Congregation Visits: Fall 2022
Here you'll find stories and reflections about Bishop Skirving's visits to congregations around the diocese this Fall, in order of recency.
December 18, 2022: St. Peter's, Sunbury
Worship at St. Peter’s, Sunbury this morning included the baptism of two young sisters, a mix of Advent & Christmas themes, lunch, and a good meeting with members of the congregation about what may lie ahead in their life together with absolutely beautiful weather for the drive there and back! One of those days when it’s easy to see Immanuel - God with us!
December 11, 2022: Holy Trinity, Fayetteville
December 11, 2022: Holy Trinity, Fayetteville Visit
December 4, 2022: St. Paul's, Clinton
November 20, 2022: Christ Church, New Bern
November 20, 2022: Christ Church, New Bern Visit
November 13, 2022: St. Peter's By-the-Sea, Swansboro
The Rev. Michelle Bullock is offering the dismissal at St. Peters By The Sea Episcopal Church in Swansboro this morning, where I visited. It was my first Sunday morning visit with these faithful folks since before Michelle came to be rector, in the months just before the onset of COVID. Our meal afterwards included a barbecue competition, with four different entries. The real winner? Those of us to got to try them all! Lots of great conversation with members of St. Peter's, including with a member who has an oyster farm...never know what I'm going to learn as I travel around this diocese! My point of emphasis from this morning's sermon? Some words of Jesus from the gospel: "do not be terrified" or, as he's also known to have said, "Do not be afraid."
November 6, 2022: Church of the Servant, Wilmington
November 6, 2022: Church of the Servant, Wilmington Visit
Excited to be able to join the people of the Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC for their 50th anniversary celebration! It was a time of conversations with the adults during, confirmations/receptions at worship, and a great reception.
November 3, 2022: Lower Cape Fear Deanery & Becca Stevens at St. James Parish, Wilmington
Lower Cape Fear Deanery Residential Visit
November 1, 2022: Holy Trinity, Hertford
November 1, 2022: Holy Trinity, Hertford Visit
Giving thanks this evening for all of the saints of God! Sandy and I stopped in Hertford, NC on the way home from some visits in the northern part of The Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina and joined the people of Holy Trinity Church for a service of Evening Prayer for All Saints Day. And what a setting! The congregation gathered outside, between the church building and the parish hall, with their cemetery in the background. Before the service we wandered through the cemetery, founded in the 1840s, and I wondered about the lives of the saints of God who are buried there. If only their stones could speak …
October 30, 2022: All Saints, Southern Shores
October 23, 2022: St. Thomas, Bath
October 23, 2022: St. Thomas, Bath Visit
Stepped into living history this morning, as I worshipped with the people of St. Thomas, Bath. Their church building is the oldest, continuously used church building in North Carolina, dating back to 1734. While they treasure their inheritance, and care for it faithfully, they are also engaged in reaching out into their community and loving their neighbors in concrete and practical ways: tomorrow morning food to those in need, and tomorrow evening they’ll be hosting a community fundraiser to benefit a young woman with cancer. Looking forward to being back with them on December 21st as they celebrate their patronal festival!
October 16, 2022: St. Stephen's, Goldsboro
October 16, 2022: St. Stephen's, Goldsboro Visit
October 9, 2022: La Sagrada Familia, Dunn
October 9, 2022: La Sagrada Familia Visit
Maravillosa visita esta mañana a la Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia!
October 2, 2022: St. Peter's Washington
October 2, 2022: St. Peter's, Washington Visit
Above are a few pictures from my visit today with the people of St. Peter’s Church in Washington, NC. Happy to be there as a part of their 200th anniversary celebrations. Five adults were received into The Episcopal Church today, four from St. Peter’s and one from St. Paul's Episcopal Church Greenville, NC.
September 25, 2022: St. George's, Engehard
September 25, 2022: St. George's, Engelhard
September 11, 2022: Grace Episcopal/Christ the King Lutheran
Tags: Notes From the Road