The Church of the Epiphany - Tempe
Who We Are
What to Expect on Sunday
Welcome! As our guest, we want to make sure you feel the hospitality of Church of the Epiphany as soon as you arrive. You’ll likely meet our priest and leaders at the front door, who will greet you with a friendly hello and guide you to our worship space. As you enter our worship space, a greeter will invite you to join with the rest of our congregation in making a nametag (totally optional), and if you’d like, they will help you find a seat. During our worship, we will never single out newcomers or ask you to introduce yourself to the group.
What do I wear?
We are a pretty relaxed community — there’s no need for a suit or tie or a dress (unless you really want to wear them!). You’ll see jeans, shorts, khakis, button downs, polo shirts, skirts, dresses, brogues, sandals, and t-shirts. As long as you’ve got clothes on, we’re good.
What about children? Can they attend worship?
All of God's children (no matter how old or how young) are welcome at Church of the Epiphany! During our 10:30 am worship service, we offer children activity bags, and if you have a little one that gets a little too wiggly for your comfort level, we have a space set aside in the entrance to the church if your child needs to take a small break from worship.
Will there be someone like me at Church of the Epiphany?
Church of the Epiphany is made up of a diversity of persons reflecting the beauty in which God created humanity. We have folks from many different walks of life. Some of our diversity includes, but isn’t limited to: rich folks, poor folks, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, and trans* folks, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, left-handers, right-handers, hearing-impaired who don’t use ASL, old, young, pet lovers, pet averse, empty nesters, parents with kids, single moms, single dads, recently divorced, people with spouses who profess another religion, adoptive parents, people with spouses who aren’t religious, Caucasian, African-American, British… and our list keeps growing. We hope you’ll bring your gifts and add to our quirky, fun, diverse mix of people!
Is Church of the Epiphany an Open and Affirming parish?
We seek to be inclusive and we welcome into the full life and ministry of our church all persons without regard to age, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, ethnicity, religious background, marital status, economic status or personal ability. We celebrate the diversity of humanity as a part of God’s abundance and grace, and affirm all families and relationships based on love, respect, responsibility and trust. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, and transgender people, as well as those who are questioning, intersex, and allies are welcome and encouraged to participate in the life, ministry, and leadership (both lay and ordained) of Church of the Epiphany.
At Church of the Epiphany, we invite relationship and commit ourselves to the work of becoming beloved community in which the broad diversity of humanity is celebrated through the life and ministry of Christ’s church.
What is Church of the Epiphany doing during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
As with most churches, we have had to adapt almost every ministry of our parish to keep people safe while still doing the work God has given us to do through our savior Jesus Christ. While we continue to offer in-person worship on Sunday morning, we do ask everyone to follow our Covenant of Care while attending in-person worship services or other events on our campus.
When you arrive for a worship service, you will want to go to the welcome table to get a bulletin and to check-in with our greeters. If it is your first time at Epiphany, they will ask you for your name, your email address, and your cell phone number. We are using the information for a contact tracing list. You may receive a welcome email from our rector, The Rev. Hunter Ruffin, but you will not be added to any email distribution list without your consent.
COVID-19 Precautions Policy Update - June 2021
Masks are mandatory for any person who is not fully vaccinated (defined as 2 weeks past the final dose of a vaccine) at all gatherings and worship services inclusive of children over the age of 2.
Fully vaccinated persons may choose to wear a mask or not at all parish activities. To be fully vaccinated means a person has received all rounds of shots and at least 14 days have passed since the last vaccination.
Singing will continue in worship; unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated persons must continue to wear a mask.
Worship and event check-in will continue to be required at all parish events and services so we are able to contact people if someone tests positive for COVID-19
Events with food and drink may resume indoors beginning on July 4, 2021