Category Archives: Parishes

Choirs to Participate in the Consecration of our Bishop-Elect

An invitation from Michael Messina, Director of Music at Trinity, Indianapolis:

I invite you and your choirs to participate in the Consecration of our Bishop-elect, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, on Saturday 29 April, at 11 a.m., at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. Michael Boney, Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral; Brad Hughley, Director of Music at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis; our Bishop-elect and I have chosen the music and we hope that singers and choirs from all corners of the diocese will participate as The Consecration Choir in this historic service.

The choir will rehearse Friday, April 28, from 7-9 p.m., in Clowes Hall. We will also warm up and rehearse the morning of the consecration, from 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Singers must attend BOTH of these rehearsals in order to participate.

The repertoire is:

  • Vaughan Williams, O Clap Your Hands ($2.25/copy)
  • Richard Smallwood, arr. Doreen Rao, Total praise ($2.15/copy)
  • Wyton, This Joyful Eastertide (Out of print, I will send you a pdf copy)
  • and…a WIDE VARIETY of hymns and service music

If you need to purchase any or all of these pieces, you may contact Cliff Hill of Cliff Hill Music, cliff@cliffhillmusic.com, or 800-819-8772, and he will send them to you.

Please let me know (mmessina@trinitychurchindy.org) or 317-926-1346 by April 1 how many from your church will be singing, and what voice part they are, so that we might have a count and know how many are in each section.

We’re looking forward to a wonderful service, for a remarkable Bishop-elect, in an amazing diocese! Your presence will make it so!

Please let me know what questions you might have.

All the best.
Michael Messina, DMA
Director of Music
Trinity Episcopal Church

Pathways’ Pilot Parishes Announced

Bishop Catherine Waynick and Canon to the Ordinary, Bruce Gray, recently announced the appointment of Good Samaritan (Brownsburg), St. Alban’s (Indianapolis), St. John’s (Speedway) and Trinity (Lawrenceburg) as the Pathways to Vitality Pilot Parishes.

The goal of the Pathways’ Pilot Parish initiative is to assist these congregations in achieving enhanced sustainability by identifying their unique ministries, building vital congregational teams and developing practical financial and administrative skills.

Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., representatives from the Pilot Parishes will have an immersive learning experience consisting of an opening retreat, a series of workshops and small group meetings over the course of 18 months starting this summer.
“This peer-learning model is based upon action and reflection providing participants with the opportunity to intentionally integrate lessons into their congregational lives,” according to Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak, Pathways Curricula Consultant.

The central-Indiana Pilot Parishes also will host a curate residency program for Diocesan postulant, Erin Hougland, according to Canon Gray. “This residency program will provide Erin with priestly formation and leadership opportunities giving her the confidence and skills necessary for future parish ministry.”

According to Pathways Program Director, Melissa Hickman, the lessons learned from the work of the Pilot Parishes may be adapted and enhanced for other congregations in the future. “We believe the experiences of these parishes will help the Diocese create more transformative programming that supports sustainability, vitality, and innovation in our congregations and in our diocese.”

Flipping for Jesus

St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, was one of many parishes in the diocese that enjoyed a super-fun Mardi Gras themed pancake supper. Parish youth provided lots of colorful decorations, activities, and yummy pancakes and fixins’—proudly proclaiming by their t-shirts they were “Flipping for Jesus!”

Faith on Tap

 

St. John’s, Speedway, continues to offer “Faith on Tap”—a monthly inter-church meetup to help people navigate what it means to be LGBT and also a person of faith. The group meets monthly at bars and restaurants in the Speedway area.