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“Our steps are directed by God who strengthens those who walk in the way.” Psalm 37:24

The Adult Formation Program seeks to provide a variety of opportunities for deepening our understanding of our Christian heritage, for engaging with the intersection of our faith and mission in the world, for nurturing ourselves and our families, and for growing together as Christians. The committee sponsors a regular Sunday morning program at 9:00 and 11:15 am as well as Quiet Days, workshops, and weekday offerings. Our offerings are designed in style and content to respond to the varied needs of parishioners. Led by our clergy, members of the congregation, and outside guests, our adult events include concerts, lectures, seminars, forums, webinars, book groups, movie series, quiet days, and Bible study.

The Sunday Adult Class was instituted in the nineteen-fifties. Touching on every aspect of living as a follower of Christ, this program quickly became one of Epiphany’s most appreciated offerings.

Sunday Morning Formation

Holy Longing: A Conversation about Faith
The last session is this Sunday, 29 April at 11:15am

Explore the essentials of Christian spirituality, the practices and disciplines that lead to a healthy and balanced inner life, and most importantly to nurture friendship and connection with one another through telling and listening to our stories.  We will use parts of the book Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser, while leaving time for us to create friendship and community.  We have designed this so that people of all ages and all life-stages will feel welcomed.  Join Thomas Brown and Carolyn Hughes for three Sundays in the Upper Parish Hall at 11:15am.

9:00 am The Word Today: Lectionary Bible Study

We gather in the library for a member-led, relaxed, and friendly study of the day's lectionary readings connecting our faith journeys with the texts.

11:15 am Christ in Community

Topics vary from week to week. We gather in Hadley Hall.

This Program Year we will focus on Discipleship: what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? How can we share our faith with others? What do you need in order to share your faith? Come and see!

Adult Formation in April and May
Sundays at 11:15 am in Hadley Hall 

29 April: Members of the Medical Mission Team who went to Haiti last month will share how their experience deepened their faith and informs their life back home.

6 May: Member of El Hogar Board of Directors lead a discussion
13 May: Youth Sunday, parish-wide fellowship
20 May: Day of Pentecost Fellowship
3 June: Gratitude Sunday, parish potluck lunch

Please note that the second Sunday of each month is devoted to fellowship 

Small Groups for Study, Prayer, and Fellowship

Contemplative Prayer

This is a simple half hour prayer service with lots of silence and beautiful Celtic prayers to help you center and breathe in the love of God. Join us in the Chapel at 9 am each Thursday.

Bible Study

A weekly Bible study group at Epiphany meets on Thursdays at 9:30 - 11:00 am in the Suter Room.

In Spring the group will turn its attention away from the primary letters of the New Testament to the first book of the Old Testament  -- Genesis. In conjunction with this the class will read and discuss Bruce Feiler’s latest book The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us. Those who are familiar with Feiler through his books Walking the Bible, Where God Was Born or Abraham will welcome this conversational approach to the heavy topic of mankind’s fall from grace!

While the majority of the Bible Study participants use the New Revised Standard Version of The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha (3rd or 4th editions) due to the usefulness of its footnotes, any Bible is welcome in the class.  

No previous background in scriptural reading is needed to participate in this class. All are welcome! For information, contact John Jenke.  

Quiet Days

During the seasons of Advent and Lent, a Saturday Quiet Day is offered at the church.  A Quiet Day is a half-day retreat offering three meditations interspersed with silence and prayer.

The entire parish building is set aside this morning for quiet prayer following three short meditations. During the quiet time, those who wish can meet with the leader for individual confession or for a conversation. The day concludes with noonday prayers in the Nave. It is not necessary to commit to the entire morning — feel free to come for as much or as little as your schedule permits. All are welcome!

Education for Ministry (EFM)

Do you feel called to guide others in faith? This is a distance learning, theological education program designed by the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Old and New Testaments, church history, and Christian theology. Participants commit one year at a time to meet weekly in seminars led by a trained mentor. Through weekly reading assignments, group discussion and theological reflection, participants develop knowledge and confidence about the ministry we are each called to in Baptism. For more information, contact Rich Goldhor or Jason Kinchen. 

Men’s Breakfast Group

We meet every Tuesday morning from 7:15 to 8:30 am in the Suter Room. The group begins with breakfast (bagels, coffee, tea) and fellowship for the first 30 minutes. Following is a reading and open discussion for the next 45 minutes. For more information, contact Didier Collin de Casauban. 

Women's Spirituality Group

The Women's Spirituality Group gathers on the first Wednesday of the month sharing a light lunch from 12:30 till 2:00pm to companion one another in our spiritual lives. We read poetry, essays, and books. We laugh, cry, write, talk, and sometimes meditate. It's member-led and different each month. All women of Epiphany are welcome to join us. We meet in the Jeanne Sproat Room at Epiphany.

Location & Contact

70 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.1922



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