Rolling Application Beginning May 2023
Children's Faith Formation Coordinator
4-8 hours/week, early September - mid June
Since returning to in-person worship after the shutdowns brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, our faith community has been growing in numbers, depth, and vitality! We are excited to harness the energy and enthusiasm of our new families with young children. That’s where this new position comes in!
The Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator at The Federated Church of Sycamore (“Church”) will oversee our growing Children’s Faith Formation Program by providing a safe, interactive, engaging, and age-appropriate space for our young children (ages ~4-10) to learn the stories and values of our progressive Christian faith in order to better help them live lives of love, generosity, and justice.
Active program hours will be an hour on Sunday mornings in our “Children’s Church” (10-11am) during our larger worship service. It may sometimes include an extra hour after worship (11am-12pm) while other adult programming takes place, or as part of an inter-generational post-service program (such as an Advent potluck and craft activity).
A well-suited candidate is someone who:
Rooted in the life and teachings of Jesus, shares our progressive Christian values, such as God’s irrevocable love for every child, LGBTQIA+ inclusion and affirmation, a commitment to diversity and social justice, and creating a space of belonging for children/families of all walks, backgrounds, and abilities (You can see a description of our values here, and check our Facebook Page here to get a sense of who we are)
Has experience with and brings passion and enthusiasm to working with children ages ~4-10 in a single small-group environment
Brings their own unique creativity and ideas to help lesson plans come alive
The position is a one-year, at will, part-time position, reporting to the Church’s Pastor, with a review to be conducted at 90 days.
The Coordinator has the following responsibilities:
Plan, supervise, and facilitate the weekly “Children’s Church” program by developing interactive themes and curricula in collaboration with the Pastor
Recruit and train “Children’s Church” volunteers
Oversee the gathering, set-up, use and cleanup of materials for classes and events
Communicate personally, electronically, and in print with youth, families, community, and church leadership about the Children’s Faith Formation programs and initiatives
Meet with the Pastor quarterly or as needed to review and discuss programming and to imagine possibilities for the future
Attend and help organize a quarterly meeting with parents/families to share about programming and provide space for feedback
Meet with the Pastor monthly or seasonally, as needed (e.g.: ahead of Advent, Lent, etc.), to plan the upcoming season’s programming
The employment contract is from early September through mid-June (with some flexibility). Compensation is $150 per week with the expectation that you commit no fewer than four hours and no more than eight hours per week, unless previously agreed with the Pastor.
This position does not include paid sick days, holidays, personal days or vacation days, although you are encouraged to find volunteers to oversee Children’s Church in the event that you need a Sunday off. We are also open to considering a monthly inter-generational service where children remain in the main worship service, which could serve as a day off.
Employment is contingent on passing a background check before being hired, and annually afterward.
We look forward to working together with you in service of the God of Love witnessed in Jesus as we strive to form children in a faith that encourages life-long growth in compassion, generosity, justice, and joy.
To apply, please send resumé and letter of interest to Rev. Eric Ogi (firstname.lastname@example.org); please also Cc: email@example.com. We will be in touch with you as soon as we are able.
For a PDF version of this Job Description, click here.