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Ministry Institute

A detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available.  

February 11 
St. Peter's, Freehold

February 11
Diocesan Acolyte Festival
Trinity Cathedral

February 12
Absalom Jones Service of Witness to Black Ministry

Trinity Cathedral

February 18
Safe Church Training
St. Mark's,
Basking Ridge

February 25  
St. Matthew's, Pennington

March 6 - 8
Convent of St. John the Baptist, Mendham

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 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 
Pre Convention Hearings

All meetings take place from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  


February 13

Christ Church, Woodbury


February 15 - 2pm

St. Martin's, Bridgwater


February 15

Trinity, Asbury Park


Upcoming Congregational Events
February 11
St. George by the River
February 12
St. Mary's
Haddon Heights
February 24
February 26
Church of the Advent
Cape May
February 26
All Saints'
March 5
Doane Academy
March 11
St. George by the River
Holy Spirit
St. Francis'
March 25
Godly Play Workshop (Part 1 of 3)
Christ Church

St. John the Baptist

St. Francis'
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Church of the Advent, Cape May has 12 lovely cane-bottom choir chairs which need a home. If interested, contact The Rev. John Mitchell  

St. Peter's, Clarksboro has two  Wurlitzer organs available. Pick up required. If interested, please contact The Rev. Bob Fitzpatrick.

Several chalices, patens, cruets, and a variety of vestment are on offer in Diocesan House. For more information contact Allie Graham or The Rev. Richard Wrede

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February 10, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the  Diocese of New Jersey, 

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  John 3:16 -17
At a prayer breakfast last week, President Trump told gathered religious leaders that he would work to overturn "The Johnson Amendment." The Johnson Amendment was added to the United States Tax Code in 1954 and named for then Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson. As the I.R.S. website explains:

"Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity."

Insofar as the President is in support of churches and church leaders feeling free to speak out on issues of concern to society, I completely agree with him. Still, I understand the fundamental intent of the Johnson Amendment is to prevent not-for-profit tax exempt organizations, including churches, from engaging in partisan political campaigns. This, it seems to me, is right.
The Johnson Amendment is not intended to prevent churches or religious leaders from speaking out about moral or ethical issues of social import, just as the "separation clause" of the 1st Amendment does not prohibit churches from engaging in the Public Square when issues of morals, justice, human rights, or ethics are being debated or discussed. The Church is, in part, a community of moral discourse. By virtue of our baptismal identity, we, in the Church, are called to be concerned about issues of right and wrong, of justice, righteousness and peace. God cares about the world. God cares about how we human beings relate to one another and the rest of creation. This is why God came to earth in Jesus Christ. 

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being? 

These questions and demands from our Baptismal Covenant make our engagement with the political and social order unavoidable. All church members are called to prayerfully engage in moral thinking, moral speech and moral action that proceeds from our faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Sometimes we do this in community. Sometimes we are called to step out alone "in fear and trembling."
We live in challenging times. It is my hope and my prayer that churches can be safe places to engage in civil discourse about the challenges, fears and concerns that mark our lives. We are called to speak to one another with respect and dignity even when we disagree about important matters. As Jim Wallis of Sojourners Magazine has rightly observed, "God is neither a Democrat nor a Republican." Our concerns and conversations should have one focus: Who is Jesus to us and how is he calling us to be in the world? This, I believe, is a vital and life-giving conversation worth having.
Blessings and peace, 

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

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Diocesan Acolyte Festival
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Designed to offer the acolytes of your parish an opportunity for fellowship and learning in a day-long celebration of their ministry.

February 11th
9:30am - 3:30 pm

All are invited to sing two anthems (click here).

Rehearsal is at 1:30 PM
on February 12 at Trinity Cathedral
To sing: RSVP to Canon Deborah Ford
(609-392-3805 ext 102)
with voice part and participants' names.
Please bring Choir Vestments if possible
Please practice music ahead of time
Join the Convention Choir! Bring your robes and learn the attached music for the Friday morning Eucharist. For more information contact Canon Deborah Ford.

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!
Reports are beginning to be posted!

  Ashes to go!

On March 1, Ash Wednesday, we're thrilled  to announce offerings of  ashes and blessings at over 30 locations throughout New Jersey as part of  Ashes to Go,a program that brings spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors and into the places where we  go every day.

Teams of clergy and laity from parishes throughout the diocese will be participating on  Ash Wednesday in public locations such as transit centers, places of business, and more. Clergy and laypersons will offer  ashes, blessings, and information about the Diocese and the Episcopal Church.

This year, the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey is excited  to offer an online  Ashes to Go directory at , which features a map application  to  guide individuals  to
 participating locations via turn-by-turn directions on computers and mobile devices, powered by Google. 

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