Bishop’s Bible Challenge

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Read the Bible with the Bishop in 2017

DIOPA ShieldStarting January 1, 2017, we will be reading the Bible together as the Diocese of Pennsylvania. Members of the Diocese, along with their friends, and family members are invited to join us on a journey through the Bible individually and communally.

We will be using the Bible Challenge reading plan found on the Center for Biblical Studies’ website. This program was developed in the Diocese of Pennsylvania by the Rev. Marek Zabriske, Rector of St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh. We are excited to be using this program as inspiration for our own DIOPA Bible Challenge.

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Ways to Participate

  • Register online at:
    • If you don’t use a computer or smart phone, you can register by calling the Diocesan office at 215.627.6434 to be registered by phone.


  • Download the Bible Challenge app from the iTunes or Google Play store. Search for “DIOPA Bible
    • Follow along with each day’s readings, either through reading text or by listening to audio.


  • Join the DIOPA Bishop’s Bible Challenge Facebook group for reflection and discussion on the readings.
    • Post your thoughts to social media by using the hashtags #diopabbc and #wordon
      You can add your friends to the Facebook group, or tag them in posts to engage in online small-group discussion.


  • Download a PDF copy of the reading schedule for yourself, or make a copy to give to a friend.
    • Copies of the reading schedule are available in St. Martin’s Parish House lobby.
      Note that the readings appear to be “missing” for every seventh day - that’s because those are Sundays. Come to church to hear the day’s lectionary or look it up using the link in your weekly e-Field Notes.

    Need a Bible?

    We’ve got some gift wrapped just for you! Stop by St. Martin’s to pick one up.

    Want to go deeper?

  • Join a Biblical Studies group - new members always welcome!

  • Attend our two upcoming Parish Forums on The Old and New Testaments coming up February 12 and 19.

  • Chat it up! St. Martin’s staff will host Bible Challenge Chats.
    • 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (beginning January 11) following SUPPER at St. Martin’s and Compline.

    The important thing to know is that you are not alone in this and you cannot mess this up! If you miss a day of reading, or a week for that matter, just jump back in to the schedule because there is no wrong way to do this. If you’d rather not read, the Bible App will play the day’s selections in a dramatized audio format for you to listen. If you don’t like one version of the bible, select a translation that suits you.

    So, let’s come together as a diocesan family and build the Kingdom of God - praying together, worshipping together, studying together - in this the “come and see” diocese. #diopalove #diopacomeandsee #wordon #diopabbc - there are multiple ways to connect!

    Regular Sunday Schedule

    8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
    9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
    10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

    Other Days

    Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

    Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

    Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

    Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

    Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

    We would love to have you join us.


    This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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