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  • 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

  • August 25, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Children wearing backpacks walking down hall in Parish of the Epiphany, WinchesterJoin us on Sunday, September 12 for the Blessing of the Backpacks immediately following our 10:00 am Holy Eucharist. This is the Sunday each year when our children physically bring a piece of their school lives into our church, and we as a community pray for them.

    Following the 10:00 am service, all are invited to Epiphany's annual Rally Day celebration! Join us for fellowship and a lunch catered by Bella Isla. Children can enjoy a bounce obstacle course, an outdoor scavenger hunt, a collaborative art project, and more. To register to volunteer, please use our SignUpGenius form. We hope to see you at this fun event! 

  • August 18, 2021 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Open books of Storymakers Sunday School curriculumThis year our children’s programming focuses on sharing stories: Bible stories from long ago that are central to our faith; stories from our community; and stories from our own lives. Through our stories, our faith, our love for God, and our love for one another take root and flourish.

    In Sunday School we all will become Storymakers. Our Storymakers curriculum creatively retells stories from the Old and New Testaments through art, fun facts, theater, hands-on projects, and social-emotional prompts. Each child will receive a “zine,” which is a combination guide, workbook, and magazine (get it, “zine”). This is a fabulous program that will bend and flex with us, as we continue to adapt to the ever-changing realities of community healthwhether we’re gathered under fresh-air canopies in our Cloister garden (tents like Abraham and Sarah!), or within our homes. We’ll share details and ways to participate in September.

    Registration for Sunday School begins on Rally Day, Sunday, September 12. Our first day of Sunday School will be on Sunday morning, September 26. Sunday School is open to all children in PreK through 5th grade; and 6th graders, we have a special invitation for you this fall, as well. It’s going to be a great year!

  • August 11, 2021 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    People seated in pews in the Sanctuary of Parish of the Epiphany, WinchesterDear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, 

    When we began our search for a new rector in 2020, none of us could have imagined how transformed the world, our lives, and our life together as a parish would be by the ensuing months. Many things have shifted over the year and a half, but our core commitments and vision for the future of our parish have remained clear. “We are called to seek and serve Christ in all people and work with God to transform our world through love and generosity.” Core to this way of being together is having the leadership and staff to help guide and nurture our shared ministry. Since the leave-taking of our previous rector, we have remained understaffed for the work we believe God is calling us to as a parish.

    For many years, we have proclaimed and worked to live into our core commitments of nurturing faith for all generations. We believe it is time to invest in this commitment in new and vital ways by hiring a full-time Director of Youth and Lifelong Formation. This position will bring a steady leadership to the lives of our youth and their families in spiritual growth, as well as work alongside the staff and leadership of the parish to help create opportunities for connection across the generations of the parish. Hiring this position is an essential step in strengthening our ministry here at Epiphany and reaching out to the larger community of Winchester and beyond. Bryn Hollenbeck will remain on staff in the part-time position of Director of Children’s Ministry and Parish Life. She will focus on formation for children and our Midweek at Epiphany programming. We believe that now is the perfect time to deepen our commitment to the future of our parish as we regather and renew our life together.

    In addition, the rector and vestry believe that we must work to hire an additional clergy person to help support and grow our parish ministry. As a parish, we have flourished under a clergy team where there was creative, collaborative, and shared leadership. This vision for our staffing returns us to where we were before the pandemic and we believe that now is the time to renew our commitment to a strong future that is dedicated to care, support, nurture, and growth across the generations.

    With this in mind, we write to tell you of the vestry’s support and approval for the hiring of these two crucial staff positions. Indeed, these actions will increase our annual budget and ask a commitment from us all to sustain them into the future. However, we believe that this is the future God is calling us to as a parish—committed to the nurture and growth of the children, youth, and families of the parish, as well as expanding our current ministry together as a fully intergenerational parish. With our support, Rev. Nick will begin the search process for hiring both a minister for youth and a clergy associate here at Epiphany.

    We are excited for the coming years even as we acknowledge the challenges that are ahead for us and our world. Let us not tire from doing what is good and right and faithful to God’s call in our life together as the Parish of the Epiphany, for indeed, God is with us, leading us on, and it is here that growth and new life is before us always (Galatians 6:9). We are very grateful for your trust in us and commitment to our parish family as we seek to lead and respond to God’s directing Spirit among us. We give thanks for you and rejoice in what lies ahead for us all.

    God’s peace to you,
    The Rev. Nick Myers, Rector
    Suzanne Owayda, Warden
    Dave McSweeney, Warden

  • 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

Location & Contact

70 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.1922


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