Serve at Living Faith
Worship & Wonder Doorperson
Goal of Position
Based on the religious education ideas of Maria Montessori, Children Worship and Wonder acknowledges that children already have a relationship with God and that they are comfortable living in questions. Within a sacred space created just for them, children have the opportunity to hear Bible stories and form responses based on their own life experiences. At
the same time, they learn religious language, church traditions, and how to participate in worship. The Worship and Wonder Doorperson greets the children as they enter the Children’s Chapel and assists the Storyteller in providing a worship space that allows children to worship in a way that is meaningful to them.
Karen Birdwhistell, Children’s Ministry Leader
- Greet children as they enter the chapel.
- Softly remind children, if necessary, to “be ready” to worship; Ask children to wait to enter when they are ready, if necessary.
- Quietly assist children in staying attentive to the story so the storyteller and other children can remain focused on the story.
- Assist children in getting together their materials for Response Time and staying quietly focused on their work.
- During Response Time begin getting ready for the feast. (Crackers, water)
- Ask children to help pass out feast after Response Time is over.
- Remind children, if necessary, to put away their own cups and napkins after the feast is over.
- Stand by the door and dismiss children to parents when Worship and Wonder is over.
Doorkeepers will be scheduled to serve on a rotating basis, based on the number of workers in the volunteer pool, but probably will be asked to serve once a month.
Doorkeepers are asked to attend a Worship and Wonder Training. The church will cover the cost of the training.
Qualifications and Special Skills
A door person is like a classroom assistant during the Worship and Wonders session. The storyteller, or “head teacher” is the leader, but the door person’s role is extremely important for adding a sense of safety and security for the children, creating smooth transitions and giving, often silent, support to what is happening during Worship and Wonder. Together with the storyteller, the door person acts as a mentor for the children, modeling an attitude of worship.
In addition, all Children’s workers above the age of 18 must pass a Criminal Background Check before working with children at Living Faith.
Benefits to this Position
Personal spiritual growth. Opportunity to be involved in important work in the church