2014 Convention Workshops

Friday, November 21 – 9:00 - 10:15 am

Hispanic Ministry (Junior Ballroom C)
Led by St. Helena/Santa Elena, Burr Ridge and Sagrada Familia, Lake Villa 
These two congregations have developed strong relationships between their Hispanic and Anglo congregations. If you are interested in establishing a relationship with the Hispanic community near your congregation, please come and learn how to start the conversation that can bring about a world of new possibilities.  

Small Group Ministry (Junior Ballroom B) 
Led by St. Luke's, Evanston and St. Paul and the Redeemer, Chicago 
This workshop will provide information about building and fostering essential and meaningful relationships with others in your congregation. Small group ministry has led to a stronger sense of relationship with the church and vitality within the congregation. Come and learn new and effective ways to do small groups in your church.  

Stewardship (Junior Ballroom A)
Led by St. Augustine's, Wilmette
Invitations to people’s homes! Building community! Three questions and conversation about a church we love! Join Kristin White and Bryan Cones for a discussion about Keeping the Feast, this year’s giving campaign at St. Augustine’s, Wilmette. We will reflect on the stewardship trajectory from last year to this year and then look forward to what the future holds.

Thrive Congregations (Cypress A) 
Congregational teams share stories of their experience of the Thrive program and outcomes, results or new programs that emerged as a result of their participation in Thrive. These presentations will be led by congregations who have completed the entire two-year program. Thrive is a congregational vitality initiative with a goal of making each and every congregation who participates able to recognize, promote and foster vitality in their congregation and community. Please come and hear about their experiences.

Friday, November 21 – 10:30 - 11:45 am

Community Outreach (Junior Ballroom C) 
Led by St. Paul's, DeKalb, St. Paul's, Peoria, and St. Chad's, Loves Park
Learn some new ways to approach community outreach in your area. The two St. Paul's congregations and St. Chad's have different, but very thriving, outreach ministries that have become essential to their communities. This workshop will help you find new ideas and ways to achieve outreach in your community.  

Convention Choir Rehearsal (Grand Ballroom)
Led by Dent Davidson
Volunteers singing in the Convention Choir gather for rehearsal.  

Glorifying Strangers (Junior Ballroom A)
Led by Sara Miles, founder and director of The Food Pantry and Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco 
What does it mean to go beyond welcome, and build churches that are transformed by being open to the gifts that strangers bring? What is the theology of welcome, and what are its practices? Come and find new ways to go deeper in welcoming and being in relationship with others.  

Small Group Ministry (Junior Ballroom B) 
Led by St. Luke's, Evanston and St. Paul and the Redeemer, Chicago 
This workshop will provide information about building and fostering essential and meaningful relationships with others in your congregation. Small group ministry has led to a stronger sense of relationship with the church and vitality within the congregation. Come and learn new and effective ways to do small groups in your church.  

Thrive Congregations (Cypress A)
Congregational teams share stories of their experience of the Thrive program and outcomes, results or new programs that emerged as a result of their participation in Thrive. These presentations will be led by congregations who have completed the entire two-year program. Thrive is a congregational vitality initiative with a goal of making each and every congregation who participates able to recognize, promote and foster vitality in their congregation and community. Please come and hear about their experiences.

Saturday, November 22 – 9:00 - 10:15 am

Children's Formation (Junior Ballroom B) 
Led by St. Lawrence, Libertyville and Grace, Sterling 
Children of all ages learn and grow and experience God in different ways. It's important to have opportunities for children to express their creativity and questions while learning about the Gospel. These two congregations have different, but both vital and enriching children's formation programs. The resources they can provide will surely be able to assist congregations wishing to try something new or expand (or start!) their children's ministry.  

Convention Choir Rehearsal (Grand Ballroom)
Led by Dent Davidson
Volunteers singing in the Convention Choir gather for rehearsal. 

Global Mission (Cypress B)
Led by St. Barnabas, Glen Ellyn 
If your congregation is interested in beginning a relationship with one of our companion dioceses or a congregation in another Episcopal diocese, you'll want to hear the story of St. Barnabas' relationship with South Sudan. Grace Ramirez, high school student and winner of the Bishop's Award in 2012, will also be speaking about her role in this important ministry that has fed the life of her congregation in St. Barnabas and has come to be one of their foremost ministries.  

Intergenerational Worship (Formerly Family Worship) (Junior Ballroom A)
Led by Shawn Schreiner and Grace, Oak Park 
If you have, or are interested in having, a dynamic and fun worship service geared toward people ages 0-105, Grace Church in Oak Park wil share examples of their intergenerational style of worship, which has been wildly successful in their community. The Intergenerational Worship Service is designed for all persons to be able to experience and worship God in new and accessible ways. 

Thrive Congregations (Cypress A)
Congregational teams share stories of their experience of the Thrive program and outcomes, results or new programs that emerged as a result of their participation in Thrive. These presentations will be led by congregations who have completed the entire two-year program. Thrive is a congregational vitality initiative with a goal of making each and every congregation who participates able to recognize, promote and foster vitality in their congregation and community. Please come and hear about their experiences.

Thriving Musically:  Vitality and Music Ministry (Junior Ballroom C)
Led by St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Chicago and All Saints' Episcopal Church, Chicago
Learn how music has contributed to the vitality of these two congregations and come away with practical tips for how to light some musical fires in your own congregation.

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