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  • July 19, 2021 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For our 16th summer, Epiphany will again partner with the B-SAFE (Bishop’s Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment) program run by St. Stephen’s Youth Programs in the South End of Boston. This means we will

    • Provide and serve lunch to 60 children (ages 5-11), 32 teen CITS, and 8 adult staff for three days, August 2-4, onsite at St. Stephen’s, 419 Shawmut Avenue, Boston.
    • Welcome the B-SAFE group to Winchester for a morning of swimming and sand. play at Shannon Beach on Mystic Lake, for games and crafts on the nearby fields, for a cookout and an afternoon with a magician at Epiphany on Thursday, August 5.
    • Pack and deliver 50 bags of groceries for families of B-SAFE campers experiencing food insecurity.
    • Have fun and begin to build relationships across age, race, economics, and geography.

    We encourage individuals and families to join in the fun in whatever way works best.

    Please use the following links to sign up: 

    • To donate food - click here 
    • To volunteer - click here    

    Please contact Betsy Walsh for more information or if you have questions. Thanks for supporting our partnership with St. Stephen’s Youth Programs!


    Group of child participants in the St. Stephen's B-SAFE program

  • July 14, 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Rectangular grid of four photos depicting children and adults socializing at Parish of the Epiphany

    Beginning on September 22, join us on Wednesday evenings for a time of community and connection! Midweek begins at 6:15 pm with a dinner, followed by formation and fellowship.

    From 7:00 - 8:00 pm, we will offer musical enrichment and creative, hands-on children’s programming to explore our faith. During this time, adults are invited to gather for a clergy-led Bible study that is rooted in asking questions, exploring answers, and growing in faith.

    Find nourishment at Midweek.


  • July 08, 2021 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Headshot of the Reverend Bob Davidson, Assisting Clergy at Parish of the EpiphanyThe Wardens and I are pleased to share the news that the Rev. Bob Davidson will act as Assisting Clergy among us at Epiphany. Bob is my father-in-law and has been licensed to preach and preside within the Diocese of Massachusetts as a retired clergy person. The role of an Assisting Clergy is to assist in the liturgical and worship life of the parish and support other areas of our shared ministry together. The role of an Assisting Clergy is not a paid ministry position. Bob will assist with preaching and presiding at Sunday worship on occasion, help provide sacramental ministry to parishioners, and offer his gifts as a trained Social Worker to support the care and social justice ministries of the parish when needed. Bob earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky in 1978 and was ordained in the Diocese of Colorado, having served in both parochial and community ministry partnerships.

    God's peace, 
    Nick 

  • June 27, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rev. Nick Myers and masked parishioners outside of Parish of the EpiphanyFollowing public health directives for Houses of Worship in Massachusetts, as well as the guidelines of our Diocesan office, we share the following updates to our practices and protocols here at Epiphany:

    Sunday Worship

    Beginning Sunday, July 4, registration for services will no longer be required. 

    Mask Wearing

    Masks must continue to be worn inside during worship services. Masks are not required when outside.

    Fellowship and Gatherings

    Fellowship in the Cloister Garden will continue during the summer. Hadley Hall will be used for fellowship during inclement weather; all windows and doors opened for air ventilation. Masks may be removed while consuming food and beverage.

    Small Groups and Committees are able to return to in-person gathering at the church if they wish. Please contact the parish office at office@3crowns.org or 781-729-1922 to request space and approval. We encourage groups to still offer a virtual option for those who are unable to attend in-person.

    We remain deeply grateful for your prayers and support—in time, talent, and financial support—as we work to renew our relationships and responds to God’s call in our common life.

  • June 24, 2021 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two children, back to the camera, leaning against brick wall in Epiphany's Cloister GardenThis summer we invite all families with children aged preschool through sixth grade to join us for a series of new outdoor worship services. These short, 30-minute services will take place in the Cloister Garden and are created especially for children and their caregivers to worship together. 

    Our outdoor worship services will be offered at 5:00 on the following Sundays: June 13, June 27, July 11, and July 25. Pre-registration using SignUpGenius is encouraged but no longer required, and last-minute additions are always welcome! We hope you will join us.

