Minister Needed: Is St. Paul’s Calling You?

St. Paul’s United Church has provided a spiritual home to families in Paris, Ontario more than 175 years.

Here at St. Paul’s you will find a shining community faith grounded in the love of Jesus while being deeply embedded in the world it seeks to mend.  Scripture tells us that after the last supper with the twelve disciples, Jesus prayed that “all may be one.”  Printed on our Church’s Crest and written on the heart of Jesus’ Gospel of love is unity.  Jesus talked about love more than anything else.  Paul tells us that love is even greater than faith and hope.  Love unites us, we can love people back to life, love gives us purpose and a sense of belonging, love is patient and love is why God sent Jesus.

“For God so loved the world”, we are told, a world that can be negative and judgemental, lonely and distracted.  Our hope as a community of faith, is to continue growing in the Spirit of Christ which is a Spirit of unity.  Our hope is that you will share with us a message of unity, which we believe begins with the proclamation of hope and vision grounded in God’s love for the world.

We are seeking a minister to journey with us as we seek to build agreement around new direction that would help us overcome feelings of anxiety and fear of change and that would help us to more fully put our trust in God. Do you feel called to lead us in venturing bravely forward with a renewed sense of faith?

Below you will find the Joint Needs Assessment Report prepared by representatives from SPUC and Erie Presbytery describing the ministry position, St. Paul’s, and the beautiful town of Paris, Ontario.

Interested parties can click here to email Ken Cox of the SPUC search committee.

Click here to download a pdf version of this report

St. Paul’s Pastoral Charge

Joint Needs Assessment Committee Final Report

September 2018

Committee members:

Dave Boyd

Billie Sutherland

Bob Ahlgren

Margaret Kelley

Betty Ames

Stuart Budd

Rev. Nora Fueten

Rev. Chris Matheson

Opening Statement/ Our Hope

St. Paul’s has been a strong presence of Christian faith in the Paris community for over 175 years – providing a spiritual home for generations of local families.  Like many churches, we have experienced a decline in attendance and energy in recent years.  Over the past year or more, the Board and membership of St. Paul’s has been actively considering and questioning our future as a congregation in light of aging demographics and the impact that has on our ability to carry out our Mission.   A Board Retreat, two “conversation” meetings facilitated by a member of the congregation and an evening workshop led by an outside facilitator (Rev. Paul Miller) have helped us to explore this question.  There is recognition by many of the participants that we need to consider new directions that would revitalize St. Paul’s.

While the following profile documents outline the “what” of our situation (community, congregation, resources, skills and knowledge needed in a new minister); the Joint Needs Assessment Committee feels that we are missing some of the “why” behind our search for a new spiritual leader and so we have added these opening statements.

In spite of some recent success in bringing new outreach initiatives to our church and a return to fiscal sustainability there continues to be a degree of scepticism and fatalistic thinking about our future and newcomers have commented on a “lack of energy” in the building.  Yet at the same time there is agreement that we have many strengths and a strong sense of community.   It seems we are not united in our vision of the future for our church.

We are seeking to reverse that trend and are looking for a minister who would be willing to journey with us as we seek to build agreement around new direction, pursuing a renewed “oneness” with God and Jesus that would see the whole congregation pulling in the same direction.  A new direction that would help us overcome feelings of anxiety and fear of change and that would help us to more fully put our trust in God and venture bravely forward with a renewed sense of faith.

While the following profiles mainly talk about things that may seem like the “same old” we feel that it is important to outline in this opening statement our sense of hope that change is possible.  It will not be easy but it is necessary and we think that enough of the community is ready to build on some of the recent initiatives that could return us to a congregation that will be exciting and fulfilling for all those who are willing to be involved.

Our Hope

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel used to tell the story that when God, the Holy One, gets up in the morning, God gathers the angels of heaven around and asks this simple question: “Where does my creation need mending today?”  And then Rabbi Heschel would continue, “Theology consists of worrying about what God worries about when God gets up in the morning.”

Here at St. Paul’s you will find a shining community faith grounded in the love of Jesus while being deeply embedded in the world it seeks to mend.  Scripture tells us that after the last supper with the twelve disciples, Jesus prayed that “all may be one.”  Printed on our Church’s Crest and written on the heart of Jesus’ Gospel of love is unity.  Jesus talked about love more than anything else.  Paul tells us that love is even greater than faith and hope.  Love unites us, we can love people back to life, love gives us purpose and a sense of belonging, love is patient and love is why God sent Jesus.

“For God so loved the world”, we are told, a world that can be negative and judgemental, lonely and distracted.  Our hope as a community of faith, is to continue growing in the Spirit of Christ which is a Spirit of unity.  Our hope is that you will share with us a message of unity, which we believe begins with the proclamation of hope and vision grounded in God’s love for the world.

The Scriptures tells us that when Isaac returned to the land of his father, the first thing he did was uncover the wells that his father Abraham had dug.  The Philistines had filled them in.  No water, no life.  Change is often understood as doing something completely new, new can bring fear.  But change can be a return, an uncovering of old wells, a return to original intent and source of life.

One day, Jesus sat at a very old well with a woman who felt all alone in the world.  Jesus told her to look again.  The source of this water was God’s love right in front of her.  Her meeting with a stranger that day changed her life.  We are looking for someone to gather us together at the well.

