It takes a village to build a strong, rewarding program. We believe that service should be an integral part of our spiritual lives. The Children and Youth Ministry Program encourages volunteer commitment.
It is recommended that parents participate in UUFR programs for six months before becoming engaged in a volunteer role. A foundational relationship is paramount to insuring that service commitments are rewarding and well-matched to your gifts.
Listed below are Leadership and Support positions within Family Ministry; please contact Tryst Chagnon at: [email protected] to find a role that is a great match for your time and talents. We strive to insure that your volunteer experience will be fulfilling and spiritually deepening.
Family Ministry Leadership Positions
Family Ministry Council:
This group of 5 lay leaders and RE staff are the governing body accountable for comprehensive programs supporting Family Ministry. Its focus is on setting priorities and policies for Family Ministry programs, shepherding volunteer engagement in ministry teams for which it is accountable, and supporting the integration of families with children into congregational life.
There are several Ministry Teams supported by the council, each of which oversees a distinct portfolio of Family Ministry programs. Each team has a captain and one or more additional members; the team works collectively to implement programming aligned with the vision and mission of UUFR and the priorities of the Family Ministry Council. (Term: 2 years; in 2019-2020 half of the seats will serve a single year term).
FM Ministry Teams
(term for ministry teams end in June 2020, with the option of renewal):
Children’s Ministry: supports Sunday Morning programming for children ages 3yrs. Through 5th grade. They assist with program planning, volunteer engagement and appreciation, communication with parents, and cohesion within and among cohorts of children and their families.
Youth Ministry: supports Sunday morning programming for youth, youth leadership programs, high school youth group, special events, retreats, and workshops for youth in 6th-12th grades. This group also works with the FM Stewardship Ministry Team to maximize opportunities for Jr. and Sr. Youth to engage in leadership and service opportunities within the congregation. This group has co-captains, one youth and one adult, as well as at least 3 youth members. Sr. Youth (11th-12th grades) and graduates of Coming of Age are eligible to serve on the Youth Ministry Team.
Family Stewardship: encourages and supports opportunities for children and youth to engage in service, leadership, and generosity at UUFR. Nurtures cross-generational service efforts within and beyond our faith community. Actively involved with engaging children and parents in volunteer roles.
Social/Special Events/Retreats/Camps : supports social activities, celebrations, meet-up groups, and other opportunities to foster relationships among child and youth cohorts, parents, families, and across generations.
Also supports planning retreats and camps for children, youth, and families with children or across generations. Ensures these opportunities are accessible, affordable, safe, inclusive, and in keeping with UUFR policies and UU principles.
Child and Youth Worship: supports planning and leading Sunday morning children’s worship and youth worship opportunities. Cultivates youth leadership in worship. May support ministers in planning or leading inter-generational worship as needed.
Parent Support: supports parents through resources, workshops, support groups, and assesses parent needs.
Publicity and Administration: assists with formatting brochures and fliers, writing articles, updating bulletin boards, taking photographs and creating videos that support communication about Family Ministry Programs. Assists with maintaining efficient and accurate visitor, registration, and attendance records.
Summer Programming: plans and implements summer activities and programming for children, youth, and across generations over the summer break.
OWL Ministry Team: supports lifespan Our Whole Lives Sexuality courses through leadership development, material organization, planning, and coordination.
Family Ministry Support Positions
The following volunteer roles support the work of ministry teams:
Cohort Captain:serves as a point person and shepherd for one age group of our Sunday morning programs. Communicates with parents and teachers, provides TLC to class meeting space, and welcomes visitors. May organize meet-up or social events for that cohort.
Sunday Morning Circle Leader: leads activities in the classroom. Teachers are provided with planning materials and support. We ask for our lead teachers to serve 10-15 weeks per year in blocks by trimester or year-long as a team of 2-3.
Sunday Morning Circle Assistant: assists in the classroom 10-15 weeks per year. Assistants play a vital role in supporting the lead teacher and providing positive behavior support.
Greeters: greet visiting families at our check-in table and show them where their child’s class will meet. Greeters serve from 10:45-11:10.
Check-in Table: checks children and youth in as they arrive. May assist with on-site registration, distributing fliers, and connecting visitors with greeters.
Children’s Worship Associate or musician: assists with planning and leading children’s worship
Projectionist and slide show production: compiles slide show for children’s worship and/or leads projection during worship.
Soul Matters Mastermind!: reviews Soul Matters materials and assists teachers with planning engaging and FUN activities.
Sunshine Committee: assists with improving aesthetics of classroom spaces, appreciation of volunteers, and generally spreading love, fun, and adorable!
Youth Advisor: serves as a lead in high school programs on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, or at special events/retreats.
Chaperone: attends social events or overnights with teens in part or in full. Does not plan and lead programming but responsible for ensuring safety of participants.
Social Activity Coordinator: oversees soup to nuts details in planning one or more social events for our youth.
Workshop leader: leads one or more workshops for teens during class, youth group, or Wellspring.
Youth Worship Associate or Musician: assists youth with planning and leading youth worship (once per month, Saturday or Sunday night)