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Ministry Institute

A detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available.  

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 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
February 24

February 26
Church of the Advent
Cape May
February 26
All Saints'
February 28
Bay Head  
February 28
St. Francis'
February 28
Holy Trinity

February 28
St. David's
February 28
Grace Church
March 5
Doane Academy
March 5
St. Mary's
March 5
St. John's
Chews Landing
March 5
Cape May
March 7
(Part 1 of 6)
St. Luke's
March 11
St. George by the River
March 13
St. Michael's
Holy Spirit
St. Francis'
March 25
Godly Play Workshop (Part 1 of 3)
Christ Church

St. John the Baptist

March 26
Good Libations
Grace Church
St. Francis' 
April 1
Godly Play Workshop (Part 2 of 3)
Christ Church

Christ Church
St. Matthew's

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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 vestments are on offer in Diocesan House. For more information contact Allie Graham or The Rev. Richard Wrede

Holy Trinity, South River is seeking a P/T Music Director. For more information see their website or contact The Rev. Gregory Bezilla.
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February 24, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the  Diocese of New Jersey, 
While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"                Matthew 17:15

This Sunday we ascend a mountain with Peter, James and John to witness Christ transfigured in splendor. We descend that mountain quickly. By Wednesday, the Spirit will drive us into the wilderness of Lent. The season we call Epiphany (it is more accurately "the season after the Epiphany") emphasizes the manifestation of Jesus as the Christ, God's chosen one. The words in the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday make this clear: "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"

This divine admonition to listen to him comes on the heels of Jesus' first passion prediction to the disciples on the road to Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13-27). Jesus tells the disciples in no uncertain terms, that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised (Mt 16: 21). They neither understand nor like this. In fact, Peter takes Jesus aside and rebukes him. In response, Jesus rebukes Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.' (Mt. 16:23). Moments before Peter had been praised for his so-called "confession" of Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the living God. (Mt. 16:17-19). What happened?

Peter says the right words, 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,' however, his understanding of what it means for Jesus to be the Messiah, is vastly different, and at odds with, Jesus' self-understanding. For Jesus, being God's Messiah is integrally tied to Jerusalem, undergoing great suffering, being killed and rising on the third day. It is tied to the cross.

Moreover, Jesus makes it clear that following him requires similar cross-bearing: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

We are about to climb Transfiguration Mount and behold Christ in splendid light. We are about to descend into the wilderness for 40 days of listening and prayer.

 "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"

I wonder, what will we hear? Where will it all lead us? What cross or crosses lie before us?

May God bless you as you listen to his Son Jesus and ponder these questions.

Faithfully yours in Christ, 

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey
Good News stories and more!

Know Your Stories, Tell Them Boldly

In the fall, St. John the Evangelist in Chews Landing issued a challenge to their children. They posted 11 Bible stories and asked the children to read the story and then tell the story to an adult. For those too young to read the parents could read the story to the child (or an older sibling could read the story) and then the child was to tell the story to another adult. After they told their story, they signed the bulletin board by the story they read. Those who read all 11 stories by Christmas received a prize (a gift card to Barnes and Noble).

These are some of the children who participated. The hope was for families to read Bible stories at home during the week. The children were so excited when they got to sign the bulletin board each Sunday and tell their rector, the Rev. Sr. Margaret Kentigern, they had read another story. This spring St. John's plans to challenge the adults to read a Bible story and then tell the story to a child.

  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. 

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!
  Reports are posted!

Are you a Veteran and
 a member of the Episcopal Church?

The Episcopal Veterans Fellowship (EVF) equips Christians for missional ministry to veterans through prayer, hospitality, and reconciliation. We offer educational workshops, consulting, and coaching so churches can reach out with God's love to veterans who live in the community. The Hospitallers of St. Martin is a New Monastic Christian Community for veterans ministry. 
Visit their website at 
 for additional information.  

March 2, Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill

This full day symposium with Keynote, the Rev. Becca Stevens,  will provide an overview of human trafficking in NJ with an emphasis on the role of the faith-based community in devising and implementing a comprehensive, sustainable anti-trafficking strategy throughout their respective communities. Held in conjunction with the NJ Office of the Attorney General. 

Meeting the Challenge of Church Transformation Trinity Cathedral April 1

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