We’re Hiring!

We're hiring a youth minister!

Job Posting: Youth Minister

Job Details
Date Posted: April 28th, 2015
Date Closed: May 22nd, 2015
Pay Rate: Based on 20 hours per week and includes benefits
Church: St. Margaret Anglican, New Toronto, Ontario
Contact: Reverend Mark Gladding, parishpriest.stmargarets@bellnet.ca
Commitment: 20 hours per week

Are you passionate about making an eternal difference in a young person’s life? The Parish of St. Margaret, New Toronto, has served the community for over 100 years. Our mission is to live up to the words of former Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple: “The Church is the only organization in the world that exists for those who do not belong to it.” To learn more about St. Margaret, New Toronto, visit http://www.stmargaretsnewtoronto.ca/youth-programs/

We are looking for a part time (20 hours/week) Youth Minister who will work within the mission and vision of the church to be involved in the lives of St. Margaret’s youth, their families, and outreach to the surrounding multicultural neighbourhood. Through pastoral presence, leadership, discipleship, and programming, the Youth Minister will continue and strengthen our bi-weekly midweek activities such as our after school program, cooking club and youth group and weekend ministries, and collaborate with our volunteers to encourage and form our youth in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

In this position, you would partner with St. Margaret’s staff as part of a supportive pastoral leadership team involving volunteers, staff and wardens. You would be responsible for the overall direction and organization of the midweek activities and events that will provide an environment for the development of gospel formed, spiritually developing, culturally aware and sensitive young adults, with emphasis on the following areas:

  • Worship – acknowledging and experiencing God’s character through song and study
  • Spiritual Formation – growth through spiritual disciplines
  • Community – learning and living the biblical principles of loving, accepting, and supporting others
  • Ministry – practically applying what we believe and are learning
  • Evangelism and Mission – expressing love for God and for His world through action

Click here to download the complete job description.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Reverend Mark Gladding at parishpriest.stmargarets@bellnet.ca

Thank you for your application!

Sermon and Prayers for Transfiguration Sunday

Transfiguration 

“I’m not saying you should cut off your arm. But rather understand that our physical existence is temporary, and the journey for us has just begun” –Brownyn Gibson

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What are the stories of transfiguration in our society and media today? St Margaret’s youth group explores current stories and how they relate to the Transfiguration of Christ.

 

Joseph Gibson: There’s this man named Bruce Banner. He was a gifted scientist and intellectual. One day after dealing with a dangerous compound call Gamma Ray, he was infected with a special disease. He turned green and 5 times his own size with super strength every time he got upset. The media vilified him. They deemed him a monster and a criminal. One day, there was an explosion at the lab and a young student was caught in the blast. Bruce Banner, who wasn’t able to control his new ability, was part of a scientific miracle as he was able to control the power for good and save the little boy. This one moment of incredible selflessness changed the world for ever. They called him, The Hulk.

 

Eleanor Johnson: There’s this young wizard named Harry Potter. His parents were taken away from him as a little boy, but the villain was unable to take Harry’s life either, and instead left a scar on his forehead; a symbol of survival and warning. Years later, Harry was cracking under the pressure of his peers and the whole magic community. He was afraid he would not live up to the scar on his head, upon the return of the villain. He was just a regular boy. But during the final battle between Harry and the killer of his parents he summons a power that transcended magic. A connection with a higher power gave him this much needed transformation to defeat evil.

 

Bronwyn Gibson: There’s this young woman named “Katniss Everdeen” from District 12. During a time with an extreme gap between rich and poor, poor people are chosen from every district to compete in a survival-based competition and the winner is showered with riches. Every other competitor dies. During the lottery draw of her district, a young girl is picked. Katniss does something completely out of character and volunteers in her position. This incredible selfless gesture will ended up inspiring all the other districts and change the world.”

 

Patrick De Belen:

 Understanding the Transfiguration can be pretty difficult for a young person. From walking up the mountain and the doubt in Jesus, to the shining light on Jesus and the monuments built by the disciples, to the appearance of Moses and Elijah, and the message from God; “Listen to him.” There are a lot of things for us to breakdown. What should be known though, is that it is one of the most powerful stories in the New Testament. It’s the one time Jesus fully reveals Himself as a deity and when God showcases the amazingness of life after death. The only other time He does this is the crucifixion. The main aspect of this explicit reminder from God, is the transformation Jesus goes through from man to spirit. The light shining on His disciples symbolizes the message that this form of transformation is not specific to only highly-spiritual beings, but to every human who chooses a path of Christ over a path of sin. It’s a reminder that their journey will end in paradise.

Young people read stories of this transformation every day. People doing extraordinary things in the face of doubt and adversity, to remind the world that everything is always bigger than us. We encourage you to look for these reminders in your own life, whenever you are worried about the path we’re on.

Prayers of the People

Samantha Sheldrick:

I heard of this story where these two twins were living in fear and sadness, struggling to come out as gay to their families and friends. After years of waiting, they finally decided to come out to everyone but their father. They were so scared that he would no longer love them anymore. They built up the courage and sent him a video of them coming out. The father cried and promised to love them no matter who they choose to love. The video circulated internationally and help thousands of other young people. I hope that everyone could build up the courage to be themselves, even under extraordinary measures. We pray to the lord.

