Rumford pilgrims explore life with Christ

A group of pilgrims at Epiphany, Rumford, has completed an eight-month journey — through a series of books. All 46 participants “graduated” at a Pentecost celebration at Epiphany June 9.

They participated in a Pilgrim Series program, based on a series of short books from Church Publishing that help both long-time and new Christians “explore what it means to travel through life with Christ.” The first four books focus on how to be a follower; the second four explore how to grow into that identity.

“We wanted to help form disciples,” explained the Rev. Jennifer Zogg, Epiphany’s rector. “Our members had tired of Christian formation in an episodic approach. The Pilgrim Series helped us find something more consistent that can deepen our spiritual formation.”

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Church Profile: Epiphany, Rumford

Epiphany began its Episcopal ministry in the Rumford section of East Providence in 1944, known then as St. Michael and All Angels. In the years since, Grace Episcopal in the Phillipsdale neighborhood of East Providence (1990) and St. Martin’s in Pawtucket (2007) merged with St. Michael’s, and today we are known as Church of the Epiphany.
Through our 50+ year old thrift shop ministry, partnership with the Bread of Life Food Pantry and support of East Bay Community Action we serve the East Providence, Pawtucket, Seekonk and Rehoboth communities.
We are a creative and curious parish congregation that values valuing lifelong adult spiritual formation, including weekly Pilgrim Series this year. And we’ve developed well-loved alternative worship opportunities beyond Sunday morning to offer a variety of encounters with the Holy Spirit — from Holy Hiking days, monthly Candlelight Compline, Advent Labyrinth walks and Simple Table dinner churches, all actively involving young and older alike.
Church of the Epiphany, 1336 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford; 401-434-5012; the Rev. Jennifer Zogg, rector. Bishop’s visitation February 24