope for the successful applicant to imagine new ways of fulfilling the vision of supporting local families and their growth in faith (e.g. parenting skills, etc.).

  8. To recruit, train, equip, empower and support a team of volunteer leaders for both outreach & discipleship activities, providing clear leadership & opportunities to develop and learn new skills.

  9. To ensure that proper Safeguarding procedures are in place in line with the Church’s safeguarding policy, and that all volunteers are up-to-date with their DBS clearance.

  10. To take appropriate opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

  11. Playing an active role within the children and youthwork sub-team of PCC.


Person specification


  • Personal faith in Jesus and a passion for sharing the good news.

  • Experience working with children and families in both a church and wider community context.

  • Good interpersonal and excellent pastoral skills.

  • A good team player and able to build and motivate a team.

  • Good administrative and planning skills.

  • Able to form and implement a vision and to work on your own initiative when necessary.





  • This post will be initially for a 1-year fixed term contract within term time, with the option to extend.

  • The post is part time (8 hours per week) with a salary of £10 per hour. (If additional funding is secured the hours may increase in due course).

  • You will be accountable to the Vicar of Emmanuel.

  • The post holder will need to attend Emmanuel Church regularly. There is an occupational requirement that the post-holder is a Christian under Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010.

  • The post holder will undergo an enhanced DBS check before commencement of employment.

How to apply:

  1. Write a 1,000 word (max) letter explaining why you feel called to apply for this ministry role.

  2. Send your CV and Letter to by Friday 29th November 2019.

  3. Shortlisted candidates would be invited to an interview on Saturday 14th December 2019. 

  4. The successful candidate would aim to start Thursday 9th January 2020 subject to enhanced DBS check.