EpiphanyScoop.com is a website dedicated to promoting and chronicling the activities of Epiphany children, youth, families, and friends. Please visit for a closer look at our kids in action at Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, on the acolyte trips, and much more.
Our children and youth are active participants in our parish.
When you walk through the doors, you’ll see that children and youth have a strong presence at Epiphany. Step stools at the drinking fountains, quiet play bags and activity books in the narthex, a Jesus doll waiting to greet children in the Commons Room, classrooms full of hands-on materials, hot chocolate mix at coffee hour, newspaper clippings of our active kids on a bulletin board – these are just a few signs before you even step into worship. The youngest are invited to worship with their parents, while children from 3 to third grade are welcome to attend Junior Worship (aka Bird Church) in the common room in the parish hall. You will see youth in worship serving as readers and acolytes. At the Peace, the crew from Junior Worship rejoins us for the eucharist, a small person will carry the children’s offering to the altar along with the adult ushers, and families receive communion together. After worship, youth are seen taking down the flags as younger children race around the lawn while their elders chat.
On Youth Sunday in early June, they take all the lay roles in the service: ushering, reading the lessons, leading the prayers, offering a variety of musical talents, and preaching the sermon. A wonderful Epiphany tradition is for a graduating senior to take on the role of preacher at each service.
Throughout the year, students support church activities by acting as waiters and bus people for our Shrove Tuesday pancake supper as well as other meals, helping out with parish clean-ups, serving on the vestry and search committees, working alongside other parishioners at Good Shepherd Church once a month, and showcasing their talents in the Christmas pageant and annual Talent Show. The youth willingly join with parishioners of all ages in the Advent Event, decorating the parish tree, making Christmas ornaments, crafting wreaths, baking cookies, and assisting the younger children with their efforts. Confirmands are paired with parish mentors as they prepare for confirmation, faithful adults lead Sunday school workshops, and dedicated volunteers guide acolytes. Epiphany treasures and supports our children; Epiphany children and youth are our present as well as our future.
We welcome children to participate in the Eucharist from birth. The youngest can receive a blessing from the priest, then, when their parents feel they are ready, they are welcome to partake of the sacraments.
At Epiphany, children are seen – and heard.
Students from grades 7-12 gather weekly with “Uncle Rick” Little for an informal time together. Often using the Gospel or collect as a starting off point for lively discussion. At least once a month, The Group convenes to Duffy’s, a Clarks Summit coffeeshop, where parents can be spotted tagging along and joining in on their discussions. This crew is charged with the awesome responsibility of creating and staging the annual Christmas pageant (with the younger students assisting as cast). Each year they offer the parish a unique perspective on the Christmas story.
Becoming an acolyte is a right of passage at Epiphany. Children count the years and months until they are 11 or in fifth grade and can join the ranks under the tutelage of Uncle Rick Little. Epiphany acolytes provide dedicated service to the Lord’s Table by participating in both services as crucifer, youth reader, and aide to the priest during the Gospel reading and preparation of Communion.
Once a month during the school year, usually the first Sunday, acolytes meet following the 10:30 a.m. service for instruction, fellowship, and pizza. Every October they travel to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for the National Acolyte Festival. Funds for this trip are raised primarily through the Adrien Miller Memorial Chicken Barbeque held the last Sunday in April.
Vacation Bible School
Epiphany youth are the backbone of our successful VBS program. We could never do it without the talented youth of Epiphany along with their counterparts at Trinity Lutheran Church. After completing grade 6, students are encouraged to share their experience and skills by helping out as volunteers. Click here for information on how to be a part of the latest program.
Confirmation classes are scheduled periodically when there are a number of interested students (seventh grade and up) ready to explore the commitment. Our last class was confirmed by Bishop Sean at Epiphany on May 1, 2016. Anyone interested in an upcoming class can contact the church office at 570.563.1564.