Newcomer Resources

We welcome newcomers to the Episcopal faith at all 144 congregations throughout the Diocese of New Jersey. Please click here to find a church near you.

Many congregations offer classes and workshops for newcomers; times and offerings may vary. Please contact individual parishes for specific offerings.

Our Lifelong Christian Formation page offers many useful resources.

The Baptismal Covenant is the heart of the Episcopal Church’s tradition; click here for more on the Baptismal Covenant, as part of “What We Believe” on the Episcopal Church’s website.

For background on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion (the international body of which it is a part), click here.

The Episcopal Church Welcomes You

We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world. We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church.

Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.