September 2017






Welcome back! Fall is approaching, days are getting shorter and there is a crispness in the air. I hope you have had an opportunity to relax and refuel this summer. Even though we reluctantly say goodbye to summer, an exciting new church program year begins! This is an energizing time for many communities of faith. In this newsletter you will find a wide array of formation and Christian Education opportunities. Please savor the season and the offerings.




You don't want to miss these!



Commuter Core Godly Play Training


The Diocese has pre-purchased a Godly Play Membership for your congregation. Visit the membership page and register your parish with our Diocesan code: GROWINGCIRCLE and begin receiving benefits.


All Saints' Church

17 Clark Street

Belmont, MA 02478

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Core Training is the recommended training for every adult leading Godly Play sessions (years 1 – 3 of practice), for administrators, and for clergy. Over the course of three modules participants experience all aspects of the Godly Play method and begin to become fluent in the Godly Play core stories and fundamental practices. Additionally, Godly Play’s guiding Theology of Childhood is introduced, so participants become more deeply connected to their work.


This is a series of 3 commuter core training modules. Modules may be attended in any order or location. Participation in each of the 3 modules constitutes Core Training Certification. You must register separately for each module.


Growing as God’s People: Sacred Stories & Supporting the Circle of Children


Sat, 9/2/2017 - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Register online here.


Engaging God’s Playful Word: Parables & Honoring the Spirituality of the Child


Sat, 9/9/2017 - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Register online here.


Building Holy Rituals & Spaces: Liturgical Action & Creating Sacred Environments


Sat, 9/23/2017 - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Register online here.

To receive the diomass discount on registration for the below trainings, enter the following code: membersrock



Eucharistic Visitor Training


Sat, 9/16/2017 – 8:30am – 3:30pm

Cathedral of St. Paul

138 Tremont Street

Boston, MA 02111

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Find more information and register online here.




Eucharistic Visitors are lay people who have been trained to give the Holy Eucharist to those who are unable to attend church services. The duties of this ministry include entering the home or hospital room of an ill or infirm person, leading a brief service and administering the Sacrament with reverence. This training provides the needed licensing to be a Eucharistic Visitor in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.


If you are interested in hosting Eucharistic Visitor Training at your parish or becoming a trainer, please contact Connie Melahoures at



Safe Church Training


Sat, 09/23/2017 - 8:30am - 3:30pm

Church of St. John the Evangelist

410 Washington Street

Duxbury, MA

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Find more information and register online here.



This training is designed to increase awareness regarding sexual misconduct and abuse of power, to outline steps toward preventing abuse, to offer ways to intervene when misconduct occurs and to equip anyone in a position of parish leadership with ways of healing and rebuilding the body of Christ.


The training is required of all clergy, diocesan employees and congregational employees. It is also highly recommended for wardens, vestry members, lay Eucharistic visitors, pastoral visitors, youth leaders, Confirmation sponsors, acolyte leaders, choir directors, church school teachers and volunteers working in a congregation on a regular basis.



Questions about Safe Church Training may be directed to the Rev. Karen Montagno at or 617-482-4826, ext. 413.


Future Trainings:


Sat, 10/28/2017 - 8:30am - 3:30pm

Church of the Holy Spirit

525 River Street

Mattapan, MA

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Find more information and register online here.

Clergy Safe Church Refresher Training


Sat, 10/14/2017 – 8:30am – 3:30p

Cathedral of St Paul

138 Tremont Street

Boston, MA 02111

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Find more information and register online here.



Anti-Racism Training

Other formats (including Spanish language) and additional training dates can be requested. Please contact the Rev. Karen B. Montagno at or 617-482-4826, ext. 413 for more information.


The diocesan Social Justice Taskforce/Antiracism Ministry Team leads trainings and gatherings which are a journey of personal discernment, using materials principally taken from “Seeing the Face of God in Each Other” training manual of the Episcopal Church. Other resources are also used. The training method involves participatory education which offers participants opportunities to share experiences, reflect on current issues and develop tools for change.


Fri, 9/22/2017 – 5:00pm – 8:45pm


Sat, 9/23/2017 – 9:00am – 4:00pm


St. Paul's Church

39 East Central St

Natick, MA 01760 

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Find more information and register online here.

Fri, 9/29/2017 – 5:00pm – 8:45pm


Sat, 9/30/2017 – 9:00am – 4:00pm


Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

138 Tremont St

Boston, MA 02111

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Find more information and register online here.




Foundations of Brave Change: Strategic Planning, Business Practices, Real Estate Planning



Sat, 9/30/2017 - 9:00 am -1:00 pm

The Cathedral of Saint Paul

138 Tremont St. Boston, MA

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Reimagining congregational resources! Coordinating and aligning resources and actions with mission, vision and strategy are the foundations of Brave Change. The diocese’s Congregational Consultants and the Real Estate Advisory Committee are co-sponsoring a comprehensive seminar to give congregational leaders an opportunity to explore principles of planning for the future, sound business practices and efficient use and maintenance of real estate. Join us on Saturday September 30th and reimagine your congregation.



Meeting of the Small Churches


Sponsored by the Consultants for Tomorrow's Church, Today!


Sun, 10/15/2017 - 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Christ Church

12 Quincy Avenue

Quincy, MA 02169

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Register online here.


Small Churches are those with less than full time clergy leadership, but just as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, "small" may be how any particular church defines itself. Clergy and lay leadership from any and all small churches are invited to gather and talk about the joys, gifts and challenges of being and doing church in these crazy times of a Church very much in transition. How do we put new wine in new wine skins and truly focus on mission and ministry rather than survival?



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