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  • June 27, 2018 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As some of you may know, Parish of the Epiphany recently became a member of Stephen Ministries. Stephen Ministry is one-to-one lay caregiving ministry is named for Stephen, one of the first seven laypeople called by the church to assist the apostles in caring for others. (You can read Stephen’s story in Acts 6 and 7.) Stephen Ministry is spiritual care-giving to someone who has lost a loved one, who is ill, recently divorced, retired, an empty-nest parent, or any other major life transition.

    Earlier this month, Barbara DeWolfe, Ted Kellogg, Gloria Korta, Joan O’Connor, and Miriam Gelfer traveled to Orlando for a week of training to become Stephen Leaders for Epiphany. This dedicated team will be recruiting and training parishioners to become Stephen Ministers. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from being a skilled, compassionate listener and spiritual caregiver? In the next few months, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. To learn more about Stephen Ministry, speak to any member of our Team or to Thomas. You can learn more about Stephen Ministries here

  • May 30, 2018 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Position Summary

    A part-time, hourly position to serve in a large Episcopal Church in suburban Boston, Massachusetts. The ideal candidate is passionate about working with teens in both middle and high school. This person must be engaging and creative, able to create lessons to meet multiple learning styles, willing to work collaboratively with volunteers and staff, and interested in the spiritual development of teens. The youth minister will report to the director of family formation and will work collaboratively with all other clergy and lay staff, as well as a committed group of lay leaders. The youth minister will be primarily responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing our youth groups.

    The Parish of the Epiphany has a rich history of forming children, youth, and families through worship, learning, and mission. In the past three years, many new families have joined our community and we have experienced a revitalization of both the high school and middle school youth programs. We have been successful connecting the youth in these strong core programs into the life of our parish community as seen in the revitalization of our acolyte program, the creation of a high school choir, an increase in youth participation in our worship as lay Eucharistic ministers and lectors, and the commitment of youth volunteers as Vacation Bible School counselors and as volunteers at parish events. The successful candidate will bring with her or him flexibility, creativity, excitement, and charisma as we continue to expand and integrate all of our youth programming.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Enhance our two youth groups: one for middle school and one for high school-aged teens.
    • Develop relationships with youth and their families by attending community events, reaching out to teens on special occasions, and participating in the life of the Parish of the Epiphany
    • With the Director of Faith Formation, develop and oversee a youth acolyte training program.
    • Communicate with all constituencies through multiple media as appropriate.
    • Work collaboratively with the clergy, the director of family formation, and the director of music and all other staff to achieve goals across all of the parish’s programs.
    • Participate in Children’s Ministry Committee meetings and occasionally attend staff meetings.
    • Coordinate opportunities for youth to participate in regular mission and outreach opportunities.

    Essential Qualifications

    • Passion for ministry with teens and families; deep regard for spiritual and religious life
    • Ability to nurture and build friendships within the youth groups and to meet each youth where they are on their spiritual journey.
    • Ability to recognize when a youth is ready to make a deeper commitment to our faith community, to discern their gifts and interests, and to appropriately introduce them into areas in the larger worship community that will nurture them.
    • Ability to advocate for youth as full participants in our community.
    • Have strong communication skills both verbal and written.
    • Ability to take initiative, to work both independently and collaboratively, and to develop and encourage individuals and teams

    Work Schedule

    This is a part-time, 15-hour per week position offering competitive compensation rates commensurate with experience. There is some flexibility to work from home. Availability on Sundays is essential as is availability for occasional youth retreats and overnights.

    To Apply

    Please email a resume and a brief statement of interest to: Ms. Sarah Twiss, Parish Administrator: office@3crowns.org

  • May 02, 2018 12:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you poke your head into the Dewart Room (the room net to the Chapel), you will see on the far wall a friendly shepherd waving to you as he guides his sheep. This picture is one of a series of photographs that were taken during our visit to the Holy Land in 2015. Along with 36 other pilgrims, we spent nearly two weeks walking, learning and praying where Jesus walked, taught and prayed. The photographs, along with their accompanying descriptions and Bible quotations, attempt to reflect some of the beauty, history and spiritual power of that amazing, holy region.

    This exhibit was sponsored by Epiphany's Gifts and Memorials committee, thanks to a bequest from Margaret Hemmingsen. Margaret's gift also funded the renovation and refurnishing of the Dewart Room.

    We hope you enjoy the exhibit!
    Scott and Mary Street

  • January 30, 2018 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here to read Thomas J. Brown's annual address to the Parish.  The address was given on the occasion of the Parish's Annual Meeting on 28 January 2018.  To hear his address click here.

