Ministry Grants awarded to sixteen congregations for Spring 2022

Featured image: The most recent national Karen Episcopal Youth Day was hosted by a parish in Smyrna, Tennesee. Thanks in part to a diocesan Ministry Grant, the 2022 conference will be hosted right here in Central New York by Grace Episcopal Church in Utica! Karen people from all over the US will convene for a time of worship, celebration, fellowship and formation. 

The Diocesan Board has awarded sixteen Ministry Grants totaling $42,770.84 to parishes of the Diocese of Central New York in the Spring 2022 grant cycle. Ministry Grants fund projects that reflect diocesan ministry priorities including strengthening neighborhood connections, empowering youth and New Americans, digital ministry, and more. A second 2022 Ministry Grant cycle is planned for Fall 2022.

Ss. Peter & John Episcopal Church, Auburn: $1,058.91 for Digital Ministry

This grant will support improved internet services and upgrades to the church’s existing live-streaming setup, enhancing the quality and reach of existing digital ministries.

St. David’s Episcopal Church, Barneveld: $503 for Digital Ministry

This grant will support upgrades to the church’s existing live-streaming setup, enhancing the quality and reach of existing digital ministries.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Black River: $1,000 for Digital Ministry

This grant will provide live-streaming equipment to extend hospitality in worship.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge: $1,000 for Digital Ministry

This grant will fund the purchase of a projector and screen to be used in Sunday School classes, Bible studies, movie nights, vestry meetings, and other hybrid church activities.

Christ Episcopal Church, Clayton: $5,000 for Youth Dramatic Arts

This grant will allow 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the wider community to participate in the Fall 2022 “Page to Stage/Film” program of the Thousand Islands School for Dramatic Arts (hosted and supported by the church) at no cost. Youth will grow in confidence, social skills, and cross-cultural understanding by collaborating to create their own unique film and theater performances.

St. David’s Episcopal Church, DeWitt: $5,000 for Children’s Chorus and Community Yoga

This grant will fund the start-up costs for a new children’s chorus for 30-60 children in grades 3-6 in the wider CNY community, especially those who would not otherwise have the opportunity for such experiences. A smaller portion of the grant will support community yoga classes in summer 2022.

Diäŋdït Episcopal Chapel, East Syracuse: $5,000 for Jesus Flocks Community Food Pantry and Digital Ministry

This grant will support the chapel’s Jesus Flocks Food Pantry which partners with the Food Bank of Central New York to supplement grocery needs of low-income families in this South Sudanese Episcopal congregation and its wider community. Funds will also be used to purchase live-streaming equipment and other technical equipment in support of the congregation’s ultimate goal of transitioning to a paperless model.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, East Syracuse: $2,500 for “Hot Dogs in the Kingdom” and Digital Ministry

This grant will support five neighborhood “Hot Dogs in the Kingdom” events—free community meals to connect with Emmanuel’s neighbors. It will also support enhanced internet and a dedicated laptop to support live-streaming, extending hospitality in worship.

Christ Episcopal Church, Manlius: $5,000 for Supporting Veterans

This grant will provide funds for activities that strengthen the partnership between Christ Church and Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango. Elements of this partnership include: serving meals to 100 veterans weekly at a free Canteen Luncheon; helping to build a “Place for Reflection” on Clear Path’s property; sponsoring a “Blessing of the Animals” service and event open to all veterans.

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Moravia: $4,073.98 for Digital Ministry and Music Ministry

This grant will provide live-streaming equipment and cover one year’s subscription costs associated with online meetings and worship, as well as a keyboard and projector to enhance the worship experience for both online and in-person congregants.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, New Hartford: $3,000 for Digital Ministry

This grant will provide live-streaming equipment to extend hospitality in worship, as well as a new computer workstation to facilitate online meetings and increase administrative capacity.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Owego: $2,395 for Digital Ministry

This grant will provide live-streaming equipment to extend hospitality in worship.

St. James’ Episcopal Church, Pulaski: $2,239.95 for Digital Ministry

This grant will provide live-streaming equipment to extend hospitality in worship, as well as a new computer workstation to facilitate online meetings and increase administrative capacity.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Syracuse: $2,000 for Digital Ministry

This grant will provide live-streaming equipment, including a dedicated laptop, to extend hospitality in worship.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Syracuse: $2,000 for Digital Ministry

This grant will support upgrades to the church’s existing live-streaming setup, enhancing the quality and reach of existing digital ministries.

Grace Episcopal Church, Utica: $1,000 for Churchwide Karen Episcopal Youth Conference

This grant will support the church in hosting the churchwide Karen Episcopal Youth conference in July 2022. Karen people from all over the US will convene for a time of worship, celebration, fellowship and formation.

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