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Episcopal Schools Celebration

Episcopal Schools Celebration (ESC) celebrates the ministry of the nearly 1,200 Episcopal schools and early childhood education programs throughout the Episcopal Church. Whether it is at school, the parish or cathedral or at a diocesan-wide service or event, ESC is the time to give thanks and to proclaim to your community and the Church the good news that is your school!

Observed the week beginning with the first Sunday in October, ESC highlights a different aspect of Episcopal school identity and mission through the event's theme. Below you will find resources to help you plan your celebration and a bulletin insert for your use at worship services. A free poster is mailed to each member in August.

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2013–2014

October 6–12, 2013

I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me


Genesis 18:1–15
Psalm 15
Ephesians 2:14–22
Matthew 25:31–40

Suggested Hymns

El Himnario: 76, 146, 398, 408
The Hymnal 1982: 235, 421, 481, 495, 518, 525, 609, 610, 693 
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: 62, 74, 148, 152, 210, 217, 222, 227
My Heart Sings Out: 46, 74, 92, 150, 151, 153, 155
Voices Found: 21, 52, 68, 70, 82, 83, 84, 87
Wonder, Love, and Praise: 781, 795, 802

Collect for Episcopal Schools Celebration

God of knowledge and wisdom, we pray to you for all the schools across this country, which are part of the Episcopal Church. We remember them in their variety, in their differences, and in what they share. Give us open doors, open minds, and open hearts that we might accept, learn, and love everything and everyone whom you have given us. Help us to share our lives and what we have, and to learn from all those who are in school with us. We pray in the name of Jesus who opened his arms to all, young and old. Amen.

From John F. Smith, Cycle of Prayer for Episcopal Schools, 2nd ed. (New York: National Association of Episcopal Schools, 2008), 4.

Presiding Bishop's Message

Executive Director's Meditation
Bulletin Cover
Bulletin Insert

Save these Dates!

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2014–2015

October 5–11, 2014

Episcopal Schools Celebration 2015–2016

October 4–10, 2015