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  • January 13, 2022 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following formation offerings will take place on the Sundays of Epiphany, beginning at 11:30 a.m., following the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service. Please read each offering description for meeting details and how you can participate.

    Starring Jesus Christ: Hosted by Jason Kinchen
    Over 130 films have been made about Jesus since the advent of cinema, and like no other art form, these movies have influenced the perception and understanding of Jesus for Christians and non-Christians alike. This class will examine some of the most influential of these films and delve into how they have been shaped by the Gospels, Christian tradition, and the film’s own cultural context. But perhaps more interesting is the way they have fed back into the culture and influenced spirituality and theology on a large scale. We will begin with the silent era, move through to the wide screen Biblical epics, and on to more modern and subversive interpretations of traditional elements.

    The course will be a hybrid offering, hosted in the Chapel and on Zoom. You can join this Zoom offering here.  

    Episcopal 101: Hosted by Rev. Nick and Rich Goldhor
    Join Rev. Nick and Rich Goldhor as we explore the story and theology of our Episcopal tradition. We will explore both the history and story, the theology and thinking, the vision and vocation of our branch of the Christian faith. This is a great space to ask questions and explore answers together about our church. This course is great for those new to the Episcopal Church, as well as those who are interested in deepening their understanding of and calling within the life of the Episcopal Church as a spiritual home.

    This course will be hybrid, hosted in Hadley Hall and available on Zoom. You can join this Zoom offering here

    Practice of Prayer: Hosted by Fred Rowland
    In this mini-course, we will explore various perspectives on prayer in our lives using Margaret Guenther’s book The Practice of Prayer as our initial guide. The course will be an interactive discussion based on our reading and experience. Many of us were raised to believe that prayer was practiced only in quiet, on our knees, possibly in church, but prayer can be and is so much more. Reading of the book will be helpful though not required to participate in the discussion. For those who obtain the text, please read chapters 2 and 3 to begin.

    This mini-course is Zoom-only. You can join this course here

  • January 03, 2022 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Invitation to the ordination of Brett Johnson with red border and crestBeloved Siblings in Christ,

    I am humbled and excited to invite you to attend virtually my ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, January 8 at 10:00 am. Please gather with me via Zoom (Meeting ID: 879 4702 9545) or Facebook; because of COVID restrictions, there are strict limits to be in person in the sanctuary in Danvers, where I have been serving for the last two and a half years. I am honored that Reverend Nick Myers will be one of my presenters and Reverend Bethany Myers will serve as Deacon and Bishop’s Chaplain throughout the service. They will represent you in person, but you all will be in my heart.

    Although I felt called when I was a child, truly, it was at Epiphany that God began to unfold the path, one step at a time, first in lay leadership, then in chaplaincy training and work, and finally with my call to the priesthood. You supported me, trained me, equipped me (Eph. 4:12), and have prayed with and for me. You were my sponsoring parish and have been home for me and Dave since 2012. I do love you, so, and am grateful every day for you.

    The link for joining the service and for downloading the bulletin will be found here.

    Martin Smith once said that for some, ordination is another step in their on-going conversion. This has been true, for me, as I am in awe and wonder at what God is doing in my life. I ask your continued prayers as I take this next commitment to serve God. Prayer is a sacred privilege; I am honored by your prayers! Thank you, dear friends!

    In faith,
    Brett Johnson

  • December 08, 2021 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with great joy that we share the good news of our welcoming two new interim staff members here at Epiphany. 

    Interim Director of Youth Ministries
    At the beginning of our program year, I shared with you the hopes and intentions of our vestry leadership to strengthen our ministries with youth and young people. Immediately, we began a search process, only to discover that many candidates would not be available to begin a new call until sometime in 2022. It was a common message from candidates and made clear to me that we would need to seek an interim Director of Youth Ministries to help establish and begin a new chapter of ministry here at Epiphany. We did not want to wait another year to begin deepening this important ministry area. I am happy to introduce our Interim Director of Youth Ministries, Eva Dalzell (pronounced “ay-va”). Eva will work part-time and help establish weekly middle and high school gatherings, strengthen lay leadership in our youth ministry, and explore service and mission trip opportunities for youth. Eva will begin her ministry among us on Sunday, December 12 and be with us during the rest of our program year.

