“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 touches on every aspect of living as a follower of Christ, this program has become one of Epiphany’s most appreciated offerings.
Sunday Morning Formation
Hadley Hall from 11:15am - noon
Please note that the second Sunday of each month is devoted to fellowship
Lenten Formation Program
Adult Lenten Formation From Home
Due to the closing of Epiphany until the end of March in compliance with the principle of Social Distancing, the Sunday Adult Forum and weekly Home Small Group sessions have been cancelled. However, the entire program is available to us online through SSJE’s “Signs-of-Life” website here. You will access the program and be able to retrieve the daily Lenten observance calendar, the program’s Lenten readings and the weekly video, which helps form the basis of discussion and reflection in the program.
Website for the Lenten program: click here
Link to the series readings: click here
Link to the daily calendar of Lenten activities: click here
We are currently completing week two of the series, with its focus on the sign of Water. Sunday the third video, on the sign of Food will be available on the website, followed by the signs of Shelter and Community in succeeding weeks. The Adult Forum Committee is looking into ways in the absence of Sunday group and small group sessions to link us together electronically, so that we can continue our discussions each week.
Please also take a look at the broader online offerings of the Society of St. John the Evangelist here.
The SSJE Brothers have just announced their decision to close their chapel on Memorial Drive in Cambridge for the remainder of the month. But they are looking at expanding their online presence beyond the Lenten program into Easter. More information will be made available on such offerings as it becomes available.
Any questions about Epiphany’s Lenten series can be addressed to John Jenke.
Small Groups for Study, Prayer, and Fellowship
A weekly Bible study group at Epiphany meets on Thursdays at 9:30 - 11:00 am in the Suter Room.
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.
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 Bill Saunders
Women's Spirituality Group
The Women's Spirituality Group gathers monthly 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.