Position for Nursery Attendant

 Job Description: Childcare Provider – Sunday Nursery 

Please submit resume to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, PO Box 3866, Lacey, WA 98509-3866

OR contact Church office 360-491-2030

Qualification / Expectations include:

Know and enforce the Church’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.

Duties and Responsibilities that relate to children:

  1. To report to work as scheduled, unless prior arrangements have otherwise been made.
  2. To provide care of an especially loving, safe, and hygienic nature to all children.
  3. Report any suspicions of child abuse in any form.
  4. To interact, talk, listen, read stories, play with children throughout their time in childcare.
  5. To convey to the parent/guardian that the child is in loving hands with smiles, greetings, and friendliness and to communicate concerns promptly.
  6. To pick up the room after all the children are in the safety of their parent/guardian, as well as during the care times as safety and sanitation dictate; and to remove broken or unsafe toys.
  7. To ensure that children are registered at drop-off and pick-up, as per Church’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.
  8. Communicate deficiencies of supplies to office manager.
  9. To attend training sessions (staff meetings, and CPR/First Aid training).
  10. To maintain sanitary conditions at all times.
  11. To comply with expectations stated in this job description.


All childcare providers report directly to the Chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee or the Pastor. Hours are currently 9:15am to 12:15pm, but may expand to cover our 8:30am worship service as well.

The childcare provider can work with up to six children (Safe Sanctuary Policy states two adults at all times), or when the provider feels a need for assistance, they may request a parent (on the approved list) to help. The providers with not leave until the last child is picked up or another childcare provider has relieved him/her.

Attendance and punctuality is critical. If possible, please notify the Chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee of any temporary lapses in availability 2 — 4 weeks in advance. It is crucial to avoid "no shows." In cases of illness or absences, nursery worker is required please try to find substitute from the approved list. When a substitute is found or if one is unable to be, call the church 360-491-2030 or text the Staff Parish Liaison and leave a message informing us.

Time Sheet delivered to office last Sunday of the month.

Caretaking Guidelines:

Greet parent/guardian and children warmly when they arrive. Listen, be attentive, and smile. Reassure the parent/guardian that if any problems arise they will be contacted in sanctuary. During worship NURSERY IS FOR CHILDREN AGE 5 and UNDER.

Ask parent/guardian to sign their children in on the Registration sheet. Carefully communicate with the parent/guardian that the child cannot be left in the nursery if they seem to be ill or possibly contagious.

Label all belongings with the corresponding child's name. If labels are not available, take notes.

Use the child's name when addressing them.

Interact, smile and cuddle the children. Play, read stories, and cater to their needs. You are in the room for the sake of the children and to help each child to enjoy their visit, not to socialize with other youth or adults.

Comfort a crying child:

  1. Check for a wet diaper.
  2. Offer the child his/her bottle or pacifier, if available (do not give the child another child's bottle or pacifier).
  3. Hold, walk, or talk to the child.
  4. Try to interest the child in a toy or another child.
  5. If the child continues to cry or seems ill, report to the parent/guardian. Enter the sanctuary or classroom as inconspicuously as possible and ask the usher to inform the parents.
  6. When toddlers and children don't mind, be patient, firm and consistent.
  7. Spanking, or any other form of corporal punishment, or verbal threats, yelling, or profanity are not to be used.

In severe cases, inform the parent/guardian of the child’s behavior in a kind, caring manner and in a private setting, like:

  1. "Today has been a rough day. Do you have any hints for me on how I can help your child to understand when I need his/her cooperation?"


  1. "Johnny was not very cooperative today. I told him that I would talk to you about it. He is really a good kid and I would hope that we could work this problem out so it doesn't happen again."

If the problem cannot be resolved, the parent/guardian may have to remove the child from care with approval from Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Do not, however, communicate that you do not like their child. Do not talk about any child's poor behaviors to anyone other than the parent/guardian or in private with Pastor or Staff-Parish Relations.

Ensure that all toys are put in their correct places. Turn the lights out. Turn off heat - if it was on. Place trash bag in larger garbage can in the Fellowship Hall.

Conditions of Employment:

  1. Pay: To be Negotiated.
  2. Approximately 3 hours a week on Sunday.
  3. Time Sheet delivered to office last Sunday of the month.
  4. The church will pay for the CPR/First Aid class and any hours worked during staff training.


Line of Responsibility: All paid staff persons are responsible to the Pastor on a daily basis. Staff-Parish Committee is responsible for the conditions of employment, job descriptions, and evaluations of staff. (¶258.2g(7), page 199, 2016 Book of Discipline).

