It is our conviction at Anglican Church of the Epiphany that spiritual formation happens best in the context of our liturgies – Holy Eucharist and Morning and Evening Prayer. Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith argues in Desiring the Kingdom that we are primarily liturgical beings, formed by the “cultural liturgies” that surround us, whether that is the liturgy of the local shopping mall or Christian liturgy. That being the case, we encourage all members of Epiphany to be involved in our liturgies, communally in our Holy Eucharist services and by praying the daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer, whether alone or in community.
We also see the need for more intentional, structured formation opportunities so we offer the following on a weekly basis:
Children from birth to age 2 are in our infant nursery and children ages 3-5 attend a pre-school class where they have a Bible lesson appropriate to their age. Our chapel program, for children in kindergarten to fifth grade, offers teaching that is tied to the weekly Gospel lesson as well as a craft and games. They also learn about figures from Christian church history, study the Anglican Church of North America’s Catechism and are taught about the church’s hierarchy and liturgy.
Men and women 18 years and over at ACE are occasionally given the opportunity to gather together for prayer and fellowship. Further details or upcoming meeting dates for Ladies of Anglican Church of the Epiphany (LACE) and for the Men of Anglican Church of Epiphany (MACE) can be accessed on the church calendar or by contacting email@example.com.
Occasional opportunities for formation include our Anglicanism 101 classes where areas of Anglican faith and practice are discussed, group spiritual direction and book discussion groups. Details on these opportunities are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.