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Grace Church

Children's Director


Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Snapshot

Denomination: Presbyterian - ECO

Weekly Attendance: 900 

Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The Role: The Children’s Director over see ministry for the families and children of GRACE church.

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Meet GRACE Church:

Grace Church Bethlehem is an all-generations church deep-rooted in our community.  We exist to glorify God and love our neighbors powered by the good news of Jesus Christ. Throughout their history, they have been a community built on a legacy of Jesus-centered and biblically-based ministry, strong leadership, and compassionate outreach.

Over 140 years ago, 23 people gathered at the YMCA in Bethlehem to dream a God-sized dream about a new Presbyterian church.  The church has had many foundational moments in its growth over the years including a move to the Center Street Campus in the 1950s, a spiritual revival under the leadership of Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie, and a campus expansion in the early 1990s. In 2016, after a yearlong discernment process, an overwhelming majority of the active membership voted to move into a Presbyterian denomination more consistent with our church’s history and our theological commitments.

In January of 2018, we learned that our former location and its assets were tied to our former denomination. We now worship in our new interim Sunday morning location, Bethlehem Catholic High School.  BECA has been a welcome host and partner in ministry in this transitional period.   Utilizing Portable Church, the set-up has become efficient and the equipment is state-of-the-art. About that same time, God opened the door for us to purchase and renovate our midweek campus, located strategically between Liberty High School and Northeast Middle School.  Our Locust Street campus provides office space, next-generation space, choir and band practice space, bible study, and meeting space including a 250 seat sanctuary for weddings and funerals.

On Easter Sunday, in April 2018, with much anticipation, we announced our new name.  We see God doing a new thing at Grace Church Bethlehem that builds on the DNA of our rich history, but also positions us for an exciting future. There is a sense of joy and recommitment to our calling that is obvious to all who visit our growing congregation. On Sundays, 900 people gather to worship and grow in our faith.   We continue to receive new members of all ages who join in our commitment to know, grow, and show God’s grace.

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About the GRACE Children's Director:

The GRACE Children’s Director will grow and develop a comprehensive and creative ministry for children and families at GRACE Church. The director should have a heart for kids and experience ministering to children and parents. Serving a growing ministry, the director should be energized by inspiring, developing, and discipling volunteer leaders.

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The GRACE Children's Director Will: 

  • Communicate clear vision and demonstrate the ability to lead a vibrant ministry for children and families. 

  • Cultivate an inviting atmosphere for children to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.

  • Create a “wow” experience on Sunday mornings for children and families.

  • Inform and equip parents as the primary faith-shapers of their kids via weekly emails, parent training, and special events.

  • Plan and oversee special events related to children and families, including Vacation Bible School, fall festivals, and other family events. 

  • Recruit, develop, inspire, and disciple volunteers, including a kid’s ministry leadership team. 

  • Tell the story of the ministry in both formal and informal channels (social media, emails, Next-Gen committee, Session, etc). 

  • Create a safe environment for all programs including but not limited to – ensuring safe-church policies, training leaders, and evaluating facility use.

  • Be an active participant in Baptism classes, connecting with families to connect them to the ministry.

  • Be an expert on curriculum and children’s programming, implementing those that have Biblical and theological integrity and align with the church’s theological commitments, and engages and connects with our kids and families.

  • In consultation with your supervisor, develop an annual budget for the kid’s ministry, and operate within the constraints of that budget.

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What you Bring:

Education & Experience

  • 3+ years of ministry experience

  • Undergraduate degree required; Seminary is a plus

Personal Characteristics

  • Strong, demonstrated relationship with Jesus Christ, guided by a commitment to follow Biblical principles for life and ministry.

  •   A heart for Children and a gift for creating community.

  • Chemistry with our people and our place.

  • Energized by the mission and vision of GRACE Church Bethlehem and ECO.

  •  Able to communicate effectively with children and parents.

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What it's Like to Live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: 

Located just 1 hour and 45 minutes from New York City, and just over one hour from Philadelphia, PA, Bethlehem has all the historical town charm with large cities an easy drive away.

Enclosed within the boundaries of rearing large stone edifices and richly interspersed wooded masses stood a charming village, which positioned itself on a majestic, gradually rising frame, with the setting sun forming its unprecedented and sublime background.

This was none other than the village of Bethlehem, which was originally discovered and settled in 1741 by a religious group of the Moravian Church, who named it after the biblical town. Today, the once-hidden gem is fondly acclaimed as “Christmas City, USA,” offering the perfect blend of a captivating past, and a colorful future to the cosmopolitan character of Pennsylvania and its regions.

The city remains a valued historical treasure, with its prominence being identified in six National Register Historic Districts, as well as a variety of historic sites and museums. Its longstanding active, growing, and thriving arts and culture scene has dubbed Bethlehem as one of the 100 Best Places to Live in the US (Money Magazine, 2008).

Following an authentic landscape of trade history, Bethlehem has sustained a very diverse base of technology and industrial parks, with two located within the city limits. The city’s steel capital once, upon a time, bustles with tech and biotech startups thanks to resources stemming from Lehigh University and health centers in the city’s vicinity today.

Abound with racial diversity, a vibrant lifestyle, and a strong demographic of college-educated professionals, the city was ranked in the Top 100 Best Place for Young Adults to Live by The Business Journals Organization in 2013.

In addition to the public schools, the educational epicenter of the city is Moravian Academy, which has encouraged sound innovations to meet contemporary challenges while recognizing the permanence of basic human values among school-aged students in the community since 1742. Higher education needs are primarily served through Moravian College, America’s sixth-oldest undergraduate institution, and Lehigh University, a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year. There are several other colleges in the Lehigh Valley area including Lafayette College, Muhlenberg College, and Cedar Crest College.

Known for its rich colonial and industrial history, the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance that promises a future as bright as its past.

Major concerts are accessible at the PPL Center in Allentown, along with triple-A baseball (the Ironpigs) in Bethlehem and AHL hockey (Lehigh Valley Phantoms)in Allentown. Bethlehem is also home to the largest free multi-day music festival, called Musikfest. GRACE hosts a worship service each year at Musikfest.

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