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2015-2016
First Church of Christ, Simsbury, CT
689 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury
CT
6070
Email
Email: 
jonathan.morgan@1stchurchsimsbury,org
Phone
Phone: 
860 651-3593

Site Description

First Church of Christ, Simsbury, CT, is an active and vital ministry of 1150 members. The church is in the center of town and like most “First” churches was instrumental in the establishment of the community in 1674. Today, we find ourselves in a community that is less familiar with the joys of religious institutions and is over-committed to other obligations that dominate time and resources. During the past year, we engaged in a Strategic Planning and Visioning Process and we recognized that we needed to be less “the church on the hill” and even more the church that is known by and involved in the community at large.To that end, we have started a comprehensive Open and Affirming process, which is revealing ways, we have unwittingly shown judgment our bias and is helping us to be a more welcoming congregation. We are also in the midst of an effort to bring our rich history of mission support to our local community. For example, we just completed two home renovations in Simsbury dedicated for affordable housing. Our congregation is also blessed with one of the most active and well-attended youth programs in the state. Our 100+ youth enjoy Fellowship and Confirmation programs that are both spiritually enriching and life affirming due to the vibrant ministry of our Youth Minister and team of adult advisors. We also have a very active Sunday School program with over 150 children under the diredtion of our Director of Continuing Education.In response to our Strategic Plan, which is still taking shape, we are now offering more Small Group opportunities to members of all ages enabling them to grow in their faith and form deeper relationships. Without a doubt, First church has a very active and vital ministry that could provide a varied experience for almost any student intern.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

Possible ministry involvement will be planned according to the desires, gifts, and vocational needs of the seminarian. Being a large and active church, there are many opportunities to be involved in ministry; including worship, pastoral care, mission work, and mission trips, youth ministry, small group ministry, adult education and intergenerational ministries. The seminarian would be part of a talented staff that meets regularly to review the direction of our church and how it might be in line with God’s hope for us as a ministry of Jesus Christ.

Commitment to Educating Ministers

It is our understanding that we are to provide and educational opportunity for our seminarians to experience parish ministry. Though we no doubt will benefit from this relationship as the gifts and talents of the seminarian is brought to bear in this church, the primary focus must be with the educational needs of the student and not the church. The newly formed and enthusiastic Teaching Parish Committee will meet regularly with the seminarian, as will our Senior Minister who has 15 years of Student supervisory and 28 years of parish ministry experience.

Special Considerations

Simsbury is a lovely community just north and a little west of Hartford, CT. It is a simple commute from Boston that takes about 2 hours.

Comments

Besides the Stipend the church will pay for travel expenses.

Contact Information

Jonathan
Morgan
Title
Title: 
Senior Minister
689 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury
CT
6070
Phone
Phone: 
860 651-3593

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