  • January 12, 2018 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wider in Welcome: a reflection from Thomas J. Brown

    The Parish of the Epiphany has long been a community committed to welcoming all. In celebrating the Eucharist we have widened our welcome in two ways. First, several years ago, we began administering communion in front of the pulpit. We did this both to support the number of people for whom the chancel steps were a barrier, and also to expedite that part of the worship service. Second, in the last few years we have responded to people with celiac disease by consecrating rice or bean wafers. 

    Effective Sunday, 7 January 2018, we will use non-alcoholic wine or grape juice at the pulpit station. Holy Communion with sherry or port will continue to be administered at the rail near the high altar.

    What follows are my theological and pastoral thoughts about this change. Basically, we are widening our welcome to people who are recovering from addiction, or who refrain from alcohol for other health reasons, or for parents who would prefer their children not receive wine. This decision is rooted not only in our desire to respond pastorally, but also in our theology: it is God who feeds us with the spiritual food of the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood, and God who welcomes us home. 

    Historically the Episcopal Church has suggested that “quality bread and wine should be used for the Holy Eucharist.” However, in some parts of the Anglican Communion, the 38 independent churches around the globe with historic ties to the Church of England, concerns abound regarding what can be used to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. These questions and concerns are subjects of lively debate here in our diocese, too. 

    In some Islamic nations where alcohol is carefully controlled or even banned, Anglicans make do with quite remarkable products, including Coca-Cola! In other contexts bread and wine carry different cultural meanings, or they are prohibitively expensive, leading Anglicans to use rice or corn products for their eucharistic feasts. 

    Consider our relatively recent addition of gluten-free wafers, made from beans or rice, as a species for consecration. Unlike the Roman Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church does not suggest that gluten-free wafers are unacceptable. Given our local context, I can’t imagine we, the Parish of the Epiphany, would say to somebody with celiac disease, “sorry, only a wheat wafer contains the Real Presence of Jesus Christ.”   

    What is bread and what is wine? One wouldn't typically think of an overly crisp wafer (stored in an electric brisker in our sacristy) as bread, but wafers have been used since the 9th century. For some of us they represent “communion” because they are what we’ve always had. Others would much prefer to see and to taste actual bread. Yet for most of us, I think, whether we receive a piece of bread or a wafer doesn’t matter because each not only symbolizes Holy Communion, but also contains the Real Presence. 

    When a gathered community gives their consent to a priest to lead them in prayer, as you do every Sunday to me and Miriam and any other priest who is with you, we rely, together, on the Holy Spirit to bless whatever gifts we offer, sanctifying them to be for us the Body and Blood, “the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him” (from Eucharistic Prayer A in the Prayer Book).

    Please contact me if you have additional questions, concerns, or comments. I welcome your thoughts. 

  • December 07, 2017 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In his recent newsletter article, the Rev. Ran Chase described many of the highlights of the Diocesan Convention. What follows is a brief summary of the meeting from Epiphany’s lay delegates to the convention, Carolyn Pershouse and Scott Street, along with some web links for those who want additional information.

    The 232nd(!) convention of the Diocese of Massachusetts was held on 5 November at St Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. Epiphany was represented at the convention by clergy delegates the Revs. Miriam Gelfer and Ran Chase, and by lay delegates Carolyn Pershouse and Scott Street. Also in attendance from Epiphany were Lisa Garcia (Diocesan Treasurer), interim Cathedral Organist Louise Mundinger, Intern Paul Shoaf Kozak, and parishioners the Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas and Brett Johnson.

    Our day began with a Eucharist that featured enthusiastic congregational participation, robust hymn singing (accompanied by Louise), and an extended sermon/address by Bishop Gates. In his address, Bishop Gates told a delightful and provocative fable, the moral of which is: sometimes we have to deal with immediate issues instead of what we might prefer to tackle; we must always deal with more than one thing at a time; and, in the end, there will always be a song. The full text and video of his address can be found here.

    A significant portion of the Convention was spent on financial and organizational matters. The biggest financial issue is the impact of the recent 10% change in the Diocesan assessment (the amount each Parish is expected to contribute to the Diocese for its operations and ministries). This decrease in revenue has lead to major staffing changes (layoffs and redeployments) and a decrease in Diocesan services. An excellent and detailed summary of the budget can be found here.

    Another portion of the Convention was devoted to the mission of the Diocese. The three key initiatives presented were the launching of a cross-congregational relationship building process modeled after an approach developed in South Africa called “indaba”; Mission Match, a web-based inventory of ministry resources that will help us “to better describe our communities’ gifts and resources for ministry, in order to strengthen our capacity to directly connect people and congregations in collaborative mission”; and, continued discussion to determine how best to organize the Diocese. More on these initiatives can be found here.

    Other business included the passage of resolutions to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord, to create a network of congregations and persons engaged in elder ministry, to adopt the Diocesan budget, and some other housekeeping matters. We also elected and/or acknowledged the appointment of many individuals to various roles, including our own Miriam Gelfer (Commission on Ministry co-chair), Lisa Garcia (treasurer), and Dutch Treat (Barbara C. Harris Camp Board of Directors). Additional details can be found here.

