The expression of God’s love through outreach happens in many ways at Epiphany. We feed and house the homeless; we fill and fund food banks, and we help people find homes. We also teach, and we create opportunities for the shared worship of God. The genesis for all service at Epiphany Parish comes through the energy of individuals seeking to live into God’s vision for creation. Learn more about our Service & Outreach ministries and partnerships in this video presentation from Have a Heart 2021.
Epiphany’s service and outreach work always happens in relationship with community partners. We see what they’re doing, and we ask them how we can help. In this way we respond to the communities’ needs.
When: Wednesday mornings
Time Commitment: About 2 hours, depending on where you live.
Parish volunteers pick up cases of fresh produce and eggs from MacPherson’s Fruit and Produce on Beacon Hill and deliver it to the Central Area Food Bank at the East Cherry branch of the YWCA in Madrona. The typical order fits in the average station wagon, SUV, or even a small hatchback such as a Prius. This food is purchased with money parishioners give to the Hunger Basket each Sunday as they go to the altar for communion. For more information, contact Holly Boone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Friday nights
Time Commitment: Friday, 8:30 pm–Saturday, 8 am
Every Friday night, eight men in need of a safe place to sleep are welcomed to bunk down in Epiphany’s Christie House Library. Our guests arrive by van from the Operation Nightwatch Dispatch Center and help set up the sleeping area and clean up the next morning. Two parish men serve as overnight hosts and sleep on site. For more information, contact Terry Carlisle at email@example.com.
When: Fourth Thursday of the month
Time Commitment: From 6–8:30 pm
Every fourth Thursday, Epiphany’s Teen Feed crew gathers at a church kitchen in the University District to cook our famous enchiladas for young people currently experiencing homelessness. For more information, contact Ann Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Last Saturday of most months
Time Commitment: 9 am–noon
Families new to the YWCA’s transitional housing find a warm, clean, inviting space, thanks to Epiphany’s volunteer cleaners and decorators. We furnish the apartments with donations from parishioners and stock them with basic supplies, including books and toys which the residents can keep when they leave. It’s a lot of fun and makes a great family project.
For more information, contact Ann Beck at email@example.com.
This organization is dedicated to the support of institutions in the Holy Land that serve underserved populations through the Archbishop of Jerusalem. Epiphany parishioners on pilgrimage visit some of the institutions we support financially every two years.
Haiti Micah Project is an organization that helps destitute kids in Mirebalais, Haiti. Epiphany provides financial support for their strategic focus on three primary programs: The Year-long Feeding Program, the School Assistance Program, and the Trade School Program.
The Compass Rose Society supports the work of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Communion. Founded in 1994 at the Old Palace in Canterbury, the Society has become an important financial resource to the Anglican Communion, as well as valuable voice in communicating the news of the work of the Communion, helping to maintain and improve worldwide harmony.
Epiphany’s support of Nicolás Fund for Education (NFE) continues a relationship with the Guatemalan village of Belén, which our parish sponsored through Seattle’s Agros Foundation in the years 2006–2011. Epiphany provides scholarships for several Belén students to attend NFE’s Nicolás Christian School in the nearby town of Nebaj.
Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, Kids4Peace is a global, grassroots movement of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim youth dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in Jerusalem and other divided societies around the world. Its programs nurture interfaith communities that embody a culture of respect for all people, preparing youth to be agents of change and influential leaders for peace.
For more information on international partnerships, contact Holly Boone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Epiphany has several seasonal collection drives including: supplies for families living in YWCA transitional housing: Easter Baskets; backpacks and school supplies; Halloween pumpkins; Thanksgiving meals; and Christmas gifts at holiday times. Contact Sherilyn Peterson at email@example.com.
Operation Nightwatch, Teen Feed, and the YWCA always need socks, warm hats and gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, aspirin, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, deodorant, and other small comforts for emergency shelter supplies. Contact Ann Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A decades-old tradition at Epiphany, the hunger basket sits at the chancel steps to collect your contributions for those who are hungry. The current recipient is the East Cherry YWCA Food Bank. Contact Holly Boone at email@example.com.
Each February, the Service & Outreach Committee invites the parish to the annual “Have a Heart” parish party following a beautiful Choral Evensong service. This event is the main fundraiser for all of Epiphany’s outreach ministries. You and parish friends will enjoy a lively evening while doing good things for our community. Contact Ann Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org.