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Upcoming Congregational Events
Holding Vacation Bible School this summer? Let us know so we can add you to the list.

HERE is a partial list of VBSs around the diocese.
June 6th  
Art Auction
St. Mark's & All Saints'
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June 6th  
BBQ Chicken Fundraiser
Holy Trinity
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June 6th  
Yard Sale
Laurel Springs
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June 6th  
Royal Tea Party
Christ Church
New Brunswick
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June 7th  
Choral Evensong
St. Andrew's
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June 7th  
The Sounds of Wondrous Praise
St. Mary's by-the-Sea
Point Pleasant
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June 7th  
New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra
Christ Church
New Brunswick
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June 7th  
Choral Evensong
St. John's
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June 8th  
O'Conner Ordination
Holy Trinity
Ocean City
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June 10th  
Strawberry Festival
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June 12th  
Caritas Chamber Choir
Christ Church
New Brunswick
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June 12th  
Chef's Medley Buffet to Benefit Missionary
Christ Church
Toms River
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June 13th  
Paper Shredding and Car Wash
St. Martin's
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June 13th  
Floral Festival Workshop
Trinity Cathedral
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June 13th  
Tricky Tray
St. John the Evangelist
New Brunswick
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June 14th  
Cathedral Sunday
Trinity Cathedral
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June 20th
Juneteeth Celebration of the End of Slavery
St. Stephen's
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June 20th
BBQ Chicken Dinner
Laurel Springs
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June 21st
Strawberry Festival
St. Mary's
Stone Harbor
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June 28th
Victorian Tea
Church of the Advent
Cape May
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July 4th 
Annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and Concert
Christ Church
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Episcopal Links of the Week
Everybody Panic! Why we are all wrong about Church Decline

The Rev. Erik Parker, a Lutheran pastor and blogger who considers himself "an iPad pastor for a typewriter church" looks at history of church attendance and the church's current place in society.

From the 'golden age of church attendance' in the 1950s, to the death of Christendom, Parker writes of God, numbers, and his work in the world.
How do we get more people to have good lives?

This editorial by columnist Thomas B. Edsall looks at the importance of well-designed and funded early childhood intervention programs  in positively impacting the socioeconomic status of Americans.   
Anglican Church in Uganda launches Namugongo water bottling plant

Our Anglican brothers and sisters in Uganda have decided to start a plant to bottle safe drinking water from springs at the Anglican Martyrs' Shrine in Namugongo. The shrine remembers the 22 Catholics and 23 Anglicans were murdered at the orders of Kabaka Mwaga in 1886.

The clean water will be aimed at tourists with hopes of promoting business tourism.  
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June 5, 2015
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,


Sunday, June 14 is Cathedral Sunday in the Diocese of New Jersey. On that day, we will celebrate the unique ministry of Trinity Cathedral in Trenton. In  living out its mission, Trinity serves three distinct roles: 


First, Trinity is the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of New Jersey. It provides hospitality and regular opportunities for worship, learning, and fellowship for all members of the Anglican Communion in the Diocese. More than 30 diocesan events are held in the Cathedral annually, and the Altar Guild Shop serves as a source of religious books, gifts and furnishings.


Second, Trinity is a parish church serving members of a diverse worshiping community, seeking spiritual development, doing good works, and being faithful stewards of the inheritance God has entrusted to them.


Third, Trinity is a resource to the wider community, promoting a range of outreach ministries to the city of Trenton and beyond.


As cathedrals have done throughout history, Trinity serves as a focal point for many of our diocesan celebrations and for matters of concern to the wider community. It gathers us around important events in our life as brothers and sisters in Christ.  It also underscores the fact of our distinctly Episcopal/Anglican identity.


The congregation of Trinity is not especially large, but they carry out mighty ministry. In truth, the congregation of Trinity can't sustain its full ministry by themselves. Trinity needs Friends! It needs you to be a Friend. Trinity Cathedral belongs to all of us in the Diocese of New Jersey. It is our Cathedral.


Cathedral Day, June 14th, provides us all an opportunity to celebrate our Trinity Cathedral. I want to encourage you to be part of the celebration. 


Actually, it all begins on Saturday, June 13 with a Flower Workshop. Congregations are invited to send individuals from their Altar and Flower Guilds to learn about and create amazing flower arrangements. Flowers arranged on that day will be displayed as part of a Flower festival on Sunday, June 14.


There will be a Festival Eucharist on Sunday, June 14 at 10:30 at which The Very Reverend Karin Mitchell, Dean of the Trenton Convocation and Rector of St. David's, Cranbury will be the Celebrant and I will be the preacher. It is my hope that each congregation which send representatives to this service. 


Following the service, there will be a Cathedral Day luncheon after which tours of the Cathedral will be offered affording participants with an opportunity to see the Cathedral more closely and to learn about its rich history.   


At 3:00 PM there will be a Diocesan Choral Evensong in which Choirs and individual singers from across the diocese are invited to join in celebrating the musical life and witness of the Diocese of New Jersey, under the direction of Diane Caruso, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Music.


am excited to be part of this wonderful day celebrating  Trinity, our Cathedral. Please support it. I look forward to seeing you there.  


If you can't join us, (or even if you can), I hope you will consider becoming a Friend of Trinity Cathedral and making a donation to help support this vital ministry in the life of our diocese.  Just follow this link


Thank you.  Many blessings.


