Register for Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love


Revival Website Launches
Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love is coming to the Georgia coast this September as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visits the Diocese of Georgia. Find all of the information and register for the event at
www.episcopalrevivalingeorgia2017.org

Deaconess Alexander
The Revival worship will use the propers for Deaconess Anna Alexander of Georgia (1865-1947) and displays, handouts, and a video will tell the story of this Saint of Georgia.

The last General Convention added the Deaconess to the observances in A Great Cloud of Witnesses. The next General Convention will act on a recommendation of the Episcopal Church’s Joint Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to add her feast day of September 24 to Lesser Feasts and Fasts. To find out more about Deaconess Alexander and the process for this saint of Georgia to receive recognition from the whole church, visit our Deaconess Alexander website.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Known for his passionate preaching, the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church embraces his role as the Chief Evangelism Officer for our church. A cradle Episcopalian who well knows we are “God’s Shy People,” he calls us not to go two-by-two with copies of Forward Day by Day in hand, but to fully embrace the love of God as found in Jesus. His preaching is not typical fear-based evangelism that dangles sinners over the flames of Hell, but a compelling call to love God, and love our neighbors as ourselves. This will be an event not to miss. Make sure to invite your co-workers and friends to join you.

Go here to register.

 

Register Now for Evangelism Training!


In advance of the Presiding Bishop’s Revival coming to Honey Creek September 17th, some of the top people in the Episcopal Church who teach how to share our faith are coming to the Diocese of Georgia June 24-25. The same 3-hour workshop will be repeated  on the east and west sides of the Diocese, seeking to offer the workshops within 2 hours of every Episcopalian in the Diocese.

Saturday, June 24 from 1-4 pm
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411
Register here. 
Sunday, June 25 from 1-4 pm
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
2411 Central Ave. N., Tifton, GA 31794
Register here. 

The Team
The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation. Also from the Episcopal Church staff will be Carrie Boren Headington, a Missioner Evangelist, and Jeremy Tackett , Digital Evangelist. They have developed engaging materials to challenge all of us, depending on the gifts God has given us, to respond to a call we all share to spread the Good News of Jesus in a variety of ways.

The training will cover an array of ways, all true to our Episcopal way of being, in which we can share our faith with those we already know both in person and on social media. Think this training isn’t for you? Then you may be exactly who the trainers want to talk to as they provide insights into how people without a gift for evangelism can still listen differently to those they love.

 

Bishop Benhase to Lead Project Resource 2.0 Training

“If Jesus came to visit your church, what would make him say ‘WOW?'” Answering that question gets at the heart of the stewardship training Bishop Benhase will bring to the diocese this fall. As he visits parishes, the bishop will partner with those who attended the Atlanta training in order to extend Project Resource 2.0 training to vestries and laypersons throughout the Diocese. While vestries should become involved in this training, any member of the congregation may also take part in these three-hour sessions.

“The Episcopal Church has designed this training to roll out efficiently to parishes,” said Bishop Benhase, “with print and digital resources that will teach the essentials for all sizes of parishes. After training, each vestry can customize the scope of the program to their own context.”

During the training last week, the Diocese of Georgia doubled the number of Project Resource Trainers. Bishop Scott Benhase; the Rev. Joshua Varner of St. Patrick’s Pooler, the Rev. Lonnie Lacy of St. Anne’s Tifton, and the Rev. Cynthia Taylor of Holy Comforter Martinez and Loretta Brandon, a lay representative from Trinity Statesboro, attended the training at All Saints, Atlanta. The three-day event trained teams representing 15 dioceses across the United States in the art and science of raising money, raising people, and developing planning and communications that support these initiatives.

