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2015-2016
First Congregational Church of Reading
25 Woburn Street
Reading
MA
1867
Email
Email: 
revlisa@churchofreading.org
Phone
Phone: 
781-944-0205
Website

Site Description

The First Congregational Church of Reading, United Church of Christ (“FCCR”) is an intergenerational, Open & Affirming congregation with strong lay, staff and pastoral leadership, and an established history of field education with ANTS, BU and HDS students.Like many churches, FCCR is engaged in ongoing exploration, conversation and discernment about its vision, priorities for ministry, and understanding of what it means to “be and do” progressive Christian church. The church is several years in to a new organizational structure, having moved from traditional committees and boards to ministry teams. Worship is carefully crafted blend of traditional, contemporary, and creative elements in music, liturgy and visual arts. In the Fall of 2013, we began with a revised worship format that includes power-point and image projection, slightly more up-beat pacing, and attempts to integrate more visual art into the liturgical space.The church has a mixed core of young families with children, “empty nesters,” and seniors. Average Sunday attendance is somewhere in the 70 to 100 range from September to June, and 40ish during the summer. The congregation is currently engaged in a process to assess all aspects of its ministry and mission, in an effort to find a renewed balance of its resources. This process is being facilitated by a group who named themselves the “Flourish” Team. The 2014-15 program year will include a great deal of work in this area, with a significant proposals for reform scheduled for annual meeting in June 2015.Students have the opportunity to work with an experienced pastor and supervisor who has been in place for almost 5 years, and has herself done ministry in a wide diversity of settings. This is an excellent opportunity for field education in a church that is actively engaged with contemporary questions of faith and practice.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated student who can work cooperatively in a variety of ministries and programs. There is significant flexibility for students to shape their particular portfolio and goals, in consultation with the pastor/supervisor, teaching parish committee and other church leadership. Some portfolio possibilities are listed in the "special considerations" section.It is expected that portions of a student’s time will be working with different ages/needs in the congregation. This may mean programming with elders, families and/or with youth. In addition, s/he will preach regularly, lead part of worship most weeks, participate in pastoral care (including funerals and weddings, if desired), and serve as a staff participant on appropriate ministry teams. There may also be an opportunity to do special projects. Supervision with both the pastor and the teaching parish committee will be held on a regularly scheduled basis.

Commitment to Educating Ministers

FCCR has been a teaching parish for students at ANTS, BU and HDS. The congregation understands its role as a field-ed site as a service to and an educational ministry in the wider church. The support for students is strong, with a mix of experienced and new lay leaders serving on the TPC. The church has seen a number of students through both seminary and ordination. The Pastor has a great passion for mentoring, and has served as a field-ed supervisor in settings from the local church to City Mission Society in Boston. Several additional staff and members are seminary educated. The congregation is open and fairly adaptable, able to engage in exploration of new ideas and modes of worship and spiritual growth. We offer good flexibility in scheduling and appropriate resources to students. At the same time, the church expects appropriate professionalism and respect of students.

Special Considerations

The student will need transportation. There is also a commuter rail train that runs on the hour through Reading. We are about 25 miles north of Newton Center and it is a 35 minute drive on a good day.FIELD EDUCATION PLACEMENT PORTFOLIO POSSIBILITIES AT FCCRWORSHIP Regular preaching opportunities Leadership/Participation – 3 wks/mo and special services Additional/alternative worship offeringsPASTORAL CARE Visitation Support for & Development of Lay Caregivers Various Program OfferingsADULT ED Teaching/Facilitating Offerings In person & On Line Retreats Special EventsCHURCH VITALITY Hospitality Communications Community/Fellowship EventsYOUTH Occasional Group Activities Confirmation Leadership OWLCHURCH SCHOOL Programming Teacher Support & Nurture VisioningCOMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Reading Cares – a non-profit that coordinates volunteerism in our community. Reading Clergy Association Demographic Studies and EducationMISSION & SOCIAL ACTION Annual MLK Day of Service Planning and Coordination Annual Heifer Marketplace Various other Projects & ProgramsCHURCH ADMINISTRATION Stewardship/Annual Pledge Campaign Database Administration Fundraising Events Budget Management Building Management

Contact Information

Rev. Lisa
Stedman
Title
Title: 
Minister
25 Woburn Street
Reading
MA
1867
Phone
Phone: 
(781) 944-0205 Ext. 11

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