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

Episcopal Relief & Development Project Spotlight:
Christ Church, Toms River 

Throughout the summer, we'll be highlighting stories from throughout the Diocese of New Jersey about efforts to contribute to Episcopal Relief & Development's 75th Anniversary campaign. 



This is a challenge to help Christ Church, Toms River, complete the funding for a well for Episcopal Relief & Development. Christ Church has raised $2,700 so far, raised during a Lenten Hope Box campaign. This is over half of the funding goal. Water is precious, water is holy, water is necessary for life. All religions revere and use water, for baptism, for cleansing, in prayer. Many villages around the world do not have access to clean, fresh water. Consider the times you use water every day, for washing, flushing toilets, showering, growing gardens. Count these times, and give a donation toward this well. Just $200 each from 15 churches or individuals would put us over the top. All donations count towards our Diocesan and national Episcopal Relief & Development goals.  


Click here to donate, or if you wish to send a check, please send them to Christ Church, Toms River, 415 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753 by August 1, with a note designating a check for this well project.

Anti-Racism Link of the Month   

This month, we offer an article from TruthOut on organizing Anti-Racist efforts in predominantly white communities; this interview lifts up faith-based work as a lens to help all of us think about calling forward our values and beliefs in the service of justice and to move people through their congregations and spirituality.

Click here for more.  

GreenFaith Program: Energy Conservation Workshop


We would like to cordially invite you to GreenFaith Energy Conservation Workshop tomorrow in Highland Park, NJ. Attendees will learn how to save energy and green their facilities by changing human behaviors and making small, but powerful changes in their operations. These steps cost little or nothing, and are proven to lower energy costs by 10-20%. We'll also talk about energy efficient lighting, HVAC, and solar, and show how to finance these capital projects taking advantage of incentive programs from NJ utilities and the state. We have a great line up of speakers from GreenFaith and our program partners, and look forward to seeing you at the event.  



9:15-9:30 am Coffee and Light Breakfast

9:30- 10:30 am Low-cost/No-Cost Energy Conservation Strategies for Houses of Worship

Fletcher Harper and Anne Rahikainen, GreenFaith

10:30-11.00 How to Finance Energy Efficiency Upgrades with State Funding

Donnelly Energy and NJCEP Program Manager

11:00-11:30 am Saving and Greening with Solar Installation and GreenFaith Residential Solar Campaign

Geoscape Solar or GreenPowerEnergy


Date and Time: Saturday June 6th, 2015, 9:30 am to 12 noon

Location:  The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S 2nd Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904.

The event will take place on the first floor of the church, in a room called Parlor. There is parking behind the church, entrance to the parking lot is from Magnolia Street. Learn more about the event location by clicking this link: 


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Welcome to Our Newest Staff Member! 



Terry Ann Schwarz is our new Administrative Assistant for the  Congregational Development Dept. and Program Staff. She brings more than 14 years of faith-based administrative experience to the position, and her organizational skills and creativity are already proving to be fantastic assets here at diocesan house. Welcome, Terry!


Youth Council Applications: 2015-2016 School Year


Deadline: June 7

All 9th - 12th grade Students

Must attend an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of New Jersey

Applications online at

VIDEO: Meet our Hispanic/Latino Regional Missioner
The Reverend Ramon Ubiera works in partnership with churches to start and nurture new Hispanic ministries throughout the region.

Click here for a video about this important and growing ministry. 

Come to the Table:  A Celebration of our Various Abilities


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ

 11:00 a.m.


 Click here for a video about this service.



Preacher and Celebrant:

The Rev. Sheelagh Clarke

Welcoming and celebrating the differing gifts and abilities of members of parishes and congregations of the Diocese of New Jersey, this Eucharist is for all of us, beloved of God, in all our various shapes and forms. Each of us, made in the image of a gracious God, hold high our dignity and joy in service to our Church and our Lord. This will be a time to support and uphold the many ways we may be called to serve, be it as ushers, singers, deacons, acolytes, etc. utilizing our many different abilities and gifts. Reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Commission on Ministry with the Disabled.


Re-Imagining Church for the 21st Century

A 2-Day Foundational Workshop 

With John Roberto and Rollie Martinson

June 26-27, 2015

Synod Hall, Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

This workshop is the required starting point for all congregations that have committed to The Way of St. Paul congregational development program. It is also open to all others.
An inspiring continuation
of the themes and ideas presented at

The Bishop's Spring Conference



On Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vibrant Faith's John Roberto and Rollie Martinson will lead a two-day workshop that will equip attendees to conduct community research and assess their congregation's life and ministries.  


Topics to be covered will include:

  • The Challenges Facing Faith Formation in the 21st Century
  • A 21st Century Vision of Faith-Forming Congregations
  • Innovative Approaches for Developing a New Faith Forming Ecosystem
  • Preparation for Community Research: Processes and Tools
Ministry Institute Events




Looking ahead to the 2015-16 year we wish to ensure that the Ministry Institute meets the needs of the parishioners and clergy in the Diocese.

Whether you've attended many events in the past or are interested in attending your first program, we would appreciate your insights. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at the link below.


Every week, we'll be listing upcoming Ministry Institute events here; click here for the full listing.  

Come to the Table: A Celebration of Our Various Abilities
June 20th
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Diocesan Choir Camp (Registration is still open!)
July 26-30
Cape May, NJ

Youth Mission Trip
July 26-August 1
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618