Nursery Caregiver Position

Nursery Caregiver

St. John’s Episcopal Church

628 Main Street,

Stamford, CT 06901

Job Description: St. John’s is a dynamic, multi-generational and multi-ethnic church growing by creatively seeking out and embracing youth and young adults as well as those seeking a welcoming, inclusive place of worship. Each Sunday and as needed for special events, we offer professional childcare in our nursery for children ages 0-4.

Daily responsibilities:

  • Meeting the individual needs of the children including feeding and diapering/potty training
  • Interacting with the children to support play, exploration, and learning
  • Presenting expectations that are appropriate to the child’s age and developmental level
  • Communicating appropriately and professionally with children, parents, fellow staff, and parishioners
  • Creating a warm, positive environment in the nursery
  • Participating in staff and training meetings
  • Meeting the guidelines outlined in St. John’s and the Episcopal Church of Connecticut’s Safe Church policy


  • Associates in Early Childhood Education is ideal, although this is exchangeable for relevant experience working with young children in one’s professional or personal life. 
  • Prior experience with infants and toddlers of 3 years is required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices
  • Strong communication skills
  • Must pass background check, public records check, and reference checks
  • Must attend a Safe Church training of the Episcopal Church of Connecticut 

Physical Demands: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Job type: Part-time

Salary: $16/hour, 2.5 hours/week

Hours: Must be available to work Sundays 9:00-11:30am

Reports to: Director of Children and Youth Ministries

To Apply: Please fill out the form below and submit your resume to

St. John’s Episcopal Church is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, conviction history, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status.

The Slow Reveal

Yes, I know I’ve been gone a little while!  But in this post, you’ll see how many things that we’ve been presenting at St John’s over the last six weeks finally came together this past Sunday, during our Lessons and Carols service.  One of my favorite narrative structures in books and films is the “slow reveal”– in this case, when seemingly unrelated things are eventually shown to be part of a larger pattern.  For us, it is a series of movements that we have sung since CONCORA’s Brahms Requiem concert on November 4th that are all related through a particularly rich section of the book of the prophet Isaiah.

Here is the text in its entirety.  In only 11 verses, we managed to squeeze out four different pieces of music based on this chapter!  (And it would have been five if we had had time for Elliot, our tenor section leader, to sing “Comfort Ye” from Handel’s Messiah…)

In fact, three of the four quotations come from Handel’s oratorio– only verses 6-8, “all people are grass”, comes from another piece, the second movement of Brahms’ Requiem.  Otherwise, we heard our soprano soloist, Anna Marie D’Ambrosio and our mezzo-soprano soloist, Lenore Stefanik, singing Isaiah’s words.  Below the words, I have included links to YouTube recordings of the four movements, so you can take a trip down memory lane.

All of us in the music program at St John’s wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Come join us on Christmas Eve!

Isaiah 40 

Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.

A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
    and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
    and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass,
    their constancy is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
    when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
    surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
    but the word of our God will stand forever.

Get you up to a high mountain,
    O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
    O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
    lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
    “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
    he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead the mother sheep.