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Director of Children’s Ministry

Do ministry with a blessed bunch of children from nursery to 5th grade and their families! This position is part-time with flexible hours. Work with an enthusiastic staff and make a difference in the world by helping to awaken the kingdom in young hearts! Apply with your resume and cover letter today at shawkinson@firstpresdf.org. Job description attached below!

 

HOURS:  15 hours a week.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2. Be a member of a Christian church and in good standing.
  3. A desire to teach and mentor children with patience and an accepting heart.
  4. Preferably have an educational background in Christian Ministries, Biblical Studies, or a related field.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To cultivate a desire for a genuine relationship with Christ and to equip children with the strengths of discipleship for life and service.   Encourage and equip families for faithful Christian living in the world.  Promote devotion, inquiry, fellowship and service among young children and their families.

RESPONSIBLE TO:

Responsible to the Director of Faith Formation and the Christian Education Council, working directly under the supervision of the Senior Pastor.  Position will be evaluated every 6 months.

JOB DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Responsibility for the oversight and leadership of the Children’s ministries that include:  Tuesday Night Ministries, Sunday Morning School, Special Events, Vacation Bible School and family fellowship.
  2. Recruit, train, pray for, and involve new children’s ministry volunteers.
  3. Create and effectively manage the ministry’s budget.
  4. Maintain ministry’s section on website.
  5. Communicate consistently with parents as well as provide the tools they need for spiritual leadership

OTHER GENERAL EXPECTATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Should always exhibit kind professionalism, demonstrated by:  a conscientious work ethic, being willing and able to work at a fast pace within a variety of settings and circumstances, with composure and flexibility.
  • Should be ever conscious of the need for confidentiality.
  • Should exercise discernment and wise judgment.
  • Should be a person who gives attention to details with an eye for excellence.
  • Should be a self-starter, good at multi-tasking and prioritizing projects.
  • Endorse and support the basic tenets of Reformed faith
  • Maintain personal spiritual development through Bible reading, prayer, and Christian community

 

BENEFITS AND SALARY

Salary, hours and time away are negotiable and supportive.

APPLY

Send resume and cover letter to The Rev. Dr. Suzan Hawkinson at shawkinson@firstpresdf.org.

Interim Accompanist for Organ and Piano

Our organist of 23 years is battling a significant cancer and we are in need of a long-term interim accompanist.  Can you help?  Our great sanctuary worship is blessed with one of the finest organs on the North Shore and our praise band needs someone to take the keys to melody.  Come join the team at First Presbyterian, Deerfield.  

 

Purpose:  To provide instrumental accompaniment for Sunday morning worship services, special services and events, as well as rehearsals for the same.

Qualifications: Minimum Bachelor of Arts in performance related field, facility and excellence in organ and piano performance and accompaniment, knowledge of sacred music.

Responsibilities:

Accompaniment in Worship

  • Provide accompaniment for Sunday morning services: 9:30AM and 11AM-September to April, and 8:30 and 10AM May to August.
  • Provide accompaniment for rehearsals of Chancel Choir, Praise band on Wednesday evenings, and for children’s choirs on Tuesday evenings
  • Work with Music Director and Pastor/HOS to coordinate music calendar and content.

Accompaniment  at Special Services

  • Provide organ/piano accompaniment for special services as needed. Weddings and funerals are also additional pay on fee schedule.
  • Provide keyboard accompaniment for monthly Monday Communion
  • Participate in Concert Series and music workshops/events as needed and arranged

Other Duties

  • Work with Director of Music to oversee, recommend and implement care for musical instruments including pianos, organ and harpsichord.
  • Assist Director of Music and Youth Choir Director by providing substitute direction of choirs as arranged.
  • Attend Music Committee Meetings and Worship Council meetings as scheduled.

Relationships:  Works in close cooperation with the Pastor/HOS and the Director of Music as direct supervisor.  Works with Youth Choir Director, Wedding Coordinators, and guest musicians as needed.

Compensation:  This position is salaried and negotiable  relative to credential.