Here at St. Paul’s we seek to uncover the old well of unity found in Jesus’ great priestly prayer, “That all may be one.”  We are looking for someone who embodies this prayer in his or her life, who demonstrates the possibility of a joyful and freeing faith lived out.  When the minister can be straightforward about their faith journey, other people can recognize similar movements of the Spirit in their lives.  We need someone we can trust to help us distinguish the voice of God from the sea of other voices, to offer assistance not as someone who has already arrived but as one who is on the same journey.  The minister as Spiritual guide, points beyond her/himself to the One who works through the everyday events of human life in order to claim us, direct us, and bless others through us.

Community Profile

The historical town of Paris is part of the larger County of Brant and is located at the forks of the Grand and Nith rivers.  A fast growing community of approximately 12,000 residents, Paris continues to maintain its “small town” flavour.  Larger city centres including Brantford, London, Woodstock, Hamilton and Toronto are easily accessible via highways 401 and 403, and Kitchener/Waterloo, Cambridge and Simcoe are a short drive away.

Churches

An active ministerial association supports 10 Paris churches.  The Salvation Army maintains a presence in the town by running the Food Bank.

Service Clubs

Active service clubs in Paris include Lions, Lioness, Kiwanis, Optimists, Masonic Lodge, Royal Canadian Legion, 4H Clubs, Girl Guides and Scouts.

Schools

Paris has 1 Secondary School, 3 Elementary Schools, and 2 Roman Catholic Elementary Schools.  Bus service is also provided to schools in Brantford (Catholic and French Immersion).  Paris is also within easy driving distance to several Universities and Colleges, Mohawk College and Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Fanshawe College in Woodstock, Conestoga College with campuses in Kitchener and Cambridge; University of Waterloo and the main campus of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.  Several child care facilities and a Montessori preschool are also available.

Financial Services

Several financial institutions and bank branches are located in Paris.

Recreational Activities

Recreational facilities and activities include scenic walking and biking trails, many which follow the Grand and Nith rivers.  Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are available along the river as well.  Sports facilities include several baseball diamonds, soccer fields, lawn bowling, curling, golf courses and outdoor skating rinks in winter.  There are many children’s playgrounds.  A new state of the art arena is located on Rest Acres Road and is available for minor hockey, ringette, and recreational figure skating.

The Paris Fair runs annually over the Labour Day Weekend and draws thousands of people each year to the community.

Arts festivals including Springtime in Paris and Christmas in Paris, and the Brant Studio Tour are held annually.  Many local artists have studios in town.  The Paris Performers Group performs at the Paris Agricultural Hall 4 times per year.  The Sanderson Centre (Brantford), Centre in The Square (Kitchener) and Hamilton Place (Hamilton) provide professional theatre nearby.

The Paris Library is part of the Brant County Library system and provides programs for children and adults.

The Paris Museum is run by volunteers and provides visitors with an excellent history of the town.

Medical Facilities

The Willett Hospital in Paris plays a vital role for patients in the community as part of the Brant Community Healthcare System affiliated with the Brantford General Hospital.  Key services in areas such as urgent and ambulatory care, impatient transition beds, and mental health services are being enhanced at the Willett.

Patient Transition Beds

In January 2018, 32 new beds were opened at The Willett to accommodate patients’ who had completed their hospital stay in Brantford.  Improvements made at The Willett to accommodate these beds included renovations to current care standards.  These transition beds enable patients to receive the right level of care while waiting for another bed in the community or for further assistance at home.  It also enables more hospital beds to be available at the Brantford General hospital for those who may be admitted through the Emergency Department.

Mental Health Facilities

Mental health is an important health issue to many in our community.  To aid in helping patients and their families who need assistance, three new outpatient Mental Health Clinics were opened at The Willett.  These clinics run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon.

Urgent Care Clinic

Patients in Paris and Surrounding areas need access to treatment for non-life threatening injuries without having to travel to Brantford.  The Clinic is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Willett Urgent Care Clinic has over 18,000 visits per year.

Retirement/Nursing Homes

There are 4 Retirement/Nursing Homes in Paris:  Penmarvian Manor, Telfer Place, Park Lane Terrace and Queensview Retirement Community.

Police and Fire Services

Paris is serviced by an excellent volunteer fire department complete with a rescue boat.  The Ontario Provincial Police Department is located in the downtown area.

Shopping and Dining

Restaurants, both casual and fine dining, exist in the downtown area.  Mary Maxim for craft supplies and John M Hall Linens draw many tourists to town every year.  Everyday needs are met through Sobeys, No Frills, M&M Meat Shop, 2 Home Hardware stores, Canadian Tire, 2 bakeries, ladies clothing stores and specialty gift shops.

BRANT COUNTY GROWTH PROJECTIONS

These projections are included in order to assist St. Paul’s with future planning and strategies resulting from this Needs Assessment.  We need to know the statistical data underpinning trends in order to focus any new efforts.  Some of the data is summarized from the Brant County Official 5 Year Review, Growth Analysis Study 2006-2031, found at www.brant.ca, prepared by Watson and Associates, and some of it is taken from the 2006 census.

