Children and Youth
Children and Youth Ministries are growing fast at Epiphany, with many regular participants. Our youth ministries provide opportunities for spiritual growth and age-appropriate fellowship for those under eighteen and their parents. From crafts to movies, river trips, bike rides, and the lessons of Scripture – Epiphany has fun and fellowship for all young members of the church.
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) is the group where Epiphany’s young people, from grades 6-12, can learn what the Bible has to teach them about their own life journey, providing them a safe place to explore their spirituality, build Christian bonds, discover their importance in life, and learn to be Servants of Christ. EYC meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm during the school year.and at 9:15 am on most Sundays during the school year for Breakfast and Bible. Each month we provide and serve the Coffee Hour on Youth Sundays, celebrating youth birthdays for that month.
Ways we stay connected with each other:
- Monthly Outings
- Youth and Children Garden
- Mission/Giving Opportunities
- EYC/Youth Group on Wednesday Nights
- Sunday School
Children’s Chapel and Sunday School (ages 4-12) meet during the 10:30 service each Sunday during the school year. An age-appropriate liturgy/service is followed by an activity time. Special family fellowship events include a Halloween Bonfire, Advent Wreath Workshop or craft, Christmas pageant, Epiphany party, Lenten Service project, Easter Egg Hunt, Earth Day Celebration, and the Blessing of the Animals. While youth and family ministries provide opportunities for spiritual growth and age-appropriate fellowship for the children and youth of Epiphany and their parents, volunteers are always needed. Please consider making your time and talents available to our young people.
Children from infants to 5 years of age are welcome into our Nursery on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am – noon, and for special occasions by reservation. Kay Jackson is our skilled and caring nursery attendant. Child care is also available (by request through the church office) during some week-night class times.
Safeguarding God’s Children
This online program is an in-depth educational training for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in everyday life and ministry. It was created in 2003 by the Church Pension Group in association with Praesidium Religious Services, in response to a General Convention Resolution, Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse, which mandates training in sexual abuse prevention. It is offered through the Diocese of Arizona and is required for all staff and volunteers at Epiphany who have contact with children. It reflects the national church’s standard of conduct for the protection of children and youth, and the understanding that the church will not tolerate abuse of any kind, of any individuals.
Vacation Bible School
During the summer, Epiphany collaborates with other churches in the community to provide summer Vacation Bible School. We often use the curriculum from Cokesbury, since the programs they develop are engaging, age-appropriate, and based on the Gospel messages. VBS offers something for all ages: child-tested lessons, as well as games, crafts, music, and fun!
Chapel Rock Camp
Chapel Rock is the camp and conference center operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, just outside downtown Prescott. 3-day to week-long sessions are offered through the summer for children age 5 through high school. Many Epiphany youth look forward to camp each summer. Scholarships are available from the Diocese and also from Epiphany.
Confirmation is a rite of initiation of young adults in the Episcopal church. Candidates attend 12 classes in the education of the Christian church over several months as young adults, to reaffirm their renunciation of evil, and renew their commitment to Jesus Christ. Epiphany’s confirmation service is once every other year in the summer with laying on of hands by the bishop. During the service, the people in the congregation promise to do all in their power to support the candidates in their life in Christ.
Adult Christian Education
On-going Christian education for adults takes many forms at Epiphany. Small groups meet for special study, worship, and/or fellowship. Among recent offerings are Cursillo Reunion Groups (contact Marjorie Lacy); short-term Bible study materials from Abingdon Press, including the Old Testament, Psalms, and the New Testament; Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola (contact Deborah Swift); and Listening to God/Silent Prayer (contact Sue Norris).
There’s M.O.R.E. ~ Making Opportunities for Remarkable Epiphanies
Join us on Sundays at 9:15 am for classes, discussions, round tables, and There’s MORE.
Our sessions cover a wide spectrum:
- Discussions of books by popular Christian authors
- Helpful topics for individuals and families
- Explorations of our faith
- Guest lectures about Christian sects and other world religions
- Discussions with Epiphany members who have taken their ministries around the world
Here is the line-up for July and August:
July 19: FANNY CROSBY—a Preview! Did you grow up with the music of Fanny Crosby? Did you know she wrote thousands of hymns?
Dr.. Shellie O’Neal will give us a taste of her one-woman presentation about this marvelous musician and woman of God. Then join us that evening for the full presentation! Shellie is offering this as a fundraiser for the Organ Restoration Project.
The Call: The five parishioners who told their stories had as many different ways to describe The Call they experienced. Each had a strong and touching impact, such that the group asked that the series be extended. Three others have agreed to share how their Call came about and how it has affected their lives.
July 26: The Call opens with Stephen Randazzo, who was called to the mountaintop of Denali and was transformed.
August 2: Sherman Stephens, called to serve every day, everywhere.
August 9: Peggy Harkness, who volunteered, and then answered The Call to Sunshine Rescue Mission
August 16: Ministry Showcase – Visit with those who lead many of Epiphany’s vital ministries, and learn where you may want to become involved!
On-going Christian education for adults takes many forms. Epiphany routinely hosts small groups for special study, worship, and/or fellowship. Among current and recent offerings are Cursillo Reunion Groups (contact Marjorie Lacy); short-term Bible study materials from Abingdon Press, including the Old Testament, Psalms, and the New Testament; Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola (contact Deborah Swift); and Listening to God/Silent Prayer (contact Sue Norris).
Education for Ministry
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program, offered as an education-at-a-distance course by the School of Theology of the University of the South at Sewanee, provides Episcopalians and other interested students with a deeper understanding and education to carry out that ministry.
EfM offers a four-year in-depth course, covering the basic subjects of a theological education: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theological Choices (a study of theological trends and movements in the Church). Participants register for one year at a time. Students meet locally in seminar groups of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor, who meet weekly for two to three hours during a nine-month academic year. The Church of the Epiphany has graduated seventy students over the 30 years that EfM has been a part of our community.