The Bishop’s visit to a congregation should be a time for celebration of the ministry of the whole congregation.
Think about how the Bishop can be a part of the life of your church. He can:
- Meet with confirmands prior to the service
- Meet with vestry and wardens following the service
- Teach an adult education class on any of the following topics
- The first 50 years of the Church
- How the Episcopal Church works
- How the Episcopal Church came to be
- What does a Bishop do all day?
- Spend time with a children’s or youth Sunday School Class
The Bishop loves to hear about the history of church buildings, windows and organs, have someone share something special with him.
If you have other ideas please feel free to ask – please confirm any events with Keri Mills (firstname.lastname@example.org) before you publicize any events.
Use the Bishop’s visit as an opportunity to publicize your congregation. Write an article about the Bishop’s visit for your local newspaper and send it to them 10 days before the visit. Here is a draft of an article you can adapt.
Bishop Franklin collects ducks (not live ones). His goal is to have 1057 ducks by the end of his episcopate (ask him why). You might think about ways to work presenting one (or several) ducks to him during his visit.
Bishop Franklin’s 2017 Visitation Schedule
Please check with the Bishop’s Secretary, Keri Mills at 716-881-0660 x11 if you believe there is a discrepancy in any date listed below, as unforeseen circumstances may result in changes to this visitation schedule.
January 8 – St. Jude’s, Buffalo
January 15 – St. Luke’s, Attica
January 29 – St. Peter’s, Eggertsville
February 5 – St. Mark’s & All Saints’, Buffalo
February 12 – St. Paul’s Cathedral
February 26 – Calvary, Williamsville
March 5 – Cathedral 200th Anniversary
Saturday March 18 – Trinity, Lancaster
March 19 – St. Paul’s, Harris Hill
March 26 – St. Patrick’s, Cheektowaga
April 2 – St. Mark’s, LeRoy
April 9 – Trinity, Buffalo
April 16 – Easter – St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo
September 10 – St. Paul’s, Holley
September 17 – Trinity, Warsaw
October 1 – St. Stephen’s, Olean
October 8 – St. Peter’s, Westfield
October 15 – St. Mary’s, Salamanca
October 22 – St. Luke’s, Jamestown
October 29 – St. James’, Batavia
November 5 – Grace, Randolph
November 12 – St. Mark’s, Orchard Park
November 19 – St. Michael & All Angels’, Buffalo
December 3 – Ascension, Buffalo
December 10 – St. John’s, Medina
December 17 – St. Paul’s, Stafford