Caterer and Cooks job description

In brief

  • Help providing for the nutritional and refreshment needs of members and other leaders during Bridgwater

To do what exactly?

  • Supporting the caterer in their planning and preparation of the Bridgwater menu
  • The preparation and delivery of the catering at Bridgwater, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocoa
  • Set up and maintain arrangements for leader drink making facilities (as well as for members during Bridgwater Two)
  • Observance of all relevant food hygiene requirements

Special Responsibilities of Caterer

  • Plan and prepare the menu for Bridgwater, liaising with the overall leader on appropriateness, quality and cost and food delivery times
  • Be responsible for developing the shopping list before Bridgwater
  • Have contact with other cooks in advance of Bridgwater
  • With sensitivity, give leadership each day in allocating jobs to team members, ensuring cooks have a variety of tasks and practising servant leadership in your role
  • Be responsible for monitoring stocks of food during Bridgwater, and communicating with overall leaders about and raising additional food orders as required
  • Ensure the observance of all relevant food hygiene requirements
  • Give leadership and pastoral support to members of your team, including leading a team meeting and bible break each day


  • The provision of food is a vital part of Bridgwater life, providing a service from which everyone on site benefits
  • Your relationship with God, the children you are caring for, the members and other leaders will have an effect on camp

And for everyone

  • Your relationship with God will be really important as you serve Him and other people at Bridgwater
  • Look out for the needs of others and try to care for members and leaders with practical, emotional and prayer support

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

What’s expected of leaders

The personal qualities we expect from all our leaders are based on what the Bible teaches about the characteristics that Christian leaders should embody and demonstrate. Leaders should:

  • Accept Jesus as their personal Saviour and be willing to share their faith
  • Accept the authority of the Bible as the Word of God
  • Relate well to children and young people
  • Be prepared to work hard and practise servant leadership
  • Be prepared to work as part of a team and give loyalty to overall leaders
  • Regularly attend a Christian place of worship
  • Be of good Christian conduct and follow biblical teaching in relation to money, sex etc

Leading at Bridgwater is a fulfilling and rewarding area of Christian service. Come prepared to give lots of yourself – and expect to receive lots from God too as you take part in His work.

Being a leader at Bridgwater will be great fun and an amazing experience! Of course it will be tiring, and you’ll need to sacrifice personal time and space; but it’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved in changing the lives of young people, form life-long friendships, challenge yourself with new activities and be refreshed, renewed and inspired in your own faith.

How can you get the balance right and make sure you survive to the end of the holiday? The key is to remember that you’re in a team – several teams really. Other leaders on site will support you in practical ways and pray for you too. If you’re feeling under pressure do share with others in your area of the holiday – they will be sympathetic and will find ways to help.