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First Congregational Church of Braintree, United Church of Christ
Contact Person(s):Ms. Leanne Mary Sterio
First Congregational Church is a congregation of 60 active members, set in the suburban city of Braintree. First Church celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2007 and has strong historical ties, being the site where John Quincy Adams famously read the Braintree Instructions. Though the current membership of the congregation reflects an older demographic, we have recently experienced a growing number of children and young families participating in worship. We do support a youth group of 10 young adults that meets regularly on Sundays, September through June. We are working to expand our children's ministries program. In the fall of 2011, we introduced a new Sunday school curriculum, which has resulted in a growing Sunday school. In worship, we seek to strike a balance between the traditional and contemporary, offering eclectic music and relevant preaching. Worship is lively and innovative and has included biblical storytelling, preaching from the floor, and liturgical art. We struggle with the joys and challenges of being a small church, wrestling with balancing the budget, the reality of too few doing too much, and maintaining a large, old building.
We are blessed to share our building with a wide range of worthwhile businesses and organizations. In addition to serving as a charter organization for Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack 22, we house two full-time schools, a kindergarten and pre-school, a dance academy, and an active Assemblies of God Brazilian congregation, which has allowed the church to financially sustain itself through periods of decline in membership and giving. We are currently working to enhance the ministries of the congregation through more hands-on mission work and small group studies focused on spiritual growth and development. With the support of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC and our Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Don Remick, beginning in September 2013 we will be engaged in a visioning process that will involve restructuring our leadership to better suit our current size, mission, and ministry. Ours is a church that can provide a student with exposure to church administration, church redevelopment and turnaround strategies, and UCC denominational resources.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
The Pastor will work with the field education student to tailor his or her responsibilities to fit his or her specific gifts and interest. However, it is expected that the student will participate in worship planning, liturgy, and preaching, with other opportunities for involvement in children's ministries, youth ministries, family outreach initiatives, pastoral care, and other focused ministries of his/her choice. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in denominational gatherings.
We are located on the Red Line, approximately 1.25 miles from the Quincy Adams and Braintree T Stations.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Denominational Polity
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
- Preaching and Worship
- Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Weekly supervision with the Pastor and will meet with the Teaching Parish Committee every other month.
Number of Students: 1
Total Compensation: $4,000
Type of Compensation: direct pay from site
Additional Notes: The student will be reimbursed for travel expenses.