The Parish of the Epiphany

Family Newsletter
for the week of May 15, 2022
The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sun 15-May  :  9:00-9:20am  :  Zoom Sunday School (New Link)

Sun 15-May  :  10:00-10:40am  :  In-Person Sunday School (Bishop Garden)

Sun 15-May  :  10:00-11:30am  :  Graduation Sunday (Worship & Fellowship)

Sun 15-May  :  11:30-12:15am  :  Forum: Parish Weekend Away

Sun 15-May  :  11:15am-12:00  :  High School Youth Group (Garret, Zoom)

Sun 15-May  :  3:30-4:30pm  :  Middle School Youth Group (Garret, Zoom)

Wed 18-May  :  6:15-7:30pm  :  Midweek Dinner & Formation

    Dear Families,

    I have a sneaking suspicion that the last time Bryn invited me to write the newsletter reflection, I said something along the lines of “I’m starting to believe spring might eventually find us.” Well, not to be too hasty, but I think we might be getting close. The seeds we planted at the beginning of this long and chilly spring have roots and leaves, and this weekend we'll be breaking ground in the back garden beds!

    A lot has happened already, this spring. We celebrated our third pandemic Easter, and formally welcomed Nick as Rector of Epiphany, a partnership that has already had time to grow and blossom. This Sunday, we will celebrate with the high school seniors as they mark the end of their high school adventures and look forward to new ones, as well as with this year’s confirmation class, who are discerning new ways to move forward with God and the Church, and I hope you’ll join us. While you’re there, I hope you get a chance to reflect on all the ways that you, too, are changing and rebuilding, through God who has promised to make all things new. 

    Warmly (at last),


      Families, the Parish Weekend Away Registration is Now Open: Sign Up Soon!

      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. We'll have games, hikes, canoeing, camp fires, and more. This retreat will be fun and meaningful for our littlest children and parents. Please consider coming, for the whole getaway weekend or even just 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

      Church School on May 15: Zoom, In-Person, or At-Home

      This Sunday we offer Church School on Zoom at 9am, or In-Person Church School at 10am in the Bishop Garden. Please note that if it is rainy, we will need to move our In-Person time inside, to Upper Parish Hall. If we move inside, masks will be required. But let's hope for a dry and warm Sunday morning and time outside!

      This week we are diving into Chapter 5 of our Storymakers Easter Season zine, called "Paul Meets Lydia." (Spoiler: Paul meets Lydia.) Don't forget the envelope in your pink Faith-at-Home bag, labeled May 15; this week's envelope has a treat! (A special, new, and pretty delicious Macedonian treat.)

      Those doing Faith-at-Home within your families, HERE is a guide to help, especially as you introduce Paul and Timothy, our big New Testament epistle friends! 

      Children's Choir: Join Us May 25 & June 8

      There are still two remaining Children’s Choir rehearsals this season, on Wednesdays May 25 & June 8 from 6:30-7:30pm. The choir will sing in church on Sunday morning, June 12 (Feast of the Holy Trinity) as we end the choral program year.  There is still time for children currently in grades 2-7 to check this group out.  The only requirement besides attendance is a willingness to learn; no previous training or experience needed.  Please contact Jeremy Bruns, Interim Director of Music, for more information:

      Confirmation Class Food Drive

      The Confirmation Class of 2022 is sponsoring a food drive for the Woburn Council of Social Concern. Please drop off donations at Parish of the Epiphany May 15th-May 22nd at the designated table in the entryway. They accept all non-perishable food within date, and they always need reusable grocery bags! A more detailed list of suggested items can be found at under the header "Food Pantry Wish List." 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!

      Can You Help with our Wonderful Fellowship Times?

      You know all those delicious treats and fruits that our children dive into each Sunday during fellowship time? Would you be willing to sign up for one Sunday, to bring those treats?

      We have a new Sign-Up Genius link for Fellowship Hour during May.  Please consider helping out. The Signup Genius link is here. 

      Graduation Sunday on May 15

      On Sunday, May 15th at the 10:00 am service, we will be honoring this year's graduating seniors, as well as the members of this year's confirmation class. Join us as we recognize their hard work, give thanks for their presence in our community, and bless their next steps forward! The celebration will continue with a reception after the service.

      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, May 18
      • Wednesday, June 1

      All are welcome!

      A Welcoming Episcopal Community

      70 Church Street, Winchester, MA  01890