May 17, 2023

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From the Bishop

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Bishop Hughes goes to Washington

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This week Bishop Hughes is in Washington, D.C. with Bishops United Against Gun Violence for a gathering of advocates working against the twin epidemics of gun violence and racism. She writes:

“It was a gift to join Bishop Beckwith to visit the offices of Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Congressman Tom Kean (R-NJ). We met with staffers who listened with great interest to our requests for assistance with legislation to reduce gun violence. They were also grateful to hear of the church’s desire to help with conversation across differences. The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations was a great support as we prepared for these meetings.

“One thing I heard over and over today from those working here is the important impact of letters and calls to elected officials. As one person said, ‘do not be discouraged, sometimes winning change takes a long time, but it is worth the effort to keep pressing for it.’”

Bishop Mark Beckwith, retired 10th Bishop of Newark, is one of the co-founders of BUAGV.

Photos by David Smedley

Diocesan Events

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Youth Minister "Get Acquainted" Summit

THU, MAY 18 | 7-9 PM

This event is open to people in the diocese who are actively leading a youth ministry for grades 6-12 whether they are vocational or volunteer (also known as Youth Ministers, Youth Pastors, etc). Meeting over dinner and dessert, this will be a time for RMN collaboration and connection, as well as development ideas for future Diocesan Youth Commission programming. Find out more and register online.

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Worship Leader Training

TUE, MAY 30, Jun 6, JUN 13 | 7-8:30 PM | Zoom

TUE, JUN 27 | 7-8:30 PM | In-person at Grace, Nutley

Training for congregation members to plan and lead the Daily Office (Morning and Evening Prayer) and Ante-Communion (the Liturgy of the Word). This four-session training is required to be licensed as a Worship Leader. This may be especially helpful for churches currently without clergy. Find out more and register online.

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Registration now open for the

Juneteenth Pilgrimage with Bishop Hughes

SAT, JUN 17 & MON, JUN 19 | 9 AM

You are invited to join Bishop Hughes on one of two half-day pilgrimages to sites in our diocese with a history linked to slavery. Both pilgrimages will follow the same itinerary of sites in Bergen County. Find out more and download the updated flyer.

Register online by 5 PM on Friday, June 9.

Happening at Our Churches

& Associated Organizations

In the news: Christ Church, Hackensack's DIY organ project

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In December 2021, we reported how the organist and a group of parishioners at Christ Church, Hackensack had started a DIY project to repair the church's pipe organ, which had been languishing for decades in a semi-usable state after a 1978 fire.

With the project approaching completion, on May 15 organist Mark Wright (right) played the organ for a celebration of the project which attracted media attention:

North Jersey church's pipe organ will once again rattle pews 45 years after fire

MAY 15, 2023 | The Record

NJ Church Organ Restored 45 Years After Fire. See What Was in the Pipes

MAY 15, 2023 | NBC New York

Organ Concert: Andrew VanVarick

SAT, MAY 20 | 3 PM | All Saints', Glen Rock

Grammy Award-Winning Organist Paul Jacobs

SUN, MAY 21 | 4 PM | Christ Church, Short Hills

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Director of the Diocesan School for Ministry (part-time)

Diocese of Newark

Encore Thrift Shop Assistant Manager (part-time)

St. Peter’s, Morristown

Sexton (part-time)

St. George's, Maplewood

Cook (full-time) - St. Marguerite's Retreat House

Community of St. John Baptist, Mendham

Maritime Chaplain (full-time)

Operations Associate - Driver (part-time)

Seamen's Church Institute

Email submissions for the Job Listings page to Nina Nicholson.

Diocesan Announcements

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Check out our new Learning Center

Whatever your leadership or volunteer role in your church, this is the place on the diocesan website to find support for your ministry, from brief tutorials to written materials to full recordings of online workshops. Upcoming learning events are also included.

Check it out at (also found under "For Congregations & Clergy" in the main menu).

We are still collecting and posting existing resources and are also planning new resources to add. If you have suggestions for resources that would help you and your church, please email them to Nina Nicholson.

Resources for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Building Faith, a ministry of Virginia Theological Seminary, has shared a list of resources to help parishes amplify AANHPI voices in American and church history this month and throughout the year. Find out more.

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First BCEF call of 2023

The Bishop’s Church Emergency Fund (BCEF) provides financial support for church buildings in the diocese needing repairs and renovation, usually with a special focus on emergency and unforeseen needs. Through the BCEF, you can support the critical needs identified by the Bishop.