  • May 20, 2021 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Parishioner Brett Johnson smiling at camera Dave (McSweeney) and I fell in love with Epiphany in 2012 and joined both the parish and The Episcopal Church a year later. Neither of us had any idea how God would use these two decisions to launch us into deeper waters. My journey towards the priesthood began in my youth but was ripened here, at Epiphany, with so many of you, dear friends.


    In the spring of 2017, Jo Devlin, Mike Coltman, David Greeley, Sandra LaPerche, and Sarah Wasdyke were the Discernment Committee who recommended to the vestry that I be sponsored by Epiphany in the process from inquirer to postulant to candidate and, now, to ordinand. I am profoundly grateful.

    I am genuinely humbled to invite you to “attend” online my ordination into the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m. The service will be live-streamed from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul website at www.stpaulboston.org. Reverend Nick will be representing all of you, but I also assure you that each one of you will be in my very full heart, with great thanksgiving.

    ~ Brett Johnson

  • April 22, 2021 1:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Group of Epiphany parishioners with bicycles and helmetsThat’s right, after a year of virtual riding, Team Epiphany will be participating in a COVID-safe, socially-distanced, mask-wearing, in-person ride to support the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Once again, your favorite fanatical cyclists will be pushing pedals to raise money for for cures and treatments for the terrible disease that is ALS.

    One of challenges of this strange time we are living in is that none of the other problems we had before COVID-19 have taken a break. We still live in a world where other diseases still do their nasty damage, and one of the worst is ALS.

    So, like last year, we are not letting the pandemic stop us from continuing our fight. We are not quite back to the three-day cycling event that took us from Boston to Greenwich, CT. This year we will have a one-day, 100-mile ride that still should be sufficiently challenging. And like last year, some on the team will participate virtually and record our miles on an athletics website called Strava.com. We’ll all be logging plenty of miles to keep up our end, even if we are not traversing the hills of Connecticut in a single weekend.

    We have lost two beloved parishioners to ALS in recent years, Rick Marks and Steve Lewis. We ride in their honor and memory, and we will not stop until cures and treatment are found. Please join us by contributing to this important effort.

    You can help in many ways:

    1. Navigate to our team page and contribute to the ALS Therapy Development Institute 
    2. Come ride with us – even if it's virtually. We are planning some appropriately socially-distanced group rides. Runners, walkers and other exercises are also welcome. Check it out here.  
    3. Cheer us on! Pray for us! You can check out all the riders clocking miles virtually here

    Thanks in advance for your support. If at all possible, we’d like to raise as much money as we have in past years. We know that’s a challenge with so many other concerns facing everyone, but we hope you will find it in your capacity to help us.

    And please stay safe and be well.

    ~ Team Epiphany

  • March 14, 2021 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Church exteriorWith Spring arriving soon, along with a declining rate of COVID-19 cases, and new opportunities to be vaccinated, our staff, vestry, wardens, and reopening committee are eager to share plans for regathering in person. While we have not yet set the exact date for reopening, we have set an internal goal of April 30th to complete all necessary preparations to safely open. Our rector, the Rev. Nick Myers, will work in consultation with parish leadership, diocesan guidelines, and the directives of public health officials informed by scientific and medical data when deciding on when to regather for indoor and in-person worship. Please see below for what has been accomplished so far.  

    Starting with the nave, we have installed an air purification system (ATMOSAir BiPolar Ionization system) which treats the air several times each hour. Ionization tubes clean the air inside the church, without using unsafe chemicals or creating any unwanted byproducts. Airflow passes over Ionization tubes that energize the air to form bi-polar — positive and negative — air ions and the airflow distributes these energized ions into all of the spaces served by the HVAC system. We have also outlined weekly cleaning and disinfecting protocols and ordered effective, plant-based disinfectants that will not harm our church’s beautiful wood interior.

    As there will be limited seats available in the church due to social distancing requirements, we will continue to video the Sunday services. To do this discreetly, the audio and video streaming setup will soon be transitioned out of the center aisle to a new system that has several installed camera feeds and wiring, hidden from sight. Equipment has been purchased, and potential suppliers are bidding on rewiring the nave to support this new equipment. Signage has also been beautifully designed and produced to help guide you in and around the church, with assigned pew locations, traffic flow arrows, and other helpful directions.

