Director of Children and Youth Ministry

Director of Children and Youth Ministry

The Church of the Ascension is looking for a Director of Children and Youth Ministries to work with us as we help our children and youth grow in faith.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and lead volunteers for all areas of the ministry (including recruitment, screening, training, and support)
  • Advocate for and enable the full participation of youth and children in the life of the community – worship, outreach, hospitality, etc
  • Build up a community of mutual care and support amongst the youth, children, and families
  • Coordinate the planning and execution of Sunday school, youth group, and other programs as needed, including managing supplies
  • Attend to the administrative responsibilities related to youth ministries
    • Parish Council meetings; weekly staff meeting; communications (website, social media, email, and phone), record keeping, budgeting, diocesan meetings
  • Participate in the children and youth ministries of the diocese
  • Participate in the effort to reach children and youth in the neighbourhood, building relationships with local community groups, schools, etc.
  • Participate in the community life of the parish, including worship and occasional fellowship events

This position is 20 hrs/week, including Sunday mornings and occasional evenings.

Further details: Director of Children and Youth Ministry Job Description

Christmas is for those who fear

Be not afraid

Forget “Merry Christmas” – a more appropriate holiday greeting is “Be not afraid” (perhaps the response could be “Thank you. Nor you”)  Not only would this better capture the tone of the Christmas story, echoing the angel’s greetings to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds, it would better address the emotional strain of December.

There is so much to do in December, with such a firm deadline.  Gifts to buy, trees to decorate, parties to plan and attend, concerts to prepare for, cookies to bake, cards to write, groceries to buy – and so many more church services than usual on top it all!  And the pressure to not only get it done but to get it done well – to ensure that you and everyone you love will have a Merry Christmas, filled with peace and love and wonder – is enough to fill even the most organized among us with fear.

And what about those of us who do not have the financial resources, the happy family, or the emotional or physical well-being to even attempt the miracle of a so-called Merry Christmas?  What about those of us who are lonely or ill?  Those of us grieving a death or a job loss?  Those of us who are simply not happy?  “Be not afraid” may  be just as difficult to accomplish as “Have a Merry Christmas” but at least it’s a more accurate place to start.

Because Christmas is not only for people who are happy and healthy.  In fact, Christmas is most particularly for people who are not happy and not healthy.  Christmas is for people who are afraid.

Consider the Christmas story.  Jesus was not born under a Christmas tree but in a barn to parents who were exhausted and powerless and scandalous.  His birth was not celebrated with family and feasting but dirty strangers and livestock.  His birthday presents were accompanied with a warning to flee to Egypt for an indefinite period of time.  Fear and worry.  Worry and fear.

And yet the angels sing, “Be not afraid!”  Take courage; cling to hope.  This child will be the salvation of the world.  This child is God’s presence with us, in the midst of our fear, to proclaim that our fear does not make us unworthy and that we are not alone.

This is indeed a joyful message but it is not an easy, sparkly kind of joy.  It’s a better joy – a joy that can co-exist with our sadness and our fear because it comes not from our celebrations or our families or our own strength but from God.

“Do not be afraid; for see– I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord”

If you are in need of a time to offer your worry, fear, grief, or exhaustion before God,
join us at Church of the Ascension for the Blue Christmas service at 7:00 on Monday, December 19th.


This piece was originally published by the Rev’d Rhonda Waters
in December 2014 on the website of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal.

November 13, 2016

“The signs that the reign of God is drawing near are not the same as signs of God’s reign itself.  They are much less pleasant.  When God’s reign approaches, people are moved to demand justice.  When people demand justice, the powerful tend to push back.  Sometimes, they push back very, very hard.  ‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; these things must take place first”.  The ordering of this world works very much in some people’s favour – it is not surprise that they don’t want it changed…The approach of the Reign of God shines a light into the dark places of the world and of our hearts.”

Audio from a sermon given by the Rev. Rhonda Waters on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

 

And, when you’ve finished listening to the sermon, you might like to do as we did on Sunday and listen to Anthem by Leonard Cohen:

For more audio sermons, please visit the archive.

Audio Sermon from November 6, 2016

Audio Sermons banner-01Audio from a sermon given by the Rev. Rhonda Waters on Remembrance Sunday, November 6, 2016.

For more audio sermons, please visit the archive.

Sermon from the Celebration of New Ministry

Audio from a sermon given by the Very Rev’d Paul Kennington, Dean of Montreal at the Celebration of New Ministry on All Saints’ Day, November 1, 2016.

For more audio sermons, please visit the archive.

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