Apply:  Send resume and cover letter to The Rev. Suzan Hawkinson at shawkinson@firstpresdf.org or at address above.

Parish Associate for Caring Ministry

The Parish Associate for Care will assist the pastor, Deacons and Stephen Ministers to provide care coverage for a vital, multi-generational congregation in the North Shore. Do you have a heart for Christ’s love for all beings? Do you want to help us reach out in compassion and care to folks who are traveling difficult and long roads? Do you listen well and pray deeply? Please consider this opportunity to work on a team at First Presbyterian, Deerfield

 

Part-Time, Flexible Hours

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2. Be a clergy member of a Christian church and in good standing.
  3. A desire to care for people of all ages with patience and an accepting heart.
  4. Preferably have an experience and education in pastoral care and spiritual direction

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To work with volunteer and clergy staff to support an environment of compassion and mercy in a care delivery system that serves people in various journeys of shadow, burden and challenge.  Work with Senior Pastor to provide home and hospital visitation, care team equipping and worship leadership that promotes a caring community.

RESPONSIBLE TO:

Responsible to the Pastor and Board of Deacons, and Session Care Teams.   This position will be evaluated every 6 months.

JOB DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Responsibility for working with the Pastor to provide for home and hospital visitation of members.
  2. Assist in the equipping and support of the Board of Deacons, Congregational Care teams and Stephen Ministers.
  3. Support the development of a Caregiver’s Support Group
  4. Work with Church and community teams to coordinate care coverage for ongoing needs.
  5. Assist pastorally in times of crisis and grief.
  6. Pray for and promote intercessory prayer in the congregation.
  7. Participate in worship leadership as negotiated

OTHER GENERAL EXPECTATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Should always exhibit kind professionalism, demonstrated by:  a conscientious work ethic, being willing and able to work at a fast pace within a variety of settings and circumstances, with composure and flexibility.
  • Should be ever conscious of the need for confidentiality.
  • Should exercise discernment and wise judgment.
  • Should be a person who gives attention to details with an eye for excellence.
  • Should be a self-starter, good at multi-tasking and prioritizing projects.
  • Endorse and support the basic tenets of Reformed faith
  • Maintain personal spiritual development through Bible reading, prayer, and Christian community

 

BENEFITS AND SALARY

Salary, hours and time away are negotiable and supportive.

TO APPLY

Send resume and cover letter to The Rev. Dr. Suzan Hawkinson at shawkinson@firstpresdf.org.

Sunday School & Family Ministry Coordinator

Are you passionate about children and sharing the message of Christ with them?   In this position you will support Children & Family Ministries Director (CFM), and Children’s Ministry Council.  We are looking for someone that will ignite and nurture a desire for children   and their families to have a genuine relationship with God and build Christian relationships with others.  Responsible to maintain dynamic Sunday School & Family programs and bring ideas for new ones!  This position is approximately 12 hours a week. Full Job Description HERE.

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to knoxchurch@knoxpres.org.

Media Coordinator

Our Media Coordinator helps to make our Sunday worship come alive for the congregation.  They are responsible for the media production including audio, visual and video capture for the Sunday morning services.  This position also coordinates with small group needs for audio and visual aids throughout the week, training and managing volunteers for on-site support.  This position is approximately 8 hours a week including Sunday mornings from 7:00 – 12noon.  Job description HERE

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to knoxchurch@knoxpres.org.

Communications Coordinator

The purpose of this position is to help tell our stories through various forms of print and social media and provide expertise on effective communication/marketing programs for both church-wide and ministry-specific messages.   This is accomplished in many ways including the use of our Knox website, social media, indoor and outdoor signage and a variety of printed communication.   This position is approximately 19 hours a week.   Full Job Description HERE

To apply, email their resume and cover letter to knoxchurch@knoxpres.org.

