Helpful Free Online Tools

I’m discovering so many awesome tools for team management and program development! And free too! So far here is my list:

Trello.com – My new favourite tool! Organize all your tasks under different boards and then move tasks to “in progress” or “done”. Your whole team can do this if you give them admin super powers! You can create notes, see what everyone is doing, upload files and so much more.

my-roster.com – Scheduling tool. You can create different shifts, have email reminders automatically go out, have staff/volunteers request shift changes

Doodle.com – easy way to schedule your meetings! You put in the times that work for you and then your team members can simply check which times work.

Twitter – So I was a twitter skeptic and I’ve now been converted. It is a great way to connect with other organizations that are involved with kids/youth and parents. You can then tag these organizations in your posts and they will often retweet anything that they find interesting. I recommend that you create a list of handles and hashtags that are relevant to your ministry and keep it handy.

Dropbox.com An online backup system that can be accessed by your whole team

Google Docs – for basic word processing and other MS word-like programs I now use Google docs as it automatically saves everything that I am doing and I never have to worry about it being lost! you can share these documents easily too.

Offerpop.com – this is a tool for increasing likes on facebook and collecting email addresses. You need to have some sort of contest but your first trial is free.

SurveyMonkey.com This is a great and easy tool to gather quick survey information. You can receive feedback on an event or training, ask questions and get advice – and it’s anonymous.

Are there any tools that you use that we haven’t named? Let us know!

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Job opening at Northlea United Church

Cool Church Coordinator ~ Northlea United Church

General

Our ideal candidate is a fun, energetic, independent, self-starter with experience caring for children. The Cool Church Coordinator will be responsible for planning, leading and teaching a Christian children’s program that emphasizes relationship, spiritual practice (e.g. prayer), community, values, and biblical learning. An average of 8-10 hours per week is required throughout the Sunday School season which runs from September to June. Sunday morning attendance is mandatory. Hourly salary in the range of $25 – $30 (depending on qualifications).

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate, support, and be included in the Cool Church teaching team including training of parent volunteers, from September 2014 – June 2015
  • Meet routinely with the Children and Youth and Cool Church team (including the Minister and Music Director) to plan, discuss, and evaluate the Cool Church and overall children and youth participation in the life of the Northlea congregation across the full range of ages
  • In consultation with the Children and Youth and Cool Church team, choose (and as necessary) order curriculum and supplies
  • Organize and decorate the area of the classroom where the Cool Church children, youth, and nursery groups meet
  • Assist determining, planning and implementing community outreach initiatives for children and youth in the neighbourhood
  • Be regular in attendance
  • Attend relevant staff and committee meetings
  • Build rapport with the congregation by attending coffee hour following Sunday service, taking the time to connect with family members before and after children or youth events and at congregational events so far as possible
  • Arrange for children’s activities, as needed during congregational events, including holidays
  • Provide a safe environment where children feel welcome and spiritually supported
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with parents about the programme

Qualifications

  • Demonstrates a love of children, a lively knowledge of and commitment to the Christian faith and community values, a strong liberal/progressive theological grounding
  • Teacher/educational qualifications an asset
  • Experienced in designing and delivering programs and activities suitable to children and youth in a church setting
  • Enthusiastic in finding creative and relevant ways to inspire our young people to learn about and live out their faith
  • Able to motivate, support and encourage others to share time, energy an creativity as volunteers
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Job Opening for Child and Youth Minister at St. Olave’s

St. Olave’s is looking for a Child & Youth Minister (part-time)

360 Windermere (just south of Bloor, between Jane and Runnymede)

Do you want to teach young people how to navigate the world through the love of God and the teachings of Jesus? We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic leader to join our clergy team as

Child & Youth Minister (approx. 8 – 10 hours/week on average, for 40 weeks a year).

- Experience teaching young people in a church or Christ-centred setting

- Knowledge and experience in Anglican ministry (familiarity with the Book of Common Prayer an asset)

- Theological training

- Excellent communication skills

- Experience in recruiting and managing a core of volunteer assistants

If you are someone who is looking to make a difference in the lives of young families and has some good ideas of how to do it, please take the time to check out a more detailed job description on our website at www.stolaves.ca. Interested applicants are asked to please send a cover letter and resumé to the incumbent, the Rev. David Burrows, at davidburrows3@hotmail.com.

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Children’s Ministry Summer 2014

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Summer is often a time that churches experiment with different ways to meet the neighbourhood. Vacation Bible School, Day Camps, and Family Day Events are just some of these creative experiments.

We would like to post what your church is doing this summer! Please email Elizabeth animator[at]thecece[dot]org your special events and they will be posted on this page. We would also like to share what you have learned through these experiments – what worked, what didn’t work – so that we can share the learning and help each other in a climate of post-Christendom and declining church attendance.

