There are many opportunities to serve either in-house or in our outreach programs.
Lay Readers and Eucharistic Ministers: Epiphany has a small cadre of licensed lay reader/chalice bearers serving at the 9:30 am service and one serving at the 7:00 am service. There are many opportunities for service in these areas.
Eucharistic Visitors: Visit and provide communion to home-bound congregation members as requested and needed.
Prayer Group: As the Holy Spirit moves the participants, the Prayer Group meets once a month for an hour of prayer for ongoing and special concerns of the congregation, the Diocese, the Anglican Communion, and individuals.
Altar Guild: The Altar Guild is comprised of parishioners who are dedicated to the glory of God by preparing and displaying the appropriate decorations and linens for each church season especially during high holy days. Prior to Sunday and Wednesday services, flowers are meticulously arranged on the altar and the items for Holy Eucharist are properly prepared.
Acolytes: Acolytes of all ages find this ministry spiritually rewarding. The youth assist in serving on first Sundays.
Ushers and Greeters: Our ushers and greeters assist the congregation during church services and present the congregation’s offerings and symbolically carry hosts and wine to the Celebrant for blessing and consecration on behalf of the congregation. The ushers and greeters are also in the forefront of greeting visitors by giving lei and introducing them to the congregation.
Choir: The all-volunteer music program at Epiphany includes two long-time organists, as well as a choir director who also plays the organ and piano and composes service music. A nine-member choir leads the singing at the Sunday 9:30 a.m. worship services from September through May. We sing traditional hymns from the 1982 Hymnal, along with more contemporary hymns from the other approved Episcopal hymnals.
Music: Hymns and service music are performed at the Sunday 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. services. Epiphany is fortunate that occasional guest singers and musicians perform during services.
Epiphany presents three free seasonal concerts each year. A Fall Sacred music concert, a Christmas concert and a summer pops concert. The concerts feature musicians and singers from the parish and guest musicians and singers from the community. The three concerts feature sacred and secular music, including an annual Christmas concert.
Sunday School: We can always use help teaching our children and youth.
Sleepovers & Weekend Camp: Fun learning activities include sleepovers in the lounge and weekend camps at Camp Mokuleia, the Episcopal Church campgrounds on the North Shore of Oahu. Parents and helpers are always welcome to make these weekends special for all involved.
Adult Formation: A committee meets once a month to plan Afult Forum held on Sundays between the two services. Consider joining this committee, or if you are well versed in an aspect of scriptural, theological or spiritual studies consider sharing your talents in the Adult Forum.
Scholarships: We have 2 established scholarship funds that help graduating high school seniors in their college careers.
HOSPITALITY & FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES
Hospitality: The Aloha (Hospitality) Committee’s goal is to make Epiphany Church a warm and inviting place to worship while enjoying the fellowship of others. The hospitality committee organizes various fellowship functions such as Sunday coffee hour, third Sunday Fellowship breakfast, Epiphany Pageant BBQ, Christmas Parade BBQ, Annual Meeting, Independence Day Brunch and movie night in conjunction with the Formation and Nurture Committee. We are always open to any suggestions for other fellowship opportunities.
Angels of Epiphany: The Angels of Epiphany was formed by combining the former Senior Citizens Group and Women of Epiphany into a single organization. It is dedicated to fellowship and selected projects. Fellowship consists of shared meals, either potluck or at a local restaurant, and trips to local attractions. The Angels’ projects vary throughout the year. For example, bake sales and rummage sales are conducted to support activities such as providing small gifts during various holiday or special occasions (i.e., Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas, etc.).
Epiphany Menehunes: The Menehunes are a volunteer organization of parishioners and friends of Epiphany who contribute to the maintenance of Epiphany Church buildings and grounds, including the rectory. Throughout the years, the menehunes have helped in various church projects, such as landscaping church grounds, painting throughout the buildings, restoration of the rectory, undercroft reorganization and cleaning, and numerous other tasks. The monetary savings to Epiphany has been immeasurable. Those who have participated enjoy the camaraderie and practical stewardship, while planning and working on the various projects.
Part of Hawaiian folklore, menehune were thought of as dwarf-sized folk who were expert craftsmen and fishermen.
Annual Family Camp: The Epiphany Church Picnic and Family Camp is held at Camp Mokuleia on the North Shore of Oahu on Admissions Day weekend in August each year. Camp Mokuleia was founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii in 1947. Campers arrive on Friday afternoon and stay in the lodge or in tents at the campground. It is an informal weekend of fun and fellowship. We swim at the beach and in the pool, fish, hunt for sand crabs at night, sing along at the Campfire, and make the most delicious s’mores!! There are excursions to Haleiwa and Waialua and various other sites on the North Shore. Eucharist on Sunday is conducted on the beach and includes church members who have not camped, but arrive that day. Following the service are relay games and lunch. We invite members of Good Samaritan Church to join us for the day. All activities end on Sunday afternoon.
Epiphany Church believes that its primary mission, in response to the Great Commandment, is to serve the needy. To act upon that belief, the Outreach Committee coordinates and plans the outreach efforts in support of organizations described below. All parishioners may participate in these outreach efforts. A committee member is assigned to be a contact person for and to the ministry organization. Unless it is otherwise noted in the descriptions, contact Lot Lau, (737-9307) chairperson, for questions, information or donations.
Aloha Harvest is a non-profit organization that rescues quality, donated food and delivers it “free of charge” to social service agencies feeding the hungry in Hawai‘i.
Waikiki Health Center is a private, nonprofit, federally qualified community health center that provides a wide range of medical and social services regardless of ability to pay. We welcome donations are clothing, hygiene items.
PATH Clinic, a program of the Waikiki Health Center located on 22nd Avenue, provides health services to women with past or present addiction issues, new and expectant mothers and women experiencing houselessness. Welcome are donations of adult, infant and children’s clothing, hygiene items, diapers, children’s toys.
Youth Outreach (YO) is a program of the Waikiki Health Center that provides services to runaway and houseless youth and young adults through offices at a house in Waikiki. The program provides street outreach, showers, laundry, personal hygiene items, canned goods and meals, case management, counseling, and health/medical services.
Welcome donation items are school supplies, personal hygiene items, canned goods, backpacks.
Institute for Human Services (IHS) operates two homeless shelters in downtown Honolulu. Clients are provided basic emergency shelter services (sleeping accommodations, meals, hygiene, laundry, storage, mail service). Epiphany volunteers provide a full evening meal at both the men’s and women’s shelters on the third Sunday of every even month (six times per year). The number of persons fed averages 250 men, women and children. Volunteers from the community also help to prepare and serve meals. Contact Person: Karena Yee 927-4591.
Family Promise mobilizes existing community resources, depending most on religious organizations, to aid families with children experiencing homelessness and help them transition to sustainable independence. Epiphany assists the Family Promise mission by being on call to support another congregation hosting families. We assist by helping the host congregation provide and serve meals. Contact Person Wayne Keola Akana.
Palolo Elementary School is located in Palolo Valley along 10th Avenue. We welcome are donations of books, magazines, school supplies-pencils, crayons, paper, etc. Parishioners volunteer by reading to students and also help with major cleanup projects.
Palolo Homes, officially known as the Mutual Housing Association, is a non-profit property development and management organization dedicated to providing quality, safe, and affordable rental apartments for households earning less than the median income for the State of Hawaiʻi. It provides housing at 306 units. Epiphany supports it with donations of household supplies, clothing and shoes, furniture, appliances, monetary donations.