Church of the Epiphany
104 Epiphany Court
Amherst, VA 24521
Rev. Canon Charles H. Nalls
Services are Sunday at 11:00 am
Bible study Sunday at 12:45 pm and Wednesday at 10:30 am.
Blessing of the Badges-Tuesday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m.- Amherst County Sheriff’s Office-There will be a blessing of law enforcement officers and officials to mark the Feast of St. Michael, the patron saint of police. Blessed St. Michael’s medals and prayer cards will be given to those in attendance. Officers on shift or otherwise unable to attend should leave their names to receive a medal and card. A service of Holy Communion will follow at the parish at noon, and LEOs and their families are cordially invited. Church of the Epiphany enthusiastically supports our law enforcement community which is remembered in prayer intentions at all services
Please note-All parish programs and events may be subject to COVID restrictions. Please check the parish website or social media page for specifics prior to an event.
Blessing of the Badges-Tuesday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m.-Amherst County Sheriff’s Office-There will be a blessing of law enforcement officers and officials to mark the Feast of St. Michael, the patron saint of police. Blessed St. Michael’s medals and prayer cards will be given to those in attendance. Officers on shift or otherwise unable to attend should leave their names to receive a medal and card. A service of Holy Communion will follow at the parish at noon, and LEOs and their families are cordially invited.
Church of the Epiphany enthusiastically supports our law enforcement community which is remembered in prayer intentions at all services.
Blessing of the Animals-Saturday, October 3rd -There will be a series of blessings of animals to mark the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
9:00-10:00 a.m.-In front of the Chapel at Sweetbriar College
10:30-11:00 a.m.-Stables at Sweetbriar College
Noon-Mass of St. Francis at Epiphany Church
1:00 p.m.-Community blessing of the animals at Church of the Epiphany (parking lot).
St. Francis medals and prayer cards will be given out to all. Please be sure that your pet is on a leash or otherwise under your control to avoid any incident.
Saints Alive!-October 31st to November 4th, Parish Hall- Coinciding with the Feast of All Saints, a part of the Rector’s collection of icons of saints of the British Isles will be on display in the parish hall. Icons are religious works of art, most commonly paintings. The most common subjects include Christ, Mary, saints, or angels. Though especially associated with “portrait” style images concentrating on one or two main figures, the term also covers most religious images in a variety of artistic media, including narrative scenes. The Rector will give a brief talk on iconography after the Mass of All Saints on November 1st just before the Adult Study.
Veterans’ Day/Armistice Day Commemoration-Wednesday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the War Memorial on Main Street. We have notified the town of our intention to commemorate our veterans with a wreath-laying and prayers at the “hour the guns fell silent” in the First World War. We are contacting veterans’ organizations for their participation. Armed forces veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms or an emblem showing their branch of service. A memorial Mass for the fallen will follow at the parish at 12:30 p.m. Please note that there will be no Bible study on this date.
Adult Studies-A new study on the Revelation of St. John will begin on Sunday, September 20 at 12:30 p.m. (There will be no study on September 13th to allow for the preparation of the course.) A packet of handouts will be available to participants. All are asked to read through the book once before the class meets.
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-Parish hall-The study of the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel continues. This will be followed by a class on the Book of Daniel, which will conclude this cycle of the study of the Major Prophets. The availability of student packets will be announced as the starting date for this class approached.
Afterschool and Homeschool Programs Update-It appear that between thirty and forty percent of Amherst County students will not be returning to the classroom. Some will be homeschooling and others will be attempting distance learning through laptop computers. The distance learning component will particularly problematic as much of the county still lacks good internet access.
We will be attempting to serve the needs of students in two ways. First, we will be installing an internet “hot spot” here in the parish to allow students to access the net several hours a day in a safe environment. Our location adjacent to the county library also makes Epiphany a good location for access to study resources. In addition, we are working to offer homeschool enrichment for an hour or so three days a week in the mornings. Our parishioners have skills in Spanish language, social studies, and other areas where we could augment homeschool curricula.
This will require of our relatively small parish a strong commitment on the part of volunteers. As well, much will depend on the assistance of parents of the students. At present, the rector is reaching out to identify homeschool parents and students wishing to have afternoon access to study hall.
READING AND SERVING: THE BASICS-November 20-21st 2020
Please note: A limited number of rooms are available at the rectory for those overnighting. For all interested in the diocese, the Church of the Epiphany will offer a course for lay readers and servers on Friday, November 20th beginning at 6:00 p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21st. We will cover the basics of serving and reading the Epistle at the Holy Communion, conducting morning and evening prayer by lay readers, and reading of a prepared sermon in the absence of clergy. A fee of $20.00 will cover continental breakfast, lunch, and materials. Several copies of Ritual Notes will be on offer at a discount for a separate charge. Lunch options will be sent by e‐mail to participants in mid‐October along with the prepared sermon to be read.
Lay reader participants will have the opportunity on a voluntary basis to present sermons or portions of morning and evening prayer on video for review and suggestions. Young men are particularly encouraged to attend as you will help forge the future of the Church. Clergy also is encouraged to attend with their people both to help with the program and to have an opportunity to observe particularly newcomers to these vital ministries of the church. The list of successful participants will, with approvals by parish clergy, be forwarded directly to the bishop for the Advent licensure cycle.
Bill McClenny died yesterday February 16, 2020, in his sleep from a heart attack The viewing will be at Driskill’s tomorrow from 6-8 p.m. The service will be in Driskill's chapel at 11 am. Wednesday the 19th. Bible study is canceled this week.
