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Well, for a multitude of reasons, this is the first time since we launched this webpage that I have tried to post some current news.  Please check back from time to time for future postings.

I am constantly amazed at how wide-reaching our ministry is.  Not only do we donate books to Episcopal churches and other ministries all over the world, we also acquire books from everywhere.  A current example:  a very historic parish – St. James Church in Elmhurst, Queens – does a wonderful job ministering to the growing population of Chinese immigrants in its neighborhood.  In order to enable the worship needs of its Chinese members they recently asked us for a grant of copies of the bi-lingual Book of Common Prayer, and copies of the Bible in Chinese.  As a further reflection of their diversity, they requested that some of the Bibles be in traditional Chinese script and some in contemporary script.  The BCP’s came from our local publishing house.  The Bibles had to be imported from a publishing house in Hong Kong!

Other recent grants have gone to parishes in Southampton, PA, Greensboro, NC and San Jose, CA; to the Diocese of Arizona for their Hispanic ministry and the Diocese of South Dakota for their ministry on Indian reservations.

Our society for more than two hundred years has been enabling and providing for the worshipping needs of congregations everywhere.  We will be happy to consider a grant request from your congregation.  And we will be very happy to accept a donation if you would like to assist us in our ministry.

The Rev. Dr. David G. Henritzy, Director

Categories Archive, News | Tags: | Posted on May 7, 2012

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The Bible and Common Prayer Book Soceity of The Episcopal Church

The Bible and Common Prayer Book Society of the Episcopal Church was founded in New York City by Bishop John Henry Hobart in 1809. It was originally set up to serve the needs of the Diocese of New York, but through the years the Society's mission has been expanded to include parishes all around the Episcopal Church. The Society's earliest grants were confined to Bibles and Books of Common Prayer, but our ministry has also grown to include The Hymnal and other musical resources such as Wonder, Love and Praise. Our ministry now also includes worship resources in other languages, most notably Spanish. We are able to make donations of El Himnario, El Libro de Oración Común, and Spanish-language Bibles. We also make the Prayer Book available in French and in Chinese. Even with all this diversity, the Society exists for a single purpose – to help provide worship materials for worshipping communities. The Bible and Common Prayer Book Society is an independent charitable organization and our financial resources are entirely limited to past and current donations. We receive no funds from any other organization.

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