Church School (Pre-K – 5th grade)
Church School is for children from preschool through high school and is offered on Sunday mornings during the program year from 9:45 to 10:45 am. All classes meet in the Church School wing, in individual classrooms, each staffed by experienced and loving teachers.
Our Church School is an inclusive community of children led by adult parishioners, both parents and non-parents. Our vision of Church School is of a place where love abounds, where children gain a deeper understanding of God in a space where they are free to question and explore their faith. Church school is conducted throughout the school year, every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month.
On the first Sunday of each month, children in pre-school through 5th grade spend time worshiping, listening and responding to a Bible story or lesson where they have the opportunity to share their thoughts, questions, and prayers as they explore their faith.
Journey to Adulthood (J2A)
Is a complete youth ministry program of spiritual formation for young people in 6th – 12th grades. Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities are just some of the methods used to underscore its core messages. It encourages teens to explore the four areas of Self, Spirituality, Sexuality and Society, and learn to connect their faith to all areas of life.
There are three two-year segments of the program: Rite-13, J2A and YAC. Each section lasts for two years, and that 2 year grouping of teens will stay together until they graduate from High School. We have been using this program at Epiphany since 2004, and we are so proud of all our teens who have gone through the program!
The first two years focus on celebrating the individuality of each young person and his or her creative potential. The Rite-13 liturgy, reminiscent of the Jewish bar and bat mitzvah, brings this segment to a close.
The middle portion of the program engages youth with the skills and critical thinking needed in adulthood. The youth plan and embark on a pilgrimage together at the end of this segment. A mentor and student work together as they prepare for Confirmation.
Young Adults in Church (YAC)
YAC students are encouraged to accept more adult responsibilities and to contribute their time, talent and treasure in ways that support the ongoing work of the church. Vocation and development of a personal credo are also emphasized.