 

The Empty Muffin

A few Sundays ago I was in worship at the church my husband serves. One of my grandsons was sitting between me and his mom. He leaned over and asked her if next Sunday would be Empty Tomb Muffin Sunday. She looked in the bulletin then looked on her phone at the minutes of the Christian Education meeting she attends. Nope, it was going to be on Palm Sunday.

Now, you know, of course, what the empty tomb means. But perhaps you are not familiar with the muffins based on the theme. I have helped with these a few times at this church and they are a sticky, gooey, delicious mess. Here is what you do. Separate crescent shaped tube rolls into their eight triangles. Dip a large marshmallow in butter and then in cinnamon and sugar. Place the marshmallow in the center of the roll and roll the dough around the marshmallow so that it is completely encased (this is very important). You may need to use a little of the butter to help seal the edges. Place the rolls on parchment paper and bake them as indicated on the container. You have probably already figured out what happens. While they are baking, the marshmallow melts but it melts slowly enough that the roll holds its shape and leaves an “empty tomb” on the inside.

The children love the rolls and love the story that goes with it. A couple of years ago I was helping out on this day and the young teachers had thought making the rolls would take the whole Sunday School time. It did not. So, I improvised (this was not my first time at the Sunday School rodeo.) I grabbed a big basket and placed it in front of a large table. I had the children tell me about the big rock that was rolled in front of Jesus tomb. Then we rolled the “stone” away. The children took turns being inside the “tomb” and “disappearing” while the rest of us retold the story. By the time I pulled the basket away, they had slipped out from the side of the table and the “tomb” was empty. These kindergarteners and first graders did not grow tired of taking their turn.

“Look! The muffin is empty!” “Look, our friend has disappeared and the “tomb” is empty!” The story of the savior of the world winning out over evil, being resurrected as he said he would be, showing once and for all God’s intention of love and salvation and new life for the world should never grow old for us as well. When you read this note, another Easter will be behind us. You may be pretty much passed out on your couch. Perhaps you are trying to figure out what to do with the lilies that no one picked up yesterday. Maybe you are wondering why they weren’t quite as many people in worship as you had hoped. Or, maybe you are working feverishly to find contact information for all of your visitors so that you can make a further invitation to them. Whatever your Easter Monday and the week ahead hold, never forget the wonder of the empty tomb. When all looked as if it were lost, when it seemed like the only smart thing to do was either hide or go home, when the sun had not yet risen—that is when the great good news became evident. We must never lose hope. For we know the great good news of Easter and we are charged to bring hope in the name of Jesus Christ wherever we may be.

Director of Youth and Family Ministries

First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island (www.fpchhi.org), a welcoming, multigenerational community-oriented church located on the beautiful island resort area of Hilton Head, South Carolina, is looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministries. Proud of the great balance of the adventure of island life and a progressive coastal community, FPC HHI longs for a director with a unique skill set to bring a high level of passion and energy for harnessing the rich traditions of the past while strengthening the church’s ministry to youth. With relational gifts for loving youth where they are while reaching and inspiring during their formative years, candidates should be able to teach and challenge youth to respond to God’s call to service as a significant aspect of Christian discipleship. In addition to building commitment and trust with parents, training and equipping volunteers, and steering a Spirit-led program of mission and ministry opportunities, the director will join a vibrant pastoral staff and administrative team committed to youth and their families.

This is a non-ordained position in which the ideal candidate will have a college degree, several years of experience leading a dynamic youth ministry program, and a strong personal faith consistent with Presbyterian PC(USA) theology and polity. We welcome your resume and cover letters for consideration and ask that they be sent to Aly.Eaton@MinistryArchitects.com.

Music Director

This is a part-time position.
Music director is only expected to be on site for rehearsals and services of worship.

