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  • September 07, 2018 3:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following the Parish’s bylaw revision process, which happened last year, we are pleased to announce that this year’s nominating committee is organized and ready for business! Laura Aldrich, Thomas Brown, Jonathan Foot, Martha Lewis, and Suzanne Owayda met in early August, and we will meet regularly throughout the next two months. The addition of the Rector and a Warden (Suzanne Owayda) is specifically called for in our new bylaws. Together, the five of us are responsible for considering your recommendations of people whom you believe have the requisite gifts and skills to exercise the ministry of oversight at the Parish of the Epiphany and at our 2019 diocesan convention.

    Look for us on Sundays and expect a targeted email from us asking you to nominate people. We will prayerfully consider every nomination, but we definitely need your help. Unfortunately, last year’s nominating committee heard from only 6 people (all 30+ nominations were submitted by only 6 parishioners); we hope you’ll take the time to nominate your sisters and brothers, or yourself!

    We will identify 4 people to lead the Parish of the Epiphany (all of whom will serve on the vestry):

    3 vestry members for a 3 year terms, and 1 warden for a 2 year term.

    2 people to be delegates to the 2019 diocesan convention.

    3 persons to serve on the nominating committee for 2019. 

    Visit the vestry resource page to read the job descriptions. Our treasurer, Cherie Collin; associate treasurer, Alan Briggs; and clerk, Richard Bartels, all have agreed to serve again. Therefore, we shall nominate them, and we won’t be seeking names for those positions. An opportunity to nominate others at the Annual Meeting on 28 January 2019, will be given, as it always is, for every position.

    Please keep us in your prayers, and know that you are in ours.

    Faithfully,
    Laura, Jonathan, Martha, Suzanne, and Thomas




  • August 13, 2018 4:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Friends of God,

    For the past twelve months, our entire parish community has been cared for by Michael Schmidt and Mary Street, who have lovingly overseen a project to re-order and improve our beloved chapel.

    The Parish had the financial resources to undertake this work because of generous memorial gifts, as well as the prudent leadership of the property committee. In addition, we ourselves, along with many staff and formation leaders, have made contributions. 

    Improvements include:

    • New recessed lighting
    • Freshly painted walls
    • Refinished floors
    • New rugs (a gift from the Episcopal Divinity School and the Reverend Randall Chase)
    • Built-in capacity for improved audio-visual usage
    • New art from Zambia and Zimbabwe (a gift from the Reverend Louis W. Pitt, Jr.)
    • A place where both children and adults gather to worship, pray, and learn. 

    In mid-September, new wooden, upholstered chairs will arrive. These chairs provide the flexibility to arrange the room in a variety of ways and to store them safely and securely when they're not used. 

    Each chair costs $250.00. 

    You should know that we have led this effort, pledging among ourselves at the June vestry meeting (as well as some staff and other leaders who were at the meeting) nearly 80% of the funds we need. We could have funded the project that night, but we want all of you to join us, to make our sacred space a place we create together. Your contributions will enable us to purchase additional chairs, new altar vestments, and have the capacity to commission additional art. We hope you will join us and support our Parish Chapel.

    Our goal is to have every member of the parish contribute something; that could be as small as $1.00 or as much as God tells you! If you would like to make a gift, please email us. In your email include the name, if your gift is in memory or in honor of a loved one.

    On the First Sunday of Advent, 2 December, we will re-dedicate the Chapel to the glory of God. With your generosity, we look forward to celebrating the restoration of this beautiful and essential part of our church.  

    Faithfully in Christ,

    Eunice Aikins-Afful, Leslie Aitken, Rich Bartels, Alan Briggs, Cherie Collin de Casaubon, Thom Fries, David Greeley, Matthew Hodges, Darwin
    Keith-Lucas, John McConnell, Dave McSweeney, Suzanne Owayda, Tom Pavilon, Kate Reynolds, Jennifer Shire, Gabrielle Stott, Jane White




  • July 30, 2018 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Assistant Director of Music/Organist Search Committee would like to update you on our progress. After receiving approximately 10 resumes and screening applicants by phone, three candidates were invited to interview at Epiphany. The interviewees were asked to prepare pieces  as though they were going to play for an actual service and one piece of their choosing. They were also allowed to schedule time to practice on our organ before the interview. The committee actively listened and engaged with each applicant during the interviews. However, the right fit for our worship team has yet to be found.

    Over the summer and into the fall, we will continue to search for someone who would be a wonderful addition to our worship staff. We will also explore restructuring the position a bit to make it more attractive to musicians who might not want a regular Sunday commitment. Of course, as we continue the search, Craig will continue his roll as our Director of Music on a full time basis. We appreciate your continued prayers and support.


  • 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. 

  • 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 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.


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