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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Come “Down to the River to Pray”!

The Creation Care Commission of the Diocese of Georgia will hold three half-day “floating retreats” this spring! The first “Down to the River to Pray” event will be on Cathead Creek near Darien on Saturday, March 18, 1-5 p.m. Cost is $35 per person and the paddle will last two to three hours, winding through woods to Buffalo Swamp Natural Area and along irrigation canals by abandoned rice fields. Along the way, the group will stop for spiritual reflection and prayer. Equipment will be provided by a local outfitter who will also guide the trip. Some prior experience with paddling is recommended. An optional Eucharist and potluck supper will be held at St. Cyprian’s afterwards. Click here for more information and to register.
Details will be forthcoming on two more Down to the River to Pray events to be held this spring on the Little River (near Valdosta) in April and Ebenezer Creek (near Savannah) in May.

The Diocese of Georgia is offering two trainings at four locations beginning March 12. Canon Katie Willoughby and Canon Frank Logue will lead Church Admin 101, a workshop for vestry and administrators which will go over the basics of the vestry and parish oversight of finances. This is intended for all wardens, vestry members, treasurers, and parish administrators.

Concurrently, Diocesan Director of Communications, Anna Iredale, will meet with parish communicators for a roundtable discussion on all aspects of parish communications: social media, publicity and publications.

There is no charge for these events but registration is requested.

Trainings will be held at:
St. Patrick’s, Albany on Sunday, March 12 from 2 to 5 PM. Register here.
St. Michael and All Angels, Savannah, Sunday, March 26 from 2 to 5 PM. Register here.
Grace Church, Waycross, Sunday, April 23 from 2 to 5 PM. Register here.
Our Savior, Martinez, Sunday, May 14 from 2 to 5 PM. Register here.


Feedback on Changes to Canons Sought

When Diocesan Council met on February 3rd, they endorsed changes to the Canons of the Diocese following a year of discussion. Now Council seeks the input of the parishioners and clergy of the Diocese of Georgia into these changes.

For more than a decade the Diocese of Georgia has rarely used a provision written in our canons that grants the Bishop authority to move parishes who can no longer meet the obligations of a “parish” to “mission” status. Over time, this has created confusion defining which congregations are “missions” and which are “parishes.” The differences are about more than mere terminology: this affects both representation to Diocesan Convention and the amount of oversight provided by the Diocese.

The proposed changes, would if passed:
* reduce unnecessary oversight for more than one third of the congregations,
* acknowledge several of our small congregations as full members of the Diocese,
* result in a representative Diocesan Convention, and
* add an extra level of assurance that endowed funds in all parishes are managed with sound investment practices.

For more information about the proposed changes, please go here for an Executive Summary of the proposed changes, the full canons with the proposed changes shown in color, and a chart showing the current delegates to convention compared to the proposed representation.

The proposed changes are out for comment from now through May 11. A brief survey to collect responses to the canonical revisions can be found here. Diocesan Council will consider the feedback at its May 12 meeting and will amend the proposed changes as needed.

The proposed changes as revised at that May meeting will then go to the Committee on Constitution and Canons for their review. The proposed changes as approved by that committee will then go out to the diocese via email to clergy and Senior Wardens as well as notice in From the Field.

The proposed changes will be on the agenda for the November diocesan convention. If approved, the canonical changes will be in effect immediately.

If the changes are voted and approved during convention, then two key changes go into effect with the language related to mission to parish status go into immediate effect, but the proportional representation delegations to convention will require a second vote at convention in 2018 and go into effect in 2019.


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