Apostolic Vicar Philip Jones visited the Florida Network of Mission Parishes on Saturday, September 13, at Prince of Peace Parish in Melbourne, Florida. Network Leader the Very Rev. Donald Curran of Christ the King in Ocala, Florida, graciously hosted the event.
The day opened with prayer and praise, and Bishop Jones spent the morning sharing a powerful Bible study, including how Christ laid a claim on his heart for mission, evangelism and church planting. In the afternoon, the Rev. Canon Kevin Donlon presented on the nature of The Mission’s Anglican identity and relationships in the Anglican Communion.
Laity and clergy then shared a wonderful lunch, thanks to the hospitality of the Rev. Gray Echols, Rector of Prince of Peace. It allowed attendees to spend time making connections about what is happening in one other’s Network parishes.
After lunch, the clergy reported on some of the dynamic ministries taking place in Florida. A few of the exciting developments included:
- A planned church plant from Anglican Church of the Word in Hollywood to Miami
- Outreach to the persecuted church at Prince of Peace in Melbourne
- Development of a Haitian ministry at Resurrection in Tampa
- Outreach to Kibondo from Being Christ Church in Holiday
- Prophetic ministry at Solid Rock in Winter Haven
- A new building at Christ the King in Ocala
- Collaborative partnership for Trinity Parish and St. Philips in Orlando.
“It is clear that The Anglican Mission is alive and well in Florida,” Canon Kevin says.