Historical Demographic and Economic Trends

  • The County’s annual population growth rate increased from 2006-2016
  • Single and semi-detached homes are dominant housing form
  • The annual employment growth rate has also increased from 2006-2016
  • Commuting patterns show the majority of people who live in Brant County also work in Brant County or Brantford

Population and Employment Growth Drivers

Brant County is located in the fringe of one of the fastest growing Cities/Regions in North America-The Greater Golden Horseshoe

  • Over the next 20+ years, the share of the future urban development is anticipated to continue to shift away from the larger urban centres of the Greater Toronto Area
  • Increasing housing demand has also been experienced in a number of “Outer Ring” Greater Golden Horseshoe municipalities from Brantford to Barrie
  • Increased residential and non-residential demand in the Greater Golden Horseshoe “Outer Ring” and more specifically Brant County, will primarily be driven by the supply of affordable priced, ground-oriented housing, increased proximity to employment markets within the surrounding market area, and the availability of competitively priced serviced industrial land along the Hwy 403 corridor

Long-term Population and Employment Growth Forecast

  • As with the province of Ontario as a whole, Brant County’s population is expected to age over the next 25 years (2006-2031).  The aging of the population base will influence the demand for various forms of new housing which would cater to this broad and diverse demographic group (i.e. adult life styles, assisted living, retirement homes, etc.)
  • The County’s population growth will steadily increase by 4,300 and 24,000 people over the 2006-2016 and 2016-2041 periods respectively.  The forecast population represents an increase of 60% over the 2016 population
  • A population of 64,000 for Brant County is expected
  • Southwest Paris represents approximately 70% of the County’s housing growth over the forecast period, while 17% of the housing growth is expected to be rural
  • The employment forecast is 27,000, an increase of 11,000 from 2016; based on the analysis of future employment growth potential for the Brant/Brantford area

Residential Development

Generally, growth has been directed to areas that currently are, or can be, serviced in order to maximize efficiently of existing services.  As well, growth has been directed to communities in order to maintain the “critical mass” required to support and expand current services and businesses.  The Official Plan identifies the following key growth communities.   The urban centre of Paris, Burford and the surrounding small communities. Although numerous communities were identified, the Official Plan goes on to note:

Paris, St. George and Burford are the three areas where the greatest concentration of development has already occurred or has been planned for and will continue to be the prime area of concentrated residential development.  These areas also have the greatest concentration of support services such as parks, open space, schools, churches, social services, medical services, commercial facilities and employment opportunities.

The Official Plan also strives to provide residents with a mix of housing options and identifies the type of desired residential development as:

  • Affordable housing
  • Seniors’ housing
  • Granny Flats
  • Condominiums
  • Semi-detached dwellings
  • Apartments
  • Executive estate housing
  • Retirement homes

Employment

  • The County’s’ annual employment growth rate has increased from 2006-2016
  • The largest employment sectors are Industrial (47%) and Commercial (28%)
  • The value of non-residential building permit activity has increased moderately from 2006-2016
  • Commuting patterns show the majority of people who live in Brant County also work in Brant County or Brantford

Congregational Profile

Mission Statement

Being God’s People we strive to BE Christ’s hands, feet, and voice, by worshipping, caring, and growing in our changing church, community and world.

Membership (numbers from 2017 Annual Report)

Currently, St. Paul’s has a total membership of 558 members, serving 299 households in and around Paris. There are 353 resident members and 203 non-resident members. There are over 1022 persons under pastoral care. In the past year, there were 2 additions to the congregation through profession of faith or transfer and 13 removed by death. There were 2 weddings and 13 funerals or memorial services conducted at St. Paul’s in the past year.  Attendance at Sunday worship services generally ranges between 40 and 60 people.

While children and youth attendance in Sunday service is often small there are a number of young families who are regularly involved through other activities.  These include monthly Friday Family Fun Nights with an average attendance of 30 people, summer camps (50 participants in 2017 and two weeks of camp planned for summer 2018) and weekly Sunday School programming.  The last Sunday of every month is intergenerational service with young people assisting in leadership roles.

Over the past year or more, the Board and membership of St. Paul’s has been actively considering and questioning our future as a congregation in light of aging demographics and the impact that has on our ability to carry out our Mission.   A Board Retreat, two “conversation” meetings facilitated by a member of the congregation and an evening workshop led by an outside facilitator (Rev. Paul Miller) have helped us to explore this question.  There is recognition by many of the participants that we need to consider new directions that would revitalize St. Paul’s.

Groups, Teams and Committees

St. Paul’s has many active groups that organize activities and events for the congregation and community and perform administrative functions.  These include the United Church Women, Men’s Coffee Hour, Friendship Club, Friends of the Environment, Garden Club, Senior Choir, Slo-Pitch Team, Catering Crew, Activity Group, and Bible Study.  A number of teams provide planning, coordination and administrative activities including Faith Formation, Worship, Pastoral Care, Mission and Outreach and Communications.   The Ministry and Personnel Committee and Board of Trustees round out the active volunteer groups at St. Paul’s.

St. Paul’s members are active in a variety of community outreach programs.   A regular Community Supper held in St. Paul’s facilities provides an outreach to individuals beyond the membership of St. Paul’s. A Community Garden has been grown on the church property for the past number of years providing fresh produce for the Community Suppers, the Paris Food Bank and other food related activities.

Friday Family Fun Nights have been very successful and are held monthly providing a family friendly meal, crafts and activities for members of St. Paul’s and other families in the community with an average attendance of about 30 people.

The House 2 Home Project collects donations of used furniture and housewares from the community and offers those through a weekly store front at St. Paul’s Place (former manse) to people who can use them.  The project not only benefits the recipients but also diverts a considerable amount of useable items from going to landfill.  House to Home is being reviewed by the group that works on it and may be ceasing operations in the near future.

