Family Newsletter:

Week of February 12, 2023

Family Calendar

Sun, Feb 12     :    9:00-10:00am    :    Episcopal 101 with Rev. Nick (adult education)

Sun, Feb 12     :    10:00-11:00am  :    Church School (Story Makers & Godly Play)

Sun, Feb 12     :     9:45-11:15am   :    Drop-off Nursery Care for ages 0-3 years

Sun, Feb 12     :    11:15-12:15       :    Youth: Exploring Our Faith (Garet)

Wed, Feb 15    :     5:15-6:15pm     :    Choristers Choir Rehearsal

Wed, Feb 15    :     6:15-7:30pm     :    Midweek: Mardi Gras Celebration

Sun, Feb 19     :     10:00am           :    Worship (No Church School: School Break)

Wed, Feb  22   :   7:30am, 7:00pm :    Ash Wednesday Services

Sun, Feb 26     :    10:00-10:40am  :    Church School (Story Makers & Godly Play)

Two Things of Note

The Nursery Opens this Sunday: Babies and Toddlers, ages 0-3 years, can be dropped off in the nursery (Dewart Room) during the 10am service of worship, where our nursery caregivers will be ready to play and comfort. Little ones should be registered in order to drop off (see below). The nursery will be reserved for ages 0-3 during the 10am worship service. Please welcome our new paid nursery staff when you see them! Their names are Laura, Maya, and Linda. 

Midweek is Mardi Gras: We will celebrate Mardi Gras and enjoy our annual Shrove Tuesday celebrations THIS Wednesday, February 15! Join us for a traditional Mardi Gras dinner, a pancake toss, and the Burning of the Palms liturgy as we prepare to enter Lent. 

Pancake Toss of Yesteryear.

Nursery News: Childcare for Infants & Toddlers During 10am Worship

Our nursery opens this Sunday! Parents and guardians may drop off their young children -- ages 0-3 years -- in the Dewart Room during the 10am service. Our paid and experienced nursery caregivers will be ready to receive babies and toddlers beginning at 9:45am. Parents and guardians must pick up their children by 11:15am, and must remain in the building at all times.

Children need to be registered in order to be dropped off. This gives us important information about allergies, needs, and who may pick up your child. Please register here:

Nursery Care Registration

There may be weeks we need to limit the number of small children who can be dropped off, in a safe ratio to the number of caregivers we can schedule on any given Sunday. Registering your child does not reserve a spot on any given Sunday; drop off is first-come, first-serve. That said, we are optimistic that we have room for all who wish to be dropped off. If drop-off care fills, parents will still be welcome to spend time in the nursery with their babies or young toddlers during any and all services. 

The nursery (the Dewart Family Room just down the hall from the sanctuary) is reserved for our youngest children, those ages 0-3 years of age, during the 10am service of worship. Older children are welcome in Church School, or if they need a break during worship, parents and guardians may spend time with them in Hadley Hall or the Suter Room (aka the library).

Remember, we love having babies and toddlers share in our worship! The movement, energy, and sounds of little ones are always welcomed and treasured. And, parents and caregivers need some quiet worship time, too. The nursery is here to give you choices. 

Midweek: Mardi Gras and

the Burning of the Palms

This Coming Wednesday, February 15, please join us for a special Midweek celebration of Mardi Gras! We'll enjoy a home cooked meal (and special dessert!), make some carnival masks, and have our annual Pancake Toss. After all this celebration, we'll have a liturgy and Burning of the Palms as we move toward Lent.  Please join us from 6:15-7:30pm. All are welcome!

The menu will be:  jambalaya, vegan red beans and rice, pizza for the kids, and dessert for all.

Because School Vacation week occurs the following week, we are holding our traditional Shrove Tuesday & Mardi Gras observations early, on Wednesday, February 15. Ash Wednesday services are, of course, still on Wednesday, February 22. 

Youth Hut Hike, June 2023: Please Reach Out to Janelle by February 12

Save the date for our Youth Hut Hike trip on June 26th-28th in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We will have a guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club and this will be an opportunity for community building while enjoying God’s creation. If interested, please let Janelle know of your initial interest by Feb. 12th. Email Janelle at

Exploring Our Faith: Class for Youth Continues February 12.

All youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to Exploring our Faith, Sundays after the 10am service. Pizza will be provided! 

Epiphany 101: Intro to the Episcopal Church

On Sundays, February 12, adults are invited to join Rev. Nick in the Chapel at 9:00 am for this two-part series designed for inquirers and those interested in knowing more about the Episcopal Church and the life and ministry of the Parish of the Epiphany. For more details, contact Rev. Nick.  Bryn will provide childcare in the nursery from 9 to 9:45am; please let her know if you plan to bring children. 

Change of Worship Schedule:
Word & Table Worship

Our monthly 5:00 pm worship service, which is called Word & Table, will be offered on varied Sundays in the coming months due to holidays and our high holy day of Easter. Please note the Sundays we will be having Word & Table this winter and spring: February 26, March 19, April 23, May 21. This casual, contemporary, and creative service is based on our familiar Episcopal liturgy and takes place in Hadley Hall. We invite you to come and bring a friend, as Word & Table is a wonderful space to welcome those seeking a spiritual home.

