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tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Spring Training 2018 – April 28 in Augusta

Saturday, April 28, 2018
South Parish Congregational Church
9 Church Street
Augusta, Maine

“Jesus is Here. Right Here. Right Now.”


Gather with Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing, and growth. A church leader? A clergy person? Someone interested in spiritual growth or community outreach? With 20 workshops to choose from, you’ll find what you’re looking for. There’s no cost for this event which will be held at South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta.

Congregations and diocesan ministries and program groups are welcome to share their stories by hosting a display table. Click here to reserve a table.

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Learn more about each workshop offered.  Click for workshop descriptions.

Doors Open, Coffee Ready: 8:30 a.m.

Workshop Session I and Dwelling in the Word: 9:30-11:00 a.m.
New Liturgical Expressions – led by Stephen Lane
New Ideas for the Church of the Future – led by Michael Ambler
Christian Formation for Kids – led by Sherry Sivret
Pray Yin: Christian Yoga for Everybody – led by Leslie Lambert
In Their Shoes: – led by Hamet Ly, Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services
Getting to Know Your Congregation and Community – led by Terry Reimer

Plenary with remarks from Bishop Stephen Lane, worship, and music: 11:15 to Noon

Lunch: Noon to 12:30

Workshop Session II: 12:30-1:45 pm
Asset-Based Community Development, Part 1 – led by John Hennessy and Maria Hoecker
Living Local: Joining God – led by Team from St. Patrick’s, Brewer, and Jane Hartwell
Everyday Theology – led by Merle Marie Troeger
The Spirituality of Self-Care – led by Katie Holicky
Loving All Our Neighbors: Committee on Indian Relations – led by John Dieffenbacher-Krall
No-Cost and Low-Cost Ways to Collaborate and Communicate – led by Heidi Shott
Church Finances 101 – led by Terry Reimer

Workshop Session III: 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Asset-Based Community Development, Part 2 – led by John Hennessy and Maria Hoecker
Wisdom for Vestries – led by Michael Ambler
Ministry for Lay People – led by Stephen Lane
Theological Reflection Using Provocative Word – led by Emily Rotch and Emily Jenks
Songs for the World That Is Coming – led by Thew Elliot
Lay Eucharistic Ministry Training – leader TBA
Our Story is God’s Story – led by Nancy Moore


WHEN? Saturday, April 28, 2018.

TIME? Coffee and a snack are available from 8:30 – 9:15.  The workshops begin at 9:30 and end at 3:15.

WHERE? South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church Street in Augusta. (Click to locate it on Google Maps) A full schedule with workshop locations will be available at the registration table just inside the entrance from the parking lot.

PARKING? Please plan extra time so you can park in a municipal lot or on the street. Please don’t take one of the limited spaces in the church parking lot unless walking is difficult for you. South Parish is a four minute walk from the Dickman Street Parking Garage.

WHERE SHOULD I GO WHEN I ARRIVE?  The parking lot door will be the easiest to use. Register at the door and allow time for coffee, visiting, and browsing the display tables.

WHAT TO BRING? A bagged lunch. Be prepared to eat in a room without a table.

WHO CAN COME?  Everyone is invited, but registration is required so we can plan for you. The workshops were chosen to appeal to clergy, wardens, vestries, staff, teachers, lay leaders and all parishioners in churches around Maine.  Space is limited to 170 people.

WHERE DO I REGISTER? Register here. Registration will close if we reach capacity of 170 people. Otherwise, it will close on Tuesday, April 24. Sorry, group registration isn’t available. We need to get a headcount for workshops in order to put them in the right-sized rooms.

I FORGOT WHICH WORKSHOPS I REGISTERED FOR? Look at your confirmation email. Or use your best guess. Or check the list available at registration which will also indicate which workshops have unlimited seating.

HANDOUTS/DISPLAYS?  If you would like to highlight your church program or ministry, we invite you to reserve a display table. Reserve your display table here.

GRATITUDE:  Thank you to South Parish for their wonderful hospitality!

QUESTIONS? Ask Jane Hartwell at

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