Director of Children and Family Ministries

First Congregational Church of Reading, UCC

JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE:         Director of Children and Family Ministries                DATE:             3/30/2017

REPORTS TO:              Pastor; Learning Ministry

SUPERVISES/MANAGES:  N/A          

JOB SUMMARY:  The Director of Children and Family Ministries supports the Learning Ministry, the church school and the church in maintaining and modernizing programming for children and youth and expanding and growing FCCR outreach, service and mission opportunities for children, youth and families. The Director of Children and Family Ministries will be a staff member of the Learning Ministry under the supervision of the Pastor and Learning Ministry Team.

18 - 20 hours per week from mid-August to mid-June. 5-10 hours per week remaining summer weeks.

KEY JOB TASKS:

  • Work in partnership with the Learning Ministry team to plan and coordinate church school programming.
  • Serve as lead teacher in the Sunday morning church school, utilizing provided curriculum, Spark Rotation online.
  • Collaborate with others on new and current creative efforts in the FCCR Church School Program, with focus on using technology and media, new and contemporary teaching/facilitation methods and curricula, and ideas for serving children & families whose attendance is “regularly sporadic”.
  • Refine vision, co-develop, and direct a new FCCR program specifically targeted to families whose children we have baptized and other families with young children.
  • Help to expand and grow FCCR outreach, service and mission opportunities for children, youth and families.
  • Assist when needed in preparing and supervising Activities in the Sanctuary and RILAS activity stations.
  • Work with the Pastor to develop, manage and teach a re-worked confirmation program designed for today’s youth. (Next class in 2018-19.)
  • Be familiar and comply with emergency procedures, “Safe Church”, and confidentiality policies.
  • Communicate regularly with families about church school activities.
  • Pursue continuing education such as Super Saturday, MACUCC certification and New England Association of United Church Educators conferences.

CHURCH SCHOOL PROGRAM

Sunday Morning:

Typical Sundays – Children start in the sanctuary though our Children's Moment, then depart for classes. 

Communion Sunday (1st Sunday of the month) – children start in class, then 3rd grades and up join service for communion.

Activities in the Sanctuary – during school holiday weekends, our special program of activities allows children to remain in church while being occupied working on fun projects.

Radically Intergenerational Learning Activities Sundays (RILAS)- Occasional series of special worship to engage all generations together in a service of learning, activity, and prayer.

Confirmation Program – biennial class for youth between 7th - 12th grades who wish to explore their faith, develop an understanding of progressive Christian theology and community, and experience service, mission and social action.               

Alternative to Sunday Morning:

  • Once a month gatherings including a meal and several fun activity centers, followed by a time of Faith Exploration. 
  • Small group activities, as desire is expressed by participants.  Ideas include:  Mother’s group, LEGO group or event, on-line discussion group, family movie nights, or family mission activities.

ADMINISTRATION                                                                                         

  • Prepares lesson plans for class and coordinates volunteer assistant teachers.
  • Establishes connections and improves communication with current contacts.
  • Markets family ministry programs to the community.
  • Purchases curriculum, materials, and supplies as needed.

BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

  • Attends monthly Learning Ministry meetings.
  • Attends staff worship planning meetings as scheduled by the Pastor and team (at least 3 times/year).
  • Attends congregational meetings, events, and gatherings as needed and appropriate.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:

  • Experience working with children and youth with diverse needs.
  • Strong interest in faith formation and youth and children’s ministries.
  • Grounding in basic church function and general theological perspective of Protestant faith in the social justice oriented and/or progressive traditions.
  • Passion and energy for learning and teaching.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Experience managing group dynamics and discipline.
  • Ability to manage a multi-age classroom.
  • Creativity and Flexibility.
  • Works effectively with technology.
  • CORI background checked.

COMPENSATION:

Competitive an commensurate with experience. 

Training expenses and professional resources provided.

Paid vacation and sick leave.  No additional benefits.

FCCR is an open and affirming member church of the United Church of Christ. We are committed to diversity in our ministries, mission and staffing with regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, age, physical ability, religion, and sexual orientation. We welcome the unique contributions that individuals from underrepresented communities can bring to our work and encourage applicants with diverse experiences to apply for this position.

TO APPLY

Please send letter of interest and resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other

FCCR welcomes applications from interested seminarians for Field Education in 2017-18.

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