Ministries

The Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir, led by our own Peter Weinrich, is a dedicated and talented group of women and men who provide beautiful vocal music for our Sunday morning worship service. The choir practices two times a month on Wednesdays, after the healing service, and again on Sunday mornings just before worship.

The Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir, led by Kim Gant, is a committed group of ringers who provide an additional form of music to the worship service through the art of handbell ringing. The bell choir rehearses every other Sunday afternoon from 4:30-5:30. Participation in the bell choir is open to to members or non-members who have a basic skill of music reading and wish to enhance their musical experience through playing handbells.

Sunday School for Adults

Sunday School is offered on a small and lively scale. The Adult Class meets in the church library, and is led alternatively by the rector and other adult class leaders. We do studies based on Bible history or on the weekly lectionary texts, or we study the meaning of our Episcopal tradition – why we do what we do.

During last fall we studied the life and traditions of the Episcopal Church. During Lent and then the Sundays following Easter, we have been studying in detail Jesus’ Twelve Apostles, their ministry with Jesus, and then the earliest days of the church.

The altar on Easter Sunday

The Altar Guild and its Flower Committee

The Altar Guild and its Flower Committee provide a quiet, behind the scenes way to serve and know the Lord. The members work together in teams to set up for every service of worship the church holds. There are special details that follow closely the rhythm of the church year, enhancing the meaning of worship for all who attend services at Epiphany.

The enrichment of faith from participation in the altar guild which is expressed by those women (and men) who are Altar Guild members is equaled only by their dedication and careful attention to the beauty of our Episcopal worship. They are appreciated greatly by their parish and by their rector!

Episcopal Church Women and Men’s Fellowship

The women and men of the church are automatically members and invited to fellowship in the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) or in the Men’s Fellowship. The ECW meets quarterly for lunch after church. The Men’s Fellowship meets monthly for dinner on the third Sunday evening of the month.

Both groups participate in various ways in the life of the parish, as they so choose. The groups provide a good way for members to get better acquainted with each other, besides at coffee hour after church.

Youth Fellowship (EYC)

Youth Fellowship (EYC) is held for young people in grades 6-12 throughout the year, sometimes combined with Confirmation Class activities. The Youth Fellowship for school year 2008-2009 will be meeting once a month for some kind of outing, or for pizza and a movie. This past year the youth went to see the Body Worlds exhibit at Discovery Place in Charlotte.

The youth did service projects throughout the year, including the Walk for the Cure, working at The Corner Table Soup Kitchen in town, and helping the Outreach Committee collect cell phones to exchange for phone calling cards for American Soldiers deployed overseas. They deepened their spiritual journey by going on a labyrinth walk at the outdoor labyrinth owned by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newton.

The Order of the Daughters of the King

The Order of the Daughters of the King has a chapter here at Epiphany. It is the St. Teresa of Avila Chapter, and we have 10 members. The Daughters take vows to be involved in this ministry of daily prayer and service for Our King and Savior Jesus Christ, for their parish, and for the wider church. This chapter is only two years old, and has already added a spiritual dimension to our parish that has blessed all who go here.