The first BCEF call of 2023 is for a stove exhaust hood for St. Anthony of Padua in Hackensack. Read more.

Hegg Awards on hiatus until 2024

The David Paul Hegg II Lifetime Achievement Awards will not be awarded in 2023. Senior Ministries decided to have a one-year hiatus during which we are reevaluating the awards. Please be assured that we remain committed to recognizing all those whose ministries further the work of the Church. Our plan is to hold the awards again in June 2024.


Scott Bennett

Chair, Senior Ministries, Diocese of Newark


May 23 - The Rev. Elizabeth Wigg-Maxwell

Priest-in-Charge at St. Andrew's, Harrington Park

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2023.

Episcopal House holiday closings this summer

MON, MAY 29 - Memorial Day

MON, JUN 19 - Juneteenth

TUE, JUL 4 - Independence Day

Complete coverage of the 2023 Confirmation season

Congratulations to the 121 people who were Confirmed, the 13 who were Received, and the 25 who were Reaffirmed during the 2023 Confirmation season. That's a total of 159 new or reaffirmed Episcopalians in the Diocese of Newark – 11 more than last year!

Group photos from the Confirmation services are below – click on the photo to go to the live stream of that service.

April 18 at Church of the Saviour, Denville:

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April 22 at St. Peter's, Essex Fells:

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April 25 at Calvary, Summit:

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April 30 at St. Luke's, Montclair (no video available):

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May 6 at St. Michael's, Wayne:

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May 9 at St. Paul's, Chatham:

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May 13 at Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, Newark:

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Happening at Our Camp

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Cross Roads is the ecumenical camp and retreat center of our diocese and the NJ Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Register for summer camp

Summer 2023 Theme: Holy Trinity - Wholly Love

Cross Roads is the ultimate destination for children looking for an exciting and enriching summer experience. We offer a range of fun activities such as hiking, swimming, and sports, as well as opportunities for spiritual growth through small group discussions, and engaging activities. With experienced and caring staff, Cross Roads ensures that every child feels welcome, safe, and supported as they make new friends and create unforgettable memories. Don't miss out on the chance to join the Cross Roads community this summer! Learn more.

Now hiring! Apply for summer staff

Cross Roads is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our summer leadership team! As a summer staff member, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children, while gaining valuable leadership and teamwork skills. You will work alongside experienced and supportive mentors, and participate in staff training that will equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to create a safe, fun, and memorable summer experience for all campers. Whether you are interested in teaching outdoor skills, leading worship, or organizing games and activities, there is a role for you at Cross Roads. Apply today to be part of our dynamic and rewarding summer staff community! Learn more.

Opening day


Join us for “Opening Day at Cross Roads,” a fun work-day event. Individuals, youth groups, families, and congregational groups are invited to come to camp to volunteer with a few projects as we get camp ready for the summer season. There will be projects for all skill levels. If you have special skills or tools (chainsaws, leaf blowers, etc.) please bring them with you! Learn more.

Bishops’ Cup Annual Golf Outing


Grab your clubs, friends, and bogeys! Join us on June 12 at Copper Hill Country Club for our annual Bishops’ Cup Golf Outing. Bishop Hughes will be attending the reception. This event is a huge help in supporting the life-giving and life-changing impact that children and families get at Cross Roads. Learn more.

Happening in the Wider Church

As Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s term winds down, committee calls for nominees to succeed him

[Episcopal News Service] The committee tasked with producing a slate of candidates for The Episcopal Church’s next presiding bishop issued a call for nominations on May 15 based on what it identified as the central challenges facing the church in the coming decade: the need to foster evangelism, discipleship and formation while responding to a changing world filled with environmental crises, violence, war, inequality and division. Read more.

It's All About Love:

A Festival for the Jesus Movement

SUN, JUL 9 - WED, JUL 12 | Baltimore Convention Center

Across the church and around the world, we are hungry for revival and renewal. Join us for “It’s All About Love,” a churchwide festival of worship, learning, community, and action for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

“It’s All About Love” features three Jesus Movement festival “tents” – Evangelism, Creation Care, and Racial Reconciliation. Featured speakers, preachers, and artists to include Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris, and more!

Register by June 1 for Early Bird rate of $185. Find out more and register online.


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