Job Title: Sunday School Teacher / Christian Education Coordinator
Location: Old Cambridge Baptist Church, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Time commitment: Sunday mornings 10:15 to 12:15pm, plus preparation and occasional Christian Education Team meetings.
Compensation: $16-20/hr, based off experience, maximum of 4hrs per week
Liberal/Progressive Church is seeking Christian Education Staff
One paid Sunday School Teacher is needed for bright, energetic small groups of toddler/pre-K and elementary school age children at Old Cambridge Baptist Church (OCBC) in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Currently, children who attend OCBC are ages 5-8. We are looking for a progressive Christian who is comfortable leading prayer/short worship experiences as well as reading and teaching Bible stories. The paid teacher will coordinate with and have assistance from OCBC adult volunteers on Sunday mornings, but will be responsible for preparation and primary facilitation of the class. OCBC is deeply involved in the ministries of social justice, community building, spiritual life, and the arts. We are a small diverse and welcoming community actively advocating for the civil and ecclesiastical rights of all God's people, regardless of race, gender, or sexual or affectional orientation. Our children are bright and loving, and will bless whoever works with them. We are using a well-designed Bible focused multi-age curriculum that has good leader's materials.
The position will be supervised by the chair of the Christian Education Committee. The positions can qualify for Harvard Divinity School Field Experience Program, and if applicable, would be jointly supervised by Rev. Dr. Cody J. Sanders (who is a certified Harvard Field Education Supervisor).
All Services and Programs at OCBC are Canceled Due to Weather on Sunday, January 8
Please stay safe and warm and we'll see you next Sunday for Worship and Adult Forum.
Contemplative Action Circles on Dismantling White Supremacy
Six Weeks, Thursdays October 5 through November 9 from 6:30-8:30pm
The OCBC Contemplative Action Circles offer small groups of participants an intimate setting to pray, reflect, and learn from each other about racism in our lives. They build on the racial justice and education work the congregation did last year, but participation in last year’s activities is not necessary. Because we hope these circles will allow each of us to deepen our understanding of racism and our ability to confront it, we encourage you to commit to attending all six sessions of their group, though it is not a requirement.
Each Circle will be structured as follows:
Shared Meal, 6:30-7:00
This is an important time for fellowship to be organized by each Circle.
Contemplative Time, 7:00-7:15
Each session will begin with a careful reading of a short passage from a variety of possible sources, such as the Bible, other faith traditions, and readings related to race. This will be followed by a few quiet moments of prayer and meditation.
Storytelling & Resonance, 7:15-7:30
Group members will take turns presenting something for the group to reflect on and discuss. This might be a discussion of the passage, a personal experience related to race and their feelings about it, a question they have for the group, or a challenge they have been grappling with. This is followed by a period of active listening. The first session will be a time of organizing the Circle, discussing how the group wants to use its time, signing up for times to bring the meal and/or lead the story.
Time for discussing the story told, role playing ways to handle the situation, or other related activities.
Closing prayer, 8:25-8:30
Please sign up to attend one of the three available Circles by e-mailing the facilitator:
Circle 1 Old Cambridge Baptist Church Chapel, Led by Cody Sanders and Naro Pongen
Circle 2 Leslie Hergert’s home, 9 Saint James Ave, Somerville, Led by Leslie Hergert