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Presiding Bishop’s celebrates with the people of Saint Mary’s, Falmouth, on their 125th anniversary


Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori engages in conversation with Matt Bear-Fowler, a member of St. Matthew’s, Hallowell

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, visited the Diocese of Maine over the weekend. On Saturday about 165 people from across the diocese gathered at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland for her talk about “Change and the Church” and to engage in a town hall-style question and answer session.

For an hour Bishop Jefferts Schori fielded questions about a wide range of issues such as youth engagement with the church, the Cursillo movement, ministry in Haiti, the importance of telling our faith stories, and inclusion of people with disabilities.

Also included in the day was a short worship service to give thanks for her ministry as presiding bishop as her nine-year term comes to an end in November 2015. A new presiding bishop will be elected on June 27 at the upcoming General Convention in Salt Lake City. The nominees for that election will be announced by Episcopal News Service on Friday, May 1.

Click here for a photo album of her visit to Maine.


Bishop Stephen Lane and Bishop Jefferts Schori begin to process at Saint Mary’s, Falmouth

On Sunday, Bishop Jefferts Schori joined Maine Bishop Stephen Lane, the Rev. Nathan Ferrell, rector of Saint Mary’s, Falmouth, and the people of Saint Mary’s for a worship service to mark the church’s 125th anniversary. Bishop Jefferts Schori preached and presided. In her sermon she make us of the day’s designation as Good Shepherd Sunday:

The sheep in this fold have all been called to help shepherd others. We all have one Good Shepherd, who asks us to come and follow, to seek the lost and serve the least. There will always be more sheep of other folds to discover, meet, befriend, feed, and heal. Sometimes that lost sheep is you or me. When we’re feeling lost, who brings us home again? It’s usually a friend or a loved one, who knows our name and says, come on, come in, come home, you are well loved, treasured, God’s own beloved.

17101727088_3beafffd72_zThe text of her sermon is available here.

After the worship serve Bishop Jefferts Schori gathered with members for another full hour of questions and answers.

Additional photos and video of her visit will be available soon.

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Super affordable Godly Play training comes to Maine

GodlyPlayLogoNewJoin people from churches all over our diocese for a weekend of exploring spirituality of children at Godly Play training on June 27-29.  It will also be a spiritual experience for you!

A large, one-time grant from the diocesan New Initiatives Fund enables us to have three nationally-known trainers and to reduce the usual $295 fee down to $50 per person.  The three-day training will be located at the church of St. Mary in Falmouth on Friday June 27 from 3:00p – 9:00p, Saturday June 28 from 8:00a to 5:00p and Sunday June 29 from 9:00a to 5:00p.

Register before June 5 for the $50 rate. Here are the registration sites for Core Training and for Advanced Training. (These sites also have more detailed information.)

If you would like childcare, contact Jenn Davidson  (from St. George’s) before June 5.  To arrange for housing or to offer housing, contact Emily Keniston (from St. Ann’s) before June 5. To borrow books, contact Canon Jane Hartwell.

We’re offering this training because although there are lots of things you can learn from a lecture, Godly Play is best learned from the inside out.  You will experience and learn to tell biblical stories in a collegial, prayerful setting.  Godly Play Foundation’s talented trainers will deepen your understanding of children’s spirituality while guiding you on a personal journey of wonder.  By exploring the fundamental foundations of a Godly Play class with us, you will improve your teaching skills, learn how to build a classroom of your own and leave spiritually refreshed.

Are you wondering about Godly Play?  Godly Play is probably one of the best programs that a church can offer for children ages 3-10.  It is used in churches all over our diocese.

Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture.  The curriculum provides the stories and language for children to explore and articulate their experiences of God, and to become part of a worshiping community. It’s Montessori-based and is used in Sunday schools, homes for the elderly and churches.  Godly Play invites listeners into biblical and sacramental stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience.  It uses symbols and objects as well as words.  Godly Play invites kids and adults into a larger dimension of relationship with God through wondering questions and open-ended response time.

If you have questions, contact Emily Keniston, Chairperson of Maine Episcopal Christian Ed Collaboration.

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