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the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, welcome to the website of the
Diocese of New Jersey, the Episcopal Church in the lower two-thirds of
the State of New Jersey.
glad you stopped by and hope you find what you're looking for.
find current information and events just below.
the latest Hurricane Sandy information, with links and resources, click here.
you help your brothers and sisters in the Diocese of New Jersey who
have been affected by Sandy? To donate securely online, click here.
Returns to St. Elisabeth's
workshops & more!
have a Bishop-elect!
Elisabeth's Chapel-By-the-Sea in Ortley Beach has
been a part of the Diocese of New Jersey since the late 19th
century. Originally a summer chapel, it has been holding
services year round for the least seven years.
While their small chapel was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, the
congregation has strived to remain a "beacon of hope" according to its
senior warden, Dennis Bellars.
On May 26, 2013, seventy-four people filled their newly rebuilt
Fellowship Hall in a
standing-room only Eucharist - the first of any sort since the storm.
The Rev. Charles Sakin, a supply priest beloved by the congregation who
has served at St.
Elisabeth for over 22 summers, celebrated the emotion filled Eucharist.
St. Elisabeth's member Mark Case, who served as chair of the committee
to rebuild, spent part of every day at the site making sure that the
work was being done in a timely fashion and to his satisfaction. Other
members of the congregation also volunteered their time and energy to
help prepare Fellowship Hall for holding services this summer. The
success of Chase and the other volunteers was surely felt by all those
While the congregation is now working towards rebuilding the church,
St. Elisabeth's is back open for worship.
summer is often a time to slow down, there are
still plenty of opportunities in the Diocese.
Youth Summer Mission Trip
Saturday, August 25th-August 30th
For: Youth (grades 9-12)
Cost: $300 (includes housing at Ocean Grove Retreat Center)
Join our with youth from our diocese and the Diocese of Long Island to
learn about the
challenges facing local residents and community agencies by working to
help home owners, pack food, or support general cleanup efforts. The
application deadline to register is August
Canon Debi Clarke (877-394-5281 x36).
MDG Grant Deadline Extended to June 30th
The Grant Program encourages local parishes and other Episcopal
organizations to support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Up to
$500 per project is available to match funds raised by
an applicant who decides which partner organization to
more information and application.
Poor with Us"
July 20th 10am-3pm
St. Matthew's, Pennington
donation: $20 includes materials.
workshop will provide resources and
training to assist in making conversations about poverty
meaningful and inspire us to action.
Reverend Canon William (“Chip”) Hallock Stokes, age
56, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Delray Beach, Florida, was
elected on the fifth ballot as twelfth bishop of the Diocese of New
Jersey on May 4, 2013 at the special convention at Trinity Cathedral in
the canons of the Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops and
diocesan standing committees must consent to the
bishop-elect’s ordination as bishop within 120 days of
receiving notice of the election.
The ordination and consecration is scheduled for November 2 at Trinity
Cathedral in Trenton.
Rev. Canon William
'Chip' Hallock Stokes
bishop-elect Stoke's self-introduction
video on YouTube.
For a statement
by Canon Stokes when he heard the
results of the election
For Media Coverage about the Bishop's election, click
Ministry with Older Adults
updates and the latest information, see
help related to Sandy, questions about donations, or any
disaster -related question within the Diocese of New Jersey, contact
Keith Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 609 394-8521 X 35.
To find volunteer opportunities for
Sandy relief and recovery with the Episcopal Church go to relief.episcopalny.org
a look at what happened in the Diocese of New Jersey in the week
following the storm, see our
— 'After Sandy' — that portrays some of the
devastation, resilience, and hope in the Diocese of New Jersey. You can
also print out a
June insert from ERD for bulletins.
here for a Google map that shows
the location of all the diocesan resource centers found around the
diocese. Click on a location that you're interested in and the contact
information will appear.
Or download a text
list of the resource centers and
No offer of help is too small!
scarcity is a bigger problem than ever as human population numbers
continue to swell, putting additional stress on already fragile food
production and distribution systems. And it’s not just happening in
faraway places: A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
found that the number of U.S. homes “lacking food security” rose from
4.7 million to 6.7 million in just the last five years. Scheer,
How can we help? Learn to take an empty space and
cultivate it into an
area that can produce fresh organic produce, stretch food budgets while
teaching habits of healthier food consumption to our families,
parishioners and food pantry guest.
June 22, 2013
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Trinity Cathedral –Trenton
No cost to attend. Open to ALL.
Register by contacting Sarah Paige.
Clara Gregory, Diocesan Jubilee Officer, Master Gardner Jim
Simon, Urban Agriculture Program Manager for Isles, Inc., and Master
Gardener Canon Terry Cooper.
This hands-on workshop will illustrate elements of successful
faith-based gardening while providing us with the knowledge to teach
others a sustainable skill. We will learn how to:
Founded in 1981, Isles, Inc. is a Trenton, NJ based community
development and environmental organization with a mission to foster
self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities.
- Evaluate a potential site;
- Learn about soil testing;
- Discuss in-ground vs. container or raised bed
- Learn the steps to construct a raised bed;
- Develop a seasonal planting plan; and,
- Take a tour of a community garden in Trenton.
New Comittee Explores Ministry Older Adults
than one in three Episcopalians is over the age of 65, and another 41%
of Episcopalians are between the ages of 45 to 64. That means three of
every four members of the Episcopal Church are age 45 or older. In
terms of economic stressors alone (retirement age, technology gaps,
social services, Social Security, and Medicare), the impact of this
demographic group on local congregations is profound.”
The Committeee on Ministry to Older Adults has set out to answer these
• How do we recognize, honor, and utilize the experience, wisdom, and
gifts of "older" adults?
• How do we develop ministries that integrate and weave multiple
generations together spiritually?
• How do we cultivate Christ’s message of hope and service for older
adults, families, and their caregivers?
• How do we examine, explore, and create innovative and contemporary
liturgical, spiritual, and service ministries by, with, and for all
generations in the Body of Christ?”
Join us on for an Evensong on September
28, 2013 at 3:00 pm in Trinity
Cathedral to honor nominees
submitted by congregations for exemplary work done during their years
For more information about the committee and the work they are doing,
contact either of the co-chairs The Rev. Jane Brady or The Rev. Jayne Oasin.