The â€œCaring Communityâ€ began in Lent 2015, as an â€œemergingâ€ ministry within the life of Cedar Park United.Â We named it then as a multi-ministry paradigm shift, wherein we understand that congregational care happens best when all are equipped to offer diverse care within the context of community. Â This is a multi-phase programme, the details of which are outlined in the attached
The position is a 10-month part-time contract position commencing no later than May 1,2016.
The task: to consolidate the work of phase 1 ~ Paradigm Shift, coordinate the implementation of phase 2 ~ Equipping for Care and initiate phase 3 ~ Partnerships and Programming, of the Caring Community Programme. To work under the guidance of the Minister, the Rev. Elisabeth Jones, and a Caring Community vision team.
We care because we are creatures of a loving, caring God, made in Godâ€™s image (Gen 1:26). God calls all to be in life-giving, caring relationship with God, one another and creation. Itâ€™s a call God gives to all, not just to some.
The â€œCaring Communityâ€ began in Lent 2015, as an â€œemergingâ€ ministry within the life of Cedar Park United.Â We named it then as a multi-ministry paradigm shift, wherein we understand that congregational care happens best when all are equipped to offer diverse care within the context of community.
This is a multi-phase programme, the details of which are outlined in the attached
Erskine & American Trust Fund Application (Appendix A)
A 10-month part-time contract position commencing no later than May 1,2016.
The task: to consolidate the work of phase 1, coordinate the implementation of phase 2 and initiate phase 3 of the Caring Community Programme. To work under the guidance of the Minister, the Rev. Elisabeth Jones, and a Caring Community vision team.
- Strong organizational and project management skills.
- Advanced computer skills, particularly the use of spreadsheet and database software functions.
- Familiarity with the Cedar Park United community (Sunday congregation, mid-week communities such as F4, Voices for Hope, Mini Connections, etc.)
- Familiarity with the concept of â€œpastoralâ€ or â€œcongregationalâ€ care structures and systems.
- Ability to both work independently to achieve results, while also working with guidance within the parameters of the Caring Community programme.
To have in place/have achieved by March 31, 2017 or earlier as indicated below:
- Ensure the creation of an accessible, searchable data base of the compiled aptitudes and caring skills of members of the Cedar Park community, for use by the Minister, Caring Community Coordinator, FYMC, Church Administrator (and potentially, leaders of ministry teams). This is to be done based on the database design recommendations provided by the Caring Community Vision Team and should be populated and ready for use by September 2016.
- Lunch and Learn and other Caring Community events scheduled and implemented in May-June/Sept.-Dec. 2016, in consultation with the Minister and Caring Community vision team
- A clear communication strategy for sharing with the ministry team information regarding emerging care needs and responses within the Cedar Park community
- A sustainable framework/programme for skill- and competence-building for all lay members of the Cedar Park community for use in 2017-2018 (Lunch and Learn events, workshops, information leaflets, etc.) Immediate priority is to be given to mechanisms to build lay capacity to support congregational and pastoral care needs.
- Guidelines for Cedar Park ministry teams to incorporate the Caring Community paradigm into their work where possible (e.g., Social Justice, Family/Youth ministries, etc. (HP, Comm, W&P, Board)
- Establish partnership parameters between the Cedar Park Caring Community and our partners (as outlined in Appendix A)
- The work can be done on-site at CPU, or off-site. Consultation with Rev. Elisabeth Jones, especially in the initial weeks, will be essential.
- Will work with Rev. Jones and the Caring Community vision team.
- Time commitment is anticipated to average 40 hours per month (400 hours for duration of contract) but may vary month to month based on job requirements.
- Estimated total value of contract is $10,000.00 +GST.
- For your application to be considered, please respond with detailed curriculum vitae to Peter Forton, Chair of the Cedar Park United Ministry and Personnel Committee, no later than 5:00 p.m. April 7, 2016, Â either by mail or e-mail to the addresses below.
Cedar Park United Church
204 LAKEVIEW AVE.,
Att’n: Peter Forton
Erskine and American Fund 2016
(Abridged and Amended)Â
PROJECT: Â Â Â Caring Community Project Coordinator
Cedar Park United is seeking financial support for the part-time position of Caring Community Project Coordinator â€” a post that will assist us in fulfilling an emerging ministry of whole congregation and community care.
