An Important Ministry

On June 12, 2016,   a devoted member of our congregation was ordained as a Permanent Deacon. She will assist the Bishop in ministry as needed in the Diocese. She has written us concerning her formation:

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Advent – 2015
Dear Friends;
It is the beginning of Advent, the season of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ into the world, return of the Light, a new Church year, a fresh start.
It also marks the Church year during which the first vocational deacons will be ordained (God Willing and the People Assenting) by Bishop Rob since he began his Episcopacy in 2013. The date has been set for June 12th at 4 p.m., place TBA. Stay tuned in the coming months for details! First I and the other candidates to the vocational diaconate must successfully complete ordination exams, which we will be doing in December.
Thank you all for your continued love, support and prayers over these many months!
When I first began deacon formation school, three years seemed so long! But now that we are in our final year the time is going by so quickly. I have cherished the opportunity to gather in community at St. Anne’s Bethany House in Arlington, Massachusetts each month with my fellow postulants and candidates. We have become a close-knit and supportive community. Being amongst others from different dioceses has planted some seeds for possible future ministry and projects in the dioceses of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island in areas such as race relations, disaster preparedness refugee ministry and earth care to name a few. We are all ready to go out and spread Christ’s love in a broken world.
Since late September, I have been helping out at Church of the Woods, twice monthly and attending a few other churches to get a better idea where the Bishop might place me after ordination. I will be at Church of the Woods through May.
We would love to have you join us at a Church of the Woods service. Contact the office at 603-731-5013 to arrange a time, if it’s a large group. Services are every Sunday, year round at 2 p.m., 92 Foster Road, Canterbury. For the hardy services continue into the winter months, too. Bring snow shoes! Website:
Even though I am not often physically present with you, I continue to pray for you all during times of sickness and sorrow, and give thanks with you during joyful moments.
Wishing you all a blessed Advent until we meet again!

Faithfully, Johanna