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Worship at Epiphany is enhanced by diverse music groups – children, youth, and adult choirs plus hand bells, instrumentalists, soloists, praise bands, and even puppets. These groups revitalize our various worship services and offer individuals an opportunity to lead the congregation with their gifts and talents. Special worship events, including cantatas, dramas, and musicals, are also offered throughout the year. Epiphany Players Drama Ministry has a twenty-five year history of using the power of theater and drama to spread God’s word through meaningful drama, to build new and renewed connections to Jesus, deepen the understanding of his teachings, and complement worship services and special events throughout the year.
 
The arts at Epiphany help children, youth, and adults grow their God-given talents and develop individually and within the church community. Both music and drama reach out to our congregation and the local communities by delivering worship experiences that glorify God and nurture God’s people. 

Children’s Choirs

A highlight to our worship services are all the little voices blended in song. Epiphany offers three age-based choirs for children three years old to sixth grade. Children bring joy to all who hear them sing. Even if it is past the annual registration window, your child is always welcome to join at any time of the year.

Special Opportunities

On many occasions, special opportunities are planned for vocalists, musicians and actors to perform, including special seasonal celebrations such as Christmas Eve and Palm Sunday.
 

Summer Musicals

Epiphany continues its 26-year tradition of inter-generational church fellowship, family sharing, community outreach, and individual growth. Over half the actors and families involved are drawn from outside the Epiphany family, providing this ministry a unique opportunity to carry out its mission. 

Children’s Christmas Musical

The Children’s Christmas Musical is a unique way for Epiphany Players Drama Ministry to connect the audience, actors, and their families to Jesus’ teachings. The annual musical is an inter-generational experience with a cast of children drawn from the community and Epiphany, consisting of children from grades 2-8, a preschool and kindergarten chorus, plus adults working behind the scenes. The Children’s Christmas Musical is typically presented in early December with auditions in late September or early October. 

Advent & Lenten Cantatas

The term ‘cantata’ refers to a piece of music written for voice or voices and instruments. At Epiphany, the selected work usually consists of multiple movements, and we typically offer two of these special, seasonal compositions each year. Rehearsals begin a couple of months prior to each cantata performance. At Epiphany, we find this music a poignant representation of the human condition and humanity’s relationship with God and eternity. The Advent Cantata is most often presented the third weekend of Advent, during worship services.

Special Guests

Epiphany graciously hosts special guest performances, such as community groups like Centerville Community Band and Centerville Community Chorus. In July 2015, Epiphany hosted a world-renowned hand bell choir from Gotha, Germany. 

The Live Nativity

Each year in December, Epiphany Players presents the annual Live Nativity. This community outreach event shares the birth of Christ as it may have been and includes live animals, a constructed manger, caroling, and a tableau of actors. Enjoy a warm-up indoors with refreshments and fellowship! The Live Nativity usually takes place on a Saturday evening, just prior to the fourth Sunday of Advent.

The Jubilate Handbells

Epiphany has a rich history with its handbell choir going back to the 1980’s. Epiphany’s handbell choir supporters even raised funds to purchase and give two sets of handbells to start new choirs in two churches in Germany! A handbell choir is a group that rings recognizable music with melodies and harmony and acts as one instrument, with each musician responsible for particular notes. Our Jubilate Handbells perform during worship services about once per month, with a special presentation during traditional worship during Advent.

Puppet Ministry

Our puppet ministry presents the Word of God to the Epiphany congregation during worship services, Vacation Bible School, and other audiences in a fun and engaging way. We use colorful puppets, large signs, props, and upbeat music. Audiences young and old delight in the message delivered by our puppets. Puppets are open to students in fifth grade through adults, and we present in worship a few times each year.

Epiphany Chorale

The Epiphany Chorale offers praise and worship through song for our traditional 10:15 service at the Far Hills Campus. This friendly group of singers openly welcomes new members from high school age and older who have a desire to learn the art and technique of singing; the joy of learning and singing hymns, gospel, spirituals, and classical repertoire. No auditions – just show up at rehearsals. 

Praise Bands

Praise band members grow musically, share their spiritual leadership and fellowship, and provide a venue for instrumentalists and singers to share their talents. Teams of vocalists and musicians on drums, keyboards, bass or electric guitars bring energy and enthusiasm to our services. We have inter-generational, adult and youth opportunities.

Production Teams Behind the Scenes

There is no way that one person can take on all of the jobs of a theatrical or musical production. These roles are just as important as the performers and musicians, but they’re just not visible or “on stage.” We’re always in need of people to set up and tear down, construct sets and props, coordinate volunteers, alter/sew costumes, move set pieces, operate lighting and sound equipment, host/usher, dress backstage, organize publicity and create programs.