Diocesan Convention 2019
“Stand Firm in the Holy Spirit– Striving Together as One” (Phip. 1:27)

This year Pentecost Sunday falls on the same weekend as our 151st Diocesan Convention (June 7-9), at Camp of the Woods in Speculator, NY.  While officially starting Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with Evening Prayer followed by the Bishop’s Address and the opening of the Business Session, everyone is invited to come earlier in the day (doors open at 10:00 a.m.) to get settled in; enjoy the natural beauty of Camp of the Woods and all of its facilities; visit with family and friends from around the Diocese; attend a variety of outstanding workshops (beginning at 2:00 p.m. and running throughout the weekend); or simply enjoy some alone time with God sitting on the beach looking out over the lake and mountains.

Worship

There will be multiple worship opportunities over the weekend with moving Spirit-filled traditional and contemporary music at Morning and Evening Prayer, as well as the Saturday afternoon Eucharist where Bishop Grant LeMarquand will be the guest preacher, and the Sunday morning Youth Mass (one of the highlights of the weekend not to be missed), with Bishop Harold Miller as our guest preacher from our Sister Diocese of Down and Dromore, Northern Ireland.

Youth Rally & VBS

Other weekend events for the youth include an exciting Vacation Bible School for the elementary age kids and the Youth Rally for the Jr. and Sr. High kids.  There is day care for toddlers.  We very much want kids to come and be part of the Diocesan Convention weekend.

Other weekend highlights for adults include two plenary sessions (which are non-compete events).  Bishop Ken “Fanta” Clarke, an excellent Bible teacher and long-time friend of the Diocese from Northern Ireland, will be this year’s Plenary Speaker.  He will be focusing on St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians and the theme of this year’s Convention “Stand Firm in the Holy Spirit, Striving Together as One.”

Healing Service

Dr. Wendy LeMarquand (a missionary doctor and wife of Bishop Grant) will be the guest speaker at the Saturday evening Healing Service.  Each year, hundreds of people attend this service to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and God’s healing grace.

Entertainment & Recreation

In addition to all of the above, one of the other great blessings of the Diocesan Convention is the social time with family and friends from around the Diocese, either sitting and visiting, or enjoying refreshments and great musical entertainment at the Teepee on Saturday evening following dinner.

 

Registration closes May 30, 2019. Please, be sure to visit our Registration Page to secure you spot at convention.

Read full article and invitation from the Bishop in May’s Albany Episcopalian which can be found here