The Falmouth Congregational Church, UCC, is a dedicated, open minded, welcoming, and growing Christian community that embraces both the traditional and the new. We are located in the seaside town of Falmouth, Maine, a growing suburb fifteen minutes from the city of Portland. In the last three years our church has welcomed a new minister and several new staff members, learned how to worship and gather in a variety of innovative ways (thanks, COVID) and seen substantial growth in our children and family ministries. We seek someone to continue to expand our programing to young families while integrating the program into the wider life of the church.
Our congregation has a heart for children and youth; we host one of the largest Easter egg hunts in the state each year, sponsor a large and active Boy Scout troop, and, before the pandemic, hosted intergenerational worship once a month at which the church school children did a worship takeover and the entire congregation learned, worshiped, and took Holy Communion as one. The majority of our staff are parents of young children and our Pastor is a former preschool teacher and the mom of two under the age of two. We deeply understand the importance, and challenge, of children and youth centered ministry.
As the Minister of Children & Families you would be responsible for the overall direction and coordination of our Faith Formation program for children and families in consultation with the Christian Education Committee. You would select and shape the curriculum for our church school, support our youth confirmands, lead youth centered events, and oversee church school volunteers and nursery staff. Many Sundays, especially as you train volunteers, you would be the lead teacher in the Sunday School classroom. You would work to keep our parents/caretakers aware of the program’s teachings so that they can support them at home.
While this role would be focused on youth and families we are committed to integrating our community across the generations. To this end you would participate in multigenerational Sunday worship services and could expect to preach up to once/ month You would also initiate other creative ways for children and youth to engage in, and lead, worship.
You would represent our congregation at community events, and invite new families to come to our church through community presence, planning and implementing outreach events, and providing related publicity.
You would continue to implement and oversee best practices and policies for the mutual safety and care of all participants, including Safe-Church (Abuse Prevention) policy. You would identify and coordinate volunteers to lead and support programs where needed, and enable them with training and preparation. You would work with the Pastor and Office staff to publicize Faith Formation/ Church School events and resources to the congregation by such means as emails, newsletters, and social media. As a fully engaged and highly valued member of the staff, you would attend weekly staff meetings and have regular in person meetings with the Pastor and other staff.
● Experience with children in classroom settings, such as traditional academic settings, church programs, summer camp, or similar settings
● Familiarity with basic tenets and traditions of Christian faith and a curiosity and love for expansive theology
● Commitment to teaching the Gospel in a way that transmits God’s love for all and joy at the world (eg this should be meaningful and fun!)
● Comfortable leading open and developmentally appropriate conversations with compassion across differences and diversity
● First AID & CPR certified by the beginning of the church school year
● Position is a mandated reporter under Maine state law and must pass state and federal background check
Sunday mornings required. Full Time, opportunities to work remotely during the week day.
Competitive salary with flexibility in summer hours, and benefits.
To apply, please contact the Search Committee electronically, c/o [email protected], attaching a resume, cover letter, and two references Must pass background check.