The Merry Milk Bag Mat Makers is a group coordinated by Friends of the Environment and meets weekly to weave plastic milk bags into mattresses that are sent to developing countries for use as stretchers or sleeping mats.

A number of St. Paul’s members participate in the Ontario Christian Gleaners organization by volunteering weekly at their Cambridge, Ontario facility.

St. Paul’s has worked in partnership with a number of other churches and groups in Brant County over the past three years under the banner of the CORE committee to bring three Syrian refugee families to Paris.  St. Paul’s Place has been used to accommodate two of the three families.

St. Paul’s has also supported the Paris Food Bank, supports 2 foster children in developing countries and sponsors a needy family in the community each Christmas through the Salvation Army.

For almost 50 years, St. Paul’s has been one of two sites for the Paris Meals on Wheels program.  In 2018 due to increasingly strict public health regulations, the Meals on Wheels program has been consolidated in a new location at the Paris Fairgrounds however members of St. Paul’s continue to play key leadership roles and provides a significant portion of the volunteer force that makes this program possible, feeding 40 to 50 individuals in Paris twice a week with hearty, nutritious meals delivered to their residence.

Organizational Structure

In 2015 St. Paul’s adopted a Board Structure on a trial basis after many years with a Council structure.   The streamlined Board structure is designed to allow a relatively small group of volunteers to focus on overall direction, policy and strategies while empowering “Mission Teams” to manage the day to day activities of their respective areas.

The Board structure consists of the Board chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer, congregational clerk, Board of Trustees representative, representative of Ministry and Personnel committee, UCW representative, lay representative to presbytery and clergy member serving at St. Paul’s.

Current active Mission Teams are Faith Formation, Worship, Pastoral Care, Communications, United Church Women (UCW), and Property Maintenance.

The Board Structure is currently being reviewed by a small subcommittee appointed at the February 2018 Annual Meeting.

Resource Profile

Property

St. Paul’s is fortunate to have a beautiful, spacious 140-year-old sanctuary with seating capacity for over 500 people.  The sanctuary has a pipe organ and a grand piano that contribute to Sunday morning worship.   An auditorium below the sanctuary has seating capacity for about 150 and is used for coffee hour, gatherings and group activities, and summer services.  The building also houses two offices for staff, a general office, a kitchen, and several meeting rooms which are used for the many activities listed previously.

The facilities are regularly used by community groups including Paris AA, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, dance classes, Concerned Citizens of Brant and Paris Sparks.  The facilities are also available for rental for weddings and other community activities.

St. Paul’s Place, the former manse, has been utilized for a variety of functions over the past years.  A Syrian family who was staying there through a partnership with Paris Presbyterian church moved on in August 2018 and we are on the lookout for other opportunities that might arise for this building.

Both buildings are in good condition but are aging and in need of regular maintenance and repairs.  Furnaces, roofs, and significant organ repairs are a few of the foreseeable projects that will require resources.

The grounds and buildings are primarily maintained by dedicated volunteers from the congregation.  Contracts for weekly cleaning and snow removal are in place.

Finances

After a number of years of financial deficits in the early 2000’s, St. Paul’s has managed to record surpluses in 6 of the last 7 years in spite of declining total revenues.  This has been largely through a combination of careful budgeting, successful exploration of grant opportunities, significant volunteer fundraising activities and some timely bequests.   Our budget forecast for 2018 is a deficit of $7,800.  This forecast is similar to that of recent previous years that have turned into surpluses.

St. Paul’s provided $13,553 in Mission and Service contributions in 2017 and $$13,026 in 2016.  St. Paul’s has remained one of the top contributors to the M&S fund in Erie Presbytery for many years. 

Investments

The Board of Trustees holds a number of long- and short-term investments on behalf of the congregation. The current reserves total $87,527.

Revenue

Statistics for the last 3 years for the General Fund and Mission and Service giving are as follows:

Year # of Givers Total Amount Given Average per Giver
2015 137 $135,582 $989.65
2016 124 $119,816 $966.26
2017 109 $117,030 $1,073.68

The number of givers includes members of St. Paul’s who give through weekly, monthly, PAR and yearly donations.  In 2017 there were 29 families on PAR, who gave an average of $1,050 per year.  The average for envelopes and yearly givers works out to be $912 per year.

The largest group of identified givers (31.2%) is giving an average of over $1,800 annually.  The second largest group (24.7%) is giving an average of $430 annually.  Only 16% of givers are giving less than $100 per year.

Staff 

The current staff complement at St. Paul’s includes:

  • 1 full-time minister
  • 1 part-time secretarial position
  • 1 part-time organist/music director
  • 1 treasurer (not salaried)
  • Summer students (government grant) and part time student administrator for summer 2018

Profile of Ministry Position

Summary

St. Paul’s has taken several steps over the past year to consider our future needs and direction as a congregation including a Board Retreat (Imagine our Future) in November 2017, two open “conversation” meetings facilitated by a member of the congregation in February 2018, a facilitated workshop open to the congregation in March 2018 also dreaming about the future, and most recently an open meeting and a survey to solicit congregational input as part of our JNAC process in July and August 2018.  Those inputs have all helped in the development of the following Ministry Position profile.

The Minister will work closely with St. Paul’s elected and volunteer leaders, providing leadership and guidance in all areas of the Congregation’s ministry.  The Minister will be responsible to the Congregation of St. Paul’s United Church, Paris, Ontario, via the Ministry and Personnel Committee of the Church Board.  The Minister will work with a Music Director, and a part-time Secretary.