Children’s Programs

July 21-25 Wilderness Escape Day Camp (Little Trinity)

Children aged JK to Grade 5 (in September 2014) are invited to Little T’s annual Day Camp at the Little Trinity Campus. The theme this year is Wilderness Escape – Where God Guides and Provides. Learn about how Moses and the Israelites trusted God as they journeyed through the wilderness. For more information, visit Little Trinity’s Website

July 21-25 Kingdom Rock Bible Camp (St. Paul’s on the Hill, Pickering)

Ages JK to Grade 6 – visit St. Paul’s on the Hill’s Website

July 21-25 Follow the Leader – Cross Talk Day Camp (St. Cuthberts, Leaside)

St. Cuthbert, Leaside is delighted to be hosting a summer day camp for children ages 4-12! With Bible stories, games, skits, crafts, songs, and LOTS of time to play outside, we’re looking forward to an exciting week. Programming runs from 10-3, with an extended day program available from 8-5 as required. Registration is $100 for the week ($150 for the extended day program). Bursaries are available on as needed. For more information, visit St. Cuthbert’s website

July 21-25 Gangway to Galilee Vacation Bible School (St. Peter’s, Erindale)

St. Peter’s, Erindale is happy to be offering a full day, weeklong Bible Camp in the summer of 2014. The children, ages 4-11, will be learning about God’s love through Bible stories, games, crafts, music and much more. This year’s theme is “Gangway to Galilee”, a fun based adventure through community and faith! For more information, visit St. Peter’s Website

 

July 28-August 1 Mad Scientist Day Camp (Church of the Messiah)

Join us as we discover how to make ice cream from nitrogen, launch rocket ships and explore the wonderful world of science! For more information, see C.I.R.C.U.I.T. Day Camps

August 11-15 (mornings) Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School (Church of the Messiah)

Join us as we escape into the wilderness in the Holy Lands to discover how God guides and provides as we sing, create, play, learn and have fun! Free for children ages 3-12. For more information, see C.I.R.C.U.I.T. Day Camps

August 11-15 (afternoons) Around the World Art Camp (Church of the Messiah)

Join us and Arts Educator Linda Deramaix from ArtplusUS! as we create masterpieces in a fun art camp! For more information, see C.I.R.C.U.I.T. Day Camps

August 11-15 Daily Vacation Bible School (St. John the Evangelist, Port Hope)

Register your child by phoning the St. John’s Anglican Church at 905-885-2171.Learn to sing great songs, play games, crafts, science and hear great stories. FREE!

August 18-22 Wacky Day Camp (St. Paul’s, Newmarket)

Join us at Wacky Day Camp to find out about some weird animals and learn how they (and we) are unique and loved. Ages 5-12 , 9-noon For more information, visit St. Paul’s website

August 25-29 Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School (Christ Church, Deer Park)

 

Youth Programs

CIRCUIT Youth Mentorship Program (Church of the Messiah) – various weeks

C.I.R.C.U.I.T. is a multimedia approach to youth leadership development. Youth will receive training in photography, digital arts and film making as they explore what it means to be a leader in their contexts. Youth will receive both group and one-on-one mentoring by our C.I.R.C.U.I.T. staff and workshop leaders. The program will conclude with a camping and canoeing adventure. For more information, see C.I.R.C.U.I.T. @ Messiah

Family Events

June 7 (10am-1pm) Teddy Bear Picnic (Church of the Messiah)

Bring your favourite teddy bear and come and play games and make crafts at our picnic. Free for the whole family! For more information, see C.I.R.C.U.I.T. in the Park

June 14 (10am-1pm) Robot Making (Church of the Messiah)

Come and make some awesome robot crafts! Free for the whole family! For more information, see C.I.R.C.U.I.T. in the Park

June 21 (10am-1pm) Cupcake Decorating (Church of the Messiah)

Come and make a fancy cupcake design! Free for the whole family! For more information, see C.I.R.C.U.I.T. in the Park

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Staffing your church’s children ministry

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Over the  past month, I’ve received a number of emails asking for advice and help in spreading the word about job positions opening up. It is exciting to hear about the growing children’s ministries and the need to find people to take on the role of shepherding the children in our churches. This post has some things for your to consider as you search for a children and family minister as well as some suggestions for places to advertise. If you have experience to share with us in terms of staffing your children’s ministry, we would love to hear from you! Just send Elizabeth an email at animator [at] thecece [dot] org

Mark Holman writes in his book Church+Home: The Proven Formula for Building Lifelong Faith (Ventura: Regal, 2010) that there are are key attributes that are essential in a candidate and maintains that all else can be taught:

  1. Loves the Lord and can express his or her faith well
  2. Loves the Church
  3. Loves to be with children, youth and their families
  4. Is a director and not just a doer
  5. Understands ministry as team
  6. Is willing to receive coaching, outside training and on-the-job training
  7. Faith is founded in a theology of the cross (grace-oriented) and lives a faith-filled and faithful life in response to God’s grace (in other words, this person models the gospel of Jesus Christ)

The Anglican Diocese of Toronto has some helpful resources here and sample job descriptions can be found here.

Here are a number of online resources for advertising for staff:

1. CECE website and facebook page (contact Elizabeth at animator[at]thecece[dot]org

2. Charity Village (Non-profit sector – there is a fee for posting an ad, however it is a large resource

3. Ministry Employment

4. Toronto School of Theology schools including Trinity College and Wycliffe College

5. University of Toronto Careers (Free)

6. Child Care Advantage (First Ad is Free)

7. Indeed.Ca

8. Tyndale.ca

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