||We are a neighborhood Episcopal Church based in Milton, Massachusetts. We worship God through formal liturgy, impromptu prayer, and our work in the world. We warmly welcome all people in keeping with our deep commitment to God’s inclusive love. Our priest works in partnership with our members in a leader-filled church; all people, young and old, have a voice here. We are not a place to be anonymous.
Guests have told us that they feel the Spirit in this place, and we agree. This house of God is full of laughter, youthful energy and song! While some have described us as an eccentric and eclectic church, we are also the people who accompany you through hard times and rejoice in the good times together. As a small church, we embrace the gifts of close community and give thanks for the opportunity to walk with one another through the ups and downs of life and spiritual journeying.
This placement is through the Episcopal Service Corps program, Life Together. Life Together aims to awaken hearts, raise voices, build relationships, and act through the teachings and practices of love to change lives, communities, and the world. Life Together is a queer-affirming community committed to dismantling white supremacy culture in the Boston area by cultivating a generation of prayerful, prophetic, and impactful leaders for the church and the world. Fellows receive health Insurance, subsidized therapy, a transportation stipend or pass for public transportation, spiritual direction, mentoring, housing, internet, utilities and a $500 monthly stipend.
The job description will be tailored on the interest, skills, and growth areas of the fellow. Previous fellows have focused on worship and discerned a call to ordained ministry. Other fellows have focused on youth and education and helped us develop a strong Sunday school and youth educational program. Other fellows learned what it means to be a Christian and engage in the intersection of faith and social justice. All of our fellows have focused on community engagement. There are tasks that all fellows will do that include help with communication and internal support systems for church life. Each fellow will create their own project that works to build capacity and leave their mark here in Milton.
Below are five primary areas for the fellow’s work:
Outreach Committee Assisting the congregation in community engagement and relationship building in the Milton-Mattapan-Quincy area. In the past year the congregation identified three local non-profit organizations to partner with. The organizations include working with the food insecure, victims of domestic violence, and victims of gun violence. The LT Fellow will work with the Outreach committee to deepen relationships with these local organizations and provide opportunities for members of the congregation to volunteer with them.
Youth & Christian Education: Assisting the Rector with our newly formed youth group. Organizing our Sunday School class and occasionally teaching. Increasing participation in Sunday School, organizing parishioners to create a team of teachers and mentors, improving lessons and Sunday School curriculum, engaging the entire community in Youth and Christian Education, and fostering a culture of youth participation and leadership in Church life from outreach to community organizing to worship and liturgy. Co-teaching confirmation class for high school students. Attending diocesan youth retreats and facilitating opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. The Fellow will also help organize and will participate in a regular Bible study, and other adult-centered spiritual formation programs such as our lenten series.
Communications and Tech support: Assisting the Rector in further developing our visibility and communication, especially our online presence. Assisting with Sunday morning hybrid worship service technology. Sending weekly announcements, monthly newsletters, and taking pictures of our community worship. Coordinate volunteers for Sunday School and technical support.
Liturgy: The fellow will have an opportunity to learn what ministry in a small parish is like. The fellow will participate in a variety of ways during Sunday as a lay Eucharistic minister, preaching, reading, and planning liturgies. The fellow will also have the unique opportunity to draw on the resources of the church and wider community for his or her own spiritual growth, development, and discernment.
Discernment: The rector takes her role as a mentor seriously. Whether the fellow is discerning a call to ordained leadership or a lay vocation, the rector will provide support and mentorship in spiritual and professional discernment. Overall, our small church site doubles as a source of strength, especially for the Life Together fellow discerning ordination. This is truly a tight-knit community that will help a fellow grow into their emerging voice and their emerging vocation.