“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…: Hebrews 10:23-25
During this singular time, we are discovering a wealth of gifts, talents and passions for ministry in our diocesan community, as well as the technology to unleash them. We are also discovering what strength we find in each other when we reach beyond our walls to connect.
Here are a wide range of online gathering opportunities for those who want to share celebrations, challenges and resources around particular ministry areas. To register, click on the listing for your area(s) of interest, then come join others across our diocese to explore and connect!! Adult Formation– Mondays at 7:30 PM; online formation for adults; Bonnie Bivins, Chairperson, Diocesan Lifelong Christian Formation Committee, Convener
Anxiety Response– Tuesdays at 2:30 PM; spiritual support for those responding to the increased level of anxiety in our communities and congregations; Rev. Greg Wilson, Convener
Children’s Formation – Saturdays at 10:00 AM; Sunday School and online formation for children; Anne Delgado, Diocesan Lifelong Christian Formation Committee, Convener
Congregational Coaching– Saturdays at 1:00 PM; explore the incredible benefits and energy unleashed through congregational coaching; Rev. Amy Cornell, Lead Diocesan Coaching Coordinator, Convener
Communications – Tuesdays at 2:00 PM; for those responsible for congregational, diocesan, or ministerial communications; Canon Steve Welch, Diocesan Director of Communications, Convener
Financial Resources– Mondays at 10:00 AM; promoting and developing congregational financial sustainability; Canon Phyllis Jones, Diocesan COO/CFO, Convener
Health Care Providers/First Responders – Mondays at 4:00 PM; spiritual support for health care providers, first responders, their families and those who care for them; Rev. Greg Wilson, Convener
Hispanic Ministry/Community Support– Tuesdays at 11:00 AM; specifically for those engaged in ministry to and with our Hispanic brothers and sisters in Christ; Rev. Canon Ramon Ubiera, Diocesan Hispanic Missioner, Convener (en Español, con traducción)
Online Worship- Tuesdays at 10:00 AM; planning, hosting, and/or participating in online worship services; Canon Steve Welch, Diocesan Director of Communications, Convener
Outreach Ministries– Fridays at 4:00 PM; sustaining and growing congregational outreach ministries; Canon Clara Gregory, Diocesan Jubilee Ministries Officer, Convener
Youth Ministry– Sundays at 3:00 PM; for those engaged in ministry to youth in grades 6-12; Clare Gutwein and Joe Rodriguez, Diocesan Youth Conveners
Reflect, Refresh, Recharge with Our Bishop!
Clergy Townhall - Thursdays at 11:00 AM; Clergyonly spend time with Bishop Stokes and each other to share information, raise concerns, and ask questions
Lay Leaders Townhall– Thursdays at 7:00 PM;Lay people only spend time with Bishop Stokes to share information, raise concerns, and ask questions
Bible Study with Bishop Stokes—Wednesdays at 7:00 PM: Bishop Stokes hosts a discussion on the coming Sunday’s gospel reading, open to all New Diocese Web Site Answers Your Questions
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the diocese has created a new web site of news, information, and resources to help you, your congregation, and your family get through these difficult times.
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Here in New Jersey, 155 blood drives have been canceled, resulting in 5,467 fewer blood donations, and these numbers are growing rapidly.
The Red Cross has many additional safety precautions in place to protect blood donors and their staff/volunteers that can be discussed with any prospective site. They are changing as the clinical information changes.
If you have space available to host a blood drive in your community, please reach out to the Red Cross. You can do this by going to redcrossblood.org/host or emailing Emily Ho at Emily.Ho@redcross.org (for Monmouth County and everything north) or Michell Woldoff at firstname.lastname@example.org (for Burlington County and everything south). Quickies Managing Anxiety: A free webinar from Chuch Pension Group this Friday at 4:00 will strategies for staying informed, coping with stress, and finding emotional support if you need it. Register Now. Subscribe to Diocesan Communications There's a lot happening right now. Make sure you always hear the news from the Diocese of New Jersey. Update your email preferences or add your address now. You can also choose a language preference of English or Spanish. Formation at Home Resources: The new COVID-19 web site from the diocese features many tools to help you and your family develop your faith even when you can't be in church. Featured resources include Diocesan Sunday School,The Bible Project,Lent in a Box, and the "What is Lent?" video series from the Diocese of New Jersey. Are you streaming worship services while you can't meet in church? Do you want to include music and stay legal? One License is offering free streaming licenses to churches through April 15 to help during the crisis. See their web site for more info. Live Stream Worship and Bible Study this Week Find the most recent list on our web siteKnow about a New Jersey church offering online worship? Let us know!