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Ministry Institute

A detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available.

Here's a preview of upcoming events. 

January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Trinity Cathedral

February 11 
St. Peter's, Freehold

 February 11
Diocesan Acolyte Festival
Trinity Cathedral

February 11
Absalom Jones Service of Witness to Black Ministry

Trinity Cathedral

February 25 
St. Matthew's, Pennington

March 6 - 8 
Convent of St. John Baptist, Mendham 
Upcoming Congregational Events
December 14th
St. Michael
December 16
St Francis
December 16
St Mark
December 18
Canterbury House
at Rutgers
New Brunswick 
December 18
St. James
December 18
St. John the Evangelist
New Brunswick
December 18
St. Peter
Perth Amboy
December 21st
St. Michael
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Episcopal Links of the Week
Archbishop Bishop of Canterbury's Advent Homily

The Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby delivered his annual Advent message at Lambeth Palace. In it he writes of running, dealing with the unexpected, and remembering we are on a journey with God. 

" One of the ways in which I try and keep vaguely sane is by going running. I go round and round the garden, and if you go around the track often enough you get to know every hole in every tree - mostly because you've either, in the dark of the morning, run into them or fallen over them...Events are the things that break in - like running into a tree - and remind you to look where you're going and to see what's going on around you."

December 16, 2016
From the Presiding Bishop

From Isaiah Chapter 9:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder;
and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
These words of Isaiah are often seen as words that foretell and foreshadow the coming of Jesus of Nazareth, born of Mary. The truth is, these words befit Him because this child changed the world. This child changes lives. This child changes us.

I remember when our oldest daughter was a baby. My wife and I were young. We were footloose and fancy-free.  It was just the two of us newlyweds, so if we wanted to go out to eat dinner, we went out to eat dinner. If we decided to go to a movie at the last minute, we just went.  We actually felt like we had money back then.  And we did have a little bit of discretionary income. We could pretty much do what we wanted to do, within reason, and we didn't have to think too much about the consequences or impact of a spontaneous decision and what we had to do to make that happen.

And then, all of a sudden, this little, innocent human being, a little child, came into our lives, and literally gained control over our entire world. Before we could do anything else we had to think about, "Who's going to keep the baby?" or "Is this a good time for us to go without the baby?"  We soon learned that we were not in control of our lives anymore.  Even our sleeping patterns became very different. We would stay awake when the baby was awake and we went to sleep when the baby went to sleep. Literally this child began to control our lives and the child didn't even know she was doing it. And then we had a second one she did the exact same thing. And I've since learned that that's what babies do.  When they arrive they take over!  And their parents begin to develop their lives around this child. To mold their entire lives around this precious needy baby.

Isaiah wrote, " Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given... and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  This child who was born of Mary changes everything. This child born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes changes how we live. This child born to the sound of angels singing Gloria in excelcis Deo - this child to whom the wise ones came from afar bearing gifts - this child, changed the way the entire world works.

And this Jesus, born into a world torn by strife and hatred and division and pain and poverty, this child is born anew wherever men and women say, "I'll follow Him. I'll follow Him as my Savior. I'll follow Him as my Lord."

 When this child grew up, He said His reason for coming, again quoting Isaiah, from the 61st chapter, he said,

The spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach Good News to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives, the recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty all those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

This child, when He grew up, came to show us the way to live lives of love, lives of compassion, lives of goodness, lives of kindness, lives of justice. This child came to show us how to change the world. So this Christmas, make room for him to change us.  This Christmas help us change the world.  And make a new commitment, to go out from this day, to let this Christmas Day, be the first day of a new world.

God bless you. God keep you. Have a blessed Christmas.  A Happy New Year.  And go on out and change the world!

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church

A video of the message is available here.

Diocesan Podcast

In this episode, we speak with The Rev. Dr. Joseph Wolyniak, Chaplain at the Episcopal Church at Princeton about his plans for the chaplaincy and cultivating a Christian community and programming at one of the world's greatest universities.

Jubilee Ministry Spotlight

Spotlight On: 
St. Augustine, Asbury Park

St. Augustine's is a Historically African American Church located in the west side of Asbury Park. Due to the diversity of the congregation and community, worship service includes anthems from the Lift Every Voice And Sing (LEVAS) Hymnal with an infusion of "jazz in the afternoons."   The congregation has sponsored a Black History Month Program for more than twenty years in collaboration with numerous individuals and churches in the area.  Through this annual program, they recount and celebrate the achievements of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement. 

Click for a video about this Jubilee Center

Learn more about the wonderful work being done at St. Augustine's and at other Jubilee Centers across the diocese!

For information on becoming a Jubilee Center, please contact Canon Clara Gregory , Diocesan Jubilee Officer. 
Good News stories and more!

Child Bishop seated at Christ Church Woodbury

  In full episcopal regalia - complete with a mitre, shining cope, and wooden crozier, a 6th grader processed to the altar and took his seat in the Bishop's chair. Following a tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages, Aaron Schiffer was selected to be the 9th Child Bishop at Christ Church Woodbury.

  Want to avoid the
crowds at the mall
and post-Christmas clutter
while helping those in need?
Check out some of these great ways to help those across the nation and the world through alternative Gift Catalogs or visit one of the many Holiday Markets being held by congregations around the diocese. 


Martin Luther King Day of Service
January 16, 10am-3pm
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?"

All are invited for the day which begins with the Eucharist followed by a gathering in synod Hall to prepare service projects for several organizations in New Jersey and throughout the country.

Bring a canned good for the food pantry
For information contact The Rev. Canon Debra Clarke, Deacon at or 609-394-5281 ext 36.
March 3-4, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Princeton, NJ 

with featured speaker 
Becca Stevens of
Thistle Farms

General Information is now online!
Pre-Convention hearings announced!

Resolutions now being accepted!
Nominees still needed for select positions!
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618