Very Reverend Jonathan Ivanoff led a Parish Growth Ministry Seminar at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church on Saturday, April 20, 2013, attended by 27 participants from parishes throughout Connecticut. Fr Ivanoff has long been considered a leader in the field of church growth ministry, and his three presentations served to enlighten and uplift. Pastor at Saint John the Theologian Orthodox Church, Long Island, NY, for the past two decades, Fr Jonathan is the Director of Orthodox Natural Church Development. Since 1998, Fr Jonathan has worked with more than 80 parishes in the field of Parish Growth Development.
The diocesan "Parish Grant Initiative" will continue in 2013. Parishes in the New England Diocese can apply for financial grants to support outreach and charity programs in their communities. The diocese has again budgeted up to $10,000 in grant monies to help support parishes in these efforts. Applications will be reviewed as received.
The Diocese of New England makes available limited scholarships for modest financial assistance according to the following guidelines:
A scholarship applicant must:
1) Be a parishioner of a member parish of the Diocese of New England, Orthodox Church in America; 2) Be currently enrolled, as a full–time student, in a degree granting program at an accredited Orthodox seminary with the knowledge and blessing of the diocesan bishop.
Below is a short video of the missionary efforts to the Turkana people of Africa. Fr. and Matushka Aleandro (of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Southbury, CT) have made several missionary trips to this part of Africa. You can see Matushka teaching and Fr. Vladimir dancing in the video.
May our Good Lord Bless their love and missionary zeal to these people of Turkana!
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Youth Rally Adult Volunteers Needed - 04/06/13
We require volunteer adult staff members for the New England Diocesan Youth Rally 2013. Adult Staff Members need to be active Orthodox Christian communicants of at least 18 years old who have the blessing of their parish priest to participate and who have been aprroved as staff by Fr. John Hopko, Rally Director, on behalf of the Diocese of New England