Family Newsletter:

Week of February 5, 2023

Family Calendar

Sun, Feb 5      :    9:00-10:00am     :    Episcopal 101 with Rev. Nick (adult education)

Sun, Feb 5      :    10:00-11:00am   :    First Sunday Worship (all ages)

Sun, Feb 5      :    11:15-12:15        :    Youth: Exploring Our Faith (Garet)

Sun, Feb 5      :     3:00-5:00pm      :     Youth Cooking for Soup Kitchen (Epiphany)

Wed, Feb 8     :     5:15-6:15pm      :    Choristers Choir Rehearsal

Sun, Feb 12    :     10:00-10:40am  :    Church School (Story Makers & Godly Play)

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

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

Two Things of Note

First Sunday Worship: This Sunday is First Sunday Worship, which means the children worship with everyone at the 10am service. There are no Church School classes. Children can find Bryn before the service to ask for a special job! 

Youth Cooking Day: Join the youth and Rev. Janelle as we cook for a  local soup kitchen this Sunday afternoon. See below!

Our multi-generational Candlemas celebration at Midweek!

Youth Cooking Day: February 5

6th – 12th graders are invited this Sunday, February 5 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm to join with the youth from Temple Shir Tikvah in the Epiphany kitchen. We will be cooking lasagna and brownies for The Dwelling Place, a soup kitchen in Woburn. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with youth from another faith community in Winchester and help provide food for our neighbors! RSVP to Rev. Janelle.

Exploring Our Faith: Class for Youth Begins February 5.

All youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to Exploring our Faith, Sundays after the 10am service from Feb. 5th - April 2nd (Skipping Feb. 19th). For those interested in being confirmed (must be 10th grade or older), these classes will be required and fulfill all confirmation qualifications. Please email Janelle at if you are interested in being confirmed. Pizza will be provided! 

Those who wish to be confirmed need to reach out to Janelle this week. Thank you!

Epiphany 101: Intro to the Episcopal Church

On Sundays, February 5 and 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.  If childcare would be helpful to you during this hour, please reach out to Bryn.

Nursery News: Re-Establishing Childcare for Infants & Toddlers During Worship

Update: We anticipate having drop-off nursery care on Sunday, February 12 during the 10am service. We will not have drop-off care on Sunday, February 19 due to the holiday weekend, but we anticipate having care on subsequent Sundays. Parents should look for a registration email from Bryn next week!

We love having babies and toddlers share in our worship. And, we know many families are looking forward to a church nursery where young ones (ages 3 and under) can be dropped off during the 10am Sunday morning worship. Parents and caregivers need some quiet worship time, too. We are in the process of hiring nursery caregivers.

When we provide drop-off care, the nursery (the Dewart Family Room just down the hall from the sanctuary) will be reserved for our youngest children, those ages 0-3 years of age, during the 10am service of worship. We will likely need to limit the number of small children who can be dropped off on any given Sunday, in a safe ratio to the number of caregivers we can schedule on any given Sunday. Parents will still be welcome to spend time in the nursery with their babies or young toddlers during any and all services. 

We are looking to fill occasional gaps in our childcare coverage with adult volunteers from our congregation. If you are interested in being part of a volunteer roster to help in the nursery (perhaps every-other month or seasonally), please also reach out to Bryn. It is a wonderful way to serve our community, support our young parents, and spend time with really fun, really adorable little friends.

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

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! 

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

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

Sunday, Feb 5  :  3:00-5:00pm  :  Youth Cooking for Soup Kitchen

Wednesday, Feb 8  :   5:15-6:15pm  :  Choristers Rehearsal (choir for grades 2-7)

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

Sunday, Feb 19  :  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 Dinner and Formation for all ages

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

Sunday, Feb 16  :  10:00am  :  Church School

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

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 

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

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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