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NJ School for Ministry Invites Community to Daily Prayer and Discussion

Contributed by: The Rev. Genevieve Bishop, Director of the NJ School for Mnistry

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school for ministry logoSomething extraordinary happened in our diocese as we made our way through the pandemic!  In many places, small groups of the faithful came together online across parishes and missions to pray and to reflect together on the scriptures.   Through these inter-parochial gatherings, we gained a new awareness of ourselves as God’s people, beyond the limitations of our local church communities. This outside-the-parish box is truly wonderful!

Our Diocesan School for Ministry is at the heart of one of these ongoing God’s-people-beyond-the-bounds-of-our-local-parish experiences.  The school has been building an online community of prayer and study.   Every weekday at 10:00 a.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., students gather with other faithful followers of the Lord Jesus for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. We include group discussion of the scripture readings, and we include three pieces of worship music, ranging from traditional to Taize chants to contemporary in style.   This online community welcomes all.  Join us for one service—or for a day—or for a week—or for a while.  Bring an open heart and the needs of those you love.  We will welcome you and will lift your concerns in prayer along with the needs of the church, and the needs of the world.

Submit this quick form to receive emailed worship bulletins and the links to join services. It’s an awesome way to grow in faith and community through regular prayer and scripture discussion.

P.S.:  If you haven’t yet heard of the School for Ministry yet… please check it out!

Our diocese started the NJ School for Ministry two years ago to help prepare individuals for both lay and ordained ministry. Last year, it merged with the existing School for Deacons. School for Deacon students completed their final year and a half of training in the School for Ministry, and the first six graduates will be ordained to the vocational diaconate on Aug. 21.  Whether you are drawn to lay or ordained ministry, you are welcome to journey with us.