I just approved the proofs of the Lenten daily devotional from the printer. D.V., it will be here by the end of the week. I will be doing a talk on Lent and Lenten discipline at Church of the Epiphany, Amherst, Virginia on Saturday, February 22, at 12:00 noon. A book signing will follow. By tomorrow, I hope to have a page up on the St. Hilda of Whitby website (Indeed, I hope to have a site up!), with a PayPal option to order. The cost will be USD9.95 plus S&H.
The Reverend Canon Charles Nalls
Rector Church of Epiphany
Carol Robinson Senior Warden
Bonnie Gooding Junior Warden
Bazaar Nov. 23, 2019, just some of the items
The Bishop's visit Sunday, Oct. 27. He will be Instituting the Rev. Canon Charles Nalls as Priest and Rector of Church of the Epiphany
Saturday, October 5, Church of the Epiphany in Amherst, VA. will be holding a Blessing of the Animals at the Church from 12 to 1. Bring your pets and have them blessed. Dogs are required to be on a leash.
Woman of Epiphany meeting 11 am Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Evi's
Sweetbriar College the blessing of animals on the
Feast of Saint Francis. October 4, 2019
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Januray 6, 2019 Meet Rev. Canon Charles H. Nalls our new Priest-In-Charge
Church of the Epiphany Christmas Tree at the
Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 23 at 1 pm.
Christmas Day Service 11 am Rev. Canon Charles H. Nalls
The Annual Meeting will be next Sunday, December 2 after the service
Bishop Lerow Visit Sept. 9 2018
Bibles Dedicated to Father Crites
On Sunday, July 1st the Church of the Epiphany (Amherst) dedicated large print King James
Version Bibles to be placed in the pews in memory of The Rev. William Crites.
Fr. Crites had served Epiphany for many years and was Priest-In-Charge at the time of his death in February 2018. In addition to serving at Epiphany Fr. Crites, with his wife Lois, started St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Lexington,
Virginia. He also faithfully served congregations in Clifton Forge, Blacksburg, and Charlottesville.
After the Service, July 29 we are having a luncheon at the Briar Patch.
Morning Prayer All Sundays in April 11 AM
Morning Prayer March 4
Holy Communion March 11
Morning Prayer March 18
Holy Communion March 25 Palm Sunday
I have received confirmation from Fr. Crites daughter Eileen that they will have the service start at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 17. Not sure where as soon as I know I will let everyone know.
A request from Eileen: for those you want to send food please delay until the funeral service. Right now only Eileen and Michael are at the house and by midweek only Michael.Everything is greatly appreciated, whenever anything is done in memory if Fr. Crites.The family is still getting everything arranged hope to know more this week.With great sorrow that I inform you Fr. Crites passed away at 3:16 pm February 2. As soon are I get more information I will let everyone know.
Eileen Fr. Crites daughter called a short while ago to give a update on her father.
On Monday he saw the Dr. and discussed his results. The consensus was not to try any medication and slow down what he has been taking. As of yesterday, he is under hospice care. As long as he is not moving he is not hurting.
The family asked No visitation or phone calls.
Eileen is keeping me posted and I will pass it on.Please keep the whole family in your prayers.As it stands right now, We will have Morning Prayer Sunday, February 4 and Fr. Weiss will celebrate Holy CommunionSunday, February 11.
Senior Warden: Carol Roninson Junior Warden: Eldon Cox Helen Lewis John Hoover Charles Patrick Other Church officers Treasurer: Rob Robinson Administrative & Vestry Secretary Carol Robinson
The annual parish meeting
will be Sunday, December 10
after the service with a potluck to follow the meeting.
Sunday, December 24, 11 am Morning Prayer
Christmas Eve December 24, Holy Communion 7 pm
Christmas Day December 25, Holy Communion 10 am
Don't forget It's time to turn your clocks back.
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 5 - meaning when the clock strikes 2 a.m., we'll be "falling back" an hour to 1 a.m.
Homer Caldwell said there would be a memorial for Phyllis, at their house Saturday, Nov. 11th., from 1 'til 4. The address is 235 Riverville Rd., Route 600, go right on Rt. 60-East. It's about a quarter of a mile, at the top of the hill, on the left.
The ladies of Epiphany will be meeting at the church
Wednesday, October 11 at 11 am
Funeral arrangements for John Nash
Funeral arrangements for Canon Wallace C. Shields
As most of you know by now, Canon Wallace Shields entered the gates of
On Sunday morning April 23 at 8 AM Ed Lewis passed away.
Maundy Thursday, April 13 will be celebrated in the undercroft
Good Friday, April 14 the church will be open at 12 noon with a service at 2:30 pm
Vestry for 2017
Senior Warden: Helen Lewis Junior Warden: Eldon Cox Evi Kirkmam John Hoover Charles Patrick Other Church officers Treasurer: Rob Robinson Administrative & Vestry Secretary Carol Robinson
Because we had to cancel church last Sunday. This Sunday, Jan. 15 we will celebrate Epiphany. The service will be Morning Prayer at 11 AM.
Church services for tomorrow Jan. 8th. has been canceled due to the snow.
Happy New Year and may God bless everyone.
Holy Communion Sunday, January 1, 2017, at 11 AM
Christmas Carols at 6:50 pm
Christmas Eve Service Saturday, December 24, 7 pm
Christmas Service Sunday, December 25, 11 am
Annual Meeting will be Sunday, December 11, after the service with a potluck to follow.