ESSEX, NY – As a parish under the pastoral oversight of the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, bishop of Vermont, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, New York, shares in mission and ministry with The Episcopal Church in Vermont. The parish’s Libros Para Los Niños ministry works to provide the best possible education for children in the poorest areas of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, providing monetary support and educational tools to make this possible. Libros Para Los Niños has worked with over 20 schools in the Dominican Republic since 2007, and in 2017 began working with six schools in Haiti. In November 2018, The Episcopal Church in Vermont provided $2,500 in grant funding to complete a science laboratory in the École Saint Esprit in Lascohobas, Haiti. Read more about the experiences of the traveling team and view photos here.
About the Alleluiafund. Because of your generosity in 2017 and 2018, the Alleluiafund exceeded its goal. This means, not only did we meet our predetermined commitments to Rock Point Camp, Rock Point Property, and various local and global outreach ministries, but we were also able to provide additional funding for many more things that make you say, “Alleluia!” The Alleluiafund supports vital ministries that are beyond the capacity of our diocesan budget, and every dollar raised goes directly to selected ministries. Historically, the selected ministries have included Rock Point Camp, Rock Point Commons, and various other outreach ministries agreed upon at each year’s Annual Convention. In 2019, we agreed to focus on Rock Point, Rock Point Camp, and ministries related to the priorities set by our Presiding Bishop and the General Convention, which include reconciliation, evangelism, and creation care.