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  • The Open Episcopal Church
    for all As of today when someone asks you your religious beliefs and faith answer with this Firstly I am a human being the same as 7 billion others in every way and like them I wish to look after my family to love and feed them and be there for them and be happy Secondly my religious faith is mine whatever your faith is is irrelevant This irrelevance is

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  • About
    We do not see church as a building or a denomination or a distinct group of people rather everyone that exists The original meaning of the word indicated those who gathered randomly momentarily to chat laugh weep or share their lives A market place of humanity in which every person had a right to be and play their part We are here to meet anyone be one among others that gather to regard all people as equal and all able to contribute We do not regard ourselves as different from others nor do we believe that we have all the answers or can be the source of all wisdom We believe everyone has a part to play in the conversation and drama of life We must all pitch in and in the connecting that takes place we all give and receive and grow towards a better and more humane understanding The Mission of The Open Episcopal Church We Strive To welcome all people without exception and offer an open invitation to all to receive share and benefit from the sacraments and the life of our connecting space offer unconditional love to all without exception To provide a connecting space that

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  • News
    VIDEO MONTAGE OF THE CONSECRATION History in the making NUN MADE SCOTLAND S FIRST BISHOP Bishop Hamilton leads the Diocese of Scotland for the Open Episcopal Church See the story and photograph in the Glasgow Herald at this link OUR NEW BISHOP FOR SCOTLAND INTERVIEWED ON RADIO 4 Bishop Elect Hamilton the first woman bishop for Scotland Listen to the interview at this link THE OPEN EPISCOPAL CHURCH PRESENTS LETTER OF SUPPORT TO LYNNE FEATHERSTONE M P THE MINISTER FOR EQUALITIES The Archbishop and Revd Gibbins spent half an hour at Westminster with the M P The church presented the Minister with a letter of support for the Government s proposals on equal civil marriage and urged her to consider providing for equal religious marriage also and the liberty to marry in any location THE OPEN EPISCOPAL CHURCH LAUNCHES IN NORTHERN IRELAND Dr Hugh Quigley is to be ordained Our first cleric to live and work in Northern Ireland will be ordained Deacon at our Church Congress in June CHURCH CONGRESS 2012 By kind invitation of our Diocese of Scotland It will be held at St Brendan s Diocesan Centre from the evening of June 4th until the morning of June 8th Many interesting subjects will be discussed including The Divine Feminine and the Spirituality of Captivity We will also be travelling by boat to the Holy Isle to connect with the spirituality of Columba and Brendan The sessions and worship are open to all REAR ADMIRAL BRUCE RICHARDSON WELCOMES THE ARCHBISHOP Admiral The Lord Boyce Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle His Worship the Mayor of Swale the Mayoress of Swale the Worshipful Mayor of Faversham Councillors the Director of the Cambria Trust volunteers and skilled barge restorers witnessed the Archbishop re dedicate the Sailing Barge CAMBRIA and bless a compass given by the family in memory of Tony Ellis the inspiration behind the project The barge restored with over one and half million pounds of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund will provide apprenticeships social outreach programmes and educational experiences for young people NETWORK NORWICH S ARTICLE ABOUT THE KITE AWARDS Revd Gibbins is interviewed Read the full article here THE HERALD INTERVIEWS BISHOP ELECT HAMILTON First female bishop for Scotland Rebecca McQuillan interviews Helen as she prepares for her Consecration Read the Interview TWO NEW CLERICS ORDAINED In Bournemouth and Kings Lynn Revd Kersten Lawrence and Revd Daniel Gibbins have both been ordained deacons of the church ARCHBISHOP TO BLESS THE CAMBRIA Invited by the Cambria Trust This 1 4 million pound restoration scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as local government has resulted in this last British registered vessel to carry a commercial cargo under sail alone to be fully restored It is hoped the vessel will be used educationally and in work with the young Full details available from this link GAY MARRIAGE WELCOMED BY THE OPEN EPISCOPAL CHURCH Pastoral Letter issued Read the press release and pastoral letter REVD TOWNSEND WILL PERFORM AT GREENBELT