    The Convention adjourned an hour ahead of schedule, to the surprise and delight of many.

    On a personal note, we came away with the strong impression that Epiphany is part of something much greater than our Parish alone. We saw in action what Bishop Gates described as “Anglicanism’s historic affirmation of the Diocese, and not the congregation, as the basic unit of the church is an expression of Saint Paul’s vision of the earthly body of Christ, made up of many parts.” It was a privilege to serve as Epiphany’s delegates to the Convention, and we are grateful for the opportunity to do so.

    Carolyn Pershouse
    Scott Street

  • November 01, 2017 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever been unable to get to Epiphany and yet wanted to receive the blessings of the sacraments? Did you know that there is a dedicated group of Epiphany Parishioners ready and willing to visit with you and bring God’s word and gifts? We are the Lay Eucharistic Visitors and we are available to visit everyone, not only just those who are sick, or grieving, or disabled.

    We are a close-knit team working with Thomas and Miriam in support of Epiphany’s pastoral ministry. We are all trained by the Diocese and regularly visit Parishioners in their homes, apartments, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and wherever we are a needed.

    Aside from illness or a prolonged rehab stay, we are available to bring the quiet comfort of the Eucharist into your home. Have your travels kept you from attending church? Have your children’s athletic events made Sunday morning attendance impossible? Please consider inviting us for a visit at any time, night or day, convenient for you.

    Simply contact Sarah Twiss in the Parish Office at 781.729.1922 and she will contact us. Soon after you will hear from one of us to set up a time to visit you.

    We sincerely hope that you take us up on our open invitation and look forward to visiting you and being with you in God’s presence.

    Your Lay Eucharistic Visitors Team

  • October 20, 2017 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My dad, Bill Saunders, has been working at Habitat for Humanity one Saturday every month with Epiphany's group for many years. I asked if I could join him this month after seeing all the devastation that hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Jose left behind. For each crisis, I usually try to find a way to to help those in need, mostly with monetary donations. Recently, it seems there is something happening almost every week, so I've been trying to think of different ways to help others. Habitat was a great option since I've done it a few times in the past and it was a great way to spend the day with my dad and help someone locally.

    This was one of my favorite trips because I was able to work on projects I've never done before and one of the homeowners, Joseph, was there working beside us. He is a veteran and has two children, who came to check out their rooms! He and my dad joked around with each other and he was very appreciative of the time and work we did. At the end of the day we were able to talk more and he told us how he still had not heard from his mother who lives in the mountains in Puerto Rico. I shared how some of my contacts from the hospitals down there have reached out and just how dire the situation is. We wished him and his family well and were hopeful that his cousin would be able to get up to the mountain to reach his mother soon and that he would be able to fly down there to visit.

    Not only was it a fun day to work and learn with my hands and spend time with my dad, but it also was a free way to do some good for the community. It's been hard the past few months to find relief from the constant heartbreak, but Habitat helped to show me how just giving one's time can have a huge impact on someone else. Maybe if we all could do one small act of kindness for another, not only would we feel good, but we could start to see a positive shift in people's lives.

    -Kate Saunders

    Epiphany volunteers with the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, building and refurbishing houses in Lawrence, MA on the second Saturday of every month. There are jobs for all levels of skill and all are welcome. Youth between 16 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Bill Saunders if you are interested in coming.

  • October 11, 2017 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Plans are well underway for Epiphany’s 2018 mission to Haiti that is scheduled for March 3–10, 2018. Would you like to participate in the next Haiti Mission by sewing cloth bags? A generous supply of fabric and sample sewing directions are available on the lower level, Higgins Formation Wing, in room 4. The directions are provided as a guide, not as rigid instructions. Take the stairs in the Hadley Hall entrance way. You will soon reach Room 4 in the lower hallway.

    Over the past five years, the many Haiti bag sewers have created  approximately 3,000 bags for the patients that have been seen by Epiphany's mission teams.  We like to sew bags with colorful prints, plaids, or graphic designs. The bags are used to hold the medicines and vitamins that are given to families. These bags are appreciated for their immediate usefulness and are cherished as an attractive item that can be used over and over again.

    For more information and any questions, contact Jan Conrod at 617.489.1247.

  • September 21, 2017 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Meetings are Friday mornings from 9:30-11:00am.

    Epiphany's parent/child playgroup is a place for parents to learn, share, and grow together as parents while their children play.

    We meet most Friday mornings 9:30 am - 11:00 am in the childcare room on the lower level. All parents, soon-to-be parents, grandparents, or anyone who enjoys a little chaos are welcome to drop by. For more information contact Carolyn Hughes.

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