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Upcoming Diocesan Offerings
April 30
Recovery Sunday Celebration
Trinity Cathedral

May 6
Bishop's Spring Conference
Trinity Cathedral

May 11
Theo's Cafe Young Adult Dinner
Canterbury House, New Brunswick

May 11-13
Anti-Racism Training
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville
May 20
Choir Camp Reunion and Installation of Canons
Trinity Cathedral

May 20
Training for Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Eucharistic Visitors
St. Bartholomew's,
Cherry Hill

May 20
Safe Church Training
St. Stephen's,
Mullica Hill

May 21
Senior Baccalaureate Service
Trinity Cathedral

June 3
Come to the Table
Trinity Cathedral Chapel, Trenton

June 5-9
Appreciative Leadership
Crowne Plaza, Plainsboro

June 10    
St Mark's

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
St. Mark's Lutheran

Trinity Cathedral

St. Augustine's
Asbury Park 
St. Luke's

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church

St. James'

St. John's

Trinity Church

Christ Church
Toms River

New Brunswick Theological Seminary  

St. Luke's

Trinity Church
Red Bank

May 7
St. Luke's

Christ Church
Somers Point
May 9
Human Trafficking 101
All Saints'
Bay Head 
Trinity Church

May 21
St. Francis'

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Organist needed! Christ Church, Middletown is seeking an Organist/Music Director. Learn more.

Christ Church, Toms River seeks a PT temp parish administrator. Possibly a part time PA in another parish interested in picking up a extra days at Christ Church. Prior parish office experience requested.
If interested or with questions,please contact the Rev Joan Mason before Friday May 5th.
Spend a week at Cross Roads Camp! Cross Roads is seeking a nurse for the week of August 12-19! Come enjoy and be part of camp, care for campers, and even get paid for it! To get details contact Bonnie, Nursing Administrator
Several frontals and superfrontals, processional crosses, chalices, patens, cruets, pascal candles, and a variety of stoles, chasubles, and other vestments are on offer in Diocesan House. For more information contact Allie Graham or The Rev. Richard Wrede.
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April 28, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace.     2 Timothy 1:8-9

This Sunday the first of the Spring Convocations will take place when the Camden Convocation meets at St. Bartholomew's, Cherry Hill. This will mark the beginning of our diocesan-wide conversation: Discerning our Common Call .     

In my address to the Diocesan Convention this past March, I called for such a conversation, sharing my conviction that we are at a crossroad moment in our life as the Diocese of New Jersey. In that address, I said "the time has come for us to have a deliberate and prayerful conversation about our life together."  It is time for us to explore what I believe are vital questions such as: 

  • What does it mean to be a diocesan community?
  • What is our common call to ministry as the Church, the people of God, dispersed across a wide swath of the state?  
  • What is our responsibility to one another? 
  • Where is our interdependence?
  • How does being a diocesan community make us each more effective in the areas to which we minister?
Through the Spring Convocation meetings, the clergy and laity of the diocese, and any other interested persons who wish to participate, will begin the process of sacred conversation about our common life as a diocesan community. These conversations and this process will continue throughout the summer and into the fall, leading up to a Special Convention to be held at Trinity Cathedral on October 7, 2017. 

The entire Discerning our Common Call process will be overseen by Kim Fletcher. A person grounded in Ignatian spirituality, Kim is an independent consultant who specializes in congregational development, clergy coaching, strategic planning, and leadership and organizational development for churches, synagogues, and ministries. She has more than 39 years of experience as a crisis manager, facilitator, and executive consultant, working with churches, synagogues, ministry groups and the dioceses of Washington and Easton in assessing, developing, and implementing change to successfully meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. 

In my address to the last convention, I shared my sense that this was for us, as a diocese, " a KAIROS moment" - "a moment in God's time, a time of genuine opportunity, ripe with possibilities, to engage in prayerful discernment about our common life and future together trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help us decide as a community what kind of structures and support we require to advance God's mission in today's context, as well as to clarify what is of real value to us as a diocese."
I continue to believe this.  So, let the conversation and discernment begin. Let us all pray for one another and our life together as the people of God who are the Diocese of New Jersey relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace.
May God bless you and keep you.
Faithfully yours in Christ,  

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

Good News stories and more!
The Youth Group of St. Mark's, Plainfield hosted a Food drive. It was a big success. Food items were distributed to help those in need in their community.

Spring Convocation Meetings Announced

The will be the first conversations of the

Camden Sunday, 4/30
4:00 p.m. - This Sunday!
St. Bartholomew's,
Cherry Hill
Sunday, 5/7
3:00 p.m.
St. Mark and All
Saints', Galloway

Tuesday, 5/16 7:00 pm
6:00 p.m. Eucharist
St. Peter's,
Perth Amboy

Monday 5/22
6:00 p.m.
St. George's,
Tuesday, 5/23
7:00 p.m.
Grace-St. Paul's,
Thursday, 5/25 7:00 pm
(Begins with Eucharist)
St. Stephen's,
Sunday, 6/4
3:00 p.m.
St. Mark's,
Basking Ridge
Wednesday, 6/7
7:00 p.m.
Christ Church,
Toms River

  Film Screening and Director Q&A

Sunday April 30, 4:00pm-7:00pm
Tillett Hall 254 Rutgers University, Piscataway

Co-Sponsored by the Episcopal Church at Rutgers and the Diocesan LGBTQ Commission.

Learn more and reserve tickets. 

Summer internship program of the Diocese of New Jersey
The Diocesan Committee on the Priesthood is accepting applications for a summer internship in a local Episcopal congregation (stipend provided).

The purpose of the internship is to help college students and college-age young adults to explore the possibility of ordained ministry as a vocation.
Details of the program and application are available by contacting the Rev. Ophelia Laughlin (732) 842-0596.  The deadline for receipt of applications is
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.

Volunteer Prison Chaplaincy Opportunity
The NJ Dept. of Corrections, under a new program directed by  the Rev. Jose Lopez, Volunteer Chaplain Coordinator, is accepting names of both lay and ordained persons who wish to be volunteer chaplains in any of the NJ institutions.

An I.D. will be given to those who complete a three part program of 1) an interview 2) fingerprinting and photo  I.D.  3) Training. The newly streamlined process will take no more than 2 days.

If you are interested please email or call (973-235-1177) The Rev. Pamela Bakal, President of  Prison Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.
Doane Academy 180th Anniversary  Celebration

May 5th and 6th in Burlington, NJ.  

Annual Meeting and UTO
Ingathering of the Diocesan ECW

Saturday, May 20
Grace-St. Paul, Mercerville
10:00 am Eucharist
The Rt Reverend William H.  Stokes, celebrant
Robin Wilson Broughton, soloist 

The business meeting of the Diocesan ECW will begin immediately following the Eucharist
Deacon Trisha Thorme will speak on the Diocese's Sustainable Goals Task Force's efforts to combat trafficking, followed by a catered lunch.
Register now. 

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. 
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618