Magic and talks Revd Mark Townsend has been invited to speak about his new book Jesus through Pagan eyes and to delight the festival goers with his spiritual presentation of magic and mystery STREET MINISTRY Fr John Hyde s community outreach Annual returns demonstrate a three fold increase of those helped and in receipt of ministry up to 2641 people INTERNATIONAL WORK The Archbishop is called overseas Archbishop Blake will travel to Germany France and Ireland this year to provide Christian ministry NEW PRIEST Revd Robert Moss is priested Family friends and clergy gathered in celebration of Robert s developing ministry A GIFT OF SAINTLY RELICS 5 relics donated to the church Relics of St Sabina St Marcellus St Teresa of Avila St Leopold Mandic and St Philip Howard have been given to the Open Episcopal Church It is significant that St Sabina St Marcellus and St Philip Howard were brave and gave their lives in resisting the pressure to conform St Teresa overcame prejudice and persecution to become the first female Doctor of the Church and St Mandic overcame his disabilities became known as the Apostle of Unity and is seen as the forerunner of today s ecumenism The Open Episcopal Church is passionate about unity inclusivity and the need to overcome all prejudice and discrimination Full details KITE AWARDS Applications received Schools and youth groups are being alerted to the innovative KITE Award scheme and the first applications have been submitted CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 1 400 pounds raised Even in the recession Archbishop Blake s Christmas lights raised more this year than ever before Over the years they have managed to raise over 6000 pounds for SAVE THE CHILDREN ORDINATIONS A significant increase Kersten Lawrence will be ordained deacon by Bishop Harrison at Kinson Chapel Bournemouth on March 4th Daniel Gibbins will be ordained deacon by Archbishop Blake in Kings Lynn on March 17th INVITATION FROM ROTARY The Archbishop delivers the Christmas message At the annual Rotary Christmas dinner in Kent Archbishop Jonathan Blake was invited to attend and speak to business professional and religious leaders and congratulate them on raising over 20 000 Pounds this year for charity ORDINATION Sub Conditione of Revd Christopher Morgan The service was held in the great hall of the Trinity Guild King s Lynn on Sunday December 11th Christopher is now the third Anglican priest to join the Open Episcopal Church THE OEC KITE AWARDS Awarding up to 10 000 pounds The Open Episcopal Church is launching an award programme for young people aged between 10 18 The aim is to recognise honour and inspire young people who are contributing to their community in a remarkable way and to re awaken in society the virtue of a life spent in the service of others Full details THE FIRST WOMAN BISHOP FOR SCOTLAND The Archbishop s Council meeting on November 22nd in London has elected the new Bishop of Scotland Revd Helen Hamilton M A will be consecrated as the new Bishop of Scotland for the Open Episcopal Church and will take responsibility for the Diocese of Scotland Bishop Elect Hamilton will be the first woman bishop in Scotland The Open Episcopal Church previously consecrated the first woman bishop for England and the first woman bishop for Wales The Open Episcopal Church will hold its annual Congress next year in Scotland as guests of the Diocese of Scotland and will welcome bishops clerics and laity from across the United Kingdom travelling to Scotland for the momentous event of the consecration PRISONERS WEEK November 20th 26th Prayer leaflets for use in England can be downloaded from this link ORDINATION The priesting of Revd Robert Moss This will take place on Sunday 5th February at 11 00 at the Kinson Cemetery Chapel THE OPEN EPISCOPAL CHURCH LAUNCHES A VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME Revd Helen Hamilton is overseeing an extensive modular training resource Ordinands and present clergy can benefit from this provision which involves a distance learning approach without incurring costs Full details can be obtained by phoning 01852 314007 HEART OF GOLD AWARD Inspirational residents recognised in Pride of Bournemouth Awards Fr John Hyde was honoured in September for his extensive voluntary work and care for others PREMIER CHRISTIAN RADIO BROADCAST The Archbishop was invited to be the guest on the Inspirational Breakfast Show During the 75 minute show Bishop Jonathan was able to speak about the vision of a church without walls loving and inclusive relevant and available for everyone GREENBELT The Archbishop speaks at Greenbelt The Archbishop spoke in the G Source about responding to the call of Jesus into ministry without being constricted