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Ministry Institute

A detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available.

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January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Trinity Cathedral

February 11 
St. Peter's, Freehold

 February 11
Diocesan Acolyte Festival
Trinity Cathedral

February 11
Absalom Jones Service of Witness to Black Ministry

Trinity Cathedral

February 25 
St. Matthew's, Pennington

March 6 - 8 
Convent of St. John Baptist, Mendham 
Upcoming Congregational Events
January 8
Holy Spirit

January 24
All Saints'
Bay Head

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Episcopal Links of the Week
Finding Comfort during the Holidays

For many, this season has been one of pain and fear. From loss of loved ones current or past, to fears about the political climates both in the US and abroad, Anglicans Online discusses the need for comfort - a word used 71 times in the Bible - and its sources in modernity. 
December 30, 2016
The Bishop's Christmas Message

This Christmas Message was originally distributed on December 23rd. 

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey:
While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn....  Luke 2:6-7

Greetings! Christmas is upon us. For many, it is a time of great joy and delight. For others, it is a time of anxiety and loneliness. For all, it is a time when our Savior's coming is promised again.

In the next two days, many visitors and strangers will make a point of attending churches across our diocese. There will be all kinds of people and all kinds of reasons they are coming to church. 

Some are being dragged to church by other family members. Others are hurting - perhaps ill, perhaps having recently experienced the death of a loved one. Some are anxious about the future. Some long to experience a feeling of Christmas they lost years ago. All are seeking comfort, solace, communion with God and with others. They are seeking hope. They are also seeking a warm and hospitable welcome from the church they visit. 

I know from experience that some "regular" church folk resent visitors who only show up on Christmas and Easter. They forget Jesus' parable of the workers in vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). 

Everyone who comes to church over the next two days - those who attend regularly, those who attend infrequently, those who have never attended - have one yearning: to experience the birth of the living Christ into their hearts and souls and into our world.

For a child has been born for us,
 a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
 and he is named
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
 Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  (Isaiah 9:6)
Will they experience that birth in your church? Will they experience the light and love of Christ from you as an ambassador of Christ?

I pray that all of our churches will be places of exceptional hospitality and welcome, not only this Christmas, but whenever they welcome strangers. 

Susan joins me in wishing you and yours a joyous and blessed Christmas filled with the wonder and love of Our Savior, Christ the Lord. 

With warmest wishes, 

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

Good News stories and more!

Over 100 come together to pack meals for those in need. 

Over one hundred youth and adults from more than 25 congregations came together on December 16-17th at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton to pack meals for those in need. 

They worshipped, made music, and worked at the Stop Hunger Now Lock in. 

Over the last 5 years, over 100,000 meals, which each feed a family of 6, have been packed and distributed. Click here for pictures, and more information about this exciting and fun event.


Martin Luther King Day of Service
January 16, 10am-3pm
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'"

All are invited for the day which begins with the Eucharist followed by a gathering in synod Hall to prepare service projects for several organizations in New Jersey and throughout the country.

Bring a canned good for the food pantry
For information contact The Rev. Canon Debra Clarke, Deacon at or 609-394-5281 ext 36.

Celebrating the Rev. Thomas Conway 

The Rev. Thomas Conway celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood on December 18th at Trinity Church, Asbury Park.

Conway was ordained to the diaconate on June 11, 1966 in the Diocese of Indianapolis and to the priesthood in New Jersey by Bishop Van Duzer on December 18, 1966. 

Thanks to parishioner Kim Byham for sending us this picture.
Let us know about your moments!
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!

Resolutions now being accepted!
Nominees still needed for select positions - Due January 1!
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618