Trinity Church Seeks a Lay Associate for Children & Family Ministries
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Why This Position is Available
Last November, Trinity was excited to welcome Elise Jones as our Associate for Children and Family Ministries. Elise has contributed over the last nine months to significantly strengthen this area of our ministry. Unfortunately, Elise's family had to unexpectedly relocate out of state, and she was forced to resign from this position. Thus, we are searching for her successor.
About Our Programs
While the following are not complete descriptions, they will give you some sense of our programs and some idea of some of the skills we are seeking.
Our family and children's ministry program currently involves about 60 children up through 5th grade. We have a Sunday morning program that includes Nursery care (staffed by professionals), Godly Play for children aged 4 through 5th grade. We have strong lay ministers who teach in these programs. We also have occasional special events focused on children and families. As we imagine our next family minister, we put a strong emphasis on the ability to form pastoral relationships with parents, and to serve as a counselor to our parent community. We imagine someone who has a love of children's formation, and is also interested in how to help families encourage engagement with their faith in their daily lives. We imagine someone who has good organizational and communication skills. We also have a preschool on our campus, and the family minister leads a weekly chapel service for the children.
Some Other Skills and Gifts for Ministry
- Working knowledge of child development theory and various church curricula
- Familiarity with the practices and worship of The Episcopal Church
- Strong pastoral skills
- Ability to build relationships with children, as well as parents
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Good organizational skills and habits
- Ability to work collaboratively and creatively with both staff and volunteers
- Comfort with various communication technologies and social media
- Ability to work comfortably both within a traditional church structure and with emerging ministry structures that are not traditional
- Ability to support our vision
About the Trinity Community
Trinity Church in Menlo Park is a vibrant congregation located in the Bay Area (Diocese of California) in the midst of Silicon Valley, and only a couple miles from Stanford University. Founded in 1884, the congregation has a rich history and is one of the larger and better resourced in the diocese. It is the fourth oldest church in the diocese, and has been a launching point for many people into ordained ministry. The Trinity community lives with an awareness that the church is changing, and we are dedicated to meeting the challenges that change inevitably brings. We are a church that has both the traditional structure of an Episcopal parish and emerging structures and patterns of ministry. We recognize that we are called to serve both those for whom traditional parish life is meaningful and those who are looking for something different. Our average attendance is currently about 170, relatively high for this diocese. We have three Sunday services at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 5:05 pm. Trinity has a large campus composed of four principal buildings.
We seek to provide fair and just compensation for those who enter ministry with us, and we follow the compensation and benefits guidelines and requirements of the Episcopal Diocese of California.
Candidates for the position should send:
- A letter of application outlining your interest
- A copy of your Office for Transition Ministry (OTM) portfolio (if you have one)
- The names and addresses of three individuals who can provide references
These materials should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or Trinity Church, ATTN: Search, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and will be accepted as long as the position is open. Initial conversations with applicants who seem to be a potential fit for this ministry will be conducted as applications are received and reviewed.