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Latest Update from Bishop Stokes

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Current information offered by public health authorities at both the State and Federal level makes clear that we have not yet seen the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak and that the threat of spreading this pandemic remains very real and will remain so for at least several more weeks, perhaps even months.
In light of all of this, I order the following:
  • That there be no public worship or other public gatherings in Church buildings or other properties of the Diocese of New Jersey until the public health crisis is ended.
  • That there be no church gatherings sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey or any of its congregations involving more than 10 people for any purpose in or on church property or anywhere else.

I am stipulating this to preclude organizing indoor or outdoor public worship events including for Holy Week and Easter because of the inherent risk of exposing persons to the virus unnecessarily.

This directive remains in effect for an indefinite period. It will be evaluated on a regular basis, but will not be reconsidered any sooner than May 1, 2020.

Read additional information here.

Última Actualización  de Obispo Stokes

La información actual ofrecida por las autoridades de salud pública a nivel estatal y federal deja en claro que aún no hemos visto el pico del brote de COVID-19 y que la amenaza de propagar esta pandemia sigue siendo muy real y lo seguirá siendo durante al menos varios más. semanas, tal vez incluso meses.

A la luz de todo esto, ordeno lo siguiente:

  • Que no haya culto público u otras reuniones públicas en los edificios de la Iglesia u otras propiedades de la Diócesis de Nueva Jersey hasta que finalice la crisis de salud pública.
  • Que no haya reuniones de la iglesia patrocinadas por la Diócesis Episcopal de Nueva Jersey o cualquiera de sus congregaciones que involucren a más de 10 personas para cualquier propósito en o dentro de la propiedad de la iglesia o en cualquier otro lugar.

Estoy estipulando esto para evitar la organización de eventos de adoración pública en interiores o exteriores, incluso para la Semana Santa y Pascua, debido al riesgo inherente de exponer innecesariamente a las personas al virus.

Esta directiva permanece vigente por un período indefinido. Se evaluará periódicamente, pero no se reconsiderará antes del 1 de mayo de 2020.

Lea información adicional aqui.

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“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
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Clergy Townhall – Thursdays at 11:00 AM; Clergy only 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