Children and Families

17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sistera] in need and yet refuses help? 18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.  -John 3:17-18 (NRSV)

Contact serve@epiphanydayton.org to serve or to learn more about any ministry.

Adopt-a-Family Program

Providing Gifts and Food at Christmas

 
 
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This annual Epiphany tradition embraces many struggling families by providing food, Christmas gifts, and mostly hope at Christmas. Epiphany disciples buy, wrap, and give Christmas gifts and food to the most needy in an effort to share the love and teachings of Jesus by providing the gifts of hope to those hungry for joy.
 
This ministry also provides the opportunity for congregation members to experience compassion, benevolence, and kindness. Each “adopted” family works with their social worker and writes a wish list. The wish list includes suggestions such as a toy or two for the children, but often times includes socks, underwear, shoes, or other necessities like diapers. Each “adopted” family also receives the gift of groceries and a turkey so they have a meal on Christmas day. The social workers describe the parents of these “adopted” families as very grateful and touched. This program provides for families who would have nothing and brings smiles to children. It is a small way to love Jesus by serving others.

How You Can Participate

This ministry’s work is primarily from Thanksgiving through the first two weeks of December each year. Wish lists provided to Epiphany for families identified by area social workers are provided to allow time for shopping and wrapping. Gifts and food donations are donated in early to mid-December. Volunteer opportunities include:

•    Select a family and shop for/provide gifts
•    Christmas gift shopping
•    Donate groceries or financial contributions
•    Set up tables in Celebration Center for gifts and food donations
•    Help sort and bag donated food
•    Help load gifts and groceries into social workers’ vehicles on pick-up day (social workers pick up donations)

Epiphany Quilters

Wrapping Children with Quilts of Love

 
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The Epiphany Quilters’ mission is to express our love and caring for families from the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Epiphany Quilters create one-of-a-kind quilts for babies and children. Each child receives his or her very own quilt to keep and snuggle. Our hope is that children are comforted and do not go to bed cold. Through this ministry, we teach and share God’s love, quilting skills, and pass this heritage on to others.

How You Can Participate

Combining creativity and compassion, quilters (new and experienced) meet once a month and/or work on their own to lovingly create quilts for children of the homeless and financially distressed. Although basic knowledge of hand and/or machine sewing helps, this group is open to anyone willing to learn and share their compassion.
 

We hear that children often comment things like, “You mean it’s all mine?” or “I get to keep it forever?”  It is rewarding to us as quilters to know that each child has something of their very own that can be both useful and playful. We like to think each child is “Comforted in God’s Love!”

Team hELP

Epiphany’s Preschool Serving the Community

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God and children are the top two priorities at Epiphany’s Preschool. Each year, our preschool families and parent group, Team hELP, participate in community service projects that support organizations specific to children and families. For example, Team hELP supported “Snuggled Up,” a non-profit organization that provided children in need with their own beds and bedding through Snuggle Kits. Each kit includes a soft air mattress and pump, sheets, a pillow, and a cuddly blanket tucked away in a storage container for safe-keeping and distribution to children in need. Epiphany Preschool’s hope is that children will be more prepared  for the school day ready to learn, play, and grow because they will have had a good night’s rest. 

How You Can Participate

To learn how you can work with Epiphany’s Preschool and their service ministries, please contacthphillips@epiphanydayton.org or call the Preschool at (937) 433-8715.

Storybook Project

Connecting the Imprisoned to Loved Ones

 
The Storybook Project is Epiphany’s Prison Ministry. As disciples of Christ, this act of service helps bring to life Matthew 25:36, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
 

This program is built around the simple idea that men and women in prison should have the opportunity to read to the children they love.  This ministry also allows the imprisoned to read to any other close family member, such as a sibling, parent, aunt, uncle, etc. The knowledge that these people will hear their voice works wonders for both the resident and the Epiphany volunteer.

Dedicated Epiphany volunteers visit the MonDay Community Correctional Institution two or three Saturdays each month, taking books, CDs, and CD recorders with them for the inmates to choose for their children.  As they read the book, their voices are recorded onto a CD along with a personal message for the child.  The books and CDs are then sent to the children so they can hear their mother’s or father’s voice and know that they are loved and missed.  

How You Can Participate

Both the men’s and women’s programs are in need of volunteers. Our volunteers schedule their visits according to their own time constraints on Saturdays.  Some volunteers visit as few as 2 or 3 times a year and others more often.  Please consider volunteering for this wonderful ministry.  It could be a great enhancement to your life!!  

Back to School Supply Drive

Equipping Families in Need with Tools to Learn

For some families, equipping their children with the basic supplies for learning can be tough during trying economic times. A backpack filled with school supplies empowers children to return to school ready to learn. Our hope is to help these families so children can work hard, succeed, and know God loves them and so do we. 

How You Can Participate

The need for school supplies is great. Each summer, generous supporters help provide paper notebooks, rulers, crayons, glues, pencils, pens, and other items with a contribution to Epiphany’s school-supply drive for the needy. We encourage people to not only stock up for their own students, but to also help stock school supplies for the needy. Designated areas are set up each summer for people to leave donations of school supplies. The Epiphany Pantry also collects new and gently-used school uniforms starting during this time. 

Hannah’s Treasure Chest

Enhancing the lives of children in need by providing clothing, furniture and toys

Hannah’s Treasure Chest is a not-for-profit organization in Dayton, Ohio that provides social service agencies in Montgomery, Butler, Greene and Warren Counties with clothing, furniture, toys, books, and other essential items for children. The assistance from Hannah’s Treasure Chest greatly enhances programs already provided to children in the Miami Valley.