Retreat Co-ordinator

Retreat Co-ordinator

The Retreat Co-ordinator role will initially be a 6 month contact.

8-10 hours per week worked flexibly, Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

Location: Truro (some home working possible by agreement)

Do you have a desire to encourage others in a deeper connection with God?

Epiphany House has a longstanding tradition of providing residential Christian retreats and quiet days. We are looking for someone with organisational and administrative skills to assist with arranging events, which encourage worship, prayer, and ‘getting to know God’. In conjunction with the small staff team at the house, you will be responsible for liaising with retreat leaders, assisting with marketing and preparing the House appropriately.

Please contact Operations Director Jane Lowndes for an informal discussion on 01872 857953 or email director@epiphanyhouse.co.uk

IN HIS PRESENCE

IN HIS PRESENCE

IN HIS PRESENCE is a Quiet Day led by Jane Wingrove

Friday 1st July 2022 10am – 4pm at Epiphany House

A day of worship, prayer and reflection. The day will be guided but there will be time for individual reflection and contemplation as well as group fellowship.

Cost £25.00 to include all hot drinks and a light lunch.

For all information and to book a place please contact info@epiphanyhouse.co.uk or call us on tel. 01872 857953

Bank Team Members

Bank Team Members

The Epiphany House Team require Bank Team Members who can work alongside them in providing hospitality to their Guests during the year when the house is busy and extra Team Members are required for that given period.

Duties would include serving Guests, housekeeping and assisting the Catering Team.

Successful applicants would need to have a flexible attitude as no two days are the same when providing hospitality!

Hourly rates are negotiable depending on experience, age and qualifications.

Any expressions of interest should be directed to the following email address info@epiphanyhouse.co.uk or call 01872 857953 for more information.

Epiphany House – ‘a heaven of peace and calm in what can be a very troubled world’

Epiphany House – ‘a heaven of peace and calm in what can be a very troubled world’

It’s a cold frosty morning in late January 2009 and I am to attend a meeting with representatives from local NHS and Social Services departments at a venue I have never heard of in Truro – Epiphany House. Where is it? What is it? And will I find it?!

Finally, after driving up, down, through and around a housing estate, I see a small blue sign that reads Epiphany House. As I drive up the long driveway that leads to a majestic building, of which I am in awe of, with what looks like a Chapel on the first floor? No. Never. It can’t be surely?!

As I enter the front door, a shiver goes down my spine. Then a warm feeling fills my whole body, mind and soul, just like somebody is giving me a huge hug, a feeling of peace and calm which remains with me until I leave the building.  

How can a building have such an impact on me? Why? And what has gone before to create such an atmosphere? I am intrigued and want to find out more.

In July 2011, I am blessed with an opportunity to be able to become a Volunteer at the house two mornings a week. After several weeks of ‘getting to know’ the house, the Team and the piles of ironing, which never appeared to lessen, even after hours of ironing by myself and others, I am asked to ‘sort out the office’! And so my strength of organising begins, from piles of papers to neat files in filing cabinets, the introduction of policies, procedures, risk assessments, staff training, event booking systems, covid precautions etc etc transpire. Finally, after 10 years of hard work, fun, laughter and the odd tear, the Epiphany House ‘office’ is complete!

From those early days in 2011, I knew that Epiphany House was where I was meant and wanted to ‘be’. I was asked to become a paid employee in late 2011, first as an Administration Assistant, then Administration Manager, Operations Manager and, latterly, Operations Director. However, my role at the house has never been ‘just a job’ – more of a vocation. Without wishing to sound too dramatic, its been my ‘calling’, to ‘serve’ those visiting the house, reaching out to those who, like me, have never heard of Epiphany House, treating them all the same, whether they may be a delivery driver from Amazon or the Bishop of Truro, I, like all who are fortunate enough to be part of Team Epiphany, strive to welcome Visitors as though they were Christ ‘Hospites tanquam Christus subscipiantur’

I was taught by my beloved Father that I should always ‘strive to treat others as I would wish to be treated, and in an unjudgemental and respectful manner’. This, together with the scripture above the fireplace in our meeting room, Godrevy, is what I consider to be the good practice of a hospitality venue. If, together, Team Epiphany and I provide this, we shall be practising God’s ‘work’ in providing hospitality to our neighbours, local community and beyond, welcoming both returning and new Guests to what is, undoubtably a very special place, ‘a heaven of peace and calm in, what can be, a very troubled world’.

Jane Lowndes / Operations Director

Connect Art Group

Connect Art Group

Peace at Epiphany

On Monday 21st March the CONNECT art group from Holy Trinity Church, St, Austell spent a wonderful afternoon at Epiphany House.

The group is very much about fellowship in faith, using art as one way of expressing this. This was our first outing and proved to be the perfect place for it.

After a warm guided tour by Jane, we were able to meditate on psalm 46 v 10 in the chapel, a blessed experience.

At the end of the afternoon, we were treated to tea and an amazing Victoria sponge made by Debbie!

I feel sure the this will not be our last visit to Epiphany House!

Jane Wingrove (Group coordinator )

Welcome to the Operations Director

Welcome to the Operations Director

Those of us who have known Epiphany House over the years have been struck by the way the ‘right person’ emerges to meet a need at the ‘right time.’ Some may attribute this to Providence, some have seen it as the working of the Holy Spirit, others might dismiss it as coincidence. We are fortunate indeed to have Jane Lowndes on the Team and I am delighted to report that she has accepted the invitation to take on an enhanced role in the organisation as Operations Director, a role she started on 1st January.

Her commitment to the welfare of the staff team is apparent. She has frequently acted as a sensitive welcomer to users of the House, whether they are attending receptions after funerals or birthdays or if they are attending meetings or training events or inquests. Many volunteers will have seen Jane’s skills when they help out in the house or at the large-scale events that take place in the grounds – whether it’s a fully catered wedding reception in a marquee on the forecourt, or for the site transformation that happens when Miracle Theatre bring their shows to Truro!  

Jane’s commitment to the future of Epiphany House as a thriving Conference & Retreat Centre is undoubted. The Trustees hope that a new chapter has begun, consolidating the achievements of recent years and responding to new opportunities.

Michael Tedder Chair of The Trustees

Pooh Bear & the Way of Jesus

Pooh Bear & the Way of Jesus

Pooh Bear & the Way of Jesus is a Quiet Day led by Revd Bryan West 

While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is. Either by accident or design A A Milne imbued the character he created, Winnie-the-Pooh, with many of the virtues that Jesus encourages us to develop.  Spend time with the Bear and find out more.

Date: Tuesday 24th May ’22

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: Epiphany House

Cost £25.00 to include all hot drinks & a light lunch.

For all information and to book a place please contact info@epiphanyhouse.co.uk or call us on Tel. 01872 857953

The Tuesday Team

The Tuesday Team

The Epiphany Team grows in numbers daily. People discover the house and its grounds on