    Eva Dalzell is thrilled to be joining the Parish of the Epiphany as the Interim Director of Youth Ministries. She recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Episcopal Service Corps, serving as Assistant to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Diocese of Massachusetts. Before that, she studied Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, she was an active member of the Rockwell House Episcopal Campus Ministry, where she first felt the call to accompany and empower other young people on journeys of discernment, faith formation, and embodying God’s love in the world. Eva grew up in Washington, DC, and currently lives in Jamaica Plain with three wonderful roommates and a dog named Nessie. She loves reading, iced coffee, and Dungeons & Dragons.

    Interim Director of Music and Organist
    With the announcement of the departure of our current Director of Music and Organist, Craig Benner in January, we immediately began seeking an Interim Director of Music and Organist to help support our ministry and worship. I am happy to introduce Jeremy Bruns as our Interim Director of Music and Organist. Jeremy brings immense talent, experience, and energy to our community, and I am very excited for him to begin the week of January 10. Jeremy will work part-time at Epiphany, directing our choir, leading our liturgical music, and supporting our music ministry during this time of transition and search. 

    Named “a coolly aristocratic player” by The Dallas Morning News, Jeremy S. Bruns has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams, BCC Radio, and the Pro Organo label. He has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and has performed numerous recitals with engagements including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, St. Paul Cathedral and Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh, Adolphus Busch Hall, and the Fasor Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary. As a church musician, Bruns has held positions in Boston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; and other locations, including three years as Associate Organist of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where he worked daily with the late John Scott and the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. He has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches TX. He studied with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, earning the M.Mus. and the Performer’s Certificate. Bruns is Dean of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative.

    During the pandemic, Jeremy became a nationally certified Pharmacy Technician. He is currently Pharmacy Operations Manager at the Walgreens in East Arlington.

  • November 25, 2021 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Young boy in donkey costume at Parish of the Epiphany's Christmas PageantThis year our Christmas pageant will be on Sunday, December 19, during our 10:00 am worship service. All children are invited to participate. We will hold rehearsals on Sunday, December 5 (11:15 am) and Sunday, December 12 (11:15 am). Last minute joiners are always welcome — even the morning of!  The pageant will be live-streamed and available on YouTube, as is now customary for our 10:00 am services.

    Sign-ups will be on Sunday, November 28 during fellowship hour in-person, or you may email Bryn with your child's name, age, and part request. The parts are:

    • Reader
    • Angel
    • Shepherd
    • Sheep

    Grown-ups interested in helping with the pageant (costumes, shepherding, support), please email Bryn. Thank you!

  • November 03, 2021 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Red banner with illustrated Chrimstas tree and stars. Text reads: "Christmas Fair: 10 AM to 4PM, Saturday, November 20 / Parish of the Epiphany, 70 Church Street"
    After last year’s pandemic hiatus, the Parish of the Epiphany is excited to be back in action and better than ever! All are welcome to join our community in celebrating this renowned holiday tradition on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. No need to worry about shipping delays from shopping online, simply browse through a variety of unique and beautifully crafted, warm and cozy gifts, as part of an age old tradition spanning three decades. 

    In addition to items created by skilled and talented parishioners at the knit and craft tables, works of art by parish artists will be on display.  New this year are vendors Studio on the Common, Handmade Alpaca Scarves by Brittany, Usborne Books, and Unite with Light Luminaria, and returning favorites include Mei Mei jewelry, Christa Bennett Pottery, and Linda Preston. Choose from costume jewelry and White Elephant treasures of the past, among many other finds. To entertain the kids while you shop, check out the Kids Store for a "kids only" holiday shopping experience (no adults allowed!).