Main Responsibilities

Worship and Preaching

  • Conduct interesting and creative worship services in collaboration with the Worship Team, Music Director and volunteers.  Support and encourage Worship Team through regular meetings.   Monthly intergenerational worship services including youth.
  • Conduct special seasonal celebrations
  • Prepare and deliver sermons that offer a positive, motivational message for all ages, based on scripture and relevant to the realities of the world that surrounds us.
  • Conduct worship services outside of St. Paul’s, e.g. at nursing homes in collaboration with the Paris Ministerial Association

 Pastoral Care

  • Work closely with pastoral care team to co-ordinate and conduct visits to members and adherents in area hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes and personal homes, including keeping appropriate pastoral care records.
  • Attend meetings of the pastoral care team and provide encouragement and ideas
  • Conduct counselling and refer to appropriate community services
  • Perform baptisms, including pre-baptism meetings with families
  • Conduct weddings, including pre-wedding meetings, preparation for rehearsal and service, and coordination of other church staff
  • Care for bereaved families by visiting, preparing and conducting funeral services and doing follow-up visits.

Faith Formation / Christian Education

  • Seek to involve youth with all levels of church life to encourage their participation.
  • Support Faith Formation Team by attending meetings and providing encouragement, suggestions, and ideas and support current initiatives – e.g. Friday Family Fun Night
  • Lead or assist with confirmation classes
  • Lead or support in Bible study programs and other Faith Formation events
  • Provide the children’s story during worship service
  • Seek opportunities to develop new programs for youth and adults, and work with lay leaders and other churches as appropriate to deliver these programs
  • Lead or train others to lead youth and other programming including Sunday School teacher training as needed, Train youth in church leadership and outreach.

Leadership

  • Work with church leaders and others to motivate positive new activity and programs that meet the needs of the church and the community.  Seek collaboration opportunities with local communities of faith and other community organizations.
  • Provide support, training and development ideas and opportunities to church leaders.

Social Interaction and Enthusiasm

  • Provide a visible profile within the church and Paris community
  • Model positive social interactions with congregation and visitors
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm in worship, outreach, and personal faith

Outreach

  • Help the congregation to enhance their lives and those of people in the community through outreach initiatives, find new opportunities for our mission in both the local and global community. Participate in local events and initiatives.
  • Work with the Mission and Outreach team and encourage and support their initiatives; provide leadership and information about social justice and peace issues in our community and beyond.
  • Participate in the local Ministerial Association, including leading worship at retirement homes

Administration

  • Provide support to lay leaders, including the Chair of the Board, and leaders of Committees and Teams and other groups.  Work effectively as a team with the Music Director and part time secretary.
  • Attend all meetings of the Church Board
  • Attend all Congregational meetings and annual General Meetings
  • Attend meetings of Presbytery and Conference and as of January 2019 appropriate Regional meetings
  • Work with lay leaders to ensure co-ordination of necessary church record keeping
  • In conjunction with the Board determine that the Minister’s office is up to date with necessary equipment and resources
  • Keep up to date with and make use of computer-based communication technology

Skills Profile

St. Paul’s is seeking an enthusiastic individual who can bring a positive approach and passion to their work with the Board and the people of St. Paul’s.  The selected individual will have strong personal leadership skills along with the ability to encourage and collaborate with others.   Excellent communication and listening skills and a high degree of self-confidence and self-awareness will be beneficial.

Specifically, we are seeking a Minister with the following skills and abilities:

Worship

  • Leadership and inspirational preaching skills to conduct and coordinate uplifting services including sermons which connect biblical themes to current events and the everyday lives of the congregation’s members.
  • Flexibility – comfortable and experienced with a variety of styles of worship that will appeal to the different interests in the congregation
  • Team player who will effectively work with the Worship Team and the Music Director and encourage and involve lay leaders.

Pastoral Care

  • Gifted in pastoral care visiting in a variety of settings and situations, including in hospital and long term care facilities, in member’s homes and in the church for pastoral care related to bereavement, illness, personal crisis and other losses.
  • Sensitivity to people’s needs and skills for personal counseling.
  • Leadership and coaching skills to work with existing pastoral care volunteers to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive pastoral care outreach service to the congregation.

Faith Formation

  • Leadership, coordination and enthusiasm to work with children and teens and adult volunteers to maintain and build upon existing Sunday School and Youth programs.
  • Understanding of adult education principles and ability to conduct and establish programs for adults including Bible study and other groups.

Leadership and Enthusiasm

  • Strong leadership, coordination and organizational skills to work with Church Board and committees, other staff and volunteers – equally comfortable in an up-front leadership role or in a supporting, coaching role. Open to collaboration opportunities with other congregations and community organizations.
  • An enthusiastic approach that will welcome newcomers and inspire current members, including youth, to be actively involved in the life and work of the church.
  • An enthusiastic strong personal faith that encourages others to share their faith.
  • Strong communication and social skills, including use of technology, and high level of comfort with frequent interaction with individuals and groups of all ages and interests.
  • Good understanding of church development, board development and volunteer management and ability to utilize this knowledge in a mid-sized church setting.

