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 Lorraine Hapeman (email@example.com) 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 2018-2019 Visitation Schedule
Please check with the Bishop’s Secretary, Lorraine Hapeman 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.
September 9, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Gowanda
September 23, 2018 – St. James’, Batavia
September 30, 2018 – St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Grand Island
October 7, 2018 – St. Barnabas’, Franklinville
October 14, 2018 – St. John the Baptist, Dunkirk
October 21, 2018 – St. John’s, Wilson/St. Andrew’s, Burt
November 4, 2018 – St. Stephen’s, Niagara Falls
December 2, 2018 – St. David’s, West Seneca
December 9, 2018 – St. Jude’s, Buffalo
December 16, 2018 – St. Matthew’s, Buffalo
January 13, 2019 – Advent, Kenmore
January 27, 2019 – St. John’s, Youngstown/St. Paul’s, Lewiston
February 3, 2019 – Calvary, Williamsville
February 10, 2019 – St. Paul’s, Mayville
February 24, 2019 – St. Matthias’, East Aurora
March 3, 2019 – St. Paul’s, Springville
March 10, 2019 – Good Shepherd, Irving
March 17, 2019 – St. Mark’s, North Tonawanda
March 24, 2019 – Trinity, Buffalo
March 31, 2019 – St. Andrew’s, Buffalo