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Young Families and Youth Ministries Position

Young Families and Youth Ministries Position at St. Mark’s United Church

This is a full time position (40 hours per week) and is for a three-year term (renewable).

This is a program position and is congregational accountable. It is open to: Lay, Ordained or Commissioned applicants

Position Profile

St. Mark’s United Church is located in the residential area known as Greendale in Saint John West NB. Our history dates back 160 years and has its roots in the Methodist Society. From the first gatherings in homes and re-purposed barns to the first structures on Church Ave. Through several fires and rebuilding, St. Mark’s current building is at 50 Dexter Dr. and was dedicated in 1960. The congregation is vibrant and dedicated to the mission of Jesus and hospitality.

St. Mark’s United Church is currently seeking a leader for its Young Families and Youth Ministries. The full time role is open to Ordained, Commissioned or lay candidates. This person will be a key member of the ministerial team, which encourages the development and fulfillment of the congregation’s mission and vision. They will work in a collegial and supportive team ministry with the Lead Minister, the Minister of Music, the Office Administrator and the Caretaker. This ministry role offers an opportunity to support a vibrant faith community that has a reputation for being warm, welcoming and inclusive.


The Young Families Youth Ministry position is a new position and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to build the ministry from the ground up. The primary focus of this position is to provide developmental focused leadership for a ministry of spiritual formation, community development, programs and outreach with Young Families and Youth at St. Mark’s United Church. The program will be shaped and delivered in close collaboration with the other members of the ministry team, with the overall spirit of creating a truly welcoming experience for new members and established members of the congregation.


The key responsibilities for this role include:

Developing and growing a vibrant Young Families and Youth Ministry program

Helping young families and youth explore their beliefs and nurture faith life.

Would collaborate with the Sunday school leader in the coordination of Sunday school, registration, events and retreats for children.

Would work collaboratively with the lead minister in the development and leadership of Confirmation program.

Develop and coordinating the delivery and evolution of programming to engage young families and youth.

Assisting with worship planning and specifically looking for ways to engage and involve children and youth in worship, to create interactive and experiential worship experiences that draw in young families and youth.

Providing emergent pastoral care for the congregation in times of need – including participation in funerals and related family support – working in tandem with other members of the ministry team.

Establishing and fostering connections with families and inspiring continued, new, or renewed presence and participation in the life and work of St. Mark’s.

Engaging families in the social justice awareness and action in the community.

This position reports to the Unified Board monthly. This may be in person or by written report.


While this position assumes leadership for these responsibilities, this individual will be most successful through the effective training and engagement of volunteers. The Family Ministries Leader will work collaboratively with all members of the ministry team to ensure that St. Mark’s United is a welcoming and inclusive community, where newcomers are warmly welcomed and engaged.


The ideal candidate for this role will possess many of the following qualities:

A proven track record of designing and implementing effective programs to engage young families and youth in their Christian faith journey.

A collegial approach, adept and willing to work as a collaborative member of a highly effective ministry team.

Well-organized, able to operate independently within a cooperative team ministry.

An inspirational and approachable role model with enthusiasm, curiosity, a good sense of humour, and most of all a passion for their faith.

An awareness of the current and evolving use of technology tools to enhance, promote and raise awareness of Young Families and Youth Ministries at St. Mark’s

An ability to model inclusivity, and encourage the full diversity of our community to be expressed and empowered.

To lead worship when the Lead Minister is on vacation or continuing education.

Committed to lifelong learning.

The successful candidate will be a baptized person and has experience in this area of ministry. While some theological education is desirable, formal accreditation is not required. The successful candidate may have training in a different area of expertise. Most important is a passion for ministry with Young Families and Youth.

The racial justice and boundaries courses for ministry in the United Church are required.


Remuneration will be accordance to General Council guidelines and reflect the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.


This position focuses on Young Families and Youth. In a normal forty-hour workweek, 25 hours will be spent on Young Families, 10 hours on youth program development and implementation and 5 hours on administration.

