Children and families are an active and vital part of the ministries at Epiphany. Below are a few of the regular opportunities for children’s faith development and service in our congregation during the school year.
Laraine Fraijo-Paul, Director of Children's Ministries
Cristin Davis, Committee Chair
Brian Gross, Vestry Liaison
SUNDAYS FOR CHILDREN
Children's Chapel / Sunday at 8:45 a.m. (10 a.m. in Summer)
Children's Chapel is held during the 8:45 a.m. service on Sundays during the school year. It is a joyful child-focused service with liturgy, music, a story and prayers. We learn to set the table, reverence, cross ourselves and learn the stories and songs of the liturgical year. We then process back to "big church" to join our families during the Peace, and remain for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist Parents are welcome to come to Children's Chapel anytime. Children up to age 8 (or 2nd grade) are welcome to participate in Children's Chapel.
Nursery / Sunday Mornings
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages 3 and under
Childcare is available for children 3 years old and younger starting from 8:30 a.m. in our church nursery. Jean and Charlotte have been with us for years caring for the littlest.
As our church continues to grow with little ones, it is imperative that as a community we adhere to the age limit for the nursery. No child over 3 years old is to be left in the nursery.
Children are always welcome to worship and encouraged to join their families at all our services. A bulletin designed for children is available in the Narthex along with crayons.
Godly Play / Sunday School (Fall - Spring)
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Age 3.5 – Grade 5
At Epiphany we utilize the Godly Play curriculum for children ages 3.5 to 5th grade. Each classroom incorporates our faith stories in a developmentally appropriate manner. This allows children to explore and wonder freely.
We ask that parents click the button on the left to register their children for this Sunday School !
OTHER FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES
Wednesday Night 6:15-7:15 p.m. (Fall - Spring)
SMA stands for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! These three friends faced a fiery furnace to stand up for their beliefs! The SMA Group (for Children 3rd-6th grade) focuses on building community by sharing a meal together, serving one another and exploring faith stories of friendship and Jesus’s time on earth. We will focus on having fun and growing healthy friendships.
We meet Wednesday nights 6:15-7:15 p.m., and begin with Compline in the Nave.
If you want to participate in the supper offered Wednesday evenings, be sure to RSVP by 11 a.m. Tuesdays at epiphany.org/rsvp. The dinner is served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $10/adults, $6/children 10 and under.
Parent volunteers are needed to help with this program; please email Laraine to find out how you can help!
Children’s Choirs / Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons
Pre-K – through unchanged voices
Choirs include Beginning Choristers, Intermediate Choristers, and Junior Choir. Contact: Julie Ryder, Organist and Choir Master if you would like for your child to join our choir program.
Look for current dates and information about service opportunities, Feast Days and special events (such as Kanuga, the Epiphany pageant and Easter egg hunt) in our church newsletter, The Epiphany Star, or the children’s ministries newsletter. If you would like to receive these newsletters, contact Laraine Fraijo-Paul or the parish office.
Adult volunteers are essential for making these programs and events successful and meaningful. Ask us about ways that you can get involved or support these ministries to children at Epiphany!