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New Children-Youth-Family Director

elijah-carrollIt is a great pleasure to announce that Eli’jah Carroll, our top candidate for our Children, Youth & Family Director position, has joined our Skyline team. Eli’jah’s first Sunday with us will be October 16th. 

Pastor Laurie and members of the Search Committee interviewed Eli’jah, and observed him leading our children’s program. After each step in the search process, our interest continued to grow.

Eli’jah studied music and theatre from U Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and also studied liberal arts at the U of St Thomas in Texas. He received his Masters degree in Divinity in 2016 from Pacific School of Religion. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a church school teacher, a youth leader, musician, a worship leader, and is currently a Member-In-Discernment with the Northern California and Nevada Conference (NCNC) of the UCC.

In his own words, 

I am committed to fostering faith development for children and youth that encourage intergenerational experiences for championing all ages to learn from one another about God’s expansive and exhaustive Love for all of creation. Embodying our beliefs is at the heart of all spiritual development.  This is especially true for our youth. 

Thanks so much for a wonderful welcome!

Peace,

Eli’jah Carroll Mdiv.  Pacific School of Religion ’16

Special thanks to the Search Committee and the Church Council for your patience and support during the search process.  

Blessings, Pastor Laurie 

Children, Youth & Families Director Position

photoLooking for an exciting way to make a difference?

Come join us at Skyline Church, United Church of Christ!

Skyline Community Church is a progressive, open and affirming, justice-oriented congregation of the United Church of Christ. We are blessed with a beautiful sanctuary, a diverse and talented faith community, and a wonderful preschool.

We are looking for

– a part-time program coordinator/leader for our children, youth and family programs of the church

– an energetic individual who is passionate about children, youth, and families.

– an outstanding individual to become an important part of our dedicated staff.

We offer a welcoming community, meaningful purpose, and a competitive salary.

To apply send a resume and cover letter.

This person will work closely with the pastor to organize and with members of the congregation to create and implement engaging faith building programs for children, youth and families, in all areas of church life and in the world.

The position will be 10-15 hours per week and starts at $20 per hour.

Go to www.skylineucc.org to learn more about the church and its ministries.More information about this position is available upon request.

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I. Coordination of Children’s programs:

– Build and nurture children, youth and family programs, including Sunday morning church school and childcare programs

– Recruit, train, hire, and support nursery care and church school teachers

– Select & order curriculum, with input from parents.

– Provide quarterly teacher training, teach classes as needed.

– Keep in touch with children and families

– Coordinate childcare for special events

– Be involved in creating special children and families programs, coordinating with the preschool such as preschool Sunday, Earth day, Halloween.

– Orient visitors and new member families

– Coordinate seasonal activities for children and youth, and families.

II. Coordination and facilitation of youth ministries

– Empower youth through increasing their knowledge and experience of the Christian faith

– Facilitate Youth Group meetings, retreats and outreach activities, such as ski trips, swim parties, overnighters.

– Develop and lead confirmation programs for candidates.

– Coordinate opportunities for children and youth to be involved in worship, mission, and the life of the church

– Consult and work with Pastor regarding pastoral care issues that may arise as in relation to the children, youth and their families.

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– Communicate info in monthly newsletter

– Facilitate involvement of youth in worship

– Meet regularly for supervision with pastor

– Function as a member of the staff

– Consult and work with Pastor regarding pastoral care issues that may arise as in relation to the children, youth and their families.

Minimum requirements

– Must be available most Sunday mornings, 9 am – 1pm

– Understanding of developmental psychology and age appropriate lesson planning 

– Experience working with children and youth in a church setting

– Good interpersonal communication skills

– Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a ministry team

– Be a person of faith with background in basics of Christianity, seminary experience a plus

– Be able to develop a program that promotes fellowship, service, and Christian community within a context that is fun, respectful, and worshipful

– Have a valid driver’s license

– Willingness to complete a background check

Desired Qualifications

– A person of faith with a lifestyle that provides a healthy, faithful role model for young adults

– Energetic, active and community oriented.

– Experience in ministry — as a teacher, leader, event planner, etc.

– Demonstrated passion for God and for social justice and bias prevention

– An effective communicator and team-builder

– Creative capacity in music, drama and the arts is a plus!!

– Willingness to undergo complete background and reference checks is a must

– Weekday schedule is very flexible; ability to work with volunteers, Volunteer coordination experience helpful;

– Computer proficiency including comfort with Microsoft Word and Email, searching the internet; strong interpersonal communications skills and good writing skills.

More information about this position is available upon request. 

Email your resume, cover letter, and a list of four references to office@skylineucc.org, attention Nancy Montier, Office Manager.  Thank you.

Salary: $20.00 /hour

Talking to Your Children about the Orlando Tragedy

A father holding the hand of his daughter.If your child is aware of the events in Orlando…

  • Provide a safe space so your child can express his/her feelings…and be sure to seek out support from other adults for your feelings as well.
  • Talk with your child about how you can honor those affected by this event. Suggestions include: lighting a candle, saying a prayer, sending blessings of love and healing, attending the vigil with their parents, etc.
  • Talk with your child about how you can show the power of love, not hate, in your daily actions. Suggestions include: speaking up for a child who is being bullied, inviting a child over to play whose family is different from yours, etc.

Thanks for helping to raise children who care. Together, we contribute to a human family based on love.

The Christmas Story: Children’s Pageant 2015

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Join us for a child/family friendly worship service of carols where everyone is invited to take place in the Christmas pageant!

Wear your favorite costume.  Be a shepherd, sheep, king, queen,angel, fireman, donkey!

Join us for fun, music and celebration!  Be part of the drama!  Friends, family, all are invited!

Christmas Pageant: Sunday, Dec. 20 at 10 AM!  

(Practice on Sunday, Dec 13 at 11:30 AM after service).

Invite everyone you know with children or grandchildren!   We’ll see you there!

 

Every Child is Precious-From East Oakland to Sierra Leone to Skyline

Sunday, October 19, 10 AM Children’s Sabbath

A fun, interactive, child & teen-friendly service

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All Are Welcome 

Children, Teens, and Children at Heart of All Ages

Enjoy

Drama, Music & Singing

Dancing and Laughter

Mr. Rogers Story-time

Community and Connections

Short presentation on child advocacy by Interfaith Worker Justice

Join the community for a delicious lunch and fellowship after the service

At the Church:  12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland 94619