    This year’s Silent Auction will have items such as a week in sunny Sanibel Island, Celtics tickets in club seats, Golf at Fishers Island, and other themed gift baskets as well as homemade pies, lemon curd, homemade jams, bread and butter pickles, fudge sauce and apple pies, plus newly introduced delicious Bourbon Pecan pies and our sought after soups-to-go!

    Part of the warm and welcoming feel of Epiphany’s community are the people of all ages who dedicate hours of their time to preparing for and generously supporting this fair every year! Some of the proceeds will benefit local and global nonprofit organizations that the parish supports.  

    Call the Parish of the Epiphany at 781-729-1922 with any questions. Handicapped accessible and admission is free.   

  • October 20, 2021 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Parish of the Epiphany's Parish Choir performing in choir loftAll are invited to a service of Choral Evensong at the Parish of the Epiphany on All Saints’ Sunday, November 7 at 5:00 pm. Choral Evensong is the most particularly Anglican service in all of Christian worship. Originating from monastic hours, it consists of the distinctive parts of the ancient office of Vespers and Compline. The choir offers canticles, prayers, and anthems so that everyone’s devotions at the end of the day may be enhanced by music, scripture, and candlelight.

    Epiphany's Parish Choir will sing Herbert Brewer’s Evening Service in D, prayers, and responses by Herbert Sumsion and Richard Shephard’s beautiful setting of Isaac Watts’ text Give Us the Wings of Faith.

  • October 14, 2021 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Words "Newcomer Coffee Hour" in yellow cursive script overlaid on photo of coffee cup with heart latte art and yellow fall leaves against a blue wooden background Are you interested in learning more about Parish of the Epiphany? We invite you to our Newcomer Coffee Hour on Sunday, October 24 at 11:15 am, immediately following the 10:00 am worship service. Join us in Upper Parish Hall to find out more about who we are as a parish and how to get connected! 

  • October 07, 2021 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Photo looking down into Parish of the Epiphany's Cloister Garden, with parishioners eating dinner under canopy tents All are invited to our next Midweek @ Epiphany on Wednesday, October 20. Dinner will be held from 6:15 - 6:45, followed by formation for all ages from 6:45 - 7:30. Adults and teens (grades 8-12) can join Rev. Nick in the Upper Parish Hall for clergy-led Bible study, and children can join Bryn and Craig outdoors for creative programming. We look forward to seeing you!

    This week's menu includes p
    umpkin leek soup, roast pork with Brussels sprouts and potatoes, pizza for the kids, and cookies. 

  • September 15, 2021 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Orange textbox with the words "Cider Fest" overlaid on a picture of apple cider donutsOn Sunday, October 17 at 11:15 am, immediately following the 10:00 am Holy Eucharist, we invite you to our seventh annual Cider Fest! Celebrate fall with Epiphany friends, and enjoy fresh apple cider donuts and cider. We hope you will join us for this beloved Epiphany tradition! 

  • September 01, 2021 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Director of Music Craig Benner with new piano at Parish of the Epiphany, WinchesterEver since I arrived at Epiphany four and a half years ago, I have wanted the choir to be able to sing from the beautiful choir stalls in the chancel. I have always found that it is much easier for a choir to lead in worship when they are visible and up where the action is taking place. While we have sung an occasional acapella anthem from the choir stalls, our limiting factor was the lack of an instrument in the chancel that could accompany a wide variety of music.

    Last spring, Rev. Nick and I began to explore possibilities that would allow us to use this space again. A new piano for the chancel seemed like the obvious solution. After realizing that there was no room for a grand piano, we found that an upright piano would fit perfectly where the original organ console was many years ago. The Vestry was supportive of our efforts to find a piano, so Corey Hollenbeck and I were charged with finding the right instrument. After doing some searching and playing several instruments, we decided on a beautiful Yamaha upright piano. The piano arrived last week and will be used for the first time on Rally Sunday when the choir will sing the communion anthem from the choir stalls!  

    Craig Benner

Location & Contact

70 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.1922


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