Tuesday, October 29, 2013

seeking Children's Christian Education Coordinator

Part Time Position: Children’s Christian Education Coordinator

Keystone is a small progressive community of faith located in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, next to the University District.  We are an open & affirming justice centered church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC). Our building is a bit of a community center, hosting justice and faith programs, chorus, dance, and meditation groups, meaningful movies, peace and community forums, providing support to the homeless through the activism of our congregation, and site of the Co-op PreSchool.  “Come, see how we love!”  All ages, races, gender identities &  sexual orientations, cultures, and classes are especially welcome.

Our families with school age children are growing!  We seek a part-time Children’s Christian Education Coordinator to engage our school-age children (ages 6-10) along their faith journeys.  This position is to teach on Sundays during our 10:30am worship service.  The Children’s Christian Education Coordinator will design and provide faith-based activities and lessons for this small group of children.
Job Description: 
Sunday mornings: 10am - Noon; plus one weekly hour paid planning time; 
$15- $20/ hour DOE.
  • Set up classroom at 10:00am.
  • Greet families as they drop off before the worship which runs 10:30am - 11:30am.
  • Provide engaging learning for school age children
  • across the seasons of the church year
  • using engaging progressive teaching activities & materials  
  • plan curriculum in consultation with associate minister
  • help children rejoin congregation near end of service for communion
  • Reconnect with families at coffee hour until 12pm.  Converse with parents about the day’s lesson/activity.  Encourage faith practices for home.
  • Foster faith education for our children and families, as they grow in community.
Below are the personal leadership qualities and expectations we are seeking. 
Part Time Children’s Christian Education Coordinator:
  • Keen interest in developing a vibrant Sunday School program for a neighborhood church, with supportive pastors and lay leaders.
  • Experience teaching Christian Education with children, particularly those ages 6-10.
  • Demonstrated skills in leading children’s activities, particularly teaching biblical stories of progressive Christianity and Christian ethics.
  • Independent, self-starter who is also able to be a collaborative leader to nurture unpaid volunteer members of the church to assist as needed. 
  • Heart for outreach to new visiting families who seek a church with a loving and accessible children’s ministry.
  • Familiarity and comfort with children of various cultures.
  • Experience teaching children to engage the liturgical seasons of the Christian church year.
  • Familiarity with commitments of the United Church of Christ.
  • CPR, and First Aid certification not required, but given special consideration.
  • Experience working with volunteers to maintain “Safe Church” standards and updates.
  • Nurture connection between the church and families with children in the wider community.

If interested, please send your resume and cover letter by November 8 to Associate Pastor Lauren Cannon laurenccannon@gmail.com.  All people of various race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity are encouraged to apply.  

Keystone Church proclaims the good news 
that God's realm is in our midst.
Come see how we love.  Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle, WA 98103
Whether you’re a seeker, doubter, believer, wherever you are on life’s journey, you’ll find hospitality here.
Keystone is an open and affirming community.  All are welcome.