When asked to name themselves a few years back, "The Group" is the moniker they chose. The Group comprises students from grades 7 - 12. They meet Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30 or so under the leadership of "Uncle Rick" Little. They can often be found at Duffy's Coffeehouse in Clarks Summit where the establishment provides an oversized coffee filter for their offering basket. Other weeks, they gather at the church in the fellowship hall. Their project each fall is planning the annual Christmas pageant. There is usually a full house on pageant Sunday to see their unique telling of the ancient story of Jesus' birth. Along the way, there are many theological discussions to justify perspective and content. In winter and spring, weekly topics can range from how the day's Gospel speaks to them to sharing what a random item drawn from a can says about their personal faith. Always fresh, always relevent to their lives. Anyone in grades 7-12 is welcome to participate (we just need a parent or guardian to fill out the registration form below for anyone under 18).
An acolyte is an assistant to the celebrant in a religious service or processional. In the Episcopal Church acolytes can be female or male and range in age. At Epiphany, our acolytes begin around age 10 and continue through high school. (Adults acolyte as well, generally at the Saturday service and special services such as weddings or funerals). Acolytes serve in worship by carrying processional cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel book, holding candles or "torches", assisting a priest (or deacon) to set up at the altar for communion and clean up after, handing the offering plates to ushers, and other tasks during the service. At Epiphany, serving as a youth acolyte is a rite of passage. From a very young age, children aspire to become an acolyte under the tutelage of "Uncle Rick" Little (who was, himself, an Epiphany acolyte, oh so many years ago). A highlight of the year, is the October trip to Washington, DC for the National Acolyte Festival. 2019 will the the 34th consecutive festival attended by Epiphany acolytes. The trip is funded by the Adrian Miller Memorial Chicken BBQ held annually on the last Sunday of April