Isn’t Howe Chapel in a mortuary?
We’re so glad you asked about that. Yes, the chapel is located in the Howe Mortuary. There are a number of reasons why we choose to worship at Howe.
First and foremost, the chapel at Howe is an attractive space for worship. Anglican tradition has long supported the beauty of a worship space as an important aspect of our worship. The chapel at Howe fulfills that tradition with its stained glass window, amenities, and acoustics.
Second, our hosts, the Howe family, have provided this space for us at a reasonable price that allows us to use the gifts and donations of money we receive from our members to directly support our vision for outreach, missions and proclaiming the Gospel, rather than for buildings and property maintenance.
Third, the space has additional meaning for us when we look at Christian history. It is fascinating to think that the early Christians actually worshipped in catacombs, or burial spaces, due to persecution! In light of our Christian faith, it doesn’t seem strange to consider that one would choose to worship in a place where one is reminded of his or her mortality. The message of the Gospel is, after all, life after death. We are reminded every Sunday that we need not fear death as it is but a passage to eternal life. We will live on as Jesus has died to set us free from the bondage of sin and death. Worshipping in a mortuary can aid in our wholesome understanding of who we are in the eternal scheme of things.
Is it uncomfortable to worship in a space used for funerals?
Not in our experience. The building’s primary use is not obvious during our worship on Sunday mornings, apart from the name on the building. The space available to us in the building includes the chapel with its beautiful stained glass window, the restrooms, and several fellowship rooms. We have exclusive use of the building on Sunday mornings (and occasional special service times) and no funeral arrangements are evident at those times.
Where can I park?
Howe has a parking lot in which you can park in long rows behind the cars ahead of you. Street parking in the area is free and plentiful, including in front of the building.
Do you have a Sunday School and/or infant care available?
We do not have Sunday School at this time. We love having children in our service, so don’t worry if they make some noise! We also have a private space available for nursing mothers. An infant changing station is located in the restroom up the ramp to the right side of the chapel.
I’m not familiar with liturgical worship. Will I feel out of place?
Not everyone who attends Epiphany always attended liturgical churches. Printed bulletins are provided for you to follow along with the service, and you can participate as much or as little as you are comfortable. Many Epiphany members who came to the liturgical tradition later in life express a renewal of their faith through engaging with the time-honored and deep words of the liturgy. The best way to learn about liturgical worship is to jump in and experience it!
Our singing worship includes a mixture of traditional hymns and contemporary Christian music under the leadership of Nick O'Connor.
Can I take Communion at your church?
Holy Communion, sometimes called Holy Eucharist, is offered at all of our Sunday services, and is valued as the most important part of the service. Anyone who is baptized and who loves and follows Jesus as their Savior is welcome to take communion at Epiphany. If you don’t wish to receive, you can still come forward and simply cross your arms across your chest to receive a blessing from the minister. We also offer healing prayer for any who desire it during this part of our service.
Where can I find out more about Anglican traditions and beliefs?
Some of the foundational statement of beliefs of the Anglican tradition include the Nicene Creed and the Thirty-Nine Articles.
The Nicene Creed says:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.