by denominational obstacles THE CLUB CHAPLAINCY Fr John Hyde s work in Bournemouth On August 13th a prayer walk was held offering prayers outside the clubs and fast food outlets as well as providing the practical care outlined in the earlier report below LIVING WATER AT SPRINGHILL FARM Seahouses Northumberland August 5th 7th 2011 This was the first festival organised by the OEC in Cramlington and was well attended by people of all ages during the weekend Friday kicked off the festival with a BBQ followed by beer and hymns where people requested their favourite Christian songs and everyone sang along karaoke style Children on holiday at the farm campsite heard the music and joined the singing with enthusiasm adding dances and learning new action songs On Saturday morning the group walked along the coast to make a pilgimage to St Aidan s church Bamburgh an historic site for Early Christianity in England and the place where St Aidan died in 651AD www staidan bamburgh co uk Local muscian Neal Croudace played a range of bluegrass gospel songs on Saturday evening and his rendition of Amazing Grace to the tune of House of the Rising Sun was an inspirational piece Communion was celebrated on Sunday morning around the refectory table in a simple service where every member of the group participated in prayers of intercessions or readings and giving each other the sacraments of bread and wine It was a weekend that was packed with fun fellowship and lots of good home cooking Already people are making their reservation for the next one WE WELCOME REVD CHRISTOPHER MORGAN Revd Morgan who has effected a Deed of Relinquishment from the Anglican Church will be ordained sub conditione and welcomed into the Open Episcopal Church The service will take place on December 11th at 2 p m at the Kings Lynn Town Hall Further information and details are available from Revd Morgan s web site A SERVICE OF BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS Our Lady of the Sea Ardinamar Luing on August 28th at 3pm All animals with their owners are welcome to attend E Mail BEING AND BELIEVING OUTSIDE THE BOX Archbishop Blake will be speaking on Faith ministry and social action liberated from the power politics outdated dogmas and the cult language of club church September 22nd 6 30 p m at St Phillips Church Earls Court Road London W8 6QA Tickets from Julian Whiting Events Director 0789 9723620 DEDICATION OF A NEW CHAPEL The Diocese of Scotland The Isle of Luing Dedication of the new outdoor chapel to Our Lady of The Sea will take place before the Eucharist on Sunday July 17th at 9 30 am Refreshments will follow LIVING WATER FESTIVAL August 5th 7th Three days of walks fun and spiritual refreshment in amazing countryside contact Rev Lesley Dennis 07960 419156 THE OPEN EPISCOPAL CHURCH IS CHOSEN AS A SAFE HAVEN FOR GRIEVING FAMILIES Suicide the tragic death of the young and those with disabling conditions These are examples of those who turn to our church knowing they will receive sensitive and compassionate ministry not pushing any dogma but seeking to ensure their wishes are respected POST THE HOST FLOURISHES Continuing to meet a need A community of young Christians have asked to receive the consecrated hosts regularly so they can worship together Others who have felt alienated from the church have been able to receive SKYPE MASS AND THE DAILY OFFICE By video link Morning Prayer Evening Prayer and a Mass are being offered contact 0208 304 7605 for further details A THIRD ANGLICAN CLERIC TO JOIN THE CHURCH Vocational applications rise A third Anglican cleric has applied to join the Church and a fourth is considering the move In addition vocational applications have reached their highest level ever A CENTRE OF LEARNING IN THE DIOCESE OF SCOTLAND Revd Hamilton launches discussion groups Theologcal Dicussion every Tuesday beginning June 28 at 7 45pm at the St Brendan Centre Luing Topics and details The St Brendan Centre AN INSPIRATIONAL DAY Over 100 gather to celebrate Revd Mark Townsend s ordination Members of the Anglican Roman Catholic Methodist and URC Churches came together with Druids and Wiccans as well as those from other spiritual traditions like the Bahai faith in a service of mutual respect and unity that epitomised the vision of the Open Episcopal Church of an inclusive church BISHOP HARRISON S RESEARCH CONTRIBUTION IN FILM Research supported by all 5 of the U K Research Councils Dr Kip Jones is the Executive Producer of Rufus Stone a film by Josh Appignanesi which begins filming in July QUIET DAY Isle of Luing On June 25th there will be a Quiet Day on the theme the Inner Journey which will include times of silence reflection and sharing Please email Helen for further