Terms Profile

The Joint Needs Assessment Committee recommends:

  • One fulltime Minister – Order of Ministry/Designated Lay Minister
  • 40 hours per week, to be paid at minimum salary level plus 5% based on years’ experience
  • $48,737 up to 56,879 minimum including housing allowance

Expenses and Benefits

  • Travel expenses paid for work related logged travel based on 0.41 cents per kilometer
  • Vacation leave of 4 weeks (including 5 Sundays)
  • Study leave of 3 weeks per year and continuing education expenses paid up to $1,395 per year
  • Pension, Group insurance, Employee Assistance Plan, and Restorative Care Plan provided
  • Office space provided
  • Secretarial support provided (one half-time Position) excluding July and August and the last week of December
  • Moving expenses to the Paris area to be negotiated

 

It’s a 60’s Party from a 60’s Movie!

What?

Friday Family Fun Night – BEACH PARTY!!

When?

Friday, September 28 from 5:30-8 pm

If you were anywhere near SPUC this summer, you probably heard some of the craziest giggling EVER!! I know we say this every year, but *THIS* summer day camp topped them all – our Children’s Programming Coordinators Miranda, Vanessa, and Meghan (under the watchful eye of Top Dog Sarah!) pulled together an epic two-week adventure of fun and faith.

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Hands down, one of the highlights was “It’s a 60’s Party from a 60’s Movie” (pretty sure we have Vanessa to thank for that one). This follow-along, repeat-after-me song brought down the house every time – to the point that staff from *OTHER* camps in town begged our staff to teach them!

So now that the weather is turning a bit chilly, we’re going to recapture those glorious days of summer (minus the heat and humidity, thankyouverymuch) with the return of “It’s a 60’s Party From a 60’s Movie” – The first Friday Family Fun Night of the year (say that five times fast!) is an indoor beach party!!

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Take the night off and let us cook for you – we will play games and have a beach fun filled evening as our last hurrah to summer! $5 per person or $10 per family.

When?

Friday, September 28 from 5:30-8 pm

Where?

St. Paul’s United Church, 48 Broadway St West, Paris, Ontario

Click here to see the event on Facebook.

Registration is open for Summer Camp 2018!

This year’s Day Camp will be held July 30-August 3 and August 13-17!! We are so excited to bring you this incredible camp for kids aged 3-12

There will be crafts, games, activities, songs, stories, special guests, and indoor and outdoor fun, centred around the theme of diversity and how God created us with all of our beautiful differences so that we could be STRONGER TOGETHER.

Half days are 9 am – 12 pm, $25 per week

Full Days are 9 am – 3 pm, $50 per week

Snacks are provided and full day campers should bring a nut-free packed lunch.

Download a registration form below and either email it back or drop it off to the St. Paul’s main office at 48 Broadway St. W in Paris, Ontario.

SPUC Summer Camp 2018 Registration Form – word

SPUC Summer Camp 2018 Registration Form – pdf

Are you an adult with experience running large group children’s programs interested in a fun and flexible summer position? Check out our Summer Program Supervisor posts!

Children ages 11-14 are invited to apply to be Leaders In Training, and we are also looking for volunteers ages 15-adult to assist with leadership under the direction of the Children’s Programming Coordinators. Email for details.

 

Summer 2018: We’re Hiring!! Part 2

In addition to the three summer student positions described previously, we are also seeking a mature (read: grown-up) person to provide supervision to those students. This is a highly flexible position and would be ideal for a teacher, EA, former camp director, etc. on summer holidays.

Summer Program Supervisor

Accountability

Reports directly and is accountable to the Faith Formation Team and Ministry & Personnel Committee

Compensation

Stipend of $1000 paid upon completion of the position

Time/Dates

Position runs July 3, 2018 – Aug 28, 2018. Hours and days of work are highly flexible except for camp weeks (July 30-Aug 3 & Aug 13-17, 8am-4pm).

Requirements

The successful candidate must provide a provide a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check showing no concerns.

Background

St. Paul’s United Church in Paris, Ontario is a progressive and inclusive congregation of The United Church of Canada. We seek to celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and to be a safe space for people of any age, gender identity, racial/cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, ability, and family configuration.

As a settler institution, we acknowledge that SPUC is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee), Anishnawbe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) and Neutral peoples and we recognize their stewardship of this land throughout the ages. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.

The SPUC Faith Formation Team is responsible for delivering children’s, family, and adult Christian education programming to the SPUC and Paris community.

The Summer Program Supervisor is part-time position which will provide guidance, mentorship, and direct supervision to the three Children’s Programming Coordinators as they plan and lead the summer children and family programming with a focus on promoting diversity, social justice, and volunteerism.

 

Role of the Summer Program Supervisor

  • To supervise, guide and mentor the Children’s Programming Coordinators as they plan and lead children’s programming at SPUC through the summer, including Friday Family Fun Night, Sunday School, and 2 one-week children’s day camps with a focus on diversity, social justice, and volunteerism – Theme: “Stronger Together”

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the members of the FF Team and M&P Committee, the Summer Program Supervisor will:

  • Guide the Children’s Programming Coordinators in creating an initial timeline and workplan for their duties
  • Meet with the Children’s Programming Coordinators regularly to assess their progress, offer support in their planning, and debrief and problem-solve any issues that arise
  • During camp weeks (July 30-August 3 and August 13-17, 2018), be present at the beginning and end of each camp day to offer supervision and guidance as needed to Children’s Programming Coordinators and volunteers
  • Promote and maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all participants and be prepared to implement fire, safety, first aid and other emergency procedures if needed

Skills and Abilities

  • Experience and high level of comfort planning and implementing programs for large groups (ie. as a camp director, teacher, educational assistant, or child care provider)
  • Experience and high level of comfort offering strong leadership to diverse groups of people of all ages and abilities
  • Excellent organization, planning, and budgeting skills
  • High level of flexibility and ability to adapt to changing situations (such as weather, number of volunteers, level of volunteer skill, etc.)
  • Commitment to providing a safe space for people of any age, gender identity, racial/cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, ability, and family configuration.
  • Basic understanding of issues of oppression and privilege is an asset but not required; a successful candidate will be dedicated to continually learning more and self-reflecting on how these issues impact and are impacted by them and the people around them.
  • For non-indigenous (settler) candidates: Commitment to the ongoing, continual process of self-reflection and acting in solidarity with Indigenous folks.
  • First Aid and CPR certification an asset.

