Family Newsletter:

Week of October 2, 2022

Family Calendar

Sat, Oct 01  :   4-6pm       :  Youth Kickball (Ginn Field)

Sun, Oct 02   :  10:00am  :  First Sunday Worship

Sun, Oct 02  :   11:15am  :  State of the Church Forum

Sun, Oct 02  :     5:00pm  :  Blessing of the Animals Service 

Wed, Sept 28  :  5:15pm  :  Choristers Rehearsal (choir for grades 2-8)

Wed, Oct 05  :   6:15pm   :  Midweek (dinner and formation)

Sun, Oct 09  :   10:00am  : Church School (Storymakers & Godly Play)

Dear families,

This Sunday, October 2, is First Sunday WorshipOn First Sundays we invite all ages into intentional intergenerational worship during the 10am service. (This means that we do not break out into Church School classes. We will do that next Sunday, Oct. 9.) Children will have special jobs and multiple opportunities to get out of their seats. What a joy to worship together!

At 5pm this Sunday we will have our outdoor Blessing of the Animals service, as we do each year near St. Francis Day. Bring your pet, or a photo, and we will say a special blessing upon them. This is always a fun (and short!) service together, and you are very welcome whether or not you are a pet-family. 

This Wednesday is our first Midweek of the year. I love Midweek -- a wonderful, homecooked meal; fellowship; time for play, art, music, study. If you haven't tried a Midweek, please do! We would love to have you. 



PS. The retreat last weekend? AMAZING. Please join us next year!

Midweek @ Epiphany this Wednesday:

Join us for Oktoberfest!

Midweek @ Epiphany — a time for community and connection every first and third Wednesday — resumes this Wednesday, on October 5! Each Midweek begins at 6:15 with dinner and fellowship, followed by formation opportunities for all ages. This fall the children are invited to a time of art, music, and (sometimes!) science as we explore the Christian faith together in a low-key, fun way.

Please sign up to help! Sign-up Genius

This week's menu:

Bavarian roast chicken

German potato salad

braised red cabbage


pizza for the kids

vegetarian options

Mark your calendar for this fall's Midweek schedule: October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, and December 7. 

Church School: Parent/Family Support 

We ask each family with children in Church School to have a grown up (parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle) volunteer with us one Sunday per trimester to help support our classes. This is a great opportunity to be with your child and see what they are learning, and it helps our amazing Children's Ministry volunteer team to keep our classes supported and running smoothly. Please sign-up for a Sunday HERE. Thank you!

Church School Class Levels

Our two classes--Godly Play and Storymakers--are roughly broken into two age groups, preschoolers through first graders, and second through fifth graders. However, Godly Play is a great program that children of many ages enjoy.

If you have a second grader, please feel welcome to choose either class. Godly Play is a quieter, more choice-based experience. Storymakers is a classroom with a lot of collaboration and energy. Please reach out to Bryn if you'd like to talk more specifically about which class might be the best fit for your second (or even third) grader. 

Church School Registration

If you haven't registered your children for Church School, please take a quick minute to do so. This gives us important information like allergies and opting into (or out of) photo permissions. We re-register each year to keep our information current. Thank you! 

Church School Registration

Youth Kickball: Saturday, Oct 1

Youth (6th-12th grade) and their families are invited to a friendly game of kickball at Ginn Field in Winchester on Saturday, October 1st, from 4-6pm. If you are interested in joining, please email Janelle at Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Youth Events

Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming youth activities!

  • October 23: Epiphany Tunnels/Clock Tower Spooky Ice-Cream Party, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • November 5: Board Game Night, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • December 9: Christmas Movie Night, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Choristers: This Wednesday Evening

The Chorister choir program at Epiphany is for children entering grades 2-8. Our weekly rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15pm (a snack and optional skills session will also be offered from 6:15-7:00pm on many Wednesdays). Children will receive professional music theory and vocal training, and will sing in church monthly (on First Sundays). 

This program isn’t just for Epiphany parishioners—children are welcome and encouraged to bring friends along to try out the program. It is perfectly acceptable to try out the program for a few weeks without committing to the entire season. Please reach out to Jeremy Bruns, Director of Music & Organist at with any questions.

Important Fall Dates for Families

Sunday, Oct 2   :   10:00am   :   First Sunday Worship & Formation

Sunday, Oct 2   :   5:00pm   :   Blessing of the Animals Service

Wednesday, Oct 5 :   5:15pm  :  Choristers (every Wednesday)

Wednesday, Oct 5  :  6:15pm  :  Midweek Dinner & Formation (1st, 3rd Wednesdays)

Sunday, Oct 9   :  10:00am  :  Church School Classes

Wednesday, Oct 12 :   5:15pm  :  Choristers

Sunday, Oct 16  :  10:00am  :  Church School Classes

Sunday, Oct 16   :   11:15am  :  Ciderfest

Wednesday, Oct 19 :   5:15pm  :  Choristers 

Wednesday, Oct 19  :  6:15pm   :  Midweek Dinner & Formation

Sunday, Oct 23   :   10:00am   :  Church School

Sunday, Oct 23  :  6:30-8:30pm  :  Epiphany Tunnels/Clock Tower Spooky Ice-Cream Party

Wednesday, Oct 26  :  6:15pm  :  Choristers

Sunday, Oct 30   :   10:00am   :   Church School

Looking ahead:

Saturday, Nov 5  :  10:00am  :  First Sunday Worship (with Baptisms)

Saturday, Nov 5  :  7:00-9:00pm  :  Youth Board Game Night

Friday, Dec 9   :   7:00-9:00pm  :   Youth Christmas Movie Night

Saturday, Dec 24  :  4:00pm  :  Christmas Pageant & Christmas Eve Service

Saturday, Jan 21  :  9:00am  :  Communion Enrichment Program (grades 2-5)

Sunday, Jan 22  :  10:00am  :  Communion Enrichment Sunday

Sunday, Feb 12 : 10:00am : Church School's Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Coat 

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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