Dear Wardens, Treasurers, Vestry Members and Ministry Directors, 

You are invited to attend a Renewal Workshop for Vestries on either Saturday, May 5 at Christ Church in Exeter or on Saturday, May 12 at St. Andrew's Church in New London. This Renewal Workshop is for wardens, treasurers, vestry members and ministry directors to help you envision how your church can follow where God is going ahead of you and to learn from each other about your roles and responsibilities in church leadership. 

9:00 am: Light breakfast and registration

9:30 am:
Listening to God and the Neighborhood: Dwelling in the Word with Bishop Rob

10:30 am: 
Listening to One Another: Sharing our Responsibilities (Part I)

For all vestry members who have not taken the "Basics" class at previous lay leadership institutes : Basics in Church Governance for New (Or New-ish) Vestry Members will take place during both Part I and II of our workshop time. This workshop will focus on church polity, by-laws, governance and leadership. Facilitated by Steve Baker, Chair, Mission Resources Commission.

For returning church leaders who have already taken the "Basics" class: During Part I (10:30 to 11:30 am) and Part II (12:00 to 1:00 pm) you may choose to attend two of these workshops:

  • Wardens Roundtable: an opportunity for wardens to share stories, ask questions, and brainstorm challenges with each other. Facilitated by experienced wardens.
  • Treasurers and Property Managers Roundtable: an opportunity to discuss the resources available for congregational development - human, financial, and property - and how best to use these resources to "tend the vine." Facilitated by Gloria Gallant, Canon for Finance
  • Stewardship of Resources: Emphasis on stewardship and capital campaigns in order to support mission and ministry. Facilitated by Tina Pickering, Canon for Ministry Development
  • Mission and Ministry: Exploring the many ways to engage in our communities. Facilitated by Gail Avery, Canon for Transition and Community Engagement
11:30 pm: Lunch provided

12:00 pm:
Listening to One Another: Sharing our Responsibilities (Part II)  

1:00 pm: 
Listening to One Another: Sharing our Stories, with Sandy Millien, Episcopal Service Corp Fellow and Beloved Community Story Weaver

2:00 pm: Closing worship

2:30 pm: Adjourn

The day will be an immersion in both mission and ministry - an opportunity to renew your spirits and revive your sense of mission through dwelling in the Word and learning from each other, as well as gaining "nuts and bolts" to inform your church leadership.

We are providing this workshop in two locations and on two dates to encourage as much participation as possible.

To register for Saturday, May 5 at Christ Church in Exeter: 

To register for Saturday, May 12 at St. Andrew's in New London: 

Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information. 

Yours, in the light of Christ,

Tina Pickering
Canon for Ministry Development