To find information, activities, resources and opportunities during the time of the coronavirus crisis, we encourage you to visit the At-Home Worship and Formation page created especially for this time.
To live the gospel to the fullest means it must be part of our daily life. The work of lifelong formation has long been underway in this diocese, but to go even deeper, the Diocese of North Carolina has dedicated resources, including a Missioner for Adult Formation and Lifelong Learning, and the Chartered Committee on Lifelong Formation. Together, they work to help us integrate Christian formation into our daily lives in ways that are guided by four principles: that it be intergenerational, relationally based, creative, adaptive and highlight the role of liturgy.
The Swindell Committee recently released the Liturgy of Lament, Longing and Hope, designed to help us remember and be touched by the promises that remain constant even in times of uncertainty and loss: the loving presence of God, the safe space to express our hurt and grief and frustration, the gift we have been given in one another, and the opportunities and possibilities that emerge even in times of challenge, struggle and loss. Learn more.
Formation doesn't stop once a Christian ages out of Sunday school, vacation Bible school or youth group. A wealth of resources are available for adults looking to deepen their biblical knowledge, learn a new spiritual discipline, or find some comfort and inspiration. We've collected a handful of our favorites below.Read More »
These resources can be used to assist with the faith formation of young people at home and on the parish level. Please check back often, and share resources you have found helpful by emailing the youth department.
Excerpted from Practice That's Not About Perfection, But the Way of Love, by the Rt. Rev. Sam RodmanRead More »
Gospel-Based Discipleship (GBD) is intended to provide you with a daily opportunity to encounter the Gospel and encourage reflection. Each day includes Gospel readings from the Daily Office Lectionary as well as prayers from the diocesan clergy prayer list and diocesan cycle of prayer, for each day of the liturgical year.Read More »
The Episcopal Church recognizes five saints native to North Carolina: Manteo and Virgini Dare, Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, the Rt. Rev. Henry Beard Delany (celebrated with the Rt. Rev. Edward Thomas Demby) and the Rev. Pauli Murray.Read More »
With the support of a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the former School of Ministry produced these courses for use in congregations, and are intended as a stimulus for adult group discussion. The brief programs, usually lasting between 12 and 15 minutes, draw upon the rich human resources of our diocese. Facilitator's guides for each course are also available for download.Read More »
While ordained ministers, whether deacon or priest, are usually the ones who lead Sunday morning services, there are many opportunities in The Episcopal Church for lay people to lead and participate in services. If you are a lay person interested in becoming a worship leader, preacher, catechist, Eucharistic minister or Eucharistic visitor, please read the following guidelines and then talk to your rector or vicar about becoming licensed.Read More »