“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 – Promoting and developing congregational financial sustainability; Canon Phyllis Jones, Diocesan COO/CFO, Convener
Frontline Fellowship for First Responders – Tuesdays at 8:00 PM; a peer support group for medical practitioners and first responders working within the COVID-19 pandemic environment. Individuals are encouraged to attend regularly, but can “drop-in” for a session on an intermittent as-needed basis. Rev. Greg Wilson, 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
Pledge & Plate Recovery and Growth Plan – CCS Fundraising training seminars to help congregations adapt their fundraising efforts in response to the COVID-19 crisis
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
Peer-to-Peer Programs for Youth and Those Who Work with Youth:
Join us to discuss your experiences, hopes, and fears for the immediate future. Talk about how you’ve been affected, how you’re adjusting to this “new normal,” what your hope are as we transition in the coming weeks and months, things that worry you, what you are missing and what you are enjoying.
Get Talking/Stay Connected High School Peer-to-Peer Support Meetings – Saturdays at 3:00 PM; for high school students; Alicia Rodriguez, Adult Facilitator; Paige Bathurst, Student Facilitator
Get Talking/Stay Connected Middle School Peer-to-Peer Support Meetings– Saturdays at 3:00 PM; for middle school students; Lori Bathurst, Adult Facilitator; Annika Lippincott, Student Facilitator
Parents’ Peer-to-Peer Support Meetings – Wednesdays at 9:00 PM; for parents of youth; Lori Bathurst, Parent Facilitator, Cynthia Griffin, LPC, Professional/Spiritual Facilitator
Educators to Educators Support Meetings – Mondays at 4:30 PM; for Pre-K through post-secondary educators; Lori Bathurst, Teacher Facilitator, Dr. Wally Fletcher, Professional/Spiritual Facilitator
Reflect, Refresh, Recharge with Our Bishop!
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