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

Let’s Go Down Into the Valley

Written by Pastor Barb

Raise your hand if you want to hear about Hamilton Conference Annual Meeting. No? What if I told you we looked at a mountain in the distance? I have been in leadership at half a dozen conferences at Kananaskis in the Rockies, where we literally looked at mountains majestically framed by floor to ceiling windows. But, this CAM was at Redeemer College in Ancaster. It was only a poster. (sigh) Continue reading

one hundred and seventy-five years… and counting

At first glance, 1840 doesn’t stand out in people’s minds the way 1815 or 1776 or 1867 may. Nevertheless, it ushered in changes large and small across the globe:

The Washington Temperance Society was formed; the frigate Belle-Poule, transporting the remains of Napoléon Bonaparte, arrived in France; Queen Victoria married Albert; and New Zealand was ‘discovered’ and absorbed into the Empire.

In Canada, the British North America Act fused Upper and Lower Canada together as The Province of Canada.

And in Paris, Ontario a church was born. Continue reading