Build your own Epiphany activities
Build your own Epiphany activities

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In liturgical traditions like the Episcopal Church, faith formation activities tied to seasons are becoming more and more important. Commitment to a year-long program seems daunting; a 4–6 week commitment is much more manageable.

Easter falls in the final week of its allowed range this year, which means we have a substantial “Season after the Epiphany.” Why not take advantage of the extra time and create fun, thematic Epiphany activities for your congregation, class, or small group? Since the feast itself falls on a Monday, you still have the whole week to get organized and launch!

The Epiphany is all about God being manifest in and to the world, so it’s a particularly appropriate time to name the places where we have seen God in our lives and communities. Seasonally appropriate questions include the following:

  • How have I experienced God through my relationships with friends and family?
  • How is God shedding light on my work or study?
  • How is Christ in the creche (or on the cross) present in current events and popular culture?

Internal processors may be particularly drawn to a writing practice for this reflection. External processors may do better with a prayer group or discernment circle. The digitally or artistically inclined might enjoy remixing the #radvent or Rethink Church daily photo activities with an Epiphanic spin. (I’d love to hear your ideas for a creative seasonal hashtag—the best I could to was #lighthascome, inspired by the feast’s reading from Isaiah.) And anyone can benefit from reflecting on their day with God using the Examination of Conscience bookmark.

As you brainstorm with other leaders, remember these questions for a successful seasonal faith formation activity:

  • Are we balancing individual learning and growth with our call to be the body of Christ in community?
  • Are we accommodating different learning styles?
  • Are we building in opportunities for intergenerational engagement?
  • How can we connect this activity to our community’s worship, and vice versa?
  • What kind of learning and growth are we trying to promote (and how will we know if we were successful)?
  • Do we have a plan for ending strong and transitioning into the next season?

How has your faith community observed the season of Epiphany? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Kyle Matthew Oliver (@kmoliver) is the digital missioner and learning lab coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, a writer for Faith Formation Learning Exchange (where this post originated), and a panelist on the new Easter People podcast.

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