SATURDAY MARCH 11, 2017, 9:30 AM TO 3:00 PM
Exploring the Practical Steps to Sermon Preparation and Preaching for Layreaders with Bishop Bill Hockin
During this very informative day Bishop Hockin will help you explore and interpret a Gospel story for the purpose of preparing and delivering the message.
LOCATION: St. John the Evangelist, 75 Main St, Fredericton
A free will offering for coffee and lunch is appreciated.
Register online here
SATURDAY MARCH 25, 2017, 9:30 AM TO 3:00 PM
The Lord’s Prayer facilitated by Cleo Cyr, Diocesan Warden of Layreaders using Bishop Bill Hockin’s study video series.
In these videos Bishop Bill will take us on a journey of looking at the Lord’s Prayer through the themes of Meeting a Gracious God; Fixing a Broken World; Satisfying the Hungry Heart; Healing a Wounded Family; and Facing Our Worst Fears.
LOCATION: Church of the Good Shepherd, 8722 Main St., Florenceville-Bristol
SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2017, 9:00 AM TO 12:3O PM
Basic Guidelines for Developing Intercessory Prayers of the People with the Rev. David Peer
The session will explain how to develop and present meaningful intercessory prayer and provide an overview of resources available.
LOCATION: Trinity Church, 853 Main St, Sussex
A free will offering for refreshments is appreciated. Lunch is not provided.
Register online here
TELECONFERENCE OPTION:: If you are not able to attend in person you may attend by teleconference. When you register online simply check that you wish to attend by teleconference. There is a fee of $10.00 payable to Diocesan Synod of Fredericton for each site calling in whether there is only one person or a group of people at that site.
Stepping into Evangelism: Together workshops
Stepping into Evangelism: Together offers an interactive approach for followers of Jesus Christ to learn and see how they can easily share their faith with those around them. Based on the workbook of the same name, this seminar will move you from wanting to see people know Jesus, to being an active participant in God’s overall plan. Workshops will be led by Bishop David Edwards and Shawn Branch, National Director of Threshold Ministries.
Dates and locations:
- March 25, 2017 – Miramichi (St. Mary’s)
- April 1, 2017 – Fredericton (Christ Church Parish Church)
- April 8, 2017 – Saint John (Stone)
- May 6, 2017 – Moncton (St. Philip)
LAYREADERS’ DAY WITH THE BISHOP – SATURDAY MAY 13, 2017, 9 AM TO 4 PM
The date is fast approaching for the annual Layreaders’ Day with the Bishop! This year the event is being held Saturday, May 13, from 9 am to 4 pm at St. John the Baptist Church, 28 Woolridge Street, Riverview, and will provide a wonderful opportunity to interact with Bishop David.
The day will include updates of the layreader training program and two exciting sessions relating to ‘Gospel Culture’ given by the bishop. Breaks and lunch will be provided. A free will offering is greatly appreciated.
Please pre-register for this event using the online registration form here.
For some time it has been my observation that although 4 passages of Scripture are read in many churches each Sunday, only one of them, usually the Gospel, gets all the attention either in the sermon or in the mind of the listener. To me this impoverishes the experience of having such a rich banquet of God’s Word before us, a banquet that someone has gone to a lot of trouble to provide.
In order to help address this issue I have created a blog called Lection Connection which each week briefly explores the links between the passages set in the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday.
The blog is meant to be helpful to preachers (especially lay preachers), lesson readers (and thus their congregations) and to anyone who wants to prepare for Sunday worship by reading the Scriptures appointed ahead of time.
– The Rev. Canon George R. Eves