We are a community of Christians ministering in Royersford and the area from King of Prussia to Pottstown and from Harleysville to Lionville. We invite you, with members of your family and friends, to come and worship with us and join us in a truly Christ-centered community. Together we will continue carrying out our mission: Bringing everyone into closer communion with God.
Established in 1888, we believe we are traveling on a faith journey and are seeking to discover God’s will and truth as we endeavor to place God first in our lives. At The Church of the Epiphany we believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we. Through worship, love and service, Epiphany strives to be a reconciling, affirming and inclusive community. We welcome you as God's creation, regardless of where you are on your journey of faith or whether you are single, married, separated or partnered. Our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability. Please visit us and feel God's welcome.
As members of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Christ, we worship in accordance with the practice of the Episcopal Church. Our Sunday worship is focused on the celebration of the Holy Eucharist as prescribed in The Book of Common Prayer and the 1982 Hymnal. We use both the Rite I said Eucharist and the Rite II sung Eucharist with organ and choir.
Children are a focus of our ministry. In 2013 we renovated a nursery space in our education building for children 5 and under. We offer church school for children 6 and over. Both the church school children and the nursery join the congregation at the peace. Starting in 2014, we offer a Sunday service for Families with young children. With the exception of certain church holy days (Easter, Christmas, etc.) and during the summer when there is only one service, families with children in the 3 to 6 years old range experience a full liturgy including hymns, bible lessons, homily and Eucharist. Children participate fully in the liturgy gathering around a special altar table for the Eucharist.
The Episcopal Church is divided into geographic regions called Dioceses. Each diocese contains multiple individual churches. Each church unit is called a parish and depends on an ordained individual for spiritual & theological guidance as well as the celebration of church services (Eucharist, weddings, funerals, etc.) The day-to-day governance of the parish is the responsibility of elected laity who work in partnership with clergy.
Our Diocese and our parish are dedicated to and follow the canons, bylaws and theology as prescribed by the Episcopal Church in the United States.
Epiphany prefers sermons based on the prescribed bible readings of the day. We practice an open communion where all are invited to partake of God’s table regardless of denomination or age.
Because we use the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) to structure our worship, lay people participate in the entire liturgy, not simply have it performed for them by the clergy. We continue that tradition of involvement, using the 1979 American edition of the BCP.
Because parts of our service are not always in page number sequence, and because we use the 1982 Hymnal (as well as other music sources), we always provide a service bulletin at every service. We also include, within each bulletin, the texts for the Collect, First Lesson, Epistle, and the Holy Gospel.
We encourage everyone to take the bulletins home so that they may later re-read them and reflect on the lessons for the day.