September 8, 2022

Under Construction

The past two weeks have been a flurry of activity at the church. From resurfacing of floors and cleaning up classrooms to making space for new choristers robes and folders and readying the Upper Parish Hall for Sunday School sessions — things are in motion. You may feel the same way right now. The summer pace has changed or is changing — things are in motion. Kids are back to school, perhaps the speed at work is increasing, energy and expectation or excitement and anticipation. This time of year is always touched by a shift in and outside us.

Perhaps the most in-your-face sign of this flurry of activity and energy on our church grounds is the forecourt and Cloister Garden construction. So loud was the jack-hammer that we moved our staff work-day and planning session to a conference room at the Winchester Library. The sights and sounds of the past two weeks at church have made it real: We are under construction. Here at Epiphany, just like it is for each one of us, things are under construction. Our lives are always in transition, change is a constant, and we are reminded of this in sometimes unexpected, glorious, or even painful ways. As a parish, we are becoming something new, yet deeply rooted in who we have been. 

This year will be a time of traditioned innovation as we try new things, but also a season of staying rooted in the shape of our life together that has always given us an anchor or touchstone amidst the changes and chances of life. That's one of the deep gifts about you and our life together — having a touchstone in this life. And, we know, deep down, that the only anchor that can truly hold us close is God and God's gracious love. So, as we put ourselves together, as we become, as we remain now and likely, forever, under construction as both people and a church — let's be sure to keep our eyes on the blueprints that matter, which is the central story of Jesus Christ, God's love made real.

We look forward to this Sunday, Rally Sunday, as we celebrate our life together and the start of this program year. Join us for a festive catered lunch provided by Bella Isla, as well as games, crafts, a bounce house, and a dunk tank. I hope you can join the party as we celebrate our mission and life together as the people of Epiphany. We're throwing a party — and all are invited. So, invite a friend, a neighbor, a new acquaintance and let's draw the circle wider. All are welcome to what God is building.

See you Sunday,


    Rally Day on September 11

    Sign Up to Help with Rally Day!

    On Sunday, September 11 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. You won’t want to miss the crafts, games, bounce house obstacle course, or your chance to see the rector get wet in the dunk tank! To register to volunteer, please use our SignUpGenius form. We hope to see you at this fun event! 


    Church School Volunteer Training

    Tuesday, September 13: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Please join us for an evening training session before our new year begins! This training is for all who are interested in volunteering in our Children's Ministry—from seasoned teachers to newcomers considering becoming involved. We will introduce you to our creative (and simple!) curriculum; share practical tips for the classroom; and show you how fun and rewarding Children's Ministry really is. Please contact Bryn for more information or to RSVP. 


    Youth Kick-Off on September 17: Boda Borg!

    Sign Up for Boda Borg!

    Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join Janelle and the youth leaders for a program year kick-off at Boda Borg on the evening of Saturday, September 17. Boda Borg offers a series of "quests" in which small teams figure out clues in order to advance through challenges. We'll gather for pizza at the church at 5:00 pm, and carpool over to Boda Borg at 5:50 pm. We'll return to the church by 9:00 pm. Please reach out to Janelle for more information. Click here to sign up. 


    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! 


    Children's Church School:
    Begins September 18

    Register for Church School!

    Church School begins 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: September 18

    On Sunday, September 18, Parish of the Epiphany will hold Ministry Fair Sunday 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.


    5:00 PM Worship: Word and Table

    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 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.


    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. 


    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. 


    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 8

    5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 
    6:00pm Stewardship Committee Meeting in the Suter Room
    7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom

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

    9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

    Sunday, September 11

    8:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite I in the Sanctuary 
    9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room

    9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 

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

    10:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite II in the Sanctuary and via YouTube 

    11:15am Rally Day Picnic in the Cloister Garden and Bishop Garden

    Monday, September 12

    4:00pm Circle of Life via Zoom
    6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 
    7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 

    Tuesday, September 13

    8:00am Eucharist & Bible Study in the Chapel

    8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom

    10:00am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room
    6:00pm Church School Teacher Training in Hadley Hall, Upper Parish Hall & Suter Room
    7:00pm Property Committee Meeting in the Sproat Room
    7:00pm Stephen Ministries Meeting in the Chapel 

    Wednesday, September 14

    5:15pm Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
    6:15pm Optional Extra Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 

    Thursday, September 15

    5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 
    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 


    For More Information

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