To Apply

Send resume and cover letter to karynpickles@gmail.com by June 10, 2018.

 

We’re Hiring for Summer 2018

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Children’s Program Coordinator (3 positions available)

Accountability

Report directly and are accountable to the Faith Formation Team, Ministry & Personnel Committee, Summer Program Supervisor

Compensation

$14.00 per hour for 30 hours per week for 8 weeks

Time/Dates

Position runs July 3, 2018 – Aug 28, 2018. Hours and days of work are highly flexible except for Sundays (10am-12pm) and camp weeks (July 30-Aug 3 & Aug 13-17, 8am-4pm).

Requirements

The successful candidate(s) will be engaged in full-time education (secondary or post-secondary) in the year prior to and the year following the term of employment and will provide a provide a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check showing no concerns.

Background

St. Paul’s United Church in Paris, Ontario is a progressive and inclusive congregation of The United Church of Canada. We seek to celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and to be a safe space for people of any age, gender identity, racial/cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, ability, and family configuration.

As a settler institution, we acknowledge that SPUC is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee), Anishnawbe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) and Neutral peoples and we recognize their stewardship of this land throughout the ages. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.

The SPUC Faith Formation Team is responsible for delivering children’s, family, and adult Christian education programming to the SPUC and Paris community.

The Children’s Program Coordinator(s) is a summer student position which will provide leadership, planning and support for summer children and family programming with a focus on promoting diversity, social justice, and volunteerism.

Role of the Children’s Program Coordinator(s)

  • To offer children’s programming at SPUC through the summer, including Friday Family Fun Night, Sunday School, and 2 one-week children’s day camps with a focus on diversity, social justice, and volunteerism – Theme: “Stronger Together”
  • To organize the “Sunday School office” and classrooms to be effective spaces for children’s programming and organize lesson planning for the coming year
  • To inform the SPUC congregation and local community about the importance of celebrating diversity to make our community Stronger Together

Responsibilities

Working as a team of equals under the supervision of the Summer Program Supervisor and members of the FF Team and M&P Committee, the Children’s Program Coordinator(s) will:

  • Provide content (ie. photos, videos, and short written pieces) for SPUC social media and worship bulletins 2-3 times per week on topics related to diversity and social justice (eg. information about Affirming Ministries, Truth & Reconciliation and right relations with First Nations, volunteer opportunities, summer camp updates)
  • Design and maintain a family-friendly bulletin board in SPUC with information as above
  • Lead children’s programming on Sunday mornings using curriculum provided
  • Plan and lead 2 one-week children’s day camps, including providing leadership and supervision to volunteers (July 30-August 3 and August 13-17, 2018)
  • Inventory and organize the “Sunday School office” and Sunday school classrooms
  • Using curriculum provided, create “lesson packs” to be used for Sunday School throughout the year
  • Weed, water, and harvest garden plots as needed
  • Liaise with local organizations and groups such as the municipality, SPUC and Paris community members, Woodland Cultural Centre, KAIROS, LSPIRG, Paris Mommas, WIW W.I. Advocacy Group, Paris Library, Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre, etc., and other faith communities, to share information and organize camp guests and outings
  • Promote and maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all participants and be prepared to implement fire, safety, first aid and other emergency procedures if needed

Skills and Abilities

  • Experience and high level of comfort planning and implementing children’s programs
  • Experience and high level of comfort offering strong leadership to diverse groups of people of all ages and abilities
  • Highly motivated and high level of comfort working independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organization, planning, and budgeting skills
  • High level of flexibility and ability to adapt to changing situations (such as weather, number of volunteers, level of volunteer skill, etc.)
  • Willingness to deliver progressive faith-based programming
  • Commitment to providing a safe space for people of any age, gender identity, racial/cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, ability, and family configuration.
  • Basic understanding of issues of oppression and privilege is an asset but not required; a successful candidate will be dedicated to continually learning more and self-reflecting on how these issues impact and are impacted by them and the people around them.
  • For non-indigenous (settler) candidates: Commitment to the ongoing, continual process of self-reflection and acting in solidarity with Indigenous folks.
  • First Aid and CPR certification an asset.

To Apply

Send resume and cover letter to laurel.grieve@gmail.com by June 15, 2018

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Summer Day Camp is Coming!

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For the last few years, SPUC has been home to the greenest day camp in Paris!! Last year’s camp was so much fun (for kids AND staff!) that this year we added a second week! Join us August 8-11 and August 21-25 for fun and adventure as we celebrate God’s incredible creation and learn how we can help keep it safe and healthy.

 

Week 1: August 8-11 (Tues-Fri) is $40/week for full days, $20/week for half days.

Week 2: August 21-25 (Mon-Fri) is $50/week for full days, $25/week for half days.

