The Children’s Ministry at Epiphany brings together parishioners, staff and our broader community to nurture the spiritual formation of children and young people at Epiphany as we:
- Create the structure, opportunity, and environment for them to fall in love with God
- Educate them about Christianity, the Bible, and the kingdom of God
- Engage them in the wonder and beauty of the liturgy
- Challenge them to be their best selves, living into the person God created them to be
- Weave them into the life of Epiphany to create an intergenerational community where they are loved and valued, so they will know where to find community and a spiritual home throughout their life.
We plan our programs with these goals in mind and strive to include children in all parts of our worship and study experience so that they know that they are accepted and valued at Epiphany.
Our Everybody Hour formation schedule allows children to learn and form community together during the 10 am hour and to attend service with their family. During the 11 am service, children are invited to join a priest in the Great Hall for a children’s sermon or to stay in church. We offer Nursery Care in from 8:30 am – 12:15 pm for our youngest parishioners, but also love to hear and see all ages in service. Click here for the Sunday schedule.
Sunday School Classes
Sunday School usually occurs on the 2nd-5th Sundays of the month (September – May) in age-level classes. Our 2018-19 classes are:
PreK–1st Grade: Stories from the Bible & the Church Year
The year will begin with several Old Testament stories using Godly Play materials and story-telling. Godly Play is a story-based program which teaches children the art of using Christian language (parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action) in order to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.
Additional enrichment and activities on focused topics, such as Saints, Old Testament Figures, Parables, and the Stories of Jesus, will be shared for this group in order to meet the needs of the particular cohort.
2nd-3rd Grade: The Liturgical Year & Feast Days
Lessons are planned to be engaging in many ways: things to do and make, ideas to consider, stories and histories to know with opportunities to respond to them through art and drama. Inspired by our Church Calendar and upcoming Feast Days, we will begin by looking at the life and times of Saint Francis. We will then turn to other great leaders of the faith whose days coincide with events on both secular and liturgical calendars–All Saints’ Day, St. Nicholas, etc., as well as to those whose lives and legends hold great appeal for children, such as St. George and St. Michael. During Advent, children will be able to prepare for the Christmas Pageant during the Sunday School hour, while also participating in activities that add to the meaning of the season. During Lent last year, many children in this group were with Jill and me as we learned about Moses. This winter, we will learn about Harriet Tubman, the “Moses” of her people, in connection with the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday; during Lent we will study the story of Joseph from the Hebrew Scriptures, learning of how the Israelites migrated to Egypt.
4th-5th Grade: Living the Good News
Living the Good News is a lectionary-based curriculum that engages students with reflection, discussion, and activity, centered around each week’s gospel. This group will take time for study and prayer each week, in addition to building community through games and conversation.
At the 11 am service, Anyone who would like to participate in a Children’s Sermon in the Great Hall can follow the Verger and priest down the center aisle at the beginning of the Gospel Acclamation. The Children’s Sermon will be directed toward an elementary aged audience and will include song, the reading of the Gospel, a short sermon, and Prayers of the People. This group will return to the Church during the Peace.
Our children and youth are nurtured to participate actively in the entire worship service—hymns, service music, and spoken responses, as well as their own anthems. Choristers sing approximately twice a month with the adult choir at the 8:45 and and 11 am services. All elements of their education in the program are considered to have a significant role in their character building and Christian formation.
Youth Choirs rehearse on Thursdays during the school year.
5:15 – 6:30 pm | CITs (K–2nd grade)
Choristers-In-Training, or CITs, are our youngest singers who meet weekly to sing a variety of fun songs that aid in learning good vocal production, musicianship, ear training, sight reading, liturgy, and the joy of group singing. These youngsters sing in service at Christmas and the end of season, as well as in the community.
5:15–6:30 pm | Choristers (3rd grade and up)
Choristers are our older singers who sing regularly in service. These singers meet weekly to work on skills as the CIT do, while also learning score reading, artistry, and anthems for service singing and special services. Choristers sing on the first Sunday of each month, Christmas, Holy Week, and several times in community performances.
Please contact Zach Hemenway for more information about the youth choirs.
If you have any questions or would like more information on Epiphany’s Children’s Ministry, please contact Elizabeth Walker, Director of Formation, at email@example.com.