We Are...

We are Nevada Episcopalians

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“What I find most fulfilling in this job is that I, hopefully, provide hope for people who have lost all hope.”

Rev. Deacon Bonnie Polley

We are Our acts of Service

We are Episcopalians who are welcoming and caring. We engage in a wide variety of ministries across our Diocese. Some of these ministries are inspired by verses in Matthew 25. Only a portion of what we do is outlined below:

For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.

  • There are ministries throughout the diocese that feed people’s physical needs: breakfast, lunch, dinner, sack lunches, food pantries, Easter baskets, and weekend food for children in need. One parish has a ministry that provides a crockpot, recipe, and ingredients.
  • The spiritual hunger among Nevada’s youth is met by many of our churches. We support youth groups and scout troops, and we donate to the Galilee Campership Fund. Our young people attend Episcopal Youth Event and Teen Leadership Camp. Supplies are gathered and distributed to local schools and shelters. A Bikers Against Child Abuse chapter meets at one of our parishes.

I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

  • Churches throughout the state have sponsored refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and the Congo.
  • We have 31 parishes, an Episcopal Camp and Retreat Center, and 2 outreach centers. We strive to make all feel welcome.

I was naked and you gave me clothing.

  • Tennis shoes, sweatshirts, backpacks, and school supplies are provided by many of our churches to their neighborhood schools. Other parishes provide clothing, diapers, and bedding for newborns.
  • A hat ministry provides for the homeless and disadvantaged. Parishes support a thrift store to provide gently used clothing and housewares to people in need.

I was sick and you took care of me.

  • Throughout the diocese people support medical clinics and schools in Kenya.
  • Members of our many Prayer Shawl Ministries knit shawls for those hospitalized or facing terminal illness.

I was in prison and you visited me.

  • Our largest parish outside of the major metropolitan areas is at the Lovelock Correctional Center. St. Thomas the Believer exists to provide for the spiritual needs of the inmates. A volunteer priest and deacon oversee this parish. Inmates become Worship Leaders, Eucharistic Ministers and Teachers. Upon release, some inmates join local churches where they find help with housing, jobs, and emotional support as they adjust to life “outside the walls”.
  • Other Nevada Episcopalians are chaplains or volunteers in county jails, participate in Kairos, other prison ministries, and twelve-step programs.

There are numerous other ministries in our diocese not represented above, but equally important. We are a diocese that takes care of those in need.  We also take our acts of charity a step further.  We are involved in social justice programs to address issues that are at the core of these needs.  One example is the involvement of all southern parishes in Nevadans for the Common Good, a community-based lobbying organization. This organization has worked on issues in education, elder care, immigration, child and adult sex trafficking, hunger, and healthcare.