Dear lord, we pray that you help remind us to remain on the path of good. Though we may doubt and though we may stray, may you give us the strength to continue on and the willingness to look for reminders of You in our lives. Help us show a little bit of You in everything we do, and listen closely to the messages you send us. We pray to the lord.

Eleanor Johnson:

 I heard of this story where this girl named Annaliese Carr swam across Canada for a summer camp for cancer patients. She used whatever skills she had to do something bigger than herself. I hope that we can use her story along with millions of others, to remind us of the power and selflessness of God. We pray to the lord.

Bronwyn Gibson:

 I heard of this story where this mountain climber falls down a ravine and his hand gets trapped in a boulder. His only chance of survival is amputating his own arm. I pray that everyone understands the beauty and sacrifice in living with God. I’m not saying you should cut off your arm. But rather understand that our physical existence is temporary, and the journey for us has just begun. We pray to the lord.

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Spirituality and a Hula Hoop

Today I would like to share a bit of my faith journey with you. It’s about spirituality and a hula hoop.

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Along with working at St Margaret’s I also teach world religion retreats to High School students.  We do an interactive day and I talk about spirituality. Because I think spirituality is important. What is spirituality? We often here the term “I’m spiritual but not religious.” But what does that really mean?

Spirituality is our connection to the presence of the divine within us, which awakens our sense of connectedness to our self, to others, to God/the Divine and to creation/the natural world.

As a working definition, we can think about religion as a set of practices, stories, rituals and symbols that express our spiritual life and our theology (how we understand our relationship with God and God’s relationship to us). Formal religion is a religion that is practiced in a structured, recognized, recognizable way by a culture, race, nation or significant population that has endured over time and place.  Within formal religion there may also be an aspect of accountability or connectedness to a wider community.

I ask the students “What do you do that connects you to yourself, to our community, to creation and to God?”

And that might not look like what we think of as “spiritual or religious” things. What practices do you do to feel that connection?

Maybe listening to music is a way you connect to yourself.

Maybe you love sports and playing on a team makes you feel connected to your community.

Maybe you love nature and you feel connected to creation when walking by the lake.

Maybe you are nourished by church and you feel connected when you come here.

For me hula hooping is one of my spiritual practices.

About five years ago I was working in a church and was leaving the church late one night. I heard music coming from one of the rooms so I peaked my head in and saw 20 women age 50-80 (there were grandmas in this class!) hula hooping. It was a fitness class and I thought “that looks like so much fun!” So I joined. I was the youngest person by about 30 years and it was fun. I also had friends who were into circus arts. I knew there were more ways you could move and dance with a hula hoop.

At this time I was really struggling with depression in my life.

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My family is blessed that we have a cottage. In the spring I decided to go up there for a week by myself to try and heal. And I brought my hula hoop. Every afternoon I would put on my music and dance with my hula hoop. And two amazing things happened.

The more I spun around in my hoop, the more centred and grounded I felt. The more peace I felt. It became a moving meditation. What do you do that brings you peace in your life? What brings you peace can be a spiritual practice.

I also love dancing. So the more I danced with my hoop, the more joy I felt. And the more joy I felt, the less pain and depression I felt. What brings you joy? What brings you joy can be a spiritual practice.

So this difficult time in my life was also a huge gift because I found hoop dance. Every time I step into my hoop I connect with myself and with God. It really didn’t feel like God was present during that time. We can feel that way when we are in pain, we feel God has abandoned us. It’s like the beautiful story where a man looks back on his life and sees two sets of footprints, his and Gods. But sometimes there is only one set of footprints when he was going through the most difficult times in his life. So he asks God- Why weren’t you walking with me when I needed you the most? And God tells him: “Those were my footprints and I was lifting you up.” When I look back on that time in my life I feel that God was with me in my hoop, lifting me up. Every time I stepped into my hoop, this sacred circle, God was there.

So what spiritual practices can you commit to this year? What practices give you joy and peace?

I would like to share a hoop dance that I created for CLAY this summer. You’ll hear me at the beginning and the other voice is my mom. I talked to my mom about worth and her faith and then included her words in the song I am dancing to.  I hope you enjoy.

 

Intergenerational Ministry- Creating Christian Community Across Generations

Sermon for Youth Sunday

By Rosemary MacAdam

For any of you who were here a month ago we had the pleasure of hearing Andrea preach and it was moment I was very proud of Andrea sharing her experience, and it also brought me back to the first time I preached.

I was asked to preach when I was 20 and had just returned from Nicaragua from a international feminist solidarity trip. I had lived in a remote indigenous village where their local church was a hub of community. And I was particularly inspired by the faith of my host mom and these strong women who ran the church.  When I returned back to Toronto my church, Holy Trinity, asked me to preach. I was quite nervous and also I have the habit of tearing up when I talking about something I care about while speaking publicly.

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My Experience at the Canadian Anglian Lutheran Youth Gathering (CLAY)

Sermon for Youth Sunday

By Andrea Morrison                                                  

When I was asked to preach this Sunday I was unsure as to what preaching was…I was also very unsure of what I was getting myself into. That being said, that was the same unsure feeling that I had about going to British Colombia. So, before I delve any deeper I am going to show you a short trailer which will accompany a longer video which you will get a chance to view during coffee hour.

This summer I was given the opportunity of a lifetime.

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