September 15, 2022

Preparing Spaces

This past week, I finally got around to actually setting up my office. I’m excited to say it’s almost there — some art on the walls, some books on the shelves, and some plants on the window. Nick and I brainstormed on the best placement of the couch, and settled on the wall facing West.

Of course it’s fun to think about how I want to design my office space, but it was more than that. I was thinking of you all, and making a space that would be hospitable for people to enter into.

Even though I am the newest staff member, I was not the only one thinking about spaces. Bryn was putting art from the children’s formation curriculum, StoryMakers, up on her bulletin board. I heard the noises of chairs moving around in the Upper Parish Hall as Jeremy was preparing a space for Choristers. Nick was excited about getting a table in his office to create a more collaborative environment for meetings. Brian was the one who actually put together my couch. And Kathryn was moving here and there making sure everything was set for Sunday.

It was fun to be a part of a team that was all thinking about preparing spaces… for you.

With the literal moving of furniture or the brainstorming about the upcoming program year, it was all about creating spaces for community to gather and deepen connections.

There’s the you we know and the you that all of us have yet to meet. Who are we preparing these spaces for? What will be happening? We don’t fully know, but what we can do, is set the space. To keep setting tables, and getting some extra chairs just in case. Is this not what it means to follow Christ? To examine the literal spaces in front of us and the spaces in our hearts in order to make more and more room.

Speaking of the books on my shelves, one of them is entitled “To Believe in God” with words by Joseph Pintauro and art by one of my all time favorite artists, Corita Kent. I was skimming through the book the other day, and these words stopped me in my tracks and brought some tears to my eyes. It says this, “To believe in God is to drink wine, it is to eat bread, not by yourself.

Not by yourself.

Isn’t this the point of all of this? That being a part of a church community is that we do not have to do this thing called life on our own. Together, we make room for each other. For the joy and grief, the hope and discouragement, the coming together and the being sent out. Perhaps the next time you come up to receive Eucharist, take a look to your right and to your left; these are the people you get to journey alongside. In the community of God, you are not alone. Let’s keep showing up, setting tables, and making spaces for all to be welcomed.

With gratitude,


    Order Your Parish Weekend Away T-Shirts!

    Order Your T-Shirts

    Our parish retreat in New Hampshire is coming up on September 23-25. We have special Parish Weekend Away t-shirts available in four different colors and adult and youth sizes. Click the button above to orders yours now! 


    Register for Children's Church School

    Register for Church School!

    Church School begins this Sunday, September 18 at 10:00 am. All children in preschool through fifth grade are invited to join our classes full of storytelling, crafts, prayer, and a playful exploration of the Christian faith. Classes for younger children meet in Upper Parish Hall and classes for older children meet in the Church Library on the 2nd through 5th Sundays of the month. Contact Bryn for more information. Please register your children as soon as possible. 


    Ministry Fair This Sunday

    This Sunday, September 18, Parish of the Epiphany will hold our Ministry Fair in Hadley Hall following the 10:00 am service. This will be a chance for parishioners to learn more about the many committees, groups, and ministry opportunities available to them at Epiphany. If your group is interested in participating, please contact Kathryn in the parish office.


     First 5:00 PM Worship Service This Sunday

    We are launching a new worship service on the third Sunday of each month at 5:00 pm. Our first Word and Table service will be this Sunday, September 18 at 5:00 pm in Hadley Hall. This casual, contemporary, and creative service will be based on our familiar Episcopal liturgy as we explore an ancient and modern worship experience. We hope this service will engage those new to or familiar with our tradition, but also meet the needs of those who are unable to attend Sunday morning services.


    Sustainable Epiphany

    The Episcopal Diocese Season of Creation is underway September 1 – October 4. It’s a special opportunity to pray and learn what can be done for the precious creation of which we are a part. It’s also an opportunity to learn where we can take action to reduce our burden on the Earth and advocate for just solutions—all for the love of God.

    You can find out more about the Season of Creation hereAnd find out even more on our 3Crowns Sustainability page.

    Health Begins at Home Panel

    On Wednesday, September 21 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Parish of the Epiphany will co-sponsor Health Begins at Home, a panel on how quality, affordable housing strengthens a community's well-being. Panelists will include Thea James, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center; Dana LeWinter, Municipal Engagement Director, Citizens' Housing and Planning Association; and Sarah Betancourt, Reporter, GBH News' Center for Investigative Reporting. This event will take place in the auditorium at Winchester Town Hall. 


    Rise Against Hunger: September 22

    On September 22, Rotary will be holding its annual Rise Against Hunger event in Hadley Hall, and Epiphany parishioners are invited to help out! We will be packing meals for RISE Against Hunger, an international relief organization that distributes food to the world's most vulnerable populations. There are two volunteer shifts: 4:00 - 6:00 for set-up and packing meals, and 6:00 - 8:00 for packing meals and clean-up. Pizza will be served!

    We need to know how many volunteers will be participating, so please contact the office if you are interested in assisting. 


    Help with Fellowship Hour in September

    Sign Up to Help with Fellowship Hour!

    We are looking forward to fellowship hours on Sundays in September, and would greatly appreciate your help! Please click on the button above to contribute a baked good, a gluten-free snack, fresh fruit, or your help with serving and clean-up. 


    Youth Kickball: October 1

    Youth (6th-12th grade) and their families are invited to a friendly game of kickball at Ginn Field in Winchester on Saturday, October 1 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. If you are interested in joining, please email Janelle at Hope to see you there!


    Upcoming Youth Events

    Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming youth activities!

    • October 15: Bike ride to Bedford Farms, afternoon, time TBD
    • October 23: Epiphany Tunnels/Clock Tower Spooky Ice-Cream Party, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
    • November 5: Board Game Night, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
    • December 9: Christmas Movie Night, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

    Mark Your Calendar: Midweek @ Epiphany
    Resumes on October 5

    Midweek @ Epiphany — a time for community and connection every first and third Wednesday — resumes on October 5! Each Midweek begins at 6:15 with dinner and fellowship, followed by formation opportunities for all ages. Mark your calendar for this fall's Midweek schedule: October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, and December 7. 


    This Week's Calendar

    Click here to access the complete parish calendar.

    Thursday, September 15

    5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 
    6:30pm Band Rehearsal in Hadley Hall 

    7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom

    7:15pm Parish Weekend Away Planning Meeting in the Suter Room

    7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 

    9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

    Saturday, September 17

    5:00pm Youth Kick-Off: Pizza & Boda Borg 

    Sunday, September 18

    All Day Stewardship Kick-Off
    8:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite I in the Sanctuary 
    9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room

    9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden 

    9:00am Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary

    10:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite II in the Sanctuary and via YouTube 
    10:00am Church School in the Upper Parish Hall and the Suter Room
    11:15am Ministry Fair in Hadley Hall 

    11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden
    5:00pm Word & Table in Hadley Hall 

    Monday, September 19

    6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 
    7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 

    Tuesday, September 20

    8:00am Eucharist in the Chapel
    8:30am Bible Study in the Suter Room

    8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom

    10:00am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room
    7:00pm Mission and Outreach Committee Meeting at 7:00 pm in the Suter Room

    Wednesday, September 21

    11:00am Prayer and Communion Service at The Gables at Winchester
    5:15pm Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
    7:30pm Vestry Meeting in the Chapel 

    Thursday, September 22

    5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 
    7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom

    7:30 Meeting Ministry Team Meeting via Zoom

    7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 

    9:00pm Compline via Zoom 


    For More Information

    For pastoral emergencies, please contact Rev. Nick by dialing 781-729-1922 Ext. 5. 
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