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Religious Education and Youth

Every catechist, leader, aide or sponsor participates in the mission of Christ to bring all people to the Father. Jesus gives us great power through his Holy Spirit and continues to work through hearts that are dedicated to him. Please consider serving the mission of Christ through his Church in one of the following areas:

Note: Our parish participates in the Protecting God’s Children program. All who work with children are to complete the requirements set forth by the Diocese of Lansing, including attending a VIRTUS session. For further information on what is required, please see the Diocese of Lansing website www.dioceseoflansing.org, or contact Teri Marshall at 627-8493 or terimarshall@stmichaelgl.org

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Catechist (1st-6th grades)

Position Description: 1st-6th Catechists participate in the mission of Christ by teaching the truths of the faith and helping children develop a relationship of faith in Jesus that will last a lifetime.
Time Commitment: Lesson planning every week, teaching class every Monday (4:30-5:45 pm ) from the end of September to the beginning of May, one or two catechist meetings, orientation in August.
Talent to Share: Basic knowledge of the faith, willingness to share the truths of the faith with children and a love for teaching children how to pray and how to develop friendship with Jesus.
Contact Person: Jennifer Nelson 627-8493, jennifernelson@stmichaelgl.org

Catechist (7th-12th grades)

Position Description: 7th-12th Catechists participate in the mission of Christ by teaching students the truths of the faith and facilitating their ongoing conversion to Christ. Particular attention is given to the reasonableness of the faith and the power and joy that comes through faith.
Time Commitment: Lesson planning every week, teaching class every Sunday evening (6:30-8:00 pm) from September through April, one or two catechists meetings, orientation in August.
Talent to Share: Fruits of living as a disciple in the modern world, patience with teens of different maturity levels, varying knowledge levels in their faith and a desire to present the timeless Gospel in new ways to a hungry generation.
Contact Person: Miriam Lynch 627-8493, miriamlynch@stmichaelgl.org

Catechist Aide (Monday or Sunday)

Position Description: Catechist aides participate in the mission of Christ by assisting the catechist to ensure that the environment is suitable for learning and adequate preparation is completed as needed.
Time Commitment: Monday evenings or Sunday evenings from September through May.
Talent to Share: A spirit of service, a willingness to contribute to conversation when necessary and lead small group discussions.
Contact Person: Jennifer Nelson 627-8493, jennifernelson@stmichaelgl.org

Catechist Substitute (Monday or Sunday)

Position Description: Catechist substitutes participate in the mission of Christ by being available to fill-in for our primary catechists, ensuring that each class can continue to grow in knowledge and love of Christ each week. (Lesson plans provided)
Time Commitment: As needed. Catechists will usually call in advance, though on occasion a substitute may be needed at the last minute.
Talent to Share: Flexibility and the aptitude to teach without a lot of preparation. Talents also include those listed above for regular Catechists.
Contact Person: Jennifer Nelson 627-8493, jennifernelson@stmichaelgl.org

Children's Liturgy of the Word Leader (C.L.O.W.)  Preschool-3rd grades

Position Description: CLOW leaders participate in the mission of Christ through their love of children and commitment to educating them in Sacred Scripture within the context of the Church.
Time Commitment: Lesson planning and setting up/leading the group (either PS/K or 1-3) during 11am Mass once a month.
Talent to Share: Love for and patience with children and a care for the scriptures.
Contact Person: Jennifer Nelson 627-8493, jennifernelson@stmichaelgl.org

Children's Liturgy of the Word Youth or Adult Aide (C.L.O.W.) Preschool-3rd grades

Position Description: CLOW aides participate in the mission of Christ by serving the CLOW leader, ensuring that the environment is suitable for learning, and making sure that each child is included in hearing the Word of God.
Time Commitment: Assisting in setting up before 11am Mass, cleaning up after Mass and helping during that Mass one to two times per month.
Talent to Share: Love for and patience with children and an interest in the scriptures.
Contact Person: Jennifer Nelson 627-8493, jennifernelson@stmichaelgl.org

Vacation Bible School Helper

Position Description: VBS helpers participation in the mission of Christ by making it possible for children in our parish to have a week-long summer experience. Teens and adults are needed to help with every aspect of VBS (group leader, crafts, snacks, music, drama, set-up, take-down).
Time Commitment: Set-up:9am-12pm, June 19th and 20th; VBS Week: 9am-12pm, June 23rd to the 27th.
Talent to Share: Love of children and willingness to share your faith with them.
Contact Person: Jennifer Nelson 627-8493, jennifernelson@stmichaelgl.org

YOUTH

Adult Volunteers for Youth Events

Position Description: Adults interested in helping with one or more youth activities or events. Examples are Rake-N-Run, Carol-A-Thon, 24-hour Food Fast, High School Jamboree, Middle School Youth Rally.
Time Commitment: Varies depending on event.
Talent to Share: Love of children/teens and patience. Fun personality, creative and organized.
Contact Person: Miriam Lynch 627-8493, miriamlynch@stmichaelgl.org

Youth Leadership Team 9th-12th Grades

Position Description: High school students looking to challenge the leader within. Help coordinate student activities, organize events and generate enthusiasm with 7th through 12th grade students.
Meeting time/place: 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm Sunday evenings once a month in the Siena room.
Contact Person: Miriam Lynch 627-8493, miriamlynch@stmichaelgl.org