In This Edition
Upcoming Congregational Events
April 25th
Music, Philosophy and Spirit in Dialogue in Education  
Trinity Cathedral
Trenton
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April 26th
Live Art Auction 
St. John's
Somerville
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April 26th
Taize Concert
 St. Luke's
Gladstone 
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April 26th
Bring a Scientist to Church for Earth Day
(Jennifer Duckworth) 
St. Bernard's
Bernardsville
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April 26th
Handbell Concert  
Holy Apostles
Yardville
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April 27th
Nun Better Golf Outing 
Spring Brook
Country Club 
Morristown
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May 2nd
Mothers' Day Tea
Atonement
Laurel Springs
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May 2nd
Celebration of New Ministry: Greg Bezilla
Holy Trinity
South River
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May 3rd 
Evensong
St. Andrew's 
Lambertville
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May 3rd 
Bach & Sons
St. Paul's 
Westfield
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May 3rd 
30th Anniversary of Ordination: Fred Pray
St. Stephen's 
Beverly
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May 3rd 
Blessing of the Bikes 
St. Stephen's 
Whiting
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May 3rd 
Blessing of the Bikes
Grace-St. Paul's  
Mercerville
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May 4th 
Parenting Classes (recurring)
Grace
Haddonfield
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May 9th  
Works of Mozart and Vivaldi in Concert 
St. Luke's 
Gladstone
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May 9th  
Blessing of the Bikes
Grace
Haddonfield
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May 9th  
Gift Auction 
St. James
Bradley Beach
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May 9th  
Auction Night
All Saints'
Navesink
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May 9th  
Gift & Services Auction
Trinity
Matawan
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June 6th  
Art Auction
St. Mark's & All Saints'
Galloway
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June 13th  
Paper Shredding and Car Wash
St. Martin's
Bridgewater
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June 20th
Juneteeth Celebration of the End of Slavery
St. Stephen's
Beverly
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Episcopal Links of the Week
The Church Needs to Stop Pandering to Trends

In this Relevant Magazine interview, Rachel Held Evans talks about her new book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church. It also looks into research of the preferences of millennial for quieter spaces over loud ones and the importance of finding deeper meaning.
US Bishops Visit Cuba

In this 4 minute interview, The Rt. Rev. Dr. William Franklin of Western New York reflects on the recent six day trip of 11 Episcopal bishops to the Diocese of Cuba, at the invitation of their bishop, The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio, as the Diocese of Cuba looks to rejoin the Episcopal Church.
The Rt. Rev. Scott Hayashi of Utah described the event as taking on a surprising diplomatic mission in this interview.
Anglican Indigenous Network Meets

Indigenous peoples throughout the world are represented in the Anglican Communion - from our own Native Americans and Hawaiians, to the M?ori in New Zealand, First Nations, Inuit, and M?tis in Canada, and  Aboriginal peoples of Australia, the needs of those peoples are vast and often differing from those of the majority ethnic groups in their areas.

This report from that meeting details what is being done to return rights to those groups in ways in which those diocese are serving their people and the church.
Massachusetts Bishops Speak Out Against Death Penalty

Since 1958 the Episcopal Church has affirmed an opposition to the death penalty.

In the light of the ongoing sentencing of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev bishops of the two Massachusetts diocese released a statement reaffirming this position.

Similarly, the parents of the youngest victim of the explosion have spoken out against a death penalty sentence.
MyCentralJersey covers Edison Installation

Correspondent Liza Jaipaul writes:

"Saint James Episcopal Church, one of the most historic buildings in Edison, has installed The Rev. Kristen C. Foley as the first female priest in the parish's three-century history.

 

'I am the first woman to celebrate communion since the church was founded in 1704," Foley said. "Father Bill Gerhart had been at the church since 1976, and he retired in January of 2014.'"

 

The article goes on to discuss the parish's goal of increasing capacity of its Hands of Hope food ministry and includes a brief biography of Foley and a parish history.  

Have a compelling story to share? Click here to e -mail Jonathan Elliott and let us know!
April 23, 2015
From the Bishop
 

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

 

Wow! The first Bishop's Spring Conference was really a wow! Nearly 400 people gathered last Saturday to hear three outstanding speakers raise the roof. 

 

The Rev. Canon Angela Ifill, Canon Missioner for Black Ministries for The Episcopal Church, talked about moving the people in our churches from "membership" to "discipleship." 

 

Dr. David Anderson presented a high energy and compelling case for re-establishing the home as the primary locus for faith formation. Reminding us of the Benedictine foundations of our Anglican/Episcopal way, he offered concrete ways to strengthen the partnership between the home and the congregation. David introduced "Taking Faith Home" leaflet inserts that encourage families to engage in the "four keys" of "caring conversation," "rituals and traditions," "devotions" and "service." David also emphasized blessing the milestones of life in the home and in the congregation with intentional "milestone ministries" that capture the sanctity of these turning point moments.

 

John Roberto reminded us that in our world with a population of 7.21 billion people, more than 3 billion are active users of the internet. He stated: "Our world is personal, portable and participatory, our faith formation needs to personal, portable and participatory as well." He urged us to recognize that "God is blessing us with an abundance of new resources and tools for faith formation and that it is incumbent upon us to use these tools." John offered practical ways every parish can communicate the Christian story and faith more effectively using technology resulting in vibrant congregations living vibrant faith.

 

Those who attended the Bishop's Spring Conference last Saturday were energized and received practical suggestions for addressing the very real challenges facing all congregations today. If you weren't at Trinity Cathedral last Saturday, you really missed an important event. 