Clothing Drive for Malden Warming Center

The Malden Warming Center provides a warm and safe shelter for those experiencing homelessness during the winter months. They are currently on the lookout for these items:

  • Hoodies/Sweatshirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Coats
  • Winter Boots
  • Backpacks
  • Small or Medium Suitcases with wheels
  • Thermal Underwear

Let’s care for our unhoused neighbors! Leave donations in the back of the church in the shopping cart in the Nave until March 5th. Rev. Janelle is also gathering a group (ages 18+) to be trained to volunteer at the center. If interested, email Janelle. You can learn more about the Malden Warming center at

Summer Camp at BCH: Registration is Open!

The Barbara C. Harris Episcopal Camp is offering sleepaway camp for those entering grades 4 and older, as well as a fun Family Camp long weekend this summer. Parish of the Epiphany loves BCH! 

At least two Epiphany kids are going the week of July 31!

If your child or family would like to sign up for a camp experience this summer, please reach out and let Bryn know. We might be able to help coordinate some of our children's weeks together! 

Here is what BCH says:

Summer Camps at BCH are inclusive Christian formation ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in partnership with the dioceses New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.

You and your family are welcome here! As an Episcopal camp, we are passionate about being a safe space for all campers and families and we strive for a rich diversity of campers and staff. Each week chaplains participate in all camp activities and lead space for chapel and reflection.

Our 2023 Camp Sessions are:

Family Camp:

30 June-5 July, 2023

Enjoy an extra long weekend of delicious meals, arts & crafts, swimming, boating, outside games, music, worship, and time to be together in new and expanding relationships with folks from all over New England. Come and join us for a time of rest, renewal, silliness, and an experience of Episcopal-centered, family-oriented fellowship, formation, and faith exploration. Families of all configurations are welcome.

Youth Camps:

Camp Session 1- July 9-14, 2023

Camp Session 2- July 16-21, 2023

Camp Session 3- July 23-28, 2023

Camp Session 4- July 30- August 4, 2023

Youth Camps are for all campers completing 3rd to 12th grade. Whether climbing high on the ropes course or paddle boarding on Otter Lake, there's something for everyone here at BCH. From swimming to games, to campfires and dancing and classic skits, campers are sure to create new friendships and renew old ones year after year. Whether BCH is your camp home or you’re looking at coming for the first time, we’re excited to meet you at camp this summer!

Explorers: Completed grades 3-5

Challenge: Completed grades 6-8

Base: Completed grades 9-12

Find out more at BCH's Website: The Barbara C. Harris Camp

Church School Registration

Church School registration is always open! This gives us important information like allergies and opting into/out of photo permissions. We re-register each year to keep our information current. Thank you! 

Church School Registration

Important Dates for Families: Winter and Spring 2023

Saturday, Feb 11  :  9am-5pm  :  Godly Play Training (Belmont)

Sunday, Feb 12  :  10:00am  :  Church School

Sunday, Feb 12  :   10:00am  :  Nursery Care for ages 0-3 years

Sunday, Feb 12  :  10:00-11:15am  :  Drop-off Nursery Care for those ages 0-3

Wednesday, Feb 15  :   5:15-6:15pm  :  Choristers Rehearsal (choir for grades 2-7)

Wednesday, Feb 15  :  6:15-7:30pm  :  Midweek: Mardi Gras and Pancake Toss

Sunday, Feb 19  :  10:00am  :  Worship (no Church School)

Sunday, Feb 19  :  10:00am  :  Nursery Care for ages 0-3 years (limited capacity)

Sunday, Feb 19  :  10:00am  :  Church School

Sunday, Feb 26  :   5:00pm   :   Word & Table Contemporary Worship

Sunday, Mar 5  :  10:00am  : First Sunday Worship (no Church School)

Sunday, Mar 5  :  6:00-8:30pm  :  Youth Baking Service Project

Sunday, March 12 :  11:15-12:30pm  :  High School Youth Forum on Discernment with Bethany and Peter

Wednesday, Mar 15  :  6:15-7:30pm  :  Midweek Dinner and Formation for all ages

Sunday, Mar 19   :   5:00pm   :   Word and Table Contemporary Worship

Saturday, Mar 25  :  8:00-12:00pm  :  Youth Help at St. Luke's Food Pantry

Thursday, April 6  :  6:15-7:30pm  :  Maundy Thursday Dinner and Worship

Sunday, April 9  :  9:00am and 11:00am  :  Easter Worship

Sunday, April 9  :  10:15am  :  Easter Egg Hunt & Fellowship 

Sunday, April 23  :  5:00pm   :   Word and Table Contemporary Worship

Wednesday, May 3  :  6:15-7:30pm  :  Midweek Dinner and Formation for all ages

Saturday, May 6  :  10:30am  :  Confirmation Service, Cathedral of St. Paul, Boston

Wednesday, May 17  :  6:15-7:30pm  :  Midweek Dinner and Formation for all ages

Sunday, May 21  :  10:00am  :  Graduation Sunday

Sunday, May 21  :   5:00pm  :  Word and Table Contemporary Worship

Friday, May 12  :  5:00-9:00pm  :  Youth Boda Borg Outing

Ongoing Choristers Schedule: Every Wednesday Evening

Bryn Hollenbeck, Director of Children's Ministries and Parish Life:

Janelle Hiroshige, Associate for Youth and Community Partnerships:

Jeremy Bruns, Director of Music and Organist:

Nick Myers, Rector:


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