Resources for the new church program year
Welcoming Sunday. Homecoming Sunday. Back To Church Sunday. Welcome Home Sunday. Registration Sunday. Gathering Sunday. The names vary, but the purpose is the same – events and activities slated for that one Sunday in each congregation which marks the conclusion of summer and the beginning of the new program year.
The following are some resources and ideas to consider for use in congregations, ministry, discussion groups, etc.
Evangelism Initiatives offers an array of evangelism and welcoming resources for Episcopalians, from a Hospitality Audit to Neighborhood Prayer Walking kits; quick links to parish marketing tools and community organizing tips; plus links to websites, books and articles. Available here
Episcopal Public Policy Network to consider engaging congregations in advocacy this year. Learn how the Episcopal Church is engaged in the ministry of public policy advocacy by joining the Episcopal Public Policy Network here
Bible study resources here
Bulletin Inserts which provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church are available here
Sermons that work, designed to assist congregations and preachers with original, lectionary-based sermons for Sundays and major feast days throughout the liturgical year. Available here and in Spanish here
Videos that teach, prompt discussion for all ages, and spread the word about the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church, available here
YASC, the Young Adult Service Corps, offers videos available here to discuss the ministry and adventures of the Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps.
Episcopal Migration Ministries, refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church. Each year the Episcopal Church works in partnership with its network of 30 local affiliates in 22 states (across 26 dioceses), faith communities and volunteers, to welcome refugees from conflict zones across the globe. This year, Episcopal Migration Ministries will welcome refugees to the United States from 32 countries, from places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Afghanistan, and Syria.
Episcopal Relief & Development For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has served as the compassionate response of the Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, it works closely with Anglican Communion and ecumenical partners, helping communities to create long-term development strategies and rebuild after disasters. Using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework, the agency reaches more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries each year, through multi-sector programs that fight poverty, hunger and disease.
Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) is an independent organization, serving the Episcopal Church since 1949. ECF partners with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal faith communities, empowering them to engage in strategic visioning and planning, develop effective lay and clergy leadership teams, and raise financial resources for ministry. ECF's Vital Practices website offers resources for Episcopal leaders by Episcopal leaders including Vestry Papers articles, a blog for sharing ideas and experiences, and practical tools and resources.
Forward Movement here is a ministry of The Episcopal Church, inspiring disciples and empowering evangelists around the globe since 1935 through offerings that encourage spiritual growth in individuals and congregations.
Acts 8 Movement has developed a series of videos, commentaries and resources for congregations, available here. Scroll down for a free video you can post as is, or customize.