The Parish of the Epiphany

Family Newsletter
for the week of April 3, 2022
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Sun 03-Apr  :   9:00-9:25am  :  Zoom Church School (LINK)

Sun 03-Apr  :  10:00-10:40am  :  In-Person Church School (Upper Parish Hall)

Sun 03-Apr  :  11:15-12:30pm  :  Adult Formation: Grief and Grace (Hadley Hall)

Sun 03-Apr  :  11:15-12:00pm  :  High School Youth Group (Garret or Zoom)

Sun 03-Apr  :  12:00-1:30pm  :  Confirmation Class (Garret or Zoom)

Sun 03-Apr  :  5:30-6:30pm  :  Middle School Youth Group (Garret or Zoom)

Wed 06-Apr  :   6:30-7:30pm  :  Children's Choir (Upper Parish; grades 2-7)

Sun 10-Apr  :   9:00-10:00am  :  Palm Sunday Fellowship & Procession

Sun 10-Apr  :  10:05-10:40am  :  In-Person Church School (*Gathers in Sanctuary)

    Dear Families,

    Last Sunday was a beautiful day for our congregation as we celebrated Communion Enrichment, Confirmation, and Baptisms. After the service, several people said to me that church felt like it used to feel. I agree! What a blessing!

    As we head toward the end of Lent, we hope you are finding moments to focus your hearts and minds on the love the God, the gift of Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. 



      Church School this Sunday: 9am Zoom and 10am In-Person

      This week we reach Chapter 5 in our Lenten workbooks: the Parable of the Workers and the Vineyard. Jesus used parables to teach us about God--God's character and God's kingdom--and this parable in particular really makes us think about God's great grace. 

      Zoom Families

      If you would like to join from home, please hop on Zoom at 9am this Sunday morning. Have your new Church School bag, your red Lent zine, and some crayons or colored pencils ready.  ZOOM LINK

      In-Person Families

      For those coming to the church, please join us at 10am in Upper Parish Hall. We'll have our story, some painting, and some movement this week! Please bring a mask; we will require masks when in especially close proximity, but start to allow unmasking at other times. Please discuss with your child what your own family's masking (or unmasking) rules are ahead of time.

      Faith-at-Home Families

      Faith-at-Home families who like to work on these materials as a family on your own schedule, HERE is this week's outline. We're in our red Lent Zine, and we're on Chapter 5 which is called "The Vineyard."

      Everybody should find their fifth envelope (marked April 3). There's a craft to share with your family, and a TREAT (as promised!).

      Lenten Sunday Series on Grief and Grace: Healing Together

      Join Rev. Nick and Dr. Brian Litzenberger in Hadley Hall each Sunday during the season of Lent after the 10:00 am service for a forum series that will help us explore the many feelings of grief and loss and disorientation that we've experienced through the pandemic. Nick and Brian will host conversations to engage both the theology and practice of moving from trauma to healing. These sessions are open to all ages, as Dr. Litzenberger is particularly engaged with parents, youth and young people in his practice.

      Easter Project for St. Luke's a Big Success: Thank You!

      Huge thank you to all who donated Easter candy for our children's Midweek service project. We made 50 decorated Easter bags full of delicious candy, which will be given to families at St. Luke's before Easter. 

      And thank you to all the children who participated in decorating and filling the bags. It was hard work to not eat up those piles of delicious candy, but our friends focused on giving and serving our neighbors. Well done friends!

      Thank you to Betsy Walsh for joining us and leading our learning about food insecurity, food pantries, and sharing.

      Midweek@Epiphany Spring Schedule

      Midweek@Epiphany is a relaxed evening of fellowship, food, and formation (learning about God and faith) that happens roughly twice a month in the middle of the school & work week.

      We begin at 6:15 with a delicious dinner (cooked by our Midweek Dinner Team) and time to socialize. At 7pm, adults and youth are invited to a Bible study with Rev Nick in Upper Parish Hall, and children are invited to a time of faith-centered art and music with Bryn, Jeremy, and ministry volunteers in Hadley Hall. 

      The next Midweek@Epiphany dates are:

      • Wednesday, April 17
      • Wednesday, May 18
      • Wednesday, June 1

      All are welcome!

      Summer Camp: Barbara C. Harris Camp

      Camp is back for summer 2022! Summer Camps at BCH are inclusive Christian formation ministries and open to families, and campers entering 4th-12th grades. If you are interested, please visit BCH's website

      Playspace Toy Donations Wanted for St. Stephen's

      St. Stephen's Youth Programs (SSYP), one of our Mission and Outreach organizations, is creating a play space for children (ages 5-10 years old) in their afterschool program. They are looking for the following, in new or gently used condition:

      • pans/ dishes/ food items for a play kitchen
      • veterinary clinic/ doctor's office items- tools, stuffed animals (clean and like new), doctor/ vet outfits
      • puppet theater/ puppets
      • dress up clothes/ costumes
      • dolls/ doll clothes/ doll accessories (racially diverse dolls preferred)
      • cars/ trucks- both large and small
      • wooden train set
      • building toys- blocks (wood, magnetic), marble runs, gears, no Legos please (we have lots)
      • bracelet making materials- beads, thread
      • craft kits for groups of kids

      If you would like to donate something new, click here for our Amazon wishlist. If you would like to donate something gently used, please contact me at 781-249-6554 or I am happy to pick up items in and near Winchester.

      Betsy Walsh

      Confirmation Class Continues THIS Sunday

      Our next meeting will be Sunday, April 3 from 12-1:30pm in the Garrett, with an option to join virtually. The class will conclude with a confirmation service on Saturday, May 21, at St. Anne's Church in Lowell. Please reach out to Eva Dalzell to register, or if you are interested in joining the team as a mentor!

      Middle and High School Youth Groups on April 3.

      Please contact Eva Dalzell with any questions, or for the Zoom link to join virtually. 

      High School (11:15am-12:00pm -- before Confirmation Class)

      Middle School (5:30pm-6:30pm)

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