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Bishop's Visitation


The 2019 Visitation Schedule will be posted here and mailed to all congregations (along with new Lay Licensing information) after the 2018 Diocesan Convention. Stay tuned!



Visitation and Service Schedule for 2018 (as of 6/15/2018)

Visitation: Bishop's Letter 2018

Visitation: Customary 2018

Visitation: Planning Worksheet 2018

Visitation: Vestry Notes 

Visitation: Deacon and Chaplain Notes 

TEC Guidelines for Confirmation and Reception

Episcopal Church Overview



Clergy Annual Report for 2017 (due March 2, 2018)
Notice of Annual Meeting Date (please send notice ASAP)
Annual Congregational Report to the Bishop 2018 (to be completed after your Annual Meeting)
Lay Licensing Applications (due by December 31, 2017)
Parochial Report (due March 1, 2018) 
Strategic Mission Support Grant Application (Applications for 2019 have not yet been posted. Announcements will be made when they are up and running.)



Celebrations of New Ministry
Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule this service. Below are some liturgical resources and guidelines:

Confirmation and Reception in The Episcopal Church

Copyright Law Resources

Clergy Directory July 2017 (available to parish offices and clergy only; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info)

Deacons Letter of Agreement Sample

Donating Liturgical Goods and Books

The Episcopal Church: Manual of Business Methods

EV Training Trifold

Lay Licensing

Leader Resources Copyright Guidelines

NEW!! Liturgical Resources (Gun Violence) discussed at Clergy Gathering Oct. 5, 2017

Anna Howell, of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, was asked by the Bishop of Nevada to write an order of service for a vigil following the attacks in Las Vegas this week. "A Vigil in Response to an Act of Mass Violence" can be found on her blog, Sulfur-Free Jesus.

Additional Liturgical Resources:
Bishops' United Against Gun Violence Liturgical Resources:
"For Love in a Time of Conflict" by John O'Donohue in his book "To Bless the Space Between Us"
"Release me from the Dark Fury" and "Sometimes it Seems to be too Much" by Ted Loder in his book "Guerrillas of Grace"
Psalm 23 performed by Bobby McFerrin:
Book of Common Prayer:  For the Human Family (pg. 815), For Our Enemies (pg. 816) Prayer Attributed to St. Francis (pg. 833), Prayer for Guidance (pg. 832), For the Future of the Human Race (pg. 828), In Times of Conflict (pg. 824),  Thanksgiving for the Diversity of Races and Cultures (pg. 840)

Marriage Liturgies from General Convention 2015

Materials from Clergy Gatherings for Parochial and Extra Parochial Priests from May 24 & 26, 2016

Websites recommended by Bishop Lane:

Safe Church Training

Upcoming Clergy Events in 2018
Please mark your calendar and save the dates. Information will be emailed directly when available; registration is required for all events. For more information please contact Barbara Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   
Saturday, August 18: Deacons' Day with the Bishop, St. Patrick's, Brewer

Gather with Bishop Steve Lane at one of two regional meetings in October:

Thursday, October 4: Clergy Gathering with the Bishop at Trinity Church, Portland

Thursday, October 11: Clergy Gathering with the Bishop at St. Martin's, Palmyra

Fellowship will begin at 10:30 am. with a meeting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring your own brown bag lunch. 

        All members of the college of clergy are invited to attend.






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