 

Fortunately, we can put into practice what we learned last week. Those who missed the Conference can connect with it by watching John Roberto's talk online and listening to Angela Ifill and David Anderson's talks which are now available on our website.  I urge you to do this.  It's really about a cultural change going on in our diocese and our church that will help us deepen faith in our congregations and beyond.

 

I am grateful to all who organized and supported the Bishop's Spring Conference. Susan Stokes was Co-Chair of the event and got on the phone to many churches in the diocese encouraging them to participate. Jonathan Elliott took on promoting the conference and making Trinity Cathedral ready for it technologically. Jonathan lived, ate and breathed the conference for the past several months.  Great job, Jonathan! On the technological side he was assisted by Deacon Pete Cornell and Rob Bullington. Ann Notte, our diocesan Office and Convention Manager, did her usual yeoman's job of logistical organization. Almost all of diocesan staff volunteered on the day of the conference along with many other volunteers from Trinity Cathedral and the Trenton Rescue Mission. Clara Gregory and Dean Rene John did the heavy lifting and organizing at Trinity Cathedral. Ron "Grippy" Gritz chauffeured people back and forth from the off-site parking. Sue Legnani and the Lifelong Formation Committee worked for nearly a year in bringing the conference about,and many worked at the Cathedral on the day of the conference. Thanks to all of them. Thanks, above all, to everyone who attended and made it a great day!

  

I hope that vestries and Christian formation committees will watch or listen to the talks and then engage in conversations about them. I hope you will find ways to implement what you learn from them into your congregation's practices. It's an exciting time to be the church.  


I pray that your Eastertide continues to be joyful.


 
Blessings and peace, 




The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
Bishop of New Jersey 

  

Formation Corner

Every week, we'll be sharing resources and information here for you to put into practice in your congregations and community.

We're thrilled to share with you a full collection of items from the Bishop's Spring Conference, including a multi-camera video presentation of John Roberto's segment and full audio of all speakers throughout the day. This page also includes photos, print materials, and more!

Good News Stories

Telling our Stories
Creating Meaningful Audio Interviews as Oral Histories of Our Congregations 

May 2nd, 1-5pm at St. Mark's, Basking Ridge

Register online.   

 

 The stories and experiences of our cherished older members are an essential and captivating part of the lives and histories of the churches within the diocese, and no longer requires expensive equipment. 

 

This seminar, led by Canon Jonathan Elliott, is divided into three segments. Segment one will provide guidelines and instructions for interview techniques and drawing stories out of subjects via good questions and conversation. In segment two, he will demonstrate a recording session in process, and outline the technology required for these interviews and its uses.   In segment three, he will describe proper storage and archival processes for these interviews, and suggest different methods for their use in public media such as websites and presentations.   

 


Trinity Cathedral Kentucky Derby Dance

  May 2nd, 7pm at Trinity Cathedral


Tickets only $20   

Dress to impress in your Derby Day best! Prizes will be awarded for original Kentucky Derby hats!
There will also be a silent auction to benefit the Cathedral.


For tickets call
the Cathedral office at
(609) 392-3805, ext. 100.

 


Diocesan Choir Camp

Join girls and boys ages 10-21 from around the diocese for a week of singing at the beach from July 26-July 30th, culminating with a 4pm Evensong on July 30th. 

Campers stay at beautiful  Holiday House, just around the corner from the  Church of the Advent in Cape May, New Jersey. Rehearsals are held at Church of the Advent.

How Much: The cost of the camp is $350 per camper. Two scholarships are available from the Diocese of New Jersey. Contact Diane Caruso ( music@trinitynj.com) for details.

For more information visit http://njchoircamp.weebly.com/.
 

Diocesan ECW Annual Meeting and
 UTO Ingathering
 

May 16th, 10am at Holy Trinity, Wenonah    

The Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of New Jersey begin with Holy Eucharist followed by a business meeting and then a catered lunch. The meeting will be hosted by the Woodbury District ECW and Bishop Stokes, will officiate at the Eucharist and will deliver the homily.

The UTO In-gathering will also take place as will the annual ECW Necrology and acknowledgement of the Student Service Recipients for 2015. New District officers will be sworn in as well. The cost of lunch is $15. Please register.

 


Upcoming Youth Events

   

 There are a huge number of events for the Youth of the Diocese.  

 

Learn  about...

Spring Youth Event
Baccalaureate Service

Summer Mission Trip

and more!

and contact The Rev. Canon Debi Clarke for more about opportunities for teens in the diocese.  

Ministry Institute Events


  

 

 

Every week, we'll be listing upcoming Ministry Institute events here; click here for the full listing.   

 
Anti-Racism Training
April 23-25
Christ Church, Toms River

Abuse Awareness Workshop
April 25
St. Elizabeth, Elizabeth

Abuse Awareness Workshop 
April 25

St. John, Bernardsville

Training for Lectors, Eucharistic, Ministers, and Eucharistic Visitors
April 25
St. John the Evangelist, New Brunswick
  
May 2
St. Mary, Pt. Pleasant Beach


Telling Our Stories
May 2 
St Mark, Basking Ridge

Spring Youth Event
May 15-17
Camp Lebanon, Lebanon 

LGBT Older Adults

May 16
Trinity, Asbury Park


Abuse Awareness Workshop 
May 23
St. Mark, Keansburg  

Senior Baccalaureate Service
May 31
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Come to the Table: A Celebration of Our Various Abilities
June 20th
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Diocesan Choir Camp
June 26-30
Cape May, NJ

Youth Mission Trip
July 26-August 1
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618