Welcome to the website of Epiphany Church in Newport, NH, a church dedicated to mission through outreach to the community. After a joyous Christmas celebration, we are now in the Season of Epiphany!
Our main weekly service has changed from Sunday at 10 am to Saturday at 5 pm!
Saturday January 20 — Epiphany 3 5 pm Eucharist, Epiphany, with Upbeat Choir
All are encouraged to attend to share in our Mission as we move forward in 2018! We enjoy the dedicated service of our Priest, the Rev. Jay MacLeod. We now also have that of our new lay Missioner of Newport, Aaron Jenkyn.
On Saturday November 18 we received this news, sad for us, but wonderful for our beloved Curate, Kelly Sundber Seaman. The Plymouth/Ashand congregations sorely need her talents as 2 very different parishes progress with merger.
” I need to share with you the news that I have been called to become the first called priest-in-charge of a developing church partnership between the Church of the Holy Spirit, Plymouth and St. Mark’s, Ashland. I will be joining this congregation on January 1 and my last day of service at Epiphany will be December 12.
There is more I wish to express– the deep love and appreciation and gratitude I feel for you and all the people of Epiphany, and how thankful I am for all you’ve done to help me begin my life as a priest. For now, I want to make sure you are up to date about this development and to assure you of the Bishop’s and Jay’s commitment to continue the course we have set out to follow for the ongoing renewal of mission at Epiphany.
Bishop Rob will be contacting you this week to arrange a time to meet with him. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you all in worship on Saturday evenings” .
On Saturday December 9 Kelly presided over her last Eucharist at Epiphany. We recognized her faithful service to us in this time of Renewal for our Ministry in Newport. After church we had a potluck supper, and gave her gifts! We surely shall miss her!
On Saturday October 28 we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Jay preached about the life and vocation of Martin Luther. And he pointed out the as Episcopalians we are both Catholic and Reformed, following the Via Media. We closed the service with the great Lutheran hymn, A Mighty Fortress is our God!
On Saturday August 26 we welcomed our Bishop to his annual Visitation to Epiphany. He consecrated our new altar! We greatly appreciated the help of our Music Director and Upbeat Youth Choir.
We are now a Mission of the Diocese of New Hampshire. We look forward with joy and anticipation to the future as we continue to do the work Jesus has asked of us, as we expand our ministry to the wider community! We are exploring an even closer collaboration with St. Andrew’s this year, while continuing to work with other Newport churches to foster God’s work in this world.
We met at length with our Bishop on June 7, and confirmed our plans at a Bishop’s Committee meeting on June 18.
With a willing spirit, the Church of the Epiphany is launching a new vision of how we worship, and how we join with God’s mission in our neighborhood. Both Bishop Rob and Canon Kevin were moved and impressed by Epiphany’s eagerness for renewal, and we have their full support. There are 3 key aspects of this renewal:
1) Our WORSHIP SPACE will be re-ordered, using the main space of the nave, on a single level. The baptismal font will be moved to a central place. One end of the space will hold the ministry of the Word (the readings and our responses), the other end will be where we celebrate Holy Communion, gathered around a newly constructed altar table. A team of parishioners is working hard and quickly to effect this transformation. Can you lend a hand?
2) UPBEAT CHOIR: Launched following a children’s singing camp August 14-18, Epiphany’s liturgy will be influenced by the music of UpBeat, a children’s singing group. Upbeat Afterschool (on Fridays) will join our Monday Epiphany 4H Explorers program, as we serve God by providing opportunities for the children of Newport and nearby.
3) Our WORSHIP TIME: from August 19, the Saturday following the summer UpBeat camp, Epiphany will worship on Saturday evenings at 5 pm. It may make sense for our fellowship time after worship to become a light supper.
During our period of renewal the Renewal Task Force met each Thursday evening at 5:30 pm to discuss the way forward.
On June 30 our discussion was two-fold, both physical and emotional. We decided that the floor would be of refinished wood, and that screening would not block off our stained glass window. We also talked about how to support and encourage each other during this time of change, and and about the need to nurture the faithful as we make room for those whom god will send our way.
And on July 5 the physical rearrangement of our worship space began! We first worshiped without pews on July 9 – the congregation was unanimous in its appreciation of our new open space!
Read on! And we hope you will visit our church as well! We are open to all who seek to deepen their knowledge and love of God!