details or to book a place E Mail THE OPEN EPISCOPAL CHURCH MINISTERS AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS A Baptism Bishop Jonathan Blake baptised three children in the Terrace Pavilion of the House of Commons as a guest of Brandon Lewis M P THE ARCHBISHOP WILL ATTEND GREENBELT August 26th 29th Bishop Jonathan Blake will be exhibiting at Greenbelt this year throughout the festival speaking to those attending and delivering a talk encouraging people to consider whether God is calling them to be ordained FIRST YEAR EXHIBITING The Christian Resources Exhibition This week Bishops and clergy will attend Esher to spread the good news that the Open Episcopal Church is an inclusive loving and diverse church ministering flexibly in any setting offering the sacraments to all ecumenical in belief worship and practice with over 20 000 members and with clerics across the U K DYING MATTERS AWARENESS WEEK Why dying matters to me May 19th at Arawlay House for those in the South West The film A Party for Kath will be shown and Mr Tapper from Tapper Funeral Service will speak Information from Father Canon John Hyde ssb Tel 01202 466364 REVD TESS WARD S EUCHARISTIC PRAYER For Mark Townsend s service Tess Ward hospital chaplain at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford has written a special Eucharistic prayer for the Mass on June 18th at Leominster ORDINATIONS May 8th Exeter Bishop Harrison will ordain Dennis Oakes and Robert Moss to the Diaconate NEW RETREAT CENTRE Isle of Luing Nr Oban At the end of April the new retreat centre The St Brendan Centre Isle of Luing PA34 4UD will open its doors under the watchful eye of the Reverend Helen Hamilton Please contact Helen on 01856 873880 Peace at the retreat house FLASH MOB WORSHIP Revd Lesley Dennis participates A group of young Christians in Cramlington organised a flash mob rendition of From everlasting to everlasting at Cramlington s main shopping precinct last Saturday A flash mob is where a group emerge from the crowd perform something and then disappear back into the crowd The people of Cramlington were very appreciative REVD MARK TOWNSEND IS TO JOIN THE OPEN EPISCOPAL CHURCH Ordination in June The Revd Mark Townsend a former Church of England Vicar has chosen to return his permission to officiate in the Diocese of Hereford and effected a Deed of Relinquishment He is joining the Open Episcopal Church and will be ordained sub conditione on June 18th in the Lion Ballroom Leominster Revd Townsend is well known across Herefordshire and beyond as a priest as well as a Stage Magician Amazing and Inspirational Uri Geller A priest like no other Cherie Blair Wonderful and heart warming Brian Viner The Independent One who lives and thinks outside the box Bp John Shelby Spong A Priest at the edge Rev Peter Owen Jones BBCs Extreme Pilgrim DUKE OF YORK S ROYAL MILITARY SCHOOL DOVER Archbishop s visit The Chaplain Revd Andrew Richards welcomed Archbishop Blake on March 15th to speak to the sixth form about the Open Episcopal Church MESSY ANGELS Further funding award Messy Angels has received a 500 pound grant from the Co op Community Fund and plans for the Living Water Festival are developing well NIGHT CHAPLAINCY Fr John Hyde reports from Bournemouth Out and about on the streets of Bournemouth with the club chaplaincy The team go out on a Saturday night from 10 30 p m To 5 00 a m Over the last six months we have been involved in helping to respond to 24 acts of verbal abuse 17 acts of domestic violence 28 physical fights 3 sexual assaults 31 lone females 10 lone males 32 drunk and incapable females 35 drunk and incapable males 16 emotional females 10 emotional males 25 under 18 s 36 people needing to get home 28 requiring first aid 253 slippers distributed 938 discarded bottles collected and called out the Ambulance Service 12 times PLEASE PRAY FOR THE WORK ECUMENICAL HEALING SERVICE St Magnus Cathedral Orkney All are warmly invited to this service on Candlemas at 12 Noon NEW GENERAL ELECT The Salvation Army The Open Episcopal Church sends Christian greetings on Commissioner Linda Bond s appointment as the 19th General of the Salvation Army ECUMENICAL SERVICE For the Bethany Trust Bishop Gillham arranged the Asda carol service participated in by all local churches which raised 375 pounds for the Bethany Trust an Edinburgh based charity that provides night shelters for homeless youngsters FURTHER EDUCATION CHAPLAINCIES Steering Committee Bishop Gillham has been invited to sit on this multi denominational group examining strengthening the links between chaplaicies Are You ALL INclusive The International Council of Community Churches The 2011 ICCC Annual Conference will be held at the Bally s Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas NV from July 24 27 2011 Updates and links can be found throughout their website You can also contact the Council office for information THE MINOR ORDERS Doorkeeper On February 8th we look forward to raising Jonathan Chapman to the Minor Order of Doorkeeper as part of his chosen vocational path to the priesthood HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY Our observance Holocaust Memorial Day HMD is a day for everyone We need to pause to remember the millions of people who were murdered or whose lives were changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia Bosnia Rwanda and Darfur The Open Episcopal Church in the South West held a service with a film

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  • Liturgy
    modern liturgy and may vary from parish to parish where the priest and congregation are free to choose the form of worship that they will use Today s Readings The Divine Office Daily Prayer Liturgical Resources Tess Ward s Eucharistic Prayer written for the Open Episcopal Church Inclusive prayers including a modern Lord s Prayer Gloria Venite and a Service to unite the world A truly inclusive Mass written by

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  • Organisational Structure
    Province of the United Kingdom The head of the Province is the Archbishop who governs within an Archbishop s Council which consists of all the provincial diocesan bishops and at which all the major decisions are taken No provincial diocese or parish can exist and no new bishop can be consecrated without the authority of the Archbishop s Council Decisions are made democratically No decision has been taken that has not gained an 80 majority vote in Council All Bishops and all priests and deacons pledge to be subject to the Canons of the Church Any cleric who breaks their pledge relinquishes their good standing with the church and loses their provincial licence to minister in the name of the church If you have concerns whether a bishop priest deacon diocese or parish is a bona fide member or part of our Church and authorised for their ministry by the Church please ring 020 8304 7605 or contact the Archbishop This is the only church web site authorised by the Archbishop s Council for the Open Episcopal Church the Province of the United Kingdom Each diocese is headed by a bishop who has executive control in the day to day running of that diocese subject to the Archbishop s Council The bishop chairs a Diocesan Council which plans long term strategy and mission Decisions are made democratically Each parish is headed by a priest who has executive control in the day to day running of the parish subject to the Archbishop s Council All the decision making of the church is democratic and the Archbishop bishops priests and deacons of the church are answerable and accountable to each other Any cleric even the Archbishop can be removed from office should they lose the confidence of the church There are over

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  • Diocesan Structure
    A member of the International Council of Community Churches the World Council of Churches Provinces The Open Episcopal Church is composed of several different provinces The Province of the United Kingdom and Ireland Provincial Archbishop The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake The Province of Thailand This province is under the jurisdiction of the Presiding Archbishop s Council The Province of the United States This province is under the jurisdiction of the

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  • Diocesan Structure
    Wales The Right Reverend Shelley Harstad Smith The Provincial Diocese of Southern England The Right Reverend Sheila Wharmby The Provincial Diocese of South West England The Archbishop s Council has responsibility for this Diocese The Provincial Diocese of Scotland The Archbishop s Council has responsibility for this Diocese The Provincial Diocese of Western England The Archbishop s Council has responsibility for this Diocese The Provincial Diocese of the Midlands The

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  • Ecumenism
    Episcopal Church as a member Church of the International Council of Community Churches and the World Council of Churches strives to work with all other Christian Churches where possible and desirable Ecumenical Links Churches Together in Britain Ireland Action of Churches Together in Scotland Action of Churches Together in Wales World Council of Churches International Council of Community Churches Ecumenical Officer Contact our Ecumenical Officer Ecumenical Officer Tel 020 8304

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