God’s Kingdom Surrounds Us – Let’s Take It to the Streets

SONY DSCDelegates, clergy, and guests will at Point Lookout in Northport on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, for the 194th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.

Below you’ll find links for everything you’ll need: lodging info, registration, meal purchase, display sign-up, pre-convention hearing info, the convention playlist, youth delegate applications, delegate certificate for churches.

Download the convention booklet here. Hard copies of booklets will be distributed early next week to all churches and by mail to canonically resident clergy (retired and extra-parochial).

Help! Almost half of our congregations have yet to submit their delegate certificate to the diocesan office. That’s information we need to compile a delegate list for convention registration. You can download the fillable pdf here. If you want to find out if your congregation has sent it in, this is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to and welcome our delightful new staff assistant, Teresa Pinney at 772-1953 x135. SONY DSC

Three lodging options for Convention:

 – Reserve a cabins at Point Lookout (reservation deadline: September 24)
– St. Margaret’s, Belfast, offers a Bed and Breakfast service
– Other options for places to stay near Point Lookout

Let us know you’re coming – Whether you are a delegate, alternate, clergy member, volunteer, guest, workshop leader, or exhibitor, this quick sign-up will help us to plan for the complimentary breakfasts, coffee breaks, worship booklets and other materials.

SONY DSCPre-purchase lunches and Friday dinner – It’s easy to purchase meals for convention – for you or for you whole delegation – with our new online program, Eventbrite. Click here for a full description of meals and online purchase. Of you prefer to send a check, here’s a form to complete and mail to the Diocesan office.

Share the story of your ministry or your church with the people of the Diocese of Maine by reserving a display table – Click here to reserve a table.

Attend a regional pre-convention hearing in early October to learn more about the business to come before Convention and elect an area clergy representative to Diocesan Council. Click here for a list of places, dates, and times.

Also, if you prefer to attend our first-ever online pre-convention meeting from the comfort of your home on Thursday, October 10, at 7 p.m., please contact Heidi Shott at hshott@episcopalmaine.org for an email invitation. There are 20 places left for that evening.

New! We may be the first diocese in The Episcopal Church to have a convention playlist to go along with our theme. Listen to the songs ahead of convention on our website or by visiting the Diocese of Maine’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/episcopalmaine.SONY DSC

Send a youth rep to Convention – Do you know someone who is either in high school or a young adult (up to age 20) who would like to learn about diocesan life and contribute by serving at Diocesan Convention? Last October Convention voted to support up to eight young people as “Diocesan Youth Representatives to Convention.”

The congregation and priest should prepare the youth, encourage attendance at the pre-convention hearings and serve as mentors during convention. The youth will sit at your congregation’s table with your delegation. Diocesan Youth Ministries will provide all meals, housing, a morning delegate orientation workshop and mentoring.

How to apply? Send a letter or an email to jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org with: name, address, phone, email, age, grade, congregation and a brief paragraph telling how the applicant is active in their church or the diocese, and why the applicant is interested or would be an asset. The email can come from the young person, priest, or anyone else. Also send a brief supporting email from their priest. Application deadline is September 16(ish). The selection committee will choose up to eight representatives. All applicants will be notified within a week after the deadline.

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