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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 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 

Dominican Republic

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 6 

St. Peter's, Spotswood


February 8 - 2pm
St. Stephen's Whiting
February 8
Holy Trinity Church,

Ocean City


February 13

Christ Church, Woodbury


February 15 - 2pm

St. Martin's, Bridgwater


February 15

Trinity, Asbury Park


Upcoming Congregational Events
February 5
February 12
St. Mary's
Haddon Heights
February 24
February 26
Church of the Advent
Cape May
March 5
Doane Academy
Holy Spirit
March 25
Godly Play Workshop (Part 1 of 3)
Christ Church
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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 3, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the  Diocese of New Jersey,   

It's Black History Month. Its origins go back to 1926, when the second week of February was designated "Black History Week" by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. They chose this week because it fell between the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial observance, the United States government officially recognized the month of February as "Black History Month." President Gerald Ford encouraged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

The birthday anniversaries of two African-American giants who made a significant impact on the life and history of the United States occur during this week in February.

Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913. On December 1, 1955, she famously refused to give up her seat in the "colored section" of the bus, when the driver directed her to do so in order to accommodate white passengers. In her autobiography, My Story she said:

People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.

Her commitment to the cause of civil rights was costly. She lost her job as a seamstress and received death threats for years. She died of natural causes on October 24, 2005 at age 92.

Poet, playwright, social activist, novelist and columnist Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902. As a one-time English and World Literature major, I remember learning about Hughes as a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He is, without question, one of the great voices in American literature. As a student in 5 th or 6 th grade at St. Thomas Choir School in New York, I remember watching the movie A Raisin in the Sun starring Sidney Poitier. It was based on Hughes's play of the same name. It made a powerful and lasting impression on me. So did his most famous poem, What do you do with a dream deferred, which I read both in high school and college - and many times since! I've thought about that poem a lot over the past few years, especially when the Black Lives Matter movement began to develop in response to the sad pattern of unjust police violence that has been a part of our nation's fabric for too long. Its words are provocative and haunting:

What do you do with a dream deferred
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
                                    Langston Hughes

Next Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 PM will be our Annual Absalom Jones Service of Witness to Black Ministry at Trinity Cathedral. Born November 7, 1746, Absalom Jones was the first African-American ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. He died on February 13, 1818 in Philadelphia. The service will provide an opportunity to welcome and congratulate The Reverend Canon Brian Jemmott as Canon to the Ordinary and Transitions Officer of the Diocese of New Jersey. He will be the preacher for the day.

Observing Black History Month and the Absalom Jones service of witness are not intended only for the black community of the diocese or our nation. These are part of the history we all share as Americans and Episcopalians. Some of it is painful. Some of it is brutal and ugly. Some of it is sublime and heavenly. It makes us who we are and offers us opportunities to be better than we are - to strive for justice, healing and reconciliation. This is the work of the kingdom of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you and keep you.

In Christ, 
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

Cross Roads Day Camp is hiring summer staff_ Click here for more information_

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