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2015-2016
Hancock United Church of Christ
1912 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington
MA
2421
Email
Email: 
office@hancockchurch.org
Phone
Phone: 
781-862-4220
Website

Site Description

Our Parish Location - Who we are:Hancock United Church of Christ (Congregational), on the historic green in Lexington, is located 11 miles NW of Boston and 15 to 20 minutes from Andover Newton by car. Among its more than 800 members are many active and experienced men and women. Hancock people identify themselves as a teaching parish. They welcome the seminarians' presence, appreciate their individual gifts for ministry, celebrate their growth and depend on them as partners. Our church family is enriched by the varied backgrounds and religious histories of its members. We welcome and encourage diversity. Our Covenant of Welcome is published on our Web site at www.hancockchurch.org. In recent years we've experienced a significant growth in the number of younger families with school age children. The Children's Sermon or Prayer moment at Sunday Worship and the children's enthusiastic involvement in our fine music and dance programs project an unmistakable vitality.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

Hancock can be a valuable and exciting experience for seminarians. A lot is expected from seminarians, but a lot of help is given too. Seminarians quickly become part of the larger Hancock family. Opportunities are offered to participate in diverse areas of the congregation's life: children's and youth programs, adult education, music, preaching, leading worship, television ministry, pastoral care and social action. Seminarians have traditionally been involved in weekend retreats and in the annual mission trip for our youth. Attendance at weekly staff meetings exposes them to the coordinating and administrative challenges that must be addressed in any thriving, caring church. Seminarians are encouraged to think in terms of spending at least two years with us. Several have opted for three. Generally, at least two seminarians participate at any given time, which we view as an advantage to students who profit from the collegial experience and can trade ideas and help each other over rough spots.

Commitment to Educating Ministers

Our structured Teaching Parish program has more than 35 years experience in training seminary students for a variety of pastoral ministries in the modern church. Learning Agreements are designed with the needs, wishes and availability of the Seminarians as well as the needs of the church in mind. The church's ordained ministers contribute to the mentoring of seminarians, are certified supervisors and have a strong personal interest in helping seminarians understand and articulate the meaning of Trinitarian Christian witness and discipleship. The lay members of the active Teaching Parish Committee work closely with students and ministers to provide continuing guidance and encouragement.

Special Considerations

Convenient public transportation is not available so a car is recommended.

Comments

Besides the scholarship stipend a travel allowance is provided.

Contact Information

Paul
Shupe
Title
Title: 
Rev.
1912 Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington
MA
2421
Phone
Phone: 
781-862-4220
Email

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