Christian Formation at any age is important. The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire is committed to supporting lifelong spiritual formation to build a dynamic and informed faith foundation for all seekers.
Children and Families
Children's enthusiastic expressions of faith can help transform the church and everyone in it. To assist children in fully participating in their church communities and in exploring their own ministries, we encourage imagination for those who work with children.
The Episcopal Church is serious in its call to love, shelter, protect, and defend children within its own community and in the world. The General Convention of The Episcopal Church adopted the Safe Church Resolution (B008) in 2003 to “Protect Children and Youth from Abuse.” By keeping our children safe we can empower them to grow, receiving and responding to God’s love.
On a local basis, congregations throughout the state are finding creative ways and places to be “be church” for children and their busy families.
Youth and Young Adult Ministry
The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire involves middle school and high school youth in the life of the church in a variety of ways – through serving in the local church, working in local communities, organizing Diocesan youth events, and participating in events planned by Province 1 and the Episcopal Church. Youth programming is supported by paid staff in several of our parishes, and by volunteer staff in many of our congregations.
Goals for youth ministry include:
- Undertake a study of youth ministry demographics and trends in New Hampshire
- Collaboration with Province 1 youth ministry efforts
- A Diocesan-wide youth event in March 2015
- 213th Annual Convention in 2015 will be youth-themed and, in part, youth-planned
- Participation in EYE 2017 by New Hampshire youth and clergy
Local congregations in towns in New Hampshire have varying degrees of presence and ministry among college students.
The Rev. Michael Bradley of St. George’s in Durham hosts a weekly fellowship for UNH students.
The Rev. Guy Collins ministers to students at Dartmouth College in Hanover through Edgerton House at St. Thomas Church. In addition, The Rev. Nancy Vogele, a priest of the Church of New Hampshire, serves as Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the Tucker Foundation of Dartmouth College.
The Rev. Mark Jenkins and St. James Church promote Episcopal presence in the community of Keene and Keene State College; and The Rev. Grace Burson of Church of the Holy Spirit serves as a Campus Chaplain at Plymouth State College.
Congregations around the state offer a wide variety of ongoing theological study and reflection for adults.
In New Hampshire, Education for Ministry (EfM) – a four year certification program in theological education - is coordinated by Jerry Tepe of St. Paul’s Church in Concord. You can reach Jerry at email@example.com. You can also visit the EfM website http://efm.sewanee.edu/.
To reach a local EfM group, please contact one of these leaders.