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Church School Director, Cambridge MA

Church School Director, Cambridge MA

The Memorial Church is an interdenominational Protestant Church in the
center of Harvard Yard. The Church School of the Memorial Church provides a
nurturing Christian environment and spiritual education for its children
(ages 3–12). The Church is hiring a director to coordinate and support
the growth of its Church School for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. This
position is part-time and requires approximately 10 hours per week,
including attendance on Sunday mornings.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Sunday School:

    1. Oversee Church School and its staff.
    2. Maintain the care and safety of the Church School environment.
    3. Recruit, train, and meet with Church School teachers.
    4. Provide curriculum and programming ideas and topics for teachers and volunteers.
    5. Coordinate and supervise schedule of Church School teachers.
    6. Maintain paperwork and records connected to the running of the Church School.
    7. Teach individual and group classes as needed.

Other responsibilities:

    1. Attend weekly staff meetings from 1:30-2:30pm on Wednesdays.
    2. Keep the staff abreast of Church School needs and schedule for the Fall and Spring Terms.
    3. Collaborate with Senior Minister, Ministry Fellow, and Pusey Minister to create an agenda and goals for the Church School.
    4. Work with Senior Minister, Ministry Fellow, and Pusey Minister to plan at least two Church School family events.
    5. All other duties as assigned

Compensation: $8,000 for the 2014-2015 Academic Year (Sept. 2014—May
2015)

Qualifications:

    1. A bachelors degree and/or equivalent experience is required with graduate studies in education, theological studies, or similar field of study preferred; and/or employment experiences that demonstrate the ability to effectively direct the Church School program.
    2. Experience in program coordination, teacher and volunteer recruitment, and training staff.
    3. Experience working in children’s ministry.
    4. Understanding of and commitment to Christian education.

Additional Information:

The Memorial Church represents the continuity of public worship at Harvard
since its foundation in 1636, testifying to the vitality of that tradition
in the modern University. Our Sunday service, based upon the reformed
Protestant inheritance of the University, partakes as well of the greater
inheritance of worship and praise that belongs to the whole Church. A daily
service of Morning Prayers, uninterrupted since the University’s founding,
continues to begin our College day; a service of evening Compline closes our
day one Thursday a month. Internationally distinguished preachers and
religious leaders help us to open hearts and minds to God and nourish us as
we carry on our holy routine of worship, study, and service.

Our congregation is diverse and composed of students from Harvard College
and throughout the University; members of the faculty, administration, and
staff; neighbors; alumni; and friends. In addition, there are countless
thousands within the sound of radio station WHRB, which broadcasts our
Sunday services at 95.3 FM, as well as through its website at http://www.whrb.org.

Curriculum :
The Church School differs from other programs offered by single
denominational parishes. The affiliation of the Memorial Church, the church
of Harvard University, is broadly Protestant and inter-denominational.
Church School classes emphasize biblical themes and scripture, major
components of Protestant worship, and Christian responsibility and service.
Our curriculum is carefully planned to meet the spiritual, emotional,
social, and cognitive needs of each child. It also aims to incorporate
themes and stories from the Sunday worship service into the Church School
experience.

Class Structure :
Children are grouped into classes according to age to provide
developmentally appropriate instruction—pre-k and kindergarten, 1st/2nd
grade, 3rd/4th grade, and 5th/6th grade. Each Sunday begins with all
children gathered for a brief time of music, worship, and/or a lesson from
scripture. The children then break into their classes for small group
discussion and age-appropriate crafts or activities that reinforce lessons
from scripture. All children will come back together for refreshments and
grace at the end of the small-group lessons.

Contact

To learn more about the Church School Director position, please contact
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Ministry Fellow in the Memorial Church, at 617.496.1426.