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

Ascension Sr. Youth Project: Faceless Dolls Blanket

About the Project
This blanket was created by the Senior Youth Sunday School Class. It represents both our stand against violence and our journey toward reconciliation and healing of our relationships with the indigenous peoples of this land. The purpose of the blanket is to begin conversations around how our community may participate in this healing. The colours and symbols were carefully chosen for their significance. Important are the faceless dolls—each created by one of the senior youth, they represent either themselves or someone they know who has been impacted by violence as a sign of honour and respect. Displaying the dolls on one blanket represents a united front against violence and hope for the future where healing takes place.
The idea for the dolls came from the Faceless Dolls art project created by the Native Women’s Association of Canada to commemorate murdered indigenous women and girls.

The Faceless Dolls Blanket: Symbols and Meaning
This blanket represents our stand against violence and our journey toward reconciliation and the healing of our relationships with the indigenous peoples of this land.  We hear God’s calling revealed through the prophet Micah and God’s promise revealed through the prophet Isaiah. We are guided by Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Each youth has created a faceless doll to represent either themselves or someone they know who has been impacted by violence. For the later the doll is a sign of honour and respect. This is an adaptation of the Faceless Dolls art project created by the Native Women’s Association of Canada to commemorate murdered indigenous women and girls. Displaying the dolls on one blanket represents our united front against violence and desire for healing.

Identified on the circle surrounding the dolls are the seven indigenous sacred teachings of love, honesty, courage, truth, respect, wisdom, and humility and the fruits of the Spirit which are (again) love, but also: kindness, self-control, peace, patience, faithfulness goodness, gentleness and joy. We strive to be shaped by these virtues.  The circle represents our interconnectedness. The colour green represents life.

The colours yellow, red, black and white come from the Indigenous Medicine Wheel.  The Medicine Wheel embodies many indigenous teachings including those surrounding health and the cycles of life.

Borrowing from the Primate’s address at the Sacred Circle event of 2012, we describe the journey we are on:  From the darkness of the Indian Residential Schools era and past treatment of indigenous people— represented by the dark night sky on the left side of the blanket—to light of the dawn sky of a new day on the right side. The gold and royal blue represent the presence of God in our journey and our lives.

The dove symbolizes the presence of the Holy Spirit and peace.  Strawberries are significant to indigenous culture representing peace and forgiveness. The words in the top right and bottom left corners of the blanket represent our responses to the call: apology and forgiveness, friendship, hope, the need to pray, listen, learn and heal, honour one another, care for each other and creation.

The purpose of this blanket is to begin conversations around how our community may participate in this healing together with indigenous communities.

—Ascension Senior Youth Sunday School Class

February 26, 2017

Audio from a sermon given by Rev. Rhonda Waters on February 26, 2017.

Listen to more Ascension audio at the archive page.

Audio Sermon for September 4, 2016

Select audio from a sermon give by Rev. Rhonda Waters on September 4, 2016.

For more audio, visit the archive.

Children and Youth–What’s New

January 2017

Grapevine Senior Youth goes to Manotick for Games & Pizza Night 

pizza-and-board-games

On Friday, January 27th, the Grapevine  Senior Youth group will be joining the #limitless Youth Group at St. James Manotick (1138 Bridge St, Manotick) for a games night. Pizza will be provided. Youth are encouraged to bring their favourite board games to play and a $5 free-will donation for the pizza.

 
 

Free Young Adults Dinner at the Open Table  – January 29th

All young adults are invited to come and dine at the Open Table on Sunday, January 29th for their January meal. Meet new with friends and enjoy some fantastic food. Make sure to come hungry and bring your own tupperware for leftovers!
The Open Table is an ecumenical ministry of radical hospitality which provides a delicious home-cooked food for college and university students, and young adults.
When: Sunday, February 26th.Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner stars at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Centre 454, 454 King Edward Avenue


February 2017

Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC) Service Event: Finding Ways to Support Youth Homelessness


How can you help to address youth homelessness in your community? Through a series of active, hands-on workshops youth we will learn about youth homelessness, how you can serve, and meet people from around the diocese. Lunch will be provided. Ashley is arranging a carpool to this event. If you are interested in attending please contact Ashley.
When: Saturday, February 4th, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Christ Church Bells Corners, 3861 Old Richmond Rd.

Messy Church: Love

Children and their grownups are invited to join us at our next Messy Church exploring the theme of Love. Together we will explore the stories of the Greatest Commandment and the Good Samaritan.
Messy Church is a quarterly collaboration between Ascension and Trinity Anglican Church with active worship, storytelling, arts and crafts, fellowships and a meal.
When: Saturday, February 4th, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Church of the Ascension, Church Hall

Grapevine Youth Group Potluck & Priests-in-the-Hot-Seat 

All junior and senior youth (ages 9-18) are invited to bring their their questions about God, Christianity, faith and the world to our priests, Rev. Arran Thorpe and Rev. Rhonda Waters, who will take to the hot-seat to answer our burning questions. Before our priests take the hot-seat, we will share a pot-luck meal. Youth are encouraged to bring their favourite dish to share.
When: Friday, February 10th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Trinity Anglican Church, 1230 Bank Street

 

 

Junior Youth Group Learns about Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution is an essential life skill. Through a series of games and hands-on activities youth will learn productive ways to handle conflict and build relationships with their peers, their family and people in our communities.
When: Friday, February 24th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Church of the Ascension

 

 

Free Young Adults Dinner at the Open Table February Meal
All young adults are invited to come and dine at the Open Table on Sunday, February 26th for their February meal. Meet new with friends and enjoy some fantastic food. Make sure to come hungry and bring your own tupperware for leftovers!
The Open Table is an ecumenical ministry of radical hospitality which provides a delicious home-cooked food for college and university students, and young adults.
When: Sunday, February 26th.Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner stars at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Centre 454, 454 King Edward Avenue

 

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