OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH MINISTRY / LEADERSHIP: “YOUTH SUPPORT WORKER”
St James Anglican Church, Vancouver, Downtown Eastside
Do you have a passion for engaging young adults and youth in leadership? Are you interested in helping them grow spiritually as active members of a vibrant, growing, multi-ethnic Downtown eastside church community? Are you looking for a flexible, part-time leadership opportunity to help a thriving Anglo-catholic parish retain, attract and actively involve young adults assist in implementing the vision, mission and values of an open, inclusive church community?
SUMMARY OF POSITION Reporting to the Rector and Wardens, the "Youth Support Worker" must be comfortable working independently with youth and with the team of clergy and lay leaders, as well as a diverse group of parishioner volunteers. Duties require a high degree of enthusiasm, initiative and motivation/organizational skills for involving youth in planning appropriate individual and group activities. This part-time position is ideally suited to a confident, mature, experienced person, actively involved in their own spiritual growth and formation, who enjoys being an integral part of a vibrant church community.
RESPONSIBILITIES / TASKS The "Youth Support worker": • Establishes and maintains strong working relationships with all youth and other members of the parish community • Builds community and trust with and among youth • Encourages youth to take on greater responsibility and become more engaged in the creation and on-going support of church programs • Empowers youth to evangelize and invite neighbourhood and friends to participate in church liturgies, service and programs • Assists with planning, scheduling and leading Sunday School/Formation activities for youth • Encourages, facilitates and helps lead Bible study for youth • Helps research, plan and support youth community service activities in the St James neighbourhood • Encourages and facilitates the growth of adult/youth mentoring relationships
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE • Work experience in, and a commitment to, ministry with young people either professionally or as a volunteer. • Demonstrated leadership and relational skills with children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Skills working well within a team, as well as individually. • A mature faith compatible with the ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada, and the ability to articulate a personal faith journey / story. • Post-secondary education preferred, with training in youth work an asset; high school graduation minimum requirement. • An understanding of, and engagement with, the culture of young people in urban settings. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as a comfort and competence with technology and social media. • Experience and understanding of working with vulnerable people, and the importance of maintaining confidentiality
DESIRABLE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE • Post-secondary education in child and youth education, theology or related fields. • A working knowledge of Anglican Church; its identity, structures, inclusiveness and diversity. Also, a knowledge and understanding of working ecumenically and with other faith groups.
PART-TIME TERMS AND BENEFITS This is a part-time position. The term of the appointment is for one year with three month and six month reviews. The work week consists of 20.5 hours (initially) including one week day, Saturday and Sunday, and may be varied according to planned activity schedules. Benefits are provided and free parking is available.
STARTING DATE Starting date is flexible, but we prefer to have someone start as soon as possible.
HOW TO APPLY PLEASE APPLY BY EMAIL TO email@example.com.
Explain in your cover letter why working three days per week (one weekday, Saturday and Sunday is suitable for you. Please include any samples/artifacts (with explanation), of your work with youth(eg. Link to website, blog, Facebook and/or marketing materials), your availability, salary expectations and the names of three references.
St James' Anglican Church, Diocese of New Westminster, Anglican Church of Canada, 303 East Cordova St Vancouver BC V6A1L4
7:30 am Low Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes in the Lady Chapel
12:10 pm Low Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes in the Church
6:30 pm High Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes in the Church
STATIONS OF THE CROSS ON FRIDAYS
12:45 pm Stations of the cross will be prayed on Fridays in Lent.
LENTEN QUIET DAY
Saturday, March 8 10 am – 3 pm
"In the commonplace and the unexpected: story, song, and scripture for Lenten reflection."
Story, song, and scripture will serve as prompts or departure points for reflection. The day will include group sessions as well as quiet time. Exploration of relevant themes will include, among others, stillness, repentance, and the discovery of meaning. Full text and auxiliary resources will be provided. We will be invited to use our Bibles and Bible concordances to follow up with passages that may be rich or fruitful for each of us.
For more information, contact Tim Firth: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office 604 685 2532 Bring your Bible, pen and paper, a warm sweater or wrap, and lunch. Snacks and beverages provided. (use Gore Street entrance on the day) All welcome. Free.
FORMATION DURING LENT: CLASSIC DEVOTIONAL WORKS
9 March Leslie Arnovick on Cloud of Unknowing 16 March Sr. Mary on St. Theresa of Avila
23 March Tim Firth on Jean Pierre de Caussade
30 March Fr. Mark on the Philokalia
6 April Fr. Fr. Matthew on Christopher Smart' Jubilate Agno
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Recording of John Donne's Second Prebend sermon
In April 2012, People's Warden, Paul Stanwood, recorded one of the greatest sermons in the English language. John Donne's Second Prebend sermon is an extended and glorious meditation on Psalm 63:7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. You can listen and watch the video by clicking here.