Director of Religious Education, Chestnut Hill, MA

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May 17th, 2013

The First Church in Chestnut Hill is seeking a part-time Director of Religious Education for children in a multi-aged setting including a Youth Group.  Established in 1861, First Church is a historic Unitarian congregation worshiping in the Christian tradition.

Curriculum: The religious education curriculum is focused on Bible stories with an emphasis on retelling the stories through various media (e.g. arts and crafts, role playing, games etc.).  Music and art skills are most welcome.  A parent who is a musician will work with the teacher, leading and teaching hymns, and a childcare assistant is also present on most Sundays.  Children and their families participate in their own worship service each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. prior to the main service.  The children attend the first half of and participate in the adult service at varying intervals.  Responsibilities also include preparation and oversight of seasonal events including the Christmas Pageant, Easter breakfast and year-end picnic.

Requirements: An applicant should have familiarity with Bible stories and teaching experience, knowledge of child development, and a warm and enthusiastic approach to working with children of multiple ages.  The position will begin in the fall of 2013 and will entail teaching on Sunday mornings throughout the church year (9:00 a.m. to noon).  Any Sundays off need to be coordinated with the Religious Education Committee and the minister.  Additional time during the week would be spent preparing the family Early Church worship service, the lesson plan and activities, and any Youth Group meetings or activities.  Hours are approximately 15 hours per week depending on church season.  The DRE will also work with the minister to develop age appropriate curricula, assist in the preparation and conducting of holiday and multi-generational worship, and generally provide meaningful religious education at First Church.  There are also periodic meetings with the RE Committee and the minister.

Salary: The salary is $12,000.00 per year without benefits.  The church school year is approximately nine months, from the first Sunday after Labor Day through the second Sunday in June.  Salary is paid over 12 months.

Location: First Church is located at 26 Suffolk Road, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467. It is off Hammond Street, between Route 9 and Beacon Street, within short walking distance of the Chestnut Hill MBTA stop on the Riverside Green Line and the Chestnut Hill campus of Boston College.  Staff parking is available.

If interested, please contact Rev. Mark Caggiano at 617-566-6237 or at