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2015-2016
The First Baptist Church in Woburn
3 Winn Street
Woburn
MA
1801
Email
Email: 
betten4@earthlink.net
Phone
Phone: 
781 933-3008

Site Description

Site Description:We are a downtown, inner city (small city) northeast of Boston. Our pastor, The Reverend Mary F. Bettencourt (ANTS '01), was called as our Interim Covenant Pastor in 2002 with the option for us to call her as our Pastor following our participation in ABCUSA's Rekindle! Program. We have two other part-time staff members, an Organist/Choir Director and Sexton. A member of our congregation serves as our Volunteer Secretary. We called Rev. Bettencourt as our settled Pastor in June of 2005. During the past five years our congregation has grown from 22 individuals to over 80 family units, almost 300% growth. We are now a multi-cultural church with a strong Euro American presence and history with ties to The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts and The Adoniram Judson Baptist Association. Peoples' ethnicities/nationalities represented in our congregation include Euro American, Haitian, Dominican Republic, Ugandan, and Hispanic. Services are conducted in English with occasional use of French and Spanish. We also have a predominantly African American ABC sister church in the city, St. John's Baptist Church.Ministries include:Deacon's Shepherding ProgramActive Evangelism & Outreach EventsPastoral Visitation & Crisis MinistryANTS Field Education Supervisor (offsite 2006-2007, 2007-2008)Junior Church Program (at present: ages 1-8)Chancel ChoirJunior Youth Class (at present: ages 11-14)Adult Bible StudyNew Folks Classes/Discipleship Classes (as needed)Thrift Store Ministry (Clothing & Household Goods)Woburn Council of Social Concerns Supporter Dwelling Place Ministry Supporter (Supper Program within the city)Annual Church FairAmerican Baptist Women's Ministries, Local ChapterWomen's & Men's Ministries (Rebekah Circle)Church Suppers, Italian Night, etc.Mission of Deeds Supporter (household furniture for the poor)Woburn Clergy Association participantShare space with:Alcoholics Anonymous (2 groups)Narcotics Anonymous (Women's Serenity Group)Mishawum Choral Society (community choir)A.R.T. Anger Management Counseling Associates

Stipend Expectation

This site does not meet the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

Student Involvement:Learning Agreement goals and objectives may be flexible. Possible involvement chosen from the following areas:� Worship participation to include preaching, experience with all aspects of worship� Special services as available (weddings, funerals, dedications, installations, etc.)� Christian Education: experiences with Junior Church program, Youth Class, Adult Bible Study group� Visitation to shut-in and restricted members, new families� Close work with pastor & deacons regarding visitation (shepherding program)� Exposure to inner workings of an ABC church polity through Boards & Committees� Mission project development and/or Culminating Event� Outreach Events� Onsite supervision (pastor is supervisor)� TPC meets once per month or as necessary for student's needs

Commitment to Educating Ministers

Description of the Teaching Parish/Site's commitment to the mission of educating ministers:� FBC Woburn desires to again be a Field Education site for seminarians who desire to experience congregational life in an American Baptist Church� Having experienced a declining period in our church and the new growth within the last five years, we see the need to assist in the development of students who feel called to professional Christian ministry, especially those who are planning to proceed to ordination in the ABCUSA.� The Teaching Parish Committee will assist the student in the development of a Learning Agreement in consultation with the pastor, staff and other church leaders.� The Teaching Parish Committee sees itself as a provider of feedback, a provider of affirmation of gifts, and a provider of resources for a student minister. � The TPC will provide ongoing support for a student minister by meeting regularly.� The TPC will participate in helping the student minister reflect on their ministry.� The TPC will take responsibility to welcome the student, work with the student, and facilitate the ending of Field Education.� The TPC will write and file on time all necessary evaluation and signature forms.� The TPC will coordinate its ministry with Andover Newton's Field Education Director and with the student's supervisor.

Special Considerations

Special considerations (for example, transportation, off-site supervisor, denominational requirements of students):� Scheduling will be primarily Sundays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays for ongoing worship, study groups, and meetings. Other scheduling as needed.� ANTS students seeking ordination in the ABC preferred� ABCUSA Covenant Code of Ethics required� Three references required, one to include Director of Field Education� Release for CORI check required� French or Spanish speaking a plus at this site� Building is not fully handicapped accessible, only partially accessible at the present time (ramp to worship space, chapel, parlor, Nursery/Classroom, restroom)� No Sunday schedule of buses, Commuter Rail station within city limits (Anderson RTC station), taxicabs are available� Experienced supervisor (pastor/pastoral psychotherapist/former chaplain, 24 years in ministry)� Local eateries plentiful within short walking distance� Student will have own office space, wireless DSL available� Equal opportunity at FBC WoburnDirections to FBC Woburn:From Route 128 heading North:Take Exit #34 (Winn Street Exit). Go right at the bottom of the ramp onto Winn Street. *Travel 1.6 miles to Woburn Square. First Baptist Church is the red brick church on your left as you approach the Square's rotary. Look for the yellow colored Fisk Building on your left just before our church building. There is an unmarked driveway on the left next to the stone wall. Use this driveway to access our church's parking lot.From Route 128 heading South:Take Exit #34 (Winn Street/Woburn/Burlington Exit) Bear left at the bottom of the ramp. Use the remaining directions above from the *.

Contact Information

The Rev. Mary F.
Bettencourt
Title
Title: 
Pastor
3 Winn Street
Woburn
MA
1801
Phone
Phone: 
978 692-0549 Home Office
Email

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