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Ministry Institute

A detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available here or see the  one page printable guide

March 11
Safe Church Training
Trinity, Asbury Park

March 18  
Holy Trinity
Ocean City

March 25
Title IV Training
All Saints',
April 8   
St Mark's

April 11
Annual Clergy Day and Chrism Mass
Trinity Cathedral 

April 28-30
Happening 26
Camp Murray,
Lanoka Harbor

May 6
Bishop's Spring Conference
Trinity Cathedral

May 11
Theo's Cafe Young Adult Dinner

May 11-13
Anti-Racism Training
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville

May 21
Senior Baccalaureate Service
Trinity Cathedral

June 5-9
Appreciative Leadership
Crowne Plaza, Plainsboro

June 17
Animal Welfare Ministry Forum
Trinity Cathedral 

July 10-14
Episcopal Youth Event
University of Central Oklahoma  

July 23-27
Choir Camp
Cape May 
Upcoming Congregational Events
March 11
St. George by the River
March 12
St. Mary's
Haddon Heights
March 13
St. Michael's
Holy Spirit
St. Francis'
March 18
St. Peter's
March 18
Holy Spirit
March 19
St. Bernard's
March 24
Holy Spirit
March 25
Godly Play Workshop (Part 1 of 3)
Christ Church

St. John the Baptist

March 26
Good Libations
Grace Church
All Saints'
Bay Head
April 1
Godly Play Workshop (Part 2 of 3)
Christ Church

Christ Church
St. Matthew's

April 8
Godly Play Workshop (Part 3 of 3)
Christ Church

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Allie Graham or 
The Rev. Richard Wrede

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March 10, 2017
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.  I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ... Philippians 1:3-6

Greetings! The 233 rd Convention of the Diocese of New Jersey is "in the books." It was Spirit-filled. A lot took place. The Reverend Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms, an international business enterprise operated and run by survivors of trafficking, preached at the Convention Eucharist . She and some of the women from Thistle Farms who travelled with her also spoke at the Friday night banquet and at the ECW/Women's Commission Breakfast on Saturday morning. Becca was poignant and funny, open and honest, challenging and faith-filled as she and her team shared their powerful stories. Becca Stevens showed us what it really means to "Know Your Story and Live it Boldly! If you were not able to be at Convention, I urge you to watch her sermon online . It was the perfect message to lead us into Convention.
I want to congratulate and thank those who were  elected to diocesan offices. I especially want to express my gratitude to those who served on commissions, committees and boards of the diocese whose terms ended with this convention. I give particular thanks to The Reverend Lisa Caton and Canon Chuck Perfater who served faithfully on The Standing Committee; Marcus Gales, Michele Graham-Lyons, The Rev. Matthew Tucker, The Rev. Kent Walley and Ms. Melinda Burrows who served faithfully and well on Diocesan Council. I am also deeply grateful to Mr. Jim Bathhurst who served for six years as Treasurer of the Diocese and welcome and thank Mr. Kirk Bonamici who is taking over as Treasurer. 
There was lively debate and conversation at Convention. The Marks of Mission Giving Resolution was passed which begins to move us as a diocesan community off a completely voluntary system of diocesan giving to a more accountable system over time. We will work quickly to establish a Board of Consultation, which will engage congregations in conversation about growth, mission and stewardship issues to achieve health. 
The Convention passed several resolutions including one that declared the Diocese a Sanctuary Diocese, in part, urging congregations of the diocese to "serve as places of welcome, refuge and healing." The Convention passed another resolution calling upon The 2018 General Convention of The Episcopal Church which will meet in Austin to declare The Episcopal Church a "Sanctuary Church." A resolution was passed calling for concern and action to support animal welfare
The 233rd Convention passed a budget for 2017 and decided to restore the position of Youth and Young Adult Missioner to a fulltime position from the half time position the budget called for. It directed that funding for this come from an extra draw from Venture in Mission Funds.
Convention postponed consideration of the 2018 Preliminary-Proposed Budget until a later time. I am calling for a Special One Day Convention to be held at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton on October 7, 2017 to consider and pass the 2018 Budget. Before then, beginning in the early spring, I am also calling for a diocesan-wide series of conversations to allow us all to discern what God is calling us to as a diocesan community. These conversations will be grounded in prayer and Scripture, and will focus on our mission and ministry together. We will be providing more information about this in the near future.
I am deeply grateful to Convention Manager, Ann Notte who worked tirelessly to organize convention. Her work is incredible! She was assisted by Sarah Paige, Mary Ann Rhoads, Mary Anne Clisham, Ron "Grippy" Gritz and many others. I am grateful to Debi Clark and members of Youth Council and Young Adult Ministry who served as support staff. Thanks to Fr. Mark and Theresa Chattin and many young people from Holy Trinity, Collingswood who served as pages.
My deep thanks to all who attended as clergy and lay delegates, as alternates and as visitors.
God is at work in the Diocese of New Jersey calling us to deeper love and service.

Know your story; live it boldly.

Blessings and peace,

The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey

Good News stories and more!
The 233rd Convention of the Diocese of New Jersey took place March 3-4 at the Hyatt Regency, Princeton.

Read Resolutions as passed, Persons elected, watch video of the Bishop's address, and convention Eucharist, read a PDF of the Work Of Missions booklet, and more!

Friday, April 28, 2017 - Sunday, April 30, 2017

7:00 PM to 4:00 PM
9th through 12th Graders

$75 per person
Murray Grove Camp and Retreat Center
Lanoka Harbor, NJ

Ministries of Reconciliation,
Social Justice  and Peace
March 15-18
Doubletree Hotel, Princeton NJ

May 11-13
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville 
This workshop emphasizes understanding racism, learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, undoing internalized racial oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism to perpetuate institutional racism.

Diocese of New Jersey Choir Camp
at Cape May
July 23-27, 2017
Our 28th year of fun, community,  learning, and experiences that will last for a lifetime!   
The choir camp experience gives young choristers ages 10-18 the opportunity to join with peers from throughout the region. This intense period of growth-socially, musically, and spiritually - provide experiences that last a lifetime. Choristers leave choir camp with a sense of enthusiasm that they bring back to their respective parishes and communities to help spread the Gospel and grow the church!
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618