This will be a one-year (maximum) part-time contract position, designed to implement Phases 2 and 3 of our Caring Community programme as laid out below. This person will be accountable to the Board and to the Caring Community Vision Team, which includes the Minister, Families and Youth Ministries Coordinator, and Pastoral Care team leader.
Our longer-term goal is to create a solid framework for sustainable Caring Community ministry at Cedar Park United and beyond, through our outreach caring ministries and partnerships and as a template for other ministries in our Presbytery/Conference.
In Fall 2014, Cedar Park United embarked on an emerging ministry, which we have called Caring Community, developed from the concept of Peggy Way. (http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/190/the-caring-congregation)
We care because we are creatures of a loving, caring, healing, mending God, made in Godâ€™s image (Gen 1:26).Â God has made us, calls us, and equips us to live in caring relationships with God, one another and creation.Â This call to care is given to all, not just some.
Caring Community is founded on this basic theological premiseÂ
Phase 1 Â â€” Paradigm Shift â€” Lent-Pentecost 2015:
Caring community shifts the paradigm from a professional to a community model of holistic care.Â ThisÂ was introduced to the Congregation through worship, childrenâ€™s and adult programming, and presentations.
Phase 2 â€” Equipping for Care â€” Fall 2015-June 2016:
As we intentionally move into this Equipping for Care phase, we are delving deeper into this new paradigm through Worship, KidZone, and in our Pastoral Care, Christian Development and Social Justice ministries. Further training for our pastoral care teams will take place alongside new initiatives to provide â€˜caring competenceâ€™ for our children and youth. Lunch and Learn events will continue to be developed on topics such as â€” How to listen when someone is in crisis; preparing for death and its aftermath; whatâ€™s care and whatâ€™s interference; complicated families â€” navigating relationships; ripple effects â€” the knock-on impact of crisis/life changes; and living with labels (how can Caring Community engage all people as â€˜whole peopleâ€™?)
We already have in place several Community Outreach Ministries that will extend the reach of our Caring Community beyond the â€˜traditional Sundayâ€™ congregation to those who identify with the broader reach of Cedar Park United:
- F4: Food, Fun and a Film with your Family â€” This monthly Friday-evening supper and movie night for local families with small children currently draws 90-plus per month from the local community.
- Cedar Park Coffee House â€” Highlighting local musicians and poets, this Friday-evening event packs the house every month â€” a venue for connection in our adult/senior population.
Phase 3 â€” Partnerships and Programming â€” January 2016-2018:
Running in overlap with Phase 2, this phase focuses on current and potential partnerships within and beyond our congregation so that our Caring Community will extend beyond our walls into the neighbourhood and further, to capture Godâ€™s Dream of a Global Caring Community.
Current support partnerships include:
- Family Life Centre â€” A long-standing initiative of Cedar Park United and 8 other West Island churches, FLC organizes informative workshops on family-related issues and offers short-term counseling to otherwise healthy families who find themselves in difficult situations.
- Voices for Hope â€” Housed in Cedar Park United, this adult community choir with a broad age-range of participants stages 3-4 concerts each year to raise funds for â€˜hope-filledâ€™ local community organizations (e.g. West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped, West Island Citizen Advocacy, West Island Palliative Care Centre).
- Meals On Wheels â€” A very long-standing chapter is based in Cedar Park Unitedâ€™s kitchen.
New partnerships are being added in 2016 to equip competence and increase confidence in our God-given call to care:
- Les Petits FrÃ¨res (Little Brothers), which provides trained lifetime companion support for isolated seniors, aged 75 to death. CPU has signed a partnership agreement with LPF to enhance our Seniors care ministry.
- Deep Life, which provides resources for life-skills, attentive and authenticity in living (using language and a paradigm that is less ostensibly â€˜religiousâ€™).
â€˜Caring Communityâ€™ has become common parlance at Cedar Park United. People are reaching out to each other or seeking ways to help each other instinctively, and on their own initiative, in good times and bad. In particular, the high attendance at our Caring Community Lunch and Learn events all point to this being a long-term, transformative emerging ministry in the Cedar Park United community.
What is most needed as of January 2016 is a Caring Community Project Coordinator to consolidate our initial work and to coordinate the overlap between Phases 2 and 3, as we work to provide quality opportunities to â€œequip the saints for the work of ministryâ€ (Ephesians 5), in partnership with current and future partners, so that Godâ€™s care is extended deep within, and well beyond our congregation/community.