SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS NEEDED:
Vibrant relationship with Christ
Passionate about working with children
Comfortable with technology (Social Media, Computers, Communications. etc.)
Able to recruit and train volunteers
Able to interact positively with both children and their families
Desire to grow and learn
The Director of Children’s Ministries is responsible for fulfilling the purpose of our church through leading Aldersgate’s ministries to children from birth through fifth grade.
Standard work hours are 20 (to 30) hours per week, including both regular office hours and time spent outside of the office accomplishing the duties and tasks of the job. Regular office hours are to be maintained at times agreed upon with the Senior Pastor or Director of Discipleship.
Beyond reaching children for the cause of Christ, and showing God’s love to children and their parents, the Director of Children’s Ministry is responsible for specific duties in many areas:
Children’s Sunday School
Accomplish the following activities:
Recruit and train teachers.
Ensure the physical environment is ready for classes on Sunday morning.
Order lesson materials and obtain supplies.
Collect attendance information from the children’s Sunday School classes.
Maintain check-in/check-out system for children. & security.
Lead morning assembly of Sunday School for elementary students when enrollment warrants.
Prepare worship bags for children.
Present Children’s Moment in all worship services in consultation with Senior and Associate Pastors and Minister of Discipleship.
Participate in infant Baptisms (be present alongside minister in support)
Develop Children’s worship for young children.
Lead in incorporating children in leading worship: lead a creed, prayer, usher, welcome, etc.
Interview and recommend paid and volunteer nursery staff for all regularly scheduled church activities and special services, if necessary.
Help resource and assist outside groups with Safe Sanctuary approved workers
Ensure nursery facilities are clean and safe for children.
Check in and check out system & other security measures
Keep records of children’s attendance, parent information, allergies, etc.
Sunday Evening Activities:
Plan, coordinate, and support Sunday night activities.
Work with the AUMC Children Choir Director to coordinate schedules of music ministry with the children’s ministry.
Coordinate Snack Supper.
Plan and implement 3rd Grade Bible Sunday.
Recruit and train volunteers toplan and implement at least one Summer Intensive Event or Camp in our community, such as Vacation Bible School, Music Camp, or Mission Camp.
Support serving children in church mission efforts, such as Picnic in the Park and Hope on Wheels.
Plan, coordinate, and implement learning experiences for children and their families throughout the church year, such as Advent Devotionals, Lenten devotions, and Easter Butterfly release.
Plan and implement events for families of children in our community. (examples: Splash Bash to kick-off school year activities; Trunk or Treat; Easter Egg Hunt; Movie nights; Family Christmas Eve service)
Support church-wide events and special services keeping the needs of children in mind.
Plan intergenerational activities to promote church unity.
Publicize the goals, activities, successes, and challenges of the Children’s Ministry to parents and the congregation at large.
Create external publicity with the goal of connecting new families to Aldersgate
Outreach and Service:
Encourage children to actively serve Christ in other areas of their lives (in the church and the community).
Be present in the community representing Aldersgate at local school, community and sporting events.
Reach out to families visiting in person or at a community event.
a. Recruit volunteers for all ministry areas: nursery, Sunday school, special events,
Sunday nights, children’s worship.
Train volunteers in expectations, safe sanctuary, curriculum, and make sure they are current in safe sanctuary guidelines.
c. Show appropriate appreciation to volunteers.
Pastoral care to families:
a. Visit new babies with cradle cross and Bible story book
b. In the event of death or critical issues in the family provide care to the family
Keep clergy informed of any pastoral care needs
d. Visit children in hospital or recovery.
Advocate for children in all aspects of the church’s planning, commitments and activities.
Participate in Leadership Council Meetings.
Organize and lead Children’s Council.
Attend staff meetings.
Coordinate Aldersgate’s participation in United Methodist Conference and District children’s programs.
Ensure that meeting places for children and related groups are adequate. Coordinate with the Office Manager to schedule meeting rooms and with Trustees for facility improvements.
Ensure all volunteers and hired staff are Safe Sanctuary trained and background checked. Work with the Safe Sanctuary Team to ensure regular training is available.
Identify needs for and order supplies and equipment for children’s program.
Prepare annual budget requests, in consultation with the Children’s Council, and submit to Finance Committee.
Check on supplies and equipment; ensure they are adequately stored and available for use. Coordinate with Trustees and others as needed to obtain storage space for supplies and equipment used in all children’s programs and activities.
Where possible, support children when they need special encouragement by visiting them in hospitals, in homes, or during funerals. (Moved to separate area)
Other duties as assigned.
The Director of Children’s Ministry reports to the Director of Discipleship for day-to-day direction and is accountable to the Senior Pastor and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee for job performance.