Employment Opportunities

Interested in being part of a team focused on sharing the story of grace? See below for current job openings!

Employment Opportunities

Nursery Worker

Sharing in the mission of Cookeville FUMC, the Nursery serves a vital role in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Children and parents can experience a sense of safety and well-being knowing that while parents worship or participate in classes or special events, their children are being cared for by capable and friendly staff.  The Nursery is typically available for children from birth to four years of age during Sunday worship services, Wednesday night activities, and other times as needed throughout the year.  Nursery staff work flexible hours based on a posted monthly schedule.

Safe Sanctuary training, background checks and drug testing are included in the employment process. 

Job Description:  Church Nursery Worker

General Function:  To provide the best possible environment to nurture the development of the infants and young children; to care for their physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs.

Accountability:  Accountable to the nursery coordinator.

Education and Experience: 

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older
  2. High School diploma
  3. Minimum of two years providing child care
  4. Mature and sensitive in working with infants, toddlers, parents, and other staff members.


  1. Supervise and insure the safety and well-being of the infants and young children at all times, being alert to the needs and /or problems of the children as individuals and as a group.
  2. Accommodate the children’s daily needs of eating, sleeping, playing, and diapering/potty to the best of your ability.
  3. Care for the room and equipment, reporting items needing repair or replacement to the nursery coordinator.
  4. Keep the nursery clean and sanitized.
  5. Welcome children and parents, assuring appropriate information is gathered/shared.
  6. Keep in communication with the nursery coordinator as appropriate.
  7. Report to the nursery coordinator any cases of suspected child abuse or neglect.
  8. Implement first aid procedures when necessary.
  9. Keep an accurate record of hours worked at the church nursery and submit time sheets the day they are due.


  • Genuinely enjoy working with infants and young children, and their parents
  • Be currently certified in CPR and First Aid or attain certification prior to employment
  • Be able to safely lift up to 35 pounds
  • Be physically active (i.e., capable of kneeling, squatting, stooping, and bending from the waist);
  • Be able to move about easily for extended periods of time and to easily navigate stairs with a child in your arms, should this be necessary
  • Be dependable and responsible
  • Be able to work a flexible schedule
  • Be part of a team with other nursery workers
  • Be able to provide references related to current or previous experience
  • Complete the application process: fill out an application and pass church provided background check and drug test.


Contact Our Office

You may submit your resume or other information for consideration to office@cookevillefumc.org.

For more information regarding our open positions, fill out the form to contact our team!

Thank You!
Cookeville First UMC

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Scripture Reading: Paul's Letter to Philemon


From Paul, who is a prisoner for the cause of Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy.

To Philemon our dearly loved coworker, Apphia our sister, Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church that meets in your house.

May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Paul’s prayer for Philemon

Philemon, I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers because I’ve heard of your love and faithfulness, which you have both for the Lord Jesus and for all God’s people. I pray that your partnership in the faith might become effective by an understanding of all that is good among us in Christ. I have great joy and encouragement because of your love, since the hearts of God’s people are refreshed by your actions, my brother.

Paul’s appeal for Onesimus

Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to command you to do the right thing, I would rather appeal to you through love. I, Paul—an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus—  appeal to you for my child Onesimus. I became his father in the faith during my time in prison. He was useless to you before, but now he is useful to both of us.  I’m sending him back to you, which is like sending you my own heart. I considered keeping him with me so that he might serve me in your place during my time in prison because of the gospel.  However, I didn’t want to do anything without your consent so that your act of kindness would occur willingly and not under pressure. Maybe this is the reason that Onesimus was separated from you for a while so that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave but more than a slave—that is, as a dearly loved brother. He is especially a dearly loved brother to me. How much more can he become a brother to you, personally and spiritually in the Lord!

So, if you really consider me a partner, welcome Onesimus as if you were welcoming me. If he has harmed you in any way or owes you money, charge it to my account. I, Paul, will pay it back to you (I’m writing this with my own hand). Of course, I won’t mention that you owe me your life.

Yes, brother, I want this favor from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ.  I’m writing to you, confident of your obedience and knowing that you will do more than what I ask. Also, one more thing—prepare a guest room for me. I hope that I will be released from prison to be with you because of your prayers.

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