About Us

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany began in 1956 as a mission parish in Newton. To this day, we carry a warm heart for outreach and mission that many small churches struggle to cultivate.

We are one of 65 parishes belonging to the Diocese of Western North Carolina, under the guidance of our beloved bishop, The Right Reverend G. Porter Taylor. The Diocesan Offices are in Asheville on Centre Park Drive, and the diocese reaches from those beautiful Blue Ridge mountains all the way East to the outskirts of the Charlotte/Huntersville area.

Drawn to and guided by the healing light of Jesus Christ, our members of Epiphany seek to be ministers of caring in Christ’s name. We gather together each week and more to strengthen our faith, support and enjoy our friendships with one another, and recharge our spirits for our lives of ministry in our community and in the world.

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany sanctuary at Easter

Worship is a key event for our parish. It is our central time together, around which all other aspects of our parish life are situated, and from which new life springs forth so that we can begin new ministries.

We are 100 members strong. In an age where many churches hope for at least one third of their members to attend the weekly services, our attendance is always a reflection of at least one-half to two-thirds or more of our membership on any Sunday. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist each Sunday. We greet one another with The Peace of Christ. We sing and we pray, we listen and we learn, and we glorify God.

In our church narthex (entry hall) there is always some kind of outreach display or collection going on; whether it is items for shipping to soldiers in Iraq or canned goods for our local food pantry, opportunities for giving are continuous at Epiphany.

Nourishment and enrichment happen for people of Epiphany in many ways. We all seem to feel that we gain so much more than we have given!

We invite you to follow the light of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ to our church doors. You will be warmly welcomed, and you may be pleasantly surprised by what you discover about this place, and about these folk who call Epiphany their church home.

History

This parish was founded in 1956 in Newton as a mission parish from Church of the Ascension in downtown Hickory. Ascension later parented a second Episcopal church in 1973 in northwest Hickory: St. Alban’s. These three sister parishes are part of the Foothills Deanery of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, under Bishop G. Porter Taylor. Each parish has its own unique and wonderful quality as a community of Christian faith in the Episcopal tradition. We are grateful to be part of the Episcopal presence in Catawba County.

The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church strives to live by the message of Christ, in which there are no outcasts and all are welcome. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be as followers of Christ.

We may not have all the answers, but we welcome all your questions. That’s because we believe we all have something more to learn from one another — and always more to learn about ourselves, our world, and God. The Episcopal Church does not ask you to check your mind at the door. Our ability to reason is a gift from God. Come and grow in understanding through silent meditation or group discussion. Come and learn more about two thousand years of church history. Come and learn every day to better understand God’s presence in our lives.

Namesake

Epiphany is the Greek word for “appearance” or “revelation.” It is the Christian feast day that celebrates the “shining forth,” or revelation, of God in human form in the person of Jesus Christ. Epiphany also commemorates the arrival of the Magi who followed the star to find Jesus and bring him gifts. The feast falls on January 6.

As a parish, we at Epiphany strive to be mindful of our name. We gather as followers of Jesus Christ - God who became flesh and dwelt among us. We have seen God revealed to us in many ways. We bring both ourselves and our gifts to Him. The faithful who have gone before us are beloved saints in light and give us a heritage of inspiration to continue our ministries.

The light of faith that shines from within each of us gives our parish strength and purpose. Our hope is that we are nurturing Christ’s light in our souls. As a parish, we intend to bring the lights of love, hope and grace into the dim places we encounter in our journey of ministry in Jesus’ name.