Employee: _______________________________________________Date: _______________

SPRC Liaison/or Pastor: _____________________________________Date: _______________


Updated January 2019

Starting Aug 1, 2018

Pastor Dirk Wooten 


Sisters and brothers of St. Andrew’s UMC,

Greetings! My wife (Brittany) and I are excited to meet, get to know, and join your community at St. Andrew’s. As you may know, we are traveling from Pennsylvania to Washington this month; so what brings us out your way? After a decade of pursuing the goal of becoming an Army Chaplain, Brittany has finally met all the “wickets,” and she has been assigned to JBLM. Thanks to our great UM connectional system, the PNW Annual Conference has welcomed me in and allowed me the honor and privilege to serve as your pastor. So let me first say, thank you for your patience in allowing us the time to make it out your way.


When I arrive in August, my goal for the first two months is to meet with the congregation and the community leaders in our neighborhood. I’d love to sit down with you (or a group of folks) over coffee (or your choice of beverage) to get to know you. I am a firm believer that ministry can’t happen unless we know who we’re in ministry with, and that starts with the people of the church. So if I could ask a favor: would you carve out some time in your busy schedule to sit down with me and share about yourself, your family, and how/why St. Andrew’s UMC has impacted your life?

I don’t ask that without returning the same. While I can’t share my life story here, I would like to share five important details about me as a person and as a pastor: 1) I’m a self-proclaimed Methonerd (Methodist Nerd). John Wesley – the founder of Methodism – is like a superhero to me, so I will always encourage the church to remember our Wesleyan roots! 2) I love baseball and birds! After our cross-country trip, I hope to bump my total baseball stadiums visited up to 15 – halfway there! And I’ve been told that the Pacific Northwest is great for bird watching (maybe that’s the real reason we’re moving your way J)! 3) My passions in ministry are cultivating spiritual growth, encouraging and building leaders, and promoting missional ecclesiology – that is, defining the church’s mission as being “sent out.” 4) As I alluded to earlier, I believe ministry starts with building relationships – inside and outside the church walls. And 5) Like a tiny child, I love asking “why.” I believe that when a church knows its “why,” it promotes a shared purpose and vision for every ministry – new and old.

As Brittany and I begin our journey, may I humbly ask for your prayers? Would you pray for safe travels, for peace in the midst of transition (for all of us), and that I would continue to grow spiritually so that I can spiritually lead and encourage you good-people of faith! I promise to pray the same for you. Until we meet… Many Blessings, Pastor Dirk



Administrative Assistant

Kathy Bowen

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Lay Reader

Rich Green

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Rich Green is the current Lay Leader. Rich has been a member of St. Andrews for 35 years. He has been the Lay Leader for 20 of those 35 years. He also has been the lay delegate to the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference for the past 20 years. The Lay Leader is a liaison between the lay members of the church and the church administration. He also aids and supports the minister in the implementation of changes and the introduction of new innovations and ideas. The Lay Leader also sits as an ad hoc, non voting, member of all church committees. Aside from his duties as Lay Leader, Rich chairs the Endowment/Memorials Committee, chairs the St. Benedict's Community Dinner support committee (dinner once-a-month for homeless and special needs individuals), has preceded over several small group study sessions, plays in the hand-bell choir, has led the annual financial pledge drive for several years, and participates in numerous work groups around the church. He chaired the church's 50th anniversary celebration in 2009. Rich has been married to Jan for 54 years. They have 2 grown and married children: Kerry who is a Delta pilot and Shelli the wife of an Air Force pilot.

Education Director

Janie Stover

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Music Director

Paul Duncan

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Paul Duncan, Director of Music Ministries

Paul has been active in the music ministries of several area churches for over 22 years. Originally from Tacoma, he attended Pacific Lutheran and Saint Martin’s Universities, studying piano and vocal music with a number of prominent Western Washington instructors. Paul has also taught piano and voice for over 30 years in the greater South Puget Sound area.  In addition to his teaching and church duties, he has provided music direction for several high school and professional musical productions (River Ridge HS and North Star Productions) He has performed as a soloist, band leader, and sideman in numerous groups, bands, trios, and plays/sings for a variety of public functions.  He and wife, Shannon have a wonderful 5 year old girl named Ella, a little Pekingese dog named Patch and a Calico cat named Gracie.  Paul enjoys local sports, particularly anything to do with baseball---all other sports are a diversion. He loves music (all kinds) to perform and to listen, 24/7, and, of course, he is very glad to be back at St. Andrew’s!



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Gretchen Borck

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