This past Saturday, October 21, 240 lucky people attended a feast in the Great Hall at Saint Paul’s for Harry Potter Day in Chestnut Hill! The event was crafted by Michael Latini, a parishioner and founder of Monkey Boys’ Studio, after he saw the possibility of recreating a Hogwarts-inspired feast. Joe Irwin, of Lightjourney Communications and Coordinator of the Center for Contemporary Mysticism, designed an attractive website and graphics for Facebook and other social media advertising. Karen Richter and Evan and Kat Hansen developed the menu, which included hot shepherd’s pie, pumpkin pasties, fresh salad and, of course, butter beer (non-alcoholic) for diners attired as characters from J. K. Rowling’s famous series. The aesthetics team of Tabitha Oman and Christine Fitzpatrick put the finishing touches on the whole event including the burlap-wrapped cutlery, the chocolate snitches, loads of candles, and decorated restrooms. An improvisational troupe, entertained guests with a skit, then mingled with the delighted audience. Saint Paul’s youth and adults, organized by Shana Stites and Cheyenne DeMulder, served as volunteer servers, cooks, kitchen elves and hosts to make two seatings, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. possible. As you can see from the pictures, plates were cleaned and smiles were everywhere. Most of the net proceeds will go to Saint Paul’s Outreach budget to support the homeless and needy in the greater Philadelphia area.
Position Description, Saint Paul’s Church, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA – October, 2017
- To provide leadership to children, youth, and families that guides them further in their spiritual growth and understanding in their daily lives.
- To support lay persons of Saint Paul’s in their ministry with Godly Play©, Youth, and Parents Exchange (our Parents’ group).
- To recruit volunteers, and oversee, support, and manage the operations of the above ministries.
Saint Paul’s is a vibrant church committed to proclaiming the gospel through worship and ministry, as individuals and as a congregation. Our mission is to create Christ’s peace through spiritual nourishment and service to the world. We are a church of approximately 500 members with an average Sunday attendance of 242. There are 90 children spread between nursery, Godly Play, and Youth ministries. The parish annual budget is $925,000.
NATURE AND SCOPE
The CYF (Children, Youth, and Families) Ministry Coordinator is a full-time, established position with benefits (insurance, and pension in year 2), and an efficiency apartment on campus if desired. Full-time staff include the Rector, Administrator, Music Director, and Capital Campaign Facilitator. At Saint Paul’s we believe that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. Godly Play is a Montessori approach to faith stories, gaining for participants religious language, and enhancing their spiritual experiences through wonder and play (which is children’s work). Youth engage in a lifelong journey of questioning, exploring, and discovering together. Confirmation, Rite 13, service to others, and fellowship all offer an arena to find support and grace in their encounter with each other and God. The CYF Ministry Coordinator is accountable to the Rector, manages budget responsibilities, and works collegially with other staff, volunteers, teachers, youth group advisors, and parents.
- Godly Play Church School
- Godly Play Core Training already attained or to be completed after hiring
- Advanced Training in Godly Play is a positive
- Oversee goals and structure of church school
- Recruit, support, and guide teachers (storytellers and door persons)
- Support and empower parents as teachers of the Christian faith with their own children
- Secure supplies and materials
- Management of Godly Play environments
- Youth Ministry
- Nurture and support the Saint Paul’s youth group
- Oversee Rite 13 (Junior High)
- Organize and engage with students around Confirmation
- Plan, and fund-raise for, the High School mission trip to the Standing Rock Reservation of the Sioux Tribe
- Coordinate efforts with St. Peter’s Church, Glenside as they partner with us on our mission trip
- Family Ministry
- Relate to and support Parents’ Exchange
- Assist with the Christmas Pageant and other children’s liturgies
- Coordinate with the Director of Music in offering support to the Choristers
- Coordinate with various Outreach ministries to involve children as desired
- Oversee nursery care; supervise paid nursery attendants
- Provide leadership by teaching and supporting – not doing; provide hospitality and pastoral leadership
- Communicate Children, Youth, and Family ministries with Parish leadership, congregation, and community. Provide information in a timely manner for parish announcements and public advertising.
- Participate in staff meetings, appropriate committee meetings, leadership gatherings so that initiatives and programs are fully coordinated with the rest of parish life
- Be a good steward of finances and resources for Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
- Welcome people not yet involved in the life of Saint Paul’s to join in ministry and spiritual nourishment. Explore opportunities to bring Godly Play into the community.
- Cover letter
- Complete contact information
To be considered for this position please email all documents to: email@example.com
To learn more about Saint Paul’s visit our website: http://stpaulschestnuthill.org
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Smoke-Free Workplace
Saint Paul’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Friday, November 17 , 2017 at 7:30pm
Luri Lee, violin; Jeffrey Dyrda, violin
Hezekiah Leung, viola; Jonathan Lo, cello
The Rolston Quartet is represented by Astral Artists. Read more about them at http://
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387
Claude Debussy – String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Pyotr Tchaikovsky – String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11
Five Fridays concerts are held by candlelight in the beautiful sanctuary of Saint Paul’s, typically in the intimate setting of the labyrinth at the west end of the church. Each concert is followed by a reception to greet the artists. Contributions from our generous sponsors help to defray costs, and together with ticket revenue, allow us to pass on all net proceeds to Saint Paul’s outreach partners, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and Face to Face Germantown. This is a unique opportunity to hear world-class music while supporting good work in our local community.
General Admission: $25, Students: $5
SAVE WITH A SEASON PASS (5 concerts, $100) available until November 17th.
Go to www.fivefridays.org for a list of sponsors, and more about the Five Fridays season.
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