Ages 3-12, Full Days (9 am – 3 pm) or Half Days (9 am – 12 pm). Snacks are provided and full day campers are asked to bring a nut-free packed lunch.

The Whole World is Truly in OUR Hands!!

Registration is limited! Download the SPUC Summer Camp 2017 Registration Form and return with payment to St. Paul’s to reserve your space.

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We’re Hiring!

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Children’s Program Coordinator (2 positions available)

Reports to: Minister, Faith Formation Team, Ministry & Personnel Committee

Background

St. Paul’s United Church in Paris, Ontario is a progressive and inclusive congregation of The United Church of Canada. The SPUC Faith Formation (formerly known as Christian Education) Team is responsible for delivering children’s, family, and adult Christian education programming to the SPUC and Paris community.

SPUC is home to the “Secret Garden,” a large garden plot with additional raised beds and boxes and large composters. For the last 4 summers the garden was used to grow organic produce, supplying the SUPC Community Supper (a free meal open to anyone) and the Paris Food Bank.

The Children’s Program Coordinator(s) is a summer student position which will provide leadership, planning and support for summer children and family programming, using the “Secret Garden” as an educational tool.

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Role of the Children’s Program Coordinator(s)

  • To maintain garden plots at SPUC using mainstream and alternative gardening methods to demonstrate the potential of different growing spaces and resources
  • To inform the SPUC congregation and local community about sustainable, family-friendly, and ecologically sound gardening and food-sharing practices
  • To offer children’s programming at SPUC through the summer, including Friday Family Fun Night, Sunday School, and 2 one-week children’s day camps with a focus on environmental stewardship – Theme: “The Whole World is in OUR Hands.”
  • To create and implement a plan to organize the “Sunday School office” and classrooms to be effective work and storage spaces for children’s programming

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Minister and members of the FF Team and M&P Committee, the Children’s Program Coordinator(s) will:

  • Provide planning, maintenance, and guidance to volunteers in the SPUC “Secret Garden” and Butterfly Garden
  • Design and maintain a family-friendly bulletin board in SPUC with up-to-date information and pictures about sustainable urban gardening practices and the garden’s progress
  • Provide content (ie. photos, videos, and short written pieces) for SPUC social media and worship bulletins 2-3 times per week (for example, gardening tips, environmental facts, garden and summer camp updates)
  • Plan, market, and lead 3 family-friendly workshops to the local community on topics related to urban food growing (such as container gardening, indoor gardening, growing food for a family, gardening for children, etc.)
  • Lead children’s programming on Sunday mornings using curriculum provided
  • Plan July’s “Friday Family Fun Night,” including providing leadership and supervision to volunteers (Friday, July 28)
  • Plan and lead 2 one-week children’s day camps, including providing leadership and supervision to volunteers (August 8-11 and August 21-25, 2017)
  • Create and implement a plan to inventory and organize the “Sunday School office” and Sunday school classrooms
  • Liaise with local organizations and groups such as the municipality, SPUC and Paris community members, Paris Mommas, WIW W.I. Advocacy Group, Paris Library, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, etc., and other churches to share information, market educational opportunities, organize camp outings
  • Promote and maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all participants and be prepared to implement fire, safety, first aid and other emergency procedures if needed

Skills and Abilities

  • Experience and high level of comfort planning and implementing children’s programs
  • Experience and high level of comfort offering strong leadership to diverse groups of people of all ages and abilities
  • Highly motivated and high level of comfort working independently
  • Excellent organization, planning, and budgeting skills
  • High level of flexibility and ability to adapt to changing situations (such as weather, number of volunteers, level of volunteer skill, etc.)
  • Willingness to deliver progressive faith-based programming
  • Knowledge of gardening, especially sustainable and organic practices, is an asset, but not required; a successful candidate will be able to research and learn as they go
  • First Aid and CPR certification an asset

Requirements

The successful candidate(s) will be engaged in full-time education (secondary or post-secondary) in the year prior to and the year following the term of employment and will provide a provide a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check showing no concerns.

Accountability

The Children’s Programming Coordinator(s) report directly and are accountable to the SPUC Minister, FF Team, and M&P Committee.

Compensation

$11.40 per hour for 30 hours per week for 8 weeks

Time/Dates of Work

The position begins July 3, 2017 and ends August 25, 2017. Hours and days of work are highly flexible except for Sunday mornings (10:00-12:00), Friday, July 28 (4:30-8:30) and the weeks of camp (August 8-11 and 21-25, 8:00-4:00).

To Apply

Send resume and cover letter to m_and_p@stpaulsparis.com by June 16, 2017

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Rooted in History

Written by Stuart Budd

On Sunday, September 20th the congregation of St. Paul’s filed out of morning worship and crossed the street into King’s Ward Park for a very special event.  In celebration of our 175th anniversary as a congregation in the community of Paris, Ontario we planted a tree that we hope will stand there as a symbol of the life and faith of our church for many generations to come.

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Planting the Red Oak

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Did You Know?

Compiled by Louise Dearling

The cover of the 2015 annual report shows the 3 small stained glass windows at the front of the church. The centre window with the tree of Jesse, the flowers and pair of hands is a memorial to Douglas Shuman who lived from 1920 to 1986. He served St Paul’s as a Sunday School superintendent and teacher, a Steward and the treasurer. He also counted and recorded the offerings and spent countless hours lovingly tending to the building and grounds of St Paul’s. Continue reading