Please send resumes to:

St. Mark’s website:


St. Mark’s Inclusion Statement

We the people of St. Mark’s United Church strive to be a community where all people are welcome regardless of age, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, differing abilities, ethnic background or economic circumstances.

All persons are welcome to take part in every aspect of church life including: membership, participation, leadership, Sacraments (Baptism and Communion), Rites (Marriage and Confirmation) and pastoral care for life passages.  We celebrate the richness that diversity brings to our church even as it challenges us. We pray for God’s Spirit to guide us as we work for reconciliation and justice for all persons in both church and society.

Approved by the congregation on February 19, 2017

Summer Job Opportunity

Summer Student  Job Opportunity

St. Mark’s will be hiring one Maintenance Worker for a 8 week period starting on or about June 25, funded by a Federal Student Grant. Duties are as follows:

Maintenance Worker

 Duties will include minor repairs, painting, stripping and waxing floors, lawn care, cleaning and general labor in a team environment. The student will be supervised by our Custodian. There are volunteers in our church with skills in these areas who will also train the individual on proper techniques including safety, in conjunction with the Custodian. This is a great opportunity for a student to learn lifelong skills and gain valuable work experience. Hours are 7 per day, Monday to Friday, for a total of 35 hours per week.


$11.25 per hour

Eligibility/Application Process

 To be eligible for hiring, students must be a resident of Canada, have completed at least Grade 12, be enrolled in a college or university program in September 2018. Those hired will be required to provide a satisfactory Police Record Check prior to the commencement of work.

To apply for this position, please submit your resume by email to or into the church office (50 Dexter Drive) by noon Friday, May 18. Your resume, covering letter, or email should clearly outline any relevant education and work experience for the position being applied for.






United Church Response to Haiti

United Church Response to Hurricane Matthew

The United Church of Canada is calling for prayers, and has launched an appeal for donations that will provide humanitarian relief to Haiti, Cuba, and nearby Caribbean countries devastated by Hurricane Matthew. The United Church has contributed $20,000 from its Emergency Response Fund to partners in Haiti and the surrounding region.

Please share this information broadly, and help tell the story of the United Church’s work with Mission & Service partners on the ground:

  • Share with your congregation
  • Plan a special appeal with your congregation
  • Post in your church, the community, as well as on your website and social media channels
  • Send it through your email lists
  • Give to local media and community groups that can help spread the word.

We pray for the people of Haiti, Cuba, and surrounding countries whose lives have been suddenly and violently shattered. We pray for their loved ones, homes, livelihoods and crops. We also pray for those who are from this region and now living in Canada, as well as for Canadians whose loved ones were in this region when the hurricane struck.

A Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Matthew

Donate Now
Your donation to the Hurricane Matthew Emergency Appeal will be directed to the global ACT Alliance of church-based relief organizations, and to long-standing partners that have trusted and well-established records of delivering aid, and assisting with reconstruction.

United Church partners work diligently to ensure the donations they administer reach the most vulnerable communities in the greatest need as quickly as possible.

Here’s how you can donate:

Online via our secure donation page.

Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:
The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note “Emergency Response—Hurricane Matthew” on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.

Through your local congregation. Congregations can issue tax receipts and forward these designated gifts for emergency relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation to the General Council Office.

Our Partners On-the-Ground are Essential for Providing Relief and Reconstruction
Members of ACT Alliance are currently in Haiti, assisting those affected by Hurricane Mathew. The United Church’s partners in Haiti are The Methodist Church of Haiti and The Karl Lévêque Cultural Institute. The Cuban Council of Churches leads the ACT Alliance response in Cuba. Financial assistance from the appeal will also be provided to church partners in other Caribbean countries impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

More Information
For more information, including the latest updates on this appeal, please visit our Appeal page.
Also see answers to congregation’s Frequently Asked Questions.

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