Children’s Chapel and Beyond
A reflection by Elizabeth Walker, Children’s Ministry Convener
Epiphany’s construction project brought with it a challenge and an opportunity for our children. With minimal space to house our traditional Sunday School classes, our children needed a new space for worship and formation. After some discussion, the Chapel was chosen as the best place for our kids.
After doing some research, I discovered that there were very few teaching resources available for what we wanted to do. There were resources to help us present the Gospel in a more age-appropriate form, but we wanted to do more. We hoped our children would begin to understand the rhythm of the Liturgy. We hoped our kids would be more familiar with the songs, prayers, and habits of the seasons—Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. And, we hoped that in Chapel our children would engage in a multi-age and multi-generational setting that is different from their traditional classrooms.
Beginning in January, we gathered each Sunday in the Chapel. We invited adults from the parish to preside during the Liturgy of the Word. The children got to be acolytes, readers, and ushers. Kate and Doyt joined us almost weekly to celebrate Holy Communion, and as children gathered around the altar on the chancel, they were able to interact with the priests directly.
There are so many highlights from our time in the chapel, and I find myself wishing for more: PreK-ers dancing in the aisle as guitar-playing Billy Rose-warne led an Offertory Hymn; 4th– and 5th–graders reading Prayers of the People that they led our younger children in writing; and listening to Doyt explain how the vestments that clergy wear enable them to do their job in the same way a stethoscope helps a doctor or a computer helps an engineer. But we need to respect the rhythm of our church year and school year and so will leave the Chapel for now.
Children’s Chapel will end on Trinity Sunday (May 31) when Epiphany moves to the Gym for summer worship. This summer, we encourage our children to join their families during worship. Throughout Children’s Chapel our children experienced the liturgy in a more instructed way, so we hope they can now successfully join in. We’ll offer child care in the Nursery and in an EELP classroom as always for those too young to engage in shared worship. And, in the Fall with the opening of our new Parish Hall, we’ll return to age-grouped Sunday School classes. I know some are very much looking forward to this more intimate and traditional setting, and I am excited to work with our corps of volunteers to create a strong experience for our kids.
I thank God and all those involved for the creation of a wonderful program this Spring—Ann McCurdy and Kathea Yarnell, assisted by Kate Wesch and adult parishioners. Children’s Chapel was created out of necessity. I hope it will be incarnate again because of want.
Baptisms on Pentecost
On May 24, we will have baptisms at the 9:30 am service in the Church. Please contact The Rev. Kate Wesch if you would like to be baptized or have your child baptized. Pentecost is also the day we wear RED to church and celebrate the birthday of the Church.
Newsletter Schedule for Summer 2015
You may have noticed that the Weekly Word emails are getting shorter and sparser. There are a couple reasons for this. First, Doyt, our most prolific reflection writer, is on sabbatical. Second, because of our ongoing renovation process and the end of our programming year, there is just a lot less going on around here. It’s an opportunity for all of us to take some deep breaths and enjoy the season. In that spirit, after Pentecost, we will start sending the Weekly Word every other week. Similarly, there will be no Monthly Message mailing in July.
If you would like to write a reflection or submit an announcement to be included in Epiphany’s communications, you can send drafts to me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a list of due dates:
|WW Date||WW Due Date|
|May 15||May 12|
|May 22||May 19|
|May 29||May 26|
|June 12||June 9|
|June 26||June 23|
|July 10||July 7|
|July 24||July 20|
|August 7||August 4|
|August 21||August 18|
|MM Date||MM Due Date|
|June 1||May 15|
|August 1||July 15|
|September 1||August 14|
Feel free to visit the website for the most up-to-date information on summer programs and schedules, or you can email the Parish Office.
—Judy Naegeli, Communications
An Update from the Building Team
Beginning on Tuesday, May 12, we will see scaffolding erected in a couple of different locations around campus. In one instance, there will be scaffolding put up around the exterior of the Chapel in order to perform some inspection and repair work. You will also see scaffolding in the Church balcony, which will allow the electrical contractor to take down a couple of the ceiling lights for investigation and planning purposes. The exterior Chapel scaffolding will remain in place for a few months, staying up even after we reoccupy the Parish Hall in August. Please know that all sidewalks and building entrances will be open, safe, and accessible while the scaffolding is in place.
The Next 100 Years Building Team
Ed Emerson, Laura Blackmore, Bob Barnes, Jim Marlow, Ben Bradstreet
Contact the Building Team at email@example.com.
Parish Prayer List
Sunday Lectionary Corner
May 10, 2015
Sixth Sunday of Easter
1 John 5:1–6
Upcoming Events in the Life of Epiphany
This Week at Epiphany
May 8: Registrations for the Women’s Retreat Are Due TODAY!
You are invited to join other women of Epiphany for a weekend to talk about what it means to engage our senses along the spiritual journey—whether that means paying attention, getting lost, encountering others, saying no, feeling pain, being present, or pronouncing blessing. We hope you can join us. Registration is now open. Cost is $225 and scholarships are available. Click here for more info.
Events Down the Road
May 19: Companions in Caregiving
If you are a caregiver for a friend or loved one, you are invited to explore current caregiving issues in a supportive environment with others. Join us for lively, thoughtful, and supportive discussions on caregiving and the resources available to guide and inform the process. For more information, contact Kathryn Barrett our Parish Nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 7: Pilgrimage-in-Place – Ignatian Prayer Exercises
Come learn about the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola on Sunday, June 7, at 5:15 pm in the Formation Office in Christie House. This event can count toward our parish’s pilgrimage miles for the summer. Read more about the Pilgrimage-in-Place here.
May 30: Baseball with the Bishop
Join Bishop Rickel and your fellow Episcopalians for a night of baseball and family fun at Cheney Stadium and to watch the Tacoma Rainiers beat the Round Rock Express. Enjoy a pregame buffet in the Backyard BBQ pavilion, located at the end of the first base concourse, at 4 pm. The game starts at 5:05 pm. Tickets are $25.50 and available here.