All Saints’ Episcopal School is a leading college preparatory day school in Fort Worth, Texas. Grounded in the Episcopal school tradition, All Saints’ offers programming of national distinction in the academic, fine art, athletic and spiritual disciplines, which brings to life our philosophy of promoting each student’s individual genius within.
The Early Chilhood and Lower School Chaplain reports directly to the Head of School. This position has a start date of January 6, 2020.General duties:
The primary function of the Early Childhood-Lower School Chaplain at All Saints’ Episcopal School is to serve as the pastoral leader of these Divisions. In addition, the chaplain is responsible for overseeing and leading the worship services, as well as formal academic religious instruction. The chaplain coordinates all activities through each Division Head, and is expected to be familiar with and follow Principles of Good Practice as identified by The National Association of Episcopal Schools on their website: http://www.episcopalschools.org/episcopal-schools/principles-of-good-practice.
The Early Childhood and Lower School Chaplain’s duties are appreciably diverse.
More specific responsibilities:Worship
- Plan, conduct, and oversee daily Chapel services for Early Childhood (EC) and Morning Prayer (four days each week for both divisions) and the weekly Eucharist celebrations for Lower School (LS) only.
- Assist the other chaplains with serving Communion at Middle School (MS) & Upper School (US) Eucharist services as needed and/or as schedules permit.
- Train acolytes and readers for the weekly LS Eucharist.
- Supervise the Altar Guild Director regarding weekly set-up/clean-up for Eucharist and seasonal decorations and changes in the nave and sanctuary.
- Schedule the piano tuner to service all pianos on campus three times yearly or as needed.
- Send LS Monday Grams weekly that highlight the Manner, Memory Verse and Outreach for the week.
- Create a Rota for LS grades to present the life of a saint at a celebration of the Eucharist once during the school year.
- Coordinate with any other chaplains, music instructors and the Communications Director (for printed programs when necessary): All Saints' Day Eucharist, the annual Lessons and Carols service, EC & LS Christmas Sing-a-long, Ash Wednesday Liturgy, special Lenten observances (such as Stations of the Cross), Maundy Thursday, the Blessing of Pets, and the blessing of new structures, trees and other memorials.
- Plan special EC observances, such as emphasizing Simple Lessons (as provided by the EC Division Head), the Wedding of Q & U, and EC graduation.
- Plan special LS observances as advanced by the LS Student Council, LS faculty and LS Division Head, such as Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day services and honoring veterans.
- Maintain and encourage regular prayer among those in the school family, especially in times of tragedy as well as causes for celebration.
- Alert the Head's Group and Sunshine Committee of deaths and requests for prayer.
- Send a bell-tolling alert on Monday for the upcoming remembrance on Friday; send a Friday email school wide to announce the bell tolling for that afternoon.
- With the other chaplains, offer the opening prayer at home football games and offer prayers as requested by the Head of School at other events.
- Share with any other chaplains officiating duties at the daily office when scheduled during faculty in-service.
- Every three years, with input from the music team and art teachers, update the songbook of contemporary songs for worship.
- Serve on a Rota as Celebrant and Preacher at all faculty in-service Eucharist services (three times each year).
- Share with any other chaplains the officiating duties at the memorial bell tolling on each school-day Friday.
- Coordinate with the Advancement Office the signing of memorial bell tolling cards to be mailed to the families of the deceased.
- Act as a positive catalyst in promoting the spirit of Christ’s love in the school and beyond the school.
- Coordinate with the Service Learning Director and the LS and EC Heads any service learning opportunities and/or community service collections.
- Create a Rota of class outreach projects to be celebrated at the Eucharist, or modify such a plan as service learning continues to evolve (in contrast to traditional understanding of community service).
Counseling and Pastoral Care
- Teach Grade 5 Religion (Bullying, Intolerance and Early American Christianity) and Grade 6 Religion (A Course in Justice and Respect).
- Provide Communion instruction for all K students prior to November 1st each year; 3-5 lessons.
- Supervise the Godly Play Director. Annually review Godly Play curriculum with Director and update accordingly. Share any proposed major changes with Dean of Academics and Head of School.
- Participate with the Religion Department in continuing the development of the religion curriculum, especially in grades K-6.
- Serve as an active member of and assist the Health Team (H-Team) in addressing community issues as appropriate.
- Attend Lower School faculty meetings, monthly in-service training, monthly Religion Department Meetings, all-school events where attendance is expected, division events as expected and chaplains' meetings.
- Attend when possible SAES (Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools), NAES (National Association of Episcopal Schools) and other conferences for Professional Development.
- Attend H-Team meetings as schedule permits.
- Work with the H-Team and counselors in identifying students in need.
- Work with the counsellors in encouraging students in counselor-client relationships.
- Minister to the needs of faculty, staff and families as opportunities present themselves.
- Visit students or family members when hospitalized locally and when such a visit would be welcomed by the parents or guardians.
- Be present and available when possible to students at school-wide events and those especially unique to the EC and LS divisions.
- Meet with the Head of School for an annual review of goals.
- Keep the Head of School informed of issues related to the spiritual life of the school.
- Attend appropriate deanery meetings and other diocesan events/meetings as schedules permit.*
- Coordinate the use of the Chapel with the MS/US Chaplain. The MS/US Chaplin will coordinated any items related to the Customary with the Rector of the Church.
- Oversee the LS Religion budget and keep the Head of the Religion Department informed.
- Perform additional duties as requested by the Head of School.
- Worship at the parish of your choosing*
- Serve as a supply priest if desired*
- Protect time with your family *!
- Make time for yourself *!
- Set personal goals *!
(Legend: * not required by the School; *! strongly encouraged)
Interested candidates should email a letter of interest and resume to:Humanresources@aseschool.org
Subject: Early Childhood and Lower School Chaplain
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