We’re looking for our new Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministry

Are you our new Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministry? Or do you know someone who might be a good fit? Submit your application below, or help us share this further. We are accepting applications for this 20 hour/week position until June 20, 2021.

Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministry

at Christ Church Deer Park

Position Description

The Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministry will work with parishioners and staff in a collaborative and creative manner to ensure the efficient administration and implementation of programs for our children and youth, of all ages and stages. This position reports to the Pastoral Associate/Associate Priest with input from the Rector and will involve regular meetings both with the supervisor and the larger ministry team on a weekly basis. We are thrilled that our diocese offers a policy for safe and secure children’s programming, so it is vitally important that our new Coordinator is willing to adhere to and implement the Responsible Ministry: Screening in Faith policy.  

As Christ Church Deer Park experiences renewal and growth, it is critical that the parish offer vibrant children and youth programming that brings the love of God to all generations of our parish.  We want to be a missional and inclusive community, starting with our children and helping our youth explore their questions as they grow older.  We are looking for a candidate who can bring joy and laughter to the position, while cultivating a love of Christ.  All of our programming is currently online, but we will be looking to the Children & Youth Minister to play an important role in reopening our church when we are able.

Ages Served

  • Infants and Toddlers (0-4 years)
  • Children (4-11 years)
  • Youth (12-17 years)

Purposes of the Position:

  • Primarily:  to facilitate and lead children & youth ministry during Sunday morning services and weeknight gatherings, and to bring the love of God and community to our youngest members.
  • Secondarily:  To grow our program in authentic and missional ways engaging with those in our congregation, and those  in the wider community

Qualities of a Successful Applicant:

  • A genuine desire to relate to young people, and respect and value their interests
  • Ability to share a clear and passionate Christian Faith
  • Ability to see a project through from start to finish
  • A willingness to work in conversation with different theological ideas, ecumenical, and interfaith
  • A willingness to try new things, and let go of things that aren’t working
  • An interest in moving beyond the four walls of the church and engaging with young people in the surrounding community (virtually, for now)
  • Formal theological education is an asset.

Ministry Duties

  • To help children grow in the Christian Faith, and support their formation
  • To ensure the integration of our children in our common life through intergenerational activities
  • To use a variety of mediums to engage children and youth, including in-person gatherings (beyond COVID times) and online platforms.
  • Maintain an ongoing relationship with parents and caregivers
  • Support faith formation in the home with appropriate resources for parents and care-givers.
  • Ensure that we offer safe and organized nursery care for babies and toddlers when needed.
  • Plan and lead engaging programming such as confirmation classes, Vacation Bible Camp, and Christmas Pageants.
  • Encourage children and youth to participate fully in the worshipping life of the community through liturgical duties, musical opportunities, or hospitality support

Administration

  • Attend weekly staff meetings, and regular one-on-one meetings with supervisor
  • Work with supervisor to choose and implement Gospel-centered curriculum
  • Organize the roster of teachers and volunteers
  • Organize and maintain Children’s Ministry supplies and curriculum.
  •  Manage the budget and work within it
  • Prepare report to Annual Vestry Meeting
  • Maintain mailing/email list of existing parents and children
  • Track and review patterns of attendance
  • Establish and maintain protocols and procedures for safe and effective running of Children’s Ministry

Promotion & Recruitment

  • Recruit, train, resource and mentor teachers and volunteers.
  • Implement the Responsible Ministry: Screening in Faith Policy in all parts of the ministry
  • Promote CCDP’s Children & Youth Ministry in ways that encourages growth
  • Find out who lives in the neighbourhood and how to meaningfully engage with them.

Support, Supervision, and Continuing Education

  • Reports to the Pastoral Associate.
  • Support is provided by a committed volunteer team
  • The Anglican Diocese of Toronto offers several events and retreats for youth ministers. The hired candidate will be expected to participate in these opportunities

Terms of work/service:

  • 20 hours per week: include weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and some evenings, beginning September July 21 2021
  • This position has room for growth in hours as we move past COVID times
  • $24 per hour
  • Maintain regular office hours on CCDP premises (beyond COVID times)
  • 3 weeks’ vacation available, but need to plan well ahead for coverage while absent. Christmas, Easter, and Vestry are intense periods of work for this position, and therefore not available for vacation.
  • The employee will have a police check through the Diocese of Toronto and participate in a diocesan-approved Sexual Misconduct Policy workshop.
  • Theological students welcome

How to apply

Please apply to amcintosh@christchurchdeerpark.org with a covering letter and resumé by June 20, 2021. Please put “Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministry” in the subject line.

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Tracking Organ

Our magnificent three manual, tracker-action organ was installed in the chancel of the church in the spring of 1982 and dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory of those who died in the First World War and the Second World War.

The organ, built by the Karl Wilhelm Company of Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, has a classical continental design. The case is made of white oak and the pipe shades are of carved butternut. Voiced in the classic French style, its 36 stops and 50 ranks are capable of interpreting a wide variety of organ literature.

Installation required considerable changes to the chancel including moving the altar forward and arranging choir seating to either side. These renovations prompted the design and production of our award-winning Benedicite Kneelers, done in needlepoint by a dedicated group of church members.