Diocesan Youth Event
Youth currently in grades 6-12 will gather at Bellwether Farm on June 12-13 to enjoy friends new and old, play with the goats and on the farm, make some art, pray, and relax together in this beautiful place. Register at dohio.org/DYE. A full save the date calendar is available. Questions can be directed to the Rev. Anna Sutterisch, Canon for Christian Formation, at asutterisch@dohio.org
Ukulele Day at Bellwether Farm
Join Ukulele aficionado Chelsie Cree for a day of celebrating the ukulele on June 26. The fields and forests of Bellwether Farm will provide an excellent backdrop for making music together. The morning will consist of warming up, refreshing, and practicing together. After a farm-to-table lunch, players will enjoy a play-along of familiar and new tunes. Simple music will be sent in advance, and all age 10 and up and all skill levels are welcome to join this fun and relaxing day of music and community. Registration is required.
Intergenerational Camp at Bellwether Farm
Bring your family or “pod” to Bellwether Farm for a weekend of camp on July 2-4 or July 16-18! Following an Olympics theme, pods will participate in team-building activities, friendly competition, and traditional camp activities including arts and crafts, fishing, swimming, hiking, and canoeing. Participants will also work on the farm with Farmer Kyle, caring for both plants and animals, and in the kitchen helping Chef Lonny prepare delicious farm-to-table meals. Evenings will include bonfires and s’mores, movies, stargazing, and large group games. Mornings and evenings will also include family-friendly prayer and reflection. Pods are responsible for supervising themselves and abiding by Bellwether Farm rules, with staff members organizing and coordinating activities. Pods can choose to stay in a retreat room with a private bath, or a cabin (sleeps up to 10). For questions, please contact the Rev. Anna Sutterisch.
Parish Audits
CPA and Diocesan audit team audits are due by July 15.
Giving Tools Update
A new QR code is available for gifts to parishes through the Diocesan website
Reimagining Sunday School: Curricula
The Diocesan Resource Center is no longer providing universal access to the Weaving God’s Promises curriculum. Instead, we’d like to work with you to find the program or curriculum that makes the most sense and will make the most impact in your specific context. The diocesan website features our recommendations on quality free resources, offers the ability to apply for financial aid to subscribe to paid curricula (like the excellent Weaving God’s Promises and others), or to request a conversation with us to help envision what might work best in your parish. Every child, faith community, and curriculum is different— and we’d love to accompany you in discerning what might be the best fit for you in this moment.
Safeguarding God's Children
All vestry members must be trained in Safeguarding God’s Children. If you are a newly elected vestry member, or you elected new leaders at your parish, it might be time to check if everyone has been “Safeguarded.” Trainings are self-paced online modules. To register, email Mary Ann Semple at resourcelibrary@dohio.org. If you would like to be trained as a facilitator to lead Safeguarding trainings, please contact Mary Ann. 
Quality Training for Your 2021 Stewardship Team
The Congregations and Christian Formation office is partnering with TENS to provide a series of four webinars offering stewardship training for your parish. The 90-minute webinars will be held on the first Tuesday of each month through August beginning at 6:30 pm. There is no cost. More details and registration information are available
Urban Garden Assistance
Trinity Cathedral’s Urban Farm is available to help parishes looking to start a community garden at or near the parish, or assist parishes grow their existing urban garden. Whether you’re looking to build raised beds, install a drip irrigation system, learn about crop rotation or find community partners, Trinity’s 16-year-old farm may have the answers. If you are interested in finding out more, email Scott Blanchard at sblanchard@trinitycleveland.org.
A Conversation with Austin Channing Brown
St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights partnered with several local churches to host Austin Channing Brown for a virtual conversation as she discusses her book, “I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.” Brown is a bestselling author, public speaker, and producer. Her work centers around the Black experience in America and engages a diverse audience in the work of racial justice. The conversation is available to watch.
Explore St. Paul's
St. Paul’s, Akron will host an Explore St. Paul’s on on Sunday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This class will let visitors know what our mission is, how we live it out, and how to get involved. Please call the church office at 330.836.9327 to register or for more information.