Project Resource 2.0 is a collaborative project created by the Episcopal Church Foundation, in partnership with The College for Bishops and The Development Office of the Episcopal Church. The aim of Project Resource is to change the culture of resource development in our Church to be more fruitful for God’s mission. This started in the Diocese of Georgia last fall when Bishop Benhase, Canon for Administration Katie Willoughby, Canon to the Ordinary Frank Logue, the Rev. Kelly Steele, and Dade Brantley, Executive Director of Honey Creek, attended the first Project Resource Training.
Those who attended Project Resource 2.0 will join their co-horts in training both rectors and laypersons throughout the Diocese of Georgia in the methods and best practices of stewardship, communications, and parish development.

Once trained, members of parishes have the skills to build money, vision, and people–the three great resources of any church’s mission. Success in carrying out Project Resource 2.0 will require each parish to have both a clear external purpose in its programs and a clear internal vision of its Christian faith. Purpose and vision, combined with increased congregational dialog and communication, will encourage success as Project Resource 2.0 is implemented.

“One of the best questions I heard at Project Resource training is this,” said Loretta Brandon, stewardship chair at Trinity Statesboro. “If Jesus came to visit your church, what would make him say ‘WOW’? Once you can answer that question, you’ll be ready for Project Resource 2.0.”

August 26
Central Convocation
Annuniciation, Vidalia
Sign up here.

September 9
Savannah Convocation
St. George’s Savannah
Sign up here.

October 21
Augusta Convocation
Holy Comforter, Martinez
Sign up here.

October 28
Albany Convocation
St. Paul’s Albany
Sign up here.

 

 

Hometown Missions More Than a Weekend

Hometown Missions, our usual diocesan outreach weekend expands beyond just a weekend this year! Hometown Missions will take place Sunday, June 4 through Wednesday June 7 in Albany, Georgia. Diocesan Youth will come together with adults from the Albany Congregations to offer a Vacation-Bible-School-themed event for the children in the area around St. John’s and St. Mark’s, Albany. This area was one of the hardest hit in the tornados of the winter and spring, and there are very few activities for area children this summer since resources have had to be diverted to the clean-up and rebuilding efforts.
Youth who are currently in Grades 8-12 are encouraged to come to Albany to help work with these children, and to make a difference in their lives! Youth will lead children throughout each day’s activities, will spend parts of each evening preparing for the next day, and of course will take time to play and sing and spend time together!
Youth are asked to arrive in the afternoon on Sunday, June 4, and will need to be picked up on Wednesday, June 7, also in the afternoon. We will be sleeping at St. John’s and St. Mark’s, so youth will need to bring sleeping bags, pillows, and sleeping pads (optional) in addition to their usual packing.
The total cost for this four day event is just $90. Scholarships are available upon request. If you will be seeking a scholarship, please register and pay the deposit only and then contact Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org To register, go here.
 

UTO Spring Ingathering May 21/28

The Spring In-Gathering for the United Thank Offering (UTO) is collected around Ascension each year; in 2017 those Sundays are May 21 and May 28. Please consider prayerfully your donations to UTO this year.  Send in-gatherings by June 15th to Suzanne Harrow 2508 Sheraton Drive, Augusta, GA 30906.
“The Diocese has applied for another grant this year and we are waiting to hear the results of the grant committee,” said Mrs. Harrow. “The Honey Creek grant is going well and the Creation Care Committee is pleased with what has been accomplished to this point.”
 

Canon Frank Logue Nominee for Bishop of East Tennessee

The Diocese of East Tennessee announced today that the Rev. Canon Frank Logue is one of five nominees for their fifth bishop. A Search and Nominating Committee selected the nominees in a lengthy process which began in June, 2016 with listening sessions around the Diocese. This led to the development of a Bishop Search Profile and then receiving names and interviewing potential nominees to arrive at this slate.

“None of us are surprised that the Diocese of East Tennessee has selected Frank to be a candidate for their next bishop,” said Bishop Scott Anson Benhase. “He is both gifted and enormously qualified for that office. We will all pray for their mutual discernment in the election on July 28.”

Logue has served as the Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Georgia since 2010. He previously served as the founding rector of King of Peace, Kingsland and served that parish ten years. Logue also serves the broader church as a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.

