|Date Posted||January 7, 2022|
Rhode Island (Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew)
|Compensation||$30822 plus half SECA|
|Diocesan Compensation Info||https://www.episcopalri.org/11985-2/|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Is there a rectory?||No|
|Communicants in Good Standing||177|
|Average Sunday Attendance||58|
|Child Population in Church School||6|
|Adult Population in Church School||5|
|Teacher Population in Church School||2|
Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.
Funding is provided for cell phone, continuing education, sabbatical, and professional meeting fees. It is the diocesan standard that clergy contribute 17% toward their medical plan.
Liturgical style and practice
Our liturgical style is broad church. We normally have a Sunday 10 AM service using Rite II with music. Occasionally we have Morning Prayer when we do not have a priest. We would also like to have a Morning Prayer service once during the week. We would like to go back to having a Taizé service once a month on a weekday evening. We hope to offer a more contemporary youth service twice a month on a Sunday evening, which could be in place of the 10 AM Sunday service (either in place of the morning service or for which a lay person would lead MP).
We are embracing ministries outside of our worship community. Recently, we adopted Dorcas International Institute of RI to help immigrants from other countries make new lives here in RI, realizing that following in Jesus’ footsteps means helping our brothers and sisters in need no matter where they are from.
Our congregation is very responsive when asked, which we do through bulletins, announcements, the newsletter, and personal invitation.
The Church Mice Ministry members keep in contact with those who are shut ins, or who are in care facilities. We send note cards, make visits and phone calls, and deliver cookies throughout the year.
With help from the Diocese, we have realized we must be flexible in our expectations and wants/needs. Clergy shortages have proved that we need to learn to adapt to a new way of doing church. Morning Prayer with a licensed Worship Leader or our Deacon Michele have become a norm. Having a licensed Preacher in our community has helped as well. Utilizing supply clergy has been a wonderful experience by which we have met several well-loved priests and have experienced different styles of liturgy and sermons. Learning to be flexible and open to change is hard, yet we are adapting and learning.
We have had significant conflict within our community, and we have addressed it in several ways. At times we talked it over amongst ourselves and if that didn’t work, we asked the Diocese to help. We have had a mediator help us with certain members of our congregation who were unwilling to let past issues rest. We learned how to address those folks who are disruptive and to move them in a more positive direction.
Stewardship is a challenge. This year we are going old school and doing a simplified every member canvas. When we ask for money for a special donation or ministry our community steps up yet pledging is still a struggle. We have regular weekly pledging members who use the envelopes as well as participate in online pledging. We are working on increasing our pledging members, while encouraging all forms of giving.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, Canon to the Ordinary
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