Qualifications

  1. Appreciation of and experience with liturgy, worship planning, congregational and choir music
  2. Awareness of the complexity of a multi-cultural, multi-racial congregation
  3. Knowledge and appreciation of a variety of global Christian music
  4. Open, flexible, team player, sense of humor, good communication skills
  5. Committed Christian faith
  6. Ability to direct choir in ways that draw out their full potential
  7. Ability to strengthen congregational singing and broaden their musical repertoire
  8. Good keyboard skills

Position Description

  1. Coordinate with the pastor regularly to choose appropriate music for the weekly choir anthems and offertory music during the choir season (from 2nd Sunday in September through 1st Sunday in June) and to ensure that music is an integral and vital part of worship
  2. Design ways to strengthen congregational singing and broaden the congregation’s musical repertoire
  3. Conduct weekly choral rehearsals and additional rehearsals as needed.
  4. Schedule singers and accompanists for special services such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Christmas Eve; as well as weddings and funerals.
  5. Purchase diverse styles of vocal anthems suitable for EPC’s choir’s ability and size.
  6. Submit time sheets for all music employees twice monthly, in accordance with the established payroll process. Submit contract musician (1099) payment requests as needed
  7. Hire substitute and additional singers and instrumentalists, as needed, including Easter brass.
  8. Submit annual budget requests, and manage the music department’s expenditures.
  9. Play keyboard as needed on Sunday mornings
  10. Coordinate with the keyboardist to ensure that instruments throughout the church are tuned and maintained in good working order
  11. Prepare a job description, hire, manage and perform an annual review of each employee in the music program
  12. Other tasks as needed

Salary flexible according to qualifications and experience.
Direct questions and applications to Rev. Dr. Barbara Cathey at bcathey713@gmail.com

Staying Power

I recently attended the NEXT Church Conference in Baltimore. There were several other members of Chicago Presbytery—attending and leading and as part of the leadership of this group. The conference has been held for several years now—maybe as many as 7?—and I have been to four of them. There are thought-provoking keynotes, interesting workshops, and, as always at big Presbyterian gatherings, worship that inspires and challenges.

There are also presentations called “Ignite.” These have greatly improved over the years that I have been attending. In the past, several of them felt like they were advertisements for someone’s business venture. There was nothing like that this year. The title tells you what these presentations are designed to do: ignite the attendee’s own thinking about their own ministry.

This year that was exactly what two of them did for me. They were presentations about ministry being done in Baltimore—sometimes by churches and sometimes by other kinds of not for profits. You know that Baltimore has been a troubled city in the past few years. Violence of many kinds has revealed a deep sense of hopelessness among many of its citizens. The two groups who presented talked about helping ministries—addressing the multiple issues of other citizens of their city as a way of being of help. That sounds like a lot of what Presbyterians do on a routine basis. We send money here, send a one week mission trip there, volunteer at the soup kitchen one Sunday afternoon a month, have our children make something to send to someone who is lonely.

Here is what struck me about the presentations. They both talked about staying with the individual being helped until the problem was solved. In each case, there is a group of people (in one case it was called a family) that stayed with a person who was experiencing homelessness and unemployment and other issues that led to hopelessness until the person was on his or her feet. It is not “parachuting in” to help for a minute; it is not “volunteer tourism” that makes us feel good but leaves problems behind. It is seeing the person in need as a whole person with gifts and hopes and the image of God on their face.

When my husband and I saw “The Book of Mormon” a few years ago, the audience all around us was laughing uproariously since much of the show is very funny. I realized my husband (who sometimes laughs so loudly in a movie that I want to move to another seat) was getting quieter and quieter. Afterwards he said it made him sad. It reminded him of his three trips to Kenya where his church has started a home for street boys. Each time he has left one or more of the boys has asked if he could come with my husband. That has not been possible or practical. That is the barb, the indictment of well-meaning Christians, that is a part of the show. We feel good when we come home from the soup kitchen or mission camp or clothing closet. But the same people will need those services again next week because we have not made a lasting change for them.

What if your congregation found a way to make a lasting change for the people to whom they are drawn in mission? What would it look like? What if the presbytery stopped giving a little money here, a little money there, and truly adopted a mission strategy that had us staying with people until the problem they are facing was solved? What might God be calling us to do?

 

Rev. Susan Krummel, Sue
Executive Presbyter, Chicago Presbytery

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