Here’s the Evangelism Report for 2016. Thanks, Hugh!
The Greeters and Ushers are doing an excellent job in welcoming everyone and are extremely helpful in getting the very important contact information for visitors so that we can follow up with emails. As a result, we have been able to prepare a Church Photo Directory of the Epiphany Family with the outstanding efforts of Elizabeth Harbor. What we need now is a very nice, small handout that visitors can take home to remind them of what a great little church we are.
B. MUSIC SUPPORT
Esther Hart is an outstanding pianist and violinist. From her preludes, the hymns that we sing, and her closing postludes, she makes Epiphany a wonderful place to worship!
We do an outstanding job in welcoming and embracing newcomers. Father Wells sets the standard. He knows your name from your initial introduction to communion; he knows your name forever! The congregation follows his standard and it is like the old TV Show Cheers “Everybody Knows Your Name”! Keep up the good work!
D. PARISH CONNECTIONS
The special church dinners prepared by the ladies and men of the church are always wonderful and enjoyable. Foyer Dinners and House Blessings have been wonderful this year! These are special events in our church life and are a wonderful time to connect more closely with our church family. Hopefully they will continue! Lee Borden does a great job with the Epiphany Website, and everyone is encouraged to view the website weekly and proved updates and suggestions to him.
E. EVENT EVANGELISM
The Annual Blessing of the Animal Service and Handel’s Messiah were the two annual events that we held this year. The Vestry discussed a number of ideas and proposals for event evangelism this year, but no actions were taken or adopted.
F. FUTURE NEEDS
We need significant improvement in our efforts for Church growth! We need more members, including younger families. This includes having the ability to offer nursery care for small children, vacation bible school in summers, etc. We need a dedicated budget for this area. Our goal should be to have, within 2-3 years, more families in Church service on Sunday morning than we have on Saturdays for Beans and Rice. The Congregation’s support and suggestions are needed and welcomed!
Hugh Thompson, Vestry Member