The Acolyte Corps of Church of the Epiphany includes adults and youth who serve at the altar assisting the priests or by participating in the processional traditions of our worship. They serve at all parish services and on special occasions, including baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals.
Lectors lead the parish in listening to the Holy Scriptures during all of our worship services. By reading the lessons appointed for the day for the parish, the lector invites us into listening to the Holy Spirit and how God is calling each us forward in ministry.
Eucharistic Ministers are persons that assist the clergy with specific ministries during worship. They help with reading the lessons of the day, voicing the prayers of the people, and distributing Holy Communion. Similar to acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers serve at all parish worship services that include Holy Communion.
Through laughter and rehearsal, the choir gathers on Sunday mornings to support worship through the beauty of their voices. The choir is an all volunteer choir, and new voices are always welcome!
This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy extending hospitality and sharing the warmth of the Epiphany community. Volunteers arrive to church services early to set up the welcome table prior to the service, hand out bulletins, help seat visitors or parishioners who need assistance, and fulfill the oblation duties.
This ministry creates ways for the community to steward God’s gifts including time, treasure, and talent. The Stewardship Ministry works alongside our rector to plan and execute our stewardship campaign each year in the fall.
This ministry provides financial analysis and insight to the vestry related to Parish finances. The committee usually meets 6-8 times per year depending on the needs of the parish.
This is a ministry of prayer and fellowship. Members get to know one another well, and are key components of supporting many of the other ministries. This group makes sure that the sanctuary is clean and readied for each service and event that occurs in the church. Many members are needed for this ministry, and work on teams of three rotating with a Saturday to Saturday schedule.
Property Management Committee
The Property Management Committee, provides leadership and direction for proper management of Epiphany’s facilities. The group typically meets monthly for an hour to discuss property maintenance and enhancement initiatives. Two parish-wide work days (one in the Spring and one in the Fall) are organized by this team as well.
In support of all parish ministries, the communications ministry helps the parish stay up to date in web and print communications. From the weekly newsletter to our website to our social media channels, the communications ministry helps us share the Gospel in the new public square!
Join this ministry of friendship and fellowship and help us organize ways for our parish to grow in relationship with each other and with God!
Chapter One Book Club
Meeting once a month, the Chapter One Book Club discusses books across genres. The books are chosen by the members of the book club each month. Join this ministry and help us organize the monthly meeting, inviting newcomers to join us, and more!
Meeting a couple of times a month, the CareConnect ministry makes phone calls to parish members to check-in with folks and to identify pastoral needs in the parish. We need leaders to help recruit volunteers, provide training to ministry members, and to schedule calling volunteers on a monthly basis.
Community of Hope
Community of Hope ministers volunteer to serve as companions to members of our parish who are going through a difficult moment in life. With special training provided once a year, Community of Hope ministers assist our clergy in tending to the pastoral needs of our parish.
Sunday Coffee Hour
Providing a space for friendship and welcome, our Sunday coffee hour is where we get to know each other over a hot cup of joe and a donut! In the pandemic, we have moved it to Zoom to facilitate friendship and fellowship.
Just Off-Broadway Talent Show
A fun-filled afternoon of humor, song, music, and spoken word acts, the Just Off-Broadway Talent Show is a showcase of the many, many talents at Church of the Epiphany!
Family and Children’s Ministry
With a special focus on our children and families, this ministry puts together formation programs for our children and families as they grow into the fullness of the stature of Christ. From Sunday School to VBS to special events, this ministry is all about nurturing the youngest members of the church of today!
The Youth Ministry is a ministry for youth by youth. Adults are present to keep everyone safe, but the thrust of the ministry is defined by our youth as they travel their own journey of discipleship.
Working alongside the rector, members of this ministry help to create a calendar of interesting adult formation offerings over the course of the year. From regular Sunday offerings to seasonal programs to baptism and confirmation preparation classes, this ministry is all about going deeper into the faith.
Provide financial support to Paz de Cristo and Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank.
Provide food for the Meals-to-Grow program through Matthew’s Crossing.
Facilitate food collection at Epiphany and delivery to Matthew’s Crossing.
Habitat for Humanity
Provide hands-on assistance at build sites. Provide financial support. Occasionally provide lunch or morning snacks for work volunteers.
1. Provide support to teachers and staff of Flora Thew Elementary School throughout the academic year with notes of encouragement, classroom supplies, and more.
2. Stock books for children and youth in a Little Free Library on our church campus.
Child Crisis Center
Provide clothing. shoes and socks, pajamas, and Easter Baskets to children at this crisis center. Baskets are provided by volunteers of East Valley Wildlife as an annual fund raiser for their organization.
Connected with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we collect food, blankets and toys for animals at the Arizona Animal Welfare League. Animals are blessed by the Rector.
Valley Interfaith Project
Valley Interfaith Project has been in the area for over 30 years and has worked through interfaith relationships to advocate for a more just and loving society. Leaders in this ministry help our parish stay abreast of those things impacting our community most directly and help us to discern a response that is faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.