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A full listing Fall 2015 Ministry Institute events is now available!
The next month of events is below!

September 26

Trinity Church, Princeton

September 26
Evensong: Honoring the Witness, Faithfulness, and
Contributions of Older Adults in Our Diocese
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

October 3
Parish Leadership Day
Grace-St. Paul’s, Mercerville

October 3
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
Church of the Holy Spirit, Lebanon

October 3
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
St. John’s, Somerville

October 4
Sermon: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
St. John’s, Somerville

October 9-12 – Youth
Camp Crossroads, Port Murray

October 10
Christ Church, Toms River

October 10 & 17
Workshop: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
Christ Church, New Brunswick
Mercer Oaks, West Windsor
October 15-17
Undoing Racism: Help Us Build the Beloved Community
St. Augustine’s Atlantic City
October 17
Workshop: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
Christ Church, New Brunswick

October 17
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
All Saints’, Navesink
October 21
Adults Who Work with Youth
Diocesan House, Trenton
October 24
Deacon’s Day
Grace-St. Paul’s, Mercerville

October 24
Trinity Church, Princeton
October 24
St. Barnards, Bernardsville
October 25
Trinity Cathedral

October 31

Stir Up the Spirit: Episcopal Church Women Present The Episcopal Activism Fair
Trinity Cathedral

November 2-4
Clergy Conference

Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
What did you go out to see?  A man dressed in fine clothes?  Matthew 11:8
As I write, there is great excitement across the country about the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. For months we have all been warned about the crowds that will descend upon Washington, New York and Philadelphia this weekend, especially for the papal mass on Sunday. Pope Francis has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people – Roman Catholic and non-Roman Catholic alike – around the world. The Roman Catholic Church and, perhaps, Christianity in general hopes this will spark growth and renewal in the Church.
There is even a phrase for it all: “the Francis effect.” What is it is about? What are people going out to see?
I can’t help thinking of images of Francis that have impressed themselves upon us: The former Cardinal of Argentina who used to ride the bus to work. The newly elected Pope who took the name of the most gentle and beloved Saint of the Church, Francis of Assisi (and, as a Jesuit, received a double blessing in honoring St. Francis Xavier as well). His insistence on simple vestments. He charmed the world by personally going to the front desk of the hotel where he had been staying during the Papal enclave to pay his own bill. He visited an Italian women’s prison on the Maundy Thursday after his election and washed the feet of inmates, one of them a Serbian Muslim. Who was not moved when he embraced and kissed a young man with cerebral palsy as he greeted the crowds on that first Easter Day as Pope? He chose to live in modest guest quarters at the Vatican instead of living in the grander Papal apartment (He also got on the case of Cardinals around the world who were living in palatial residences!)
More than anything, it is Pope Francis’s determination to be among the people, his compassion for the poor, his prophetic voice speaking out about the brutal inequalities of the world and about the damage we are doing to the environment that draw so many to him. What are people going out to see? I believe what people see in Francis is an icon of Jesus, a man infused with the love of God in Jesus Christ. What is most attractive about Francis is that which most reminds us of Jesus.
To be sure, we Episcopalians have significant differences with Francis and the Roman Catholic Church over a variety of questions: We differ over authority and governance in the Church; the role of women and LGBT, especially with respect to ordination; over divorce and remarriage and many other issues. On the other hand, there are many, many places where we can find, and have found, common cause: care for the poor and marginalized,  deep concern about climate change and the environment; an urgent desire for justice.
Moreover, whether or not we accept the Pope’s ecclesiastical authority, he is, in fact, a symbol of Christianity in a way that no other figure is for any other world religion. In an increasingly unchurched society, many people are making judgments about all of Christianity based on what they see in Pope Francis. Therefore, all Christians should pray for Pope Francis to be a good and loving Pope, one in whom we will always see an image of Jesus. Oh, and by the way, according to our own Baptismal Covenant and theology, our prayer should be that people see the image of Jesus in each of us as well.
This week, I ask all the people and congregations of the Diocese of New Jersey to pray for Francis and to pray for the Church Universal of which we are all a part.
Blessings and peace in Christ,
The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey

Equipping all God’s servants


All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This year’s event will be hosted by

Grace-St. Paul’s Church

3715 E. State St. Ext., Hamilton, NJ 08619

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 Program Fee:  $10

Lunch may be ordered during registration process

for an additional fee of $10

Register Here

 Adaptive Leadership in Our New Environment

Presenter:  Craig Van Gelder, PhD

We are all aware of the massive social and cultural changes that have taken place during the last half century, most of which have deeply impacted the church. This workshop provides perspective on this new environment we find ourselves in, and how we reached this point.

This workshop then provides a way forward by learning how to engage in what is known as “adaptive change.” This type of change helps to answer the question, “What do we do when we no longer know what to do?” Practical tools are offered for engaging in adaptive change through designing and conducting experiments which help us to “behave our way into new thinking” as we are led by the Spirit of God into uncharted waters.    

About Craig Van Gelder
Emeritus Professor of Congregational Mission, Luther Seminary and Consultant, The Missional Network Van Gelder holds a MDiv (1978), a Ph.D. in Missiology (1982) and a Ph.D. in Administration in Urban Affairs (1985). He served as Professor of Congregational Mission at Luther Seminary from 1998-2014, preceded by 10 years as Professor of Domestic Missiology at Calvin Seminary. This discipline utilizes biblical and theological frameworks in developing a missional approach for helping congregations in the U.S. engage changing contexts while pursuing adaptive change and transformation. Initially ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), his ordination currently resides with the Christian Reformed Church.


Now retired from full-time teaching, Van Gelder continues to consult with churches in helping them participate more fully in God’s mission in the world. His most recent book was co-authored with Dwight Zscheile, The Missional Church in Perspective (2011); is the author ofThe Essence of the Church (2000) and The Ministry of the Missional Church (2007); co-authored with Rick Rouse A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation (2008); and has served as editor of and contributor to numerous other volumes.


IMG_3596Today was a wonderfully eventful day at Holy Trinity.

We started with youth Sunday and the celebration of the graduation of 5 of our EYC seniors.

Special recognition was given to a number of HT members by Father Greg for the special ministries they run and their tireless efforts on behalf of Holy Trinity.

In addition, he gave special thanks to members of the Hooks and Needles ministry for their dedication and special contribution of the beautiful blankets and other items they create.

We culminated with our annual Parish Picnic where the men of Holy Trinity prepared a wonderful array of burgers, hot dogs, curly fries and more!

The kids enjoyed the games, the face painting and especially the water balloons.

Even Father Greg was attacked by our youthful hooligans and their water balloons and had his face painted to feature an especially lovely uni-brow!

It was all in good fun and Father Greg was a great sport about getting soaked to the skin and having his facial features “artistically enhanced”.

A great time was had by all!

To view more images, click here or on the image to the right.

ParishPicnicPlease join us for the 2015 Parish Picnic to be held this Sunday June 14th immediately after the 9 a.m. service.

And don’t forget to invite your friends!

Remember that there is only 1 Sunday service at 9:00 a.m. during the Summer Months.

Click the image to see the flyer.

Dear Holy Trinity Family:

It is with enormous sadness that we share the news of the passing of a member of our Holy Trinity Family.

Bill Hawksby passed away on Monday evening at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge.

Funeral details are pending and will be announced as soon as they are complete.

Please let us hold the Hawskby family in our prayers.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon him.





Planning Meeting:

Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Trinity Church
505 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

The Battle for Justice is an exciting

partnership between the Diocesan Jubilee Office and The Battle Against Hunger Organization.


The 2014 Battle for Justice offered congregations and Jubilee Centers the opportunity to raise funds, raise awareness and build relationships to help fight hunger and its causes in their communities.  It was a huge success, raising over $100,000.  Congregations and Jubilee Centers participated by sponsoring riders and forming walking groups.


This year we plan to build upon this success by adding a “virtual running team.”



If you are interested in joining the “Battle For Justice, please join us at our planning meeting on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Trinity Church, 505 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712


Please email Clara Gregory,

Diocesan Jubilee Officer


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