    To reserve a seat in advance of each service, an online user-friendly seat reservation system has been created which you will soon be able to access on our website at 3crowns.org. Lastly, as we work to reopen safely, we will be providing usher and greeter training. If you would like to be one, please contact the church office. We are greatly looking forward to being together again someday soon!

  • March 14, 2021 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On January 5, 2018, in the middle of a serious snowstorm, Maria, a Central American woman, facing deportation, entered Sanctuary at First Parish, a Unitarian church in Bedford, which became her home for three years and three months.    

    Preparation for this significant endeavor began in 2017, when First Parish voted almost unanimously to provide a Sanctuary space to one person facing expulsion. The church proceeded to hold two major fundraisers, which enabled the Sanctuary Committee to fashion a small apartment with kitchen appliances and a half bath on its second floor. A shower, washer and dryer were added to the basement.  

    Sanctuary


    The next step in this journey was to recruit other religious congregations help provide 24/7 supervision for a guest. In all, two Episcopal churches, two Jewish Synagogues, six Unitarian churches, (including the Winchester Unitarian Society), and an unaffiliated interfaith cooperative joined the movement – some 400 people in all. Two volunteers spent four-hour shifts at the church, 24 hours a day. Volunteers received two hours of in-person training, and ongoing supervision from a member of the Sanctuary Committee.

    The Parish of the Epiphany joined this important effort shortly after an Adult Education Presentation by members of the First Parish Sanctuary Committee in the spring of 2019.    

    Judy Cotton and Nelia Newell volunteered to be Epiphany’s Sanctuary Coordinators, and have been responsible for recruiting, arranging training, conducting background checks and helping to supervise our 21 volunteers.  

    During her stay in Sanctuary, Maria accomplished many things! She quickly became a valued member of the First Parish community, attending and singing at church services.  She was tutored in English, learned to knit, gardened, took piano and yoga lessons, participated in religious education classes, maintained contact with her family, worked with her legal team, and made friends with church staff and volunteers 

    On Tuesday, March 9th, we received the wonderful news that Maria had received a one-year stay of deportation. John Gibbons, Senior Minister at First Parish, sent the following statement to all involved with Maria and her care:

    “This status will allow Maria to obtain a work permit, pursue further legal options, come and go as she wishes, and ultimately to find new living quarters with her family. Our Coalition will continue to be needed as Maria transitions to the next phases of her journey to freedom.”

    Many, many thanks to the 21 Epiphany members who dedicated many hours to ensuring Maria’s care and well being, as well as the many who have strengthened this ministry through prayer and support. 

    Judy Cotton
    Nelia Newell
    Rev. Nick Myers

  • December 17, 2020 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    THE REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
    FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING
    JANUARY 31, 2021

    Warden                        (for two years)              David McSweeney

    Clerk                            (for one year)                Eunice Aikins-Afful

    Treasurer                      (for one year)                Alan Briggs

    Associate Treasurer       (for one year)                Cornelia Newell

    Vestrypersons               (for three years)             Virginia Barrow,   James Bracciale, Lindsey Schrader

    Members of the Nominating Committee             Thomas Fries, Martha Lewis
    (for one year)                                                  Charlene Sanna, chair

    Delegates to Diocesan Convention                     Susan Almquist, Marion Dry
    (for one year)                                                
    Alternate                                                        Andrew Sanna

    Deanery Representative                                     Laura Dike, Ruba Gnanaratnam,
    (for one year)                                                     Fred Rowland

                                                                ARTICLE V

    NOMINATING COMMITTEE

    There shall be a Nominating Committee appointed by the Vestry, consisting of the Rector, a Warden and three at-large members of the Parish, none of whom shall be vestrypersons. At large members of the Nominating Committee shall serve one-year terms following which they shall be ineligible to serve for one year. The Nominating Committee shall present at each Annual Meeting one or more candidates recommended for each position to be filled by vote at such meeting. The list of nominees so designated shall be posted with the notice of the Annual Meeting. Nominations for any office to be filled at an Annual Meeting may also be made at such meeting by any member of the Parish authorized to vote.

    The Nominating Committee
    Leslie Aitken
    Sarah Conner, Interim Rector
    David McSweeney, Warden
    Heather Keith-Lucas
    Robie White (chair)

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