As the Mercer School program year draws to a close we want to thank the many people across the diocese who contributed to the success of this year.
In an effort to provide programming in a more localized way, some events were held at parish churches: two Godly Play Christian education trainings (Christ Church, Cold Spring Harbor & Church of the Redeemer, Astoria), several Safe Church trainings, and a workshop on the Stewardship of Church Property (St Ann & the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn). The events were well attended and served as the groundwork for more local events in the future. Their success was only possible with the cooperation and hard work of gracious church members and clergy.
The programs in Garden City this year were also well attended and presented topics of interest for parish development, Bible study, church history, and theology. The "Year with the Saint John's Bible" series was outstanding and revealed how a partnership between the Mercer School and the Cathedral can benefit a wider audience.
The first "Lunch and Learn" weekday lecture series offered visitors a chance to learn about the history of the Church and our diocese in anticipation of the celebration of the Diocese's 150th Anniversary this November. The class size grew as the sessions progressed and we hope to offer something new next year.
Some highlights for early Fall 2018 include a visit by bestselling author and social advocate Sister Joan Chittester on September 28, a Parish Resource Day in September for Stewardship and congregational planning, increased opportunities for clergy continuing education, and some School for Ministry courses will be open to interested lay students.
The Mercer School is indeed in bloom! Best wishes to all for a restful and enjoyable summer!
Dr Ted Gerbracht Diane Muscarella
Director of Academic Program Director of Operations