Wednesday, January 8, 2020
As we enter a New Year together,
we look back at two memorable
December celebrations
Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons

On the Feast of St. Thomas, Saturday, December 21, Maryann Younger was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington. It was a joyful event for all in attendance.
Christmas Lessons and Carols

The first annual diocesan-wide service of Christmas Lessons and Carols, led by the Choir School of Delaware with Bishop Brown preaching, was held on Sunday, December 22, at Grace Episcopal Church, Wilmington. It was a glorious and uplifting experience.
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An Icon Class
No talent or previous experience is necessary!
March 2- 6, 2020
St. Peter's Church, Lewes
St. Peter’s is again hosting the talented Mary Jane Miller for a week-long intensive class in Icon writing. This prayerful experience of five days of personal instruction will enable you to complete a beautiful traditional Orthodox icon. Miller has been an iconographer for over 25 years. She paints and teaches the ancient Byzantine style of icon writing as a prayer, from her under-standing of its spiritual and symbolic language. She teaches using a traditional medium of egg tempera and gold leaf. Her dedicated skill results in an experience that is deeply meditative as well as artistic. For more information, email Natalie Kerr or call
302. 329.9657
Did you know?
C hrist Church, Milford is grateful for the $250 IWC seed money (all churches received a check at the 234th Annual Convention) which allowed it to prepare welcome bags for guests and new attendees

In addition to The Episcopal Church Welcomes You brochure, each bag contains a blank name badge, pen, pad of paper, list of annual events and historical information, pocket prayer, Testa-mints, and four envelopes containing gifts for the week following the service they attended:

  • Tuesday, prayer patch knitted by church parishioners;
  • Wednesday, magnet with church contact information;
  • Thursday, form for them to return with information about them/their family;
  • Friday: party invitation, inviting them back to church. One new member shared that her teenage son said each day, “Mom, we gotta look and see what's in today’s envelope!”
PLEASE NOTE: The January/February edition of the Delaware Communion will be published next Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
News from the Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church Seeks information on formation resources and practices
All practicing Episcopalians invited to participate in survey. Responses requested by: January 31
The Task Force for the Formation & Ministry of the Baptized, created by legislation at the 79 th  General Convention, is seeking input from lay and ordained Episcopalians throughout the church about the formation and efficacy of the processes and practices that are being used across the church through the short survey linked in English here , in Spanish here , and in French here . More nformation
Church-wide Bible Reading Initiative, Epiphany 2020
Forward Movement, along with partners from across the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, invites followers of Jesus to participate in the Good Book Club, a churchwide Bible reading initiative. The Good Book Club will focus on the Gospel of John, with participants reading a section of scripture each day during the Epiphany season. More information
Nuevo Amanecer 2020 Conference on Latino/Hispanic Ministries, May 12-15, 2020
Nuevo Amanecer, a biennial event that unifies and celebrates the Latino ministries from across The Episcopal Church, will have the honor of hosting Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at their 2020 gathering. 
Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina, will welcome for the seventh year a diverse group of participants who look forward to the support, networking, tools, formation, and fellowship environment that this conference offers every two years. Lay leaders, clergy, diocesan missioners, parish staff, church planters, and anyone else interested in expanding their knowledge by sharing best practices and exploring new methods of church growth, discipleship and evangelism, are invited to attend. More information
Cycle of Prayer in the Episcopal Church in Delaware
This week (week of January 5) we hold up in prayer Christ Church, Dover, the Rev. Charles Sumner Weiss, Rector, and The Ven. Patricia Malcolm. For Cycle of Prayer Calendar for 2019-2020 click here.
Services and Events
Trinity Parish Adult Formation, Mondays, 12noon-1pm, Brew Ha Ha, 222 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington. Beginning Monday, January 6, we are exploring the book of Exodus. Come and join us. The first class will cover chapters 1 to 6:27. This class is intended for all. We would love to have you join us!  
Waffle Church, Saturday, January 11,10am, Trinity Church, Wilmington. All children ages 2-11 are welcome. Join us for a Bible lesson, craft, and waffles!  
Joint Youth Group, Sunday, January 12, 2pm, the joint youth groups of Trinity Parish, Wilmington; Immanuel Church, Highlands; and the Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew, Wilmington will be working on service projects in honor of Martin Luther King Day. We will meet up at the Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew, Wilmington. All youth ages 12-18 are welcome!
Choral Evensong, Sunday, January 12, 4pm, Immanuel Church, New Castle. One of Immanuel’s seasonal traditions is coming soon! The Immanuel Choir will offer this unique experience of spiritual reflection through music, scripture, and prayer, followed by a candlelight reception at the Academy. Plan to join us!
The Arts at Trinity presents the Serafin Ensemble, Sunday, January 19, 4 pm, Trinity Church, Wilmington. The concert is free and all are welcome!
Icon Class, March 2 - March 6, 2020, St. Peter’s, Lewes is again hosting the talented Mary Jane Miller for a week-long intensive class in Icon writing. No talent or previous experience necessary! This prayerful experience of five full days of personal instruction will enable you to complete a beautiful traditional Orthodox icon. More information
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