Plan an Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday

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A Day to Remember Those in Need
Congregations are invited to observe Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on the first Sunday in Lent, or another convenient Sunday.

At the 2009 General Convention, Lent was officially designated as a time to encourage dioceses, congregations, and individuals to remember and support the life-saving work of Episcopal Relief & Development. We invite all Episcopalians to join together on Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, and throughout the Lenten season, to pray for those living in need.

Please also consider dedicating a special offering in support of our mission to assist people impacted by poverty worldwide. All gifts from these events will be designated to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Global Needs Fund. This fund enables the agency to reach those most in need around the world.

Download “How to Observe Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday.”

Worship Resources are available as well.

Bulletin Inserts are available to download here.

Here is a sample version of Prayers of the People that your congregation might use or adapt for local use. [Link downloads a Microsoft Word document.]

This prayer, written in collect form, is appropriate for addition to an Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday liturgy. [Link downloads a Microsoft Word document.]

Any time the Eucharist is celebrated with special intentions for the work of Episcopal Relief & Development, the celebrant may use this Proper Preface at the appointed time during The Great Thanksgiving. [Link downloads a Microsoft Word document.]

Other materials like Lenten Meditations booklets and pew envelopes are available from Forward Movement. Visit the online store or call 1.800.543.1813. Please indicate that the materials will be used for Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday.

Please adapt these suggestions to suit the needs of your congregation, and be as creative as you like. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.