236th Annual Diocesan Convention

Saturday, March 7, 2020





Diocesan Convention is a time when clergy and representatives from around our diocese gather to share in the polity of the Church, upholding the common mission and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. All are welcome to join us as we worship together, conduct business, and listen to presentations.


This year's one-day convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 2349 Marlton Pike West in Cherry Hill, NJ on Saturday, March 7, 2020 beginning at 7:00 a.m. with registration. Upon entering the main doors at the Crowne, please proceed through the lobby to the corridor outside the Grand Ballroom to sign in for your convention materials and voting keypad.

PLEASE NOTE - Seating at Convention: During the business sessions, all voting members (clergy and lay) must sit towards the front of the

Grand Ballroom at tables. Visitors may occupy chairs at the back of the Grand Ballroom.



A limited number of hotel rooms are available, should you need accommodations for Friday night. To receive the convention rate, please call 1-888-233-9527 by February 14, 2020 and mention The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey when making reservations. Or you can register online at https://book.passkey.com/e/49909118. Be sure to make your reservations early before the rooms are gone.



Clergy, deputies, visitors, and guests attending convention are expected to register online: https://tinyurl.com/Convention236 or complete the registration form. You can fax it to 609 394-8015 or mail it to 808 West State St., Trenton, NJ 08618-5326. Deadline to register and order meals for convention is February 21, 2020.



Due to the one-day convention, space for exhibitors is extremely limited and on a first come, first served basis. If you plan to exhibit at this one-day convention, please register promptly here: https://tinyurl.com/Convention236EXH or complete the exhibitor registration form by February 21, 2020. You can fax it to 609 394-8015 or mail it to 808 West State St., Trenton, NJ 08618-5326.



All clergy and deputies are invited to attend one or more of the pre-convention hearings to learn more about the budget, resolutions, and canons being presented at convention. Meetings will be from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. hosted at the following sites:


January 29, 2020

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Grace, Pemberton


January 29, 2020

7-9 p.m.

Holy Spirit, Tuckerton



January 30, 2020

7-9 p.m.

St. Peter's, Clarksboro


February 4, 2020

7-9 p.m.

Holy Spirit, Lebanon


February 6, 2020

1:30-3:30 p.m.

St. Luke's, Metuchen


February 6, 2020

7-9 p.m.

St. Peter's Spotswood




Deputy Certification Form - canonical requirement:

Please fax or mail all names of deputies and alternates to Diocesan House on the form titled 'Lay Deputy Certification.' The deadline is January 15, 2020 or within three days of your annual meeting. If your deputies and alternates are not on our certified master list, their convention packet will not include voting materials. Please remember to call Diocesan House with any changes after submitting names. If you have misplaced your form which was mailed in October, please go to our website or call Diocesan House for a new form.


Convention packets will include the following: Agenda, Site Layout, Rules of Order, The Budget, Constitution and Canons, Resolutions, Nominating Committee Report, Eucharist booklet, and voting information and materials where applicable. All other reports will be posted on the diocesan website: www.dioceseofnj.org as they become available.


Banners: There will NOT be a banner procession this year.


Ushers: Volunteers for ushering are needed at the Crowne Plaza Saturday morning at convention. If you are willing and able to help, please email or call Ann Notte at anotte@dioceseofnj.org or 609 394-5281 ext. 41.

Registered Ushers must meet at the Crowne Plaza at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, for instruction on duties at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist and other areas of convention.


Registered volunteers to help with registration must attend an orientation on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza and must be at their assigned stations by 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7. Please contact Ann Notte if you can help: anotte@dioceseofnj.org


Clergy: Please remember to bring your oil bottles to convention. They can be dropped in baskets on the Handout or Information Tables.


236th Annual Diocesan Convention

Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill, NJ

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, March 7, 2020

7:00 – 9:30 a.m. ……………………………………. Convention Registration/Exhibit Set-up

7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ……………………………………. Breakfast, Cash purchase at site

9:00 a.m. …………………………………………… Eucharist

12:00 p.m. ……... …………………………………... Lunch, Pre-paid box lunch

12:45 p.m. …………………………………………... Business Session


• Convention coordinator, Ann Notte - 609 394-5281 ext. 41 or anotte@dioceseofnj.org

• Exhibit questions: Mary Ann Rhoads - 609 394-5281 ext. 11 or mrhoads@dioceseofnj.org

• Registration questions: Mary Anne Clisham - 609 394-5281 ext. 10 or mclisham@dioceseofnj.org

• Volunteer questions (ushers/registration): Ann Notte - 609 394-5281 ext. 41 or anotte@dioceseofnj.org

Check our website, www.dioceseofnj.org for updates posted as available.

  • Deadline for accommodations: February 14, 2020 - https://book.passkey.com/e/49909118
  • Deadline for registration: February 21, 2020 – https://tinyurl.com/Convention236
  • Deadline for exhibitor registration: February 21, 2020 - https://tinyurl.com/Convention236EXH

NOTE: Schedule subject to change

Crowne Plaza

2349 West Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Click here for directions

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