Family Newsletter:

Week of January 29, 2023

Family Calendar

Sun, Jan 29    :    9:50-10:00am    :     Church School Drop-Off

Sun, Jan 29    :   10:00-10:40am   :     Church School (Godly Play & Storymakers)

Sun, Jan 29    :    11:15-12:15pm  :     Annual Meeting (Hadley Hall)

Wed, Feb 1     :    5:15-6:15pm      :     Choristers Rehearsal

Wed, Feb 1     :    6:15-7:30pm      :     Midweek Dinner & Formation: Candlemas!

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

Four Things of Note

Annual Meeting is this Sunday: Please stay for our annual meeting at 11:15am in Hadley Hall. There will be some quiet toys and coloring for children to engage with in the church library (right off Hadley Hall). 

Confirmation for Youth Sign-Up Deadline: Any youth (10th grade and up) who would like to be confirmed this year need to let Janelle know this week.

Midweek -- Candlemas: This Wednesday, February 1, please join us for dinner and a celebration of Candlemas, with art, music, and liturgy, beginning at 6:15pm.

Summer Sleepaway Camp at the Barbara C. Harris Episcopal Camp is Registering Now: See below, and please let Bryn know if anyone in your family plans to attend!

Epiphany kids at BCH this past September!

Midweek on Wednesday, February 1: Dinner and Candlemas

Please join us this Wednesday for dinner and a celebration of Candlemas. We will enjoy a home-cooked meal together beginning at 6:15pm. At 7pm, we will engage in a special, intergenerational observance of Candlemas. All will have the opportunity to create a unique candle and then join in a short liturgy of prayer and music. During the cold and dark of Midwinter, this in an opportunity to gather as a community, renewing our strength as we bless candles for our homes and the candles we use in worship together. 

Wednesday's menu includes baked ziti, salad, garlic bread, pizza (for the kids) and warm cookies. 

All are welcome. Find nourishment and warmth at Midweek. 

Nursery News: Efforts to Re-Establish Childcare for Infants & Toddlers During Worship

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.

Hiring caregivers for the nursery for drop-off care has been difficult, especially in our post-pandemic employment environment. This is a difficulty shared by churches around our region. We are hopeful that we will be able to fill these paid positions in the near future, and we are actively interviewing potential caregivers. 

When we are able to once again 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 hire. Parents will still be welcome to spend time in the nursery with their babies or young toddlers during any and all services. 

If you know of adults with childcare experience, great references, and interest in being part of our paid nursery team, including as substitutes and backup care, please have them reach out to Bryn ( 

Additionally, if you are interested in being part of a volunteer roster to help in the nursery (perhaps monthly, or every-other month), 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. 

We will let you know as we make progress on these efforts. Thank you for your support!

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

Mission & Outreach Survey: Parents, Help Us Understand What Service Opportunities Interest You and Your Family

The Mission & Outreach group at Epiphany is currently in a season of discernment about where God might be calling us to next. We are taking some intentional time to hear from the greater parish community and exploring new partnerships in our community. This is an excellent time for you, as the families at Epiphany, to chime in about what you would like to be involved in when it comes to caring for our community. Please consider filling out this survey today as an act of compassion and justice.

Mission & Outreach Survey

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

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!

Important Dates for Families: Winter and Spring 2023

Sunday, Jan 29  :  10:00am  :  Church School

Sunday, Jan 29  :  11:15am  :  Annual Meeting

Wednesday, Feb 1  :   5:15-6:15pm  :  Choristers Rehearsal (choir for grades 2-7)

Wednesday, Feb 1  :  6:15-7:30pm  :  Midweek Dinner and Formation for all ages

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

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

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 

Sunday, April 30  :  11:15-12:30pm  :  High School Youth Forum

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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