The Parish of the Epiphany

Family Newsletter
for the week of June 12, 2022
The Second Week after Pentecost

Sun 12-Jun  :  10:00-11:00am  :  Worship with Children's Choir and Children's Sermon

Sun 12-Jun  :  11:30-12:30pm  :  High School Youth Group

Sun 12-Jun  :   3:30-4:30pm  :   Middle School Youth Group

    Dear Families,

    We look forward to worshiping all together this Sunday, as the children join the congregation for the entire service for the first time in a while. Our choristers (aka children's choir) will be singing. 

    To support children in the worship service, there are new children's worship bags in the back of the sanctuary, near the tower doors. Please grab one on your way in!

    Each bag has this week's children's bulletin--these bulletins expand upon the gospel reading we hear when the priest carries the Bible down the aisle and reads among us. Maybe ask your child to listen carefully to the gospel and then see if they can find it in their bulletin. 

    The activity bags also have a prayer practice. Our Church School has been working on prayer all through the year. This week, they can find our "Today we pray" sheets (we usually do these as a group in Church School, which is amazing to see), and also one of our hands-on prayer practices. This week, they'll find prayer dough (which I call "pray-dough" and they humor me) and a prayer prompt mat to use it on. 

    Finally, it bears repeating: kid movement and kid noise is okay in worship. Truly! An entirely quiet, entirely still church is not a church that is alive and thriving. We want the presence of children--and yes, we know all what that can mean! Families, come, relax, and be together.

    Best wishes,


    Church School 2022-2023: Godly Play, Storymakers, and Exploratory Learning

    With our 2021-2022 Church School year wrapped up, we've turned our eyes to the fall! 

    Our older children, in 2nd grade and above, will continue with our excellent Storymakers curriculum, which uses scripture and art to tell the core stories of our faith, and to invite children to connect their world and experiences with God’s big story. This fall, their stories will take them into Egypt with Joseph.

    Our younger group, in preschool through first grade, will be using Godly Play as an important piece of their Church School curriculum. Godly Play uses story telling, play, and wondering to invite young children into spiritual practice, and into the knowledge and traditions of the church. This parish has a deep history of engaging children through Godly Play, and we’re pleased to bring many pieces of this excellent program back to Epiphany. 

    Both our age groups will also do some short units using what we call a Rotational Church School curriculum. This means that we choose a rich story from scripture and spend a few weeks diving into it in different ways. One week, we might engage the story through acting; another week through cooking; another week through music, or art, or science, or even sports. This helps us to engage different senses and different ways of learning, and it is a lot of fun to be a part of. 

    We are looking for two more committed teachers who would like to join our team. Core teachers should be able to join us for the majority (but not all) of our Church School meetings, as they get to know the curriculum and the children. There is not much preparation needed, besides reading and understanding the lesson plan and putting your personal touches on it ahead of time. Core teachers bring their love, energy, and creativity to the classroom.  

    Please contact Bryn for more information on any of our Church School curricula or if you're interested in exploring being part of our team.

    Parish Weekend Away Registration is Now Open AGAIN: We've Got More Rooms!

    Our all-parish Weekend Away (aka retreat) is September 23-25, 2022. This two-night getaway will be at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Retreat Center in New Hampshire, about a 90 minute drive from Winchester. 

    The overnight reservations are now open again! We've gotten more rooms and cabins to fill.  We also have registration for Saturday or Sunday. It is a great chance to connect, deepen community ties, enjoy nature, and play.

    More information can be found HERE

    Register Now

    Fellowship Time in June: Baked Goods and Fruit Needed

    The Fellowship team needs some more help with snacks and goodies after our 10am services this month. Can you bring a plate of baked treats or some fruit one Sunday? Please sign up HERE. Thank you!

    End of Year Youth Lock-In: June 24-25

    Registration is open for the Youth Group Lock-In! We'll gather the evening of Friday, June 24 for a progressive dinner, games, and fellowship. On Saturday, we will learn more about a local organization making a difference in the community, and spend a couple hours working with them. Registration is open now and will close on June 13. Please reach out to Eva Dalzell ( with any questions or if you'd like to help out!

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