We have several great events coming up at Mercer at the beginning of April in the midst of the joy of the Easter season.
Wednesday, April 6, in the evening any and all are invited, whether physically coming to Mercer at Garden City or connecting online to join us in a presentation and discussion on John Roberto's book "Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century: Engaging All Ages and Generations." In a recent visit to Mercer, the Reverend Anne C. Richards rightly noted that unless we make children a number one priority we are in effect stating that we do not envision a future for the church. And in fact, gathered around the children every generation counts. Roberto makes this point strongly in this book. John Roberto will be our welcome speaker on Faith Formation Day coming up on May 14th. Engage with his thought now to enrich that experience. http://tinyurl.com/Reading-Roberto
On Friday, April 8, Elizabeth Small of Small Steps will join us to present a day for mothers of growing children called 'Finding Joy in the Midst of It.' Every mother can define what "it" represents in that title. If you are a mother of growing children, give yourself a break and some real refreshment that day. http://tinyurl.com/Moms-2016
The very next day, on Saturday, April 9, we will celebration our first Parish Communicatoins Day. Jim Naughton and Kathleen Moore from Canticle Communications (whose clients include Episcopal Café, the House of Deputies, The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Episcopalians Against Gun Violence) will be guest presenters. Workshops will cover:
- "Before you say a word": questions to consider before publication to communicate effectively
- Website and e-newsletter best practices
- Writing for publication
- Social media
If you are involved in getting the word out as effectively as possible for your local congregation or any other church group, you need to be here on April 9. http://tinyurl.com/communicationday
As if all that were not enough, that same week Mercer will welcome a consultant who will be talking with Mercer Trustees, faculty, students, and others from around the diocese about the viability and effectiveness of Mercer structures and use of technology for education. As that consultation nears I want to ask you: in your experience what are the most helpful websites for you in terms of information and learning of any kind. Which are they, and why? Be in touch on this topic to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean and Canon for Formation