The Diocese of East Tennessee comprises 34 counties in the state of Tennessee and three counties in North Georgia, with the Cumberland Plateau as the western border. Within this area are 51 congregations, including 45 parishes, three college chaplaincies, and three worshiping communities.

From July 10-14, the Diocese of East Tennessee will hold what are called walkabouts, a series of gatherings in which the people of the diocese meet the nominees. The election for the fifth Bishop of East Tennessee will take place at the Cathedral of St. John in Knoxville on July 28. The bishop-elect will be consecrated December 2, 2017.

Register Now for Camp at Honey Creek!

School is almost out, which means Honey Creek Summer Camp is coming up fast. Go to honeycreek.org/camps to register for one or more of the camp sessions.

For 89 years the diocese has been hosting summer camp, with the first sessions at Camp Reese on St. Simons Island. Since 1960, Honey Creek has been a place where campers have come to connect with God, develop lifelong friendships, explore nature, and just be together. Our days are full with actions- swimming and rope course- singing and worshiping- group games- and more. Clergy and lay youth leaders work at each camp sessions to spend time with campers and offer a program time giving a chance to explore faith in the setting of a week-long camp.

Tuition for each session is $440. The required deposit of $75 is applied to the total camp tuition. Tuition covers room and board, special activities, art supplies, camp photo and camp t-shirt. Scholarships are available from both congregations and Episcopal Youth and Children Services to defray the costs of participating in camp. For kids active in the churches, cost should never be a barrier to taking part in Honey Creek Summer Camp.

The Parent & Child sessions run during the Camp St. Joseph & Mary sessions (Sunday through Tuesday). They serve as an introduction to camp culture for both the parent and the child (K-2). Parent and child are invited to participate fully in all camp activities as much (or as little) as they are comfortable.

“My daughter did not want to leave.
She keeps asking when can I go back to camp.
We will see you next year.”
-Jessica, parent

High School Camp
June 11-17
Completed Grades 9-12

Camp St. Peter I
June 18-24
Completed Grades 6-8

Camp St. Joseph and Mary I
June 25-July 1
Completed Grades 3-5

Parent & Child Session I
June 25-27
Child completed Grades K-2 Camp St. Peter II
July 9-15
Completed Grades 6-8

Camp St. Joseph and Mary II
July 16-22
Completed Grades 3-5

Parent & Child Session II
July 16-18
Child completed Grades K-2

 

Register for Evangelism Training June 24-25

In advance of the Presiding Bishop’s Revival coming to Honey Creek September 17th, some of the top people in the Episcopal Church who teach how to share our faith are coming to the Diocese of Georgia June 24-25. The same 3-hour workshop will be repeated  on the east and west sides of the Diocese, seeking to offer the workshops within 2 hours of every Episcopalian in the Diocese.

Saturday, June 24 from 1-4 pm
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411
Register here. 
Sunday, June 25 from 1-4 pm
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
2411 Central Ave. N., Tifton, GA 31794
Register here. 

The Team
The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation. Also from the Episcopal Church staff will be Carrie Boren Headington, a Missioner Evangelist, and Jeremy Tackett , Digital Evangelist. They have developed engaging materials to challenge all of us, depending on the gifts God has given us, to respond to a call we all share to spread the Good News of Jesus in a variety of ways.

The training will cover an array of ways, all true to our Episcopal way of being, in which we can share our faith with those we already know both in person and on social media. Think this training isn’t for you? Then you may be exactly who the trainers want to talk to as they provide insights into how people without a gift for evangelism can still listen differently to those they love.

 

Register for the Spring Clergy Conference

The Spring Clergy Conference starts April 30 at 5 pm at Honey Creek. That evening, the Bishop will host a conversation with clergy and give updates on the diocese. The coach training will take place Monday and Tuesday and then on Tuesday after lunch, the Church Pension Group will be at Honey Creek to brief clergy on changes to the pension fund. The conference will conclude at 3 pm on Tuesday, May 2. To register online, click here:

Register for Spring Clergy Conference

 

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