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Saturday, March 21st
South Parish Congregational Church
9 Church Street
Augusta, Maine 


Each spring, Episcopalians across the diocese come together for a day of learning, sharing, and growth. Spring Training 2020 will be held on Saturday, March 21 at South Parish Church, 9 Church St., Augusta. 

The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, director and founder of RenewalWorks, will be our keynote speaker offering a presentation for everyone who attends. RenewalWorks is a growing movement in the Episcopal Church equipping congregations and individuals both to assess and grow their spiritual health. Jay was recently featured in this ENS story: Episcopal clergy cartoonists find inspiration turning Christian messages into hand-drawn art Jay will talk about his own experience as a parish priest, and how RenewalWorks can shift the focus of parishes and in dioceses so that we center our common life on discipleship with Jesus Christ and our desire for spiritual growth. There will be time following the presentation for discussion in break-out groups.

After lunch (a fundraiser for Youth Ministry Mission Exchange), everyone will have their choice of one smaller workshop. The day will close with Eucharist.  

Spread the word about Spring Training within your congregation! Download a bulletin insert (Word) or flyer (pdf) here. 




8:30      Registration & Morning Refreshments
9:30      Presentation by Jay Sidebotham of RenewalWorks
11:00    RenewalWorks Break-Out Sessions
12:15    Lunch - Youth Ministry Mission Exchange Fundraiser
1:00      Choice of Workshop (descriptions below)
2:15      Closing Worship with Bishop Brown


Liturgical Renewal in The Episcopal Church
In 2018, General Convention passed legislation to begin a process of prayer book revision, to create new resources for the church's new day. As part of our diocesan response to this activity, Bishop Brown created a Liturgical Task Force to 1) solicit feedback on two draft documents created by GC's Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision (TFLPBR) and 2) gather information and resources being used here in Maine. This workshop will share what we have found so far, provide you with an opportunity to review and respond to the draft documents, and most importantly consider together what resources we would like to have available. Led by the Rev. Cn. Nancy Moore.   
Congregational Transitions 
Change is in the air: we’re just setting out with our new Bishop, and in the next couple of years, nearly half our congregations will also be seeking new priests. Change is exciting and a chance for the Holy Spirit to stir things up in new and wonderful ways.  But it can also be alarming, especially if we don't know what's happening or how to take part.  In this workshop, the Rev. Cn. Michael Ambler will describe the journey that a congregation takes from the time a priest announces plans to depart, up to the time a new priest settles in.  The process is not as complicated as it has sometimes seemed, and there's lots of help and support along the way.  This workshop is an introduction for everyone, whether or not you think clergy transition is in your near future; you'll come away with an understanding of the overall process, plus a user-friendly handbook.  
Year-Round Stewardship - A Model Program
This workshop explores the elements of a year-round stewardship program.  What is needed in the way of education, communication, and commitment by leaders and by congregants?  What are we trying to accomplish in such a program?  Canon Terry Reimer will present a model program that addresses the annual pledge drive, planned giving and end of life planning, project-based giving, and pledging of time and talents.  This workshop gives participants tools to take back to their own congregations and helps participants envision a year-round approach to the discussion of stewardship. 
Artful Prayer
Explore intuitive prayerful painting from the Source. Opportunity will be provided for both individual process and a collaborative piece. Art supplies provided or bring your own. Led by Rev. Susan Taylor. 
Building Beloved Community with All Ages
What would your children's or youth ministry look like if it were based on the premise of love and serving God through one another? How would it feel to worship, pray, and rejoice together as one diverse Body of Christ? This workshop led by Emily Kenniston will explore what the goals of Christian formation are in your context and how you can live into them, welcoming and celebrating the diversity of humanity that you are blessed to know in your church community. We will talk about attitudes, spiritual practice, stumbling blocks  and programming. All are welcome because we are Beloved! 
Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement
People of faith have a unique voice to share on the real issues that many Mainers experience every day. Learn how you can work to implement social policy teachings and commitments of the Episcopal Church at the state and federal levels and ways the diocese is engaging in public policy to fulfill God's vision of justice. Led by John Hennessy.
Parables & Metaphors: Jesus teaches crowds and followers in Matthew’s Gospel
We will examine Jesus’ use of metaphor and parabolic speech in e.g. the parables of Matthew 13, 21, 22, 24-5; and in use of metaphors in Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount, as a way of understanding how Matthew’s Jesus makes followers and disciples into a community. Led by Deirdre Good. Requirements: Please bring Bibles. 


The event is free to attend, but we are offering an optional $10 brown bag lunch for pre-purchase. All proceeds from lunch sales will benefit our Youth Ministry Mission Exchange trip.  A team of young people from South Dakota will travel to Maine this summer, to engage in mission and ministry with youth and young adults here in our diocese.  This will deepen a relationship that started when youth from Maine traveled to South Dakota in 2019.

If you wish to purchase lunch, please have a credit or debit card ready. Sign up to attend here:

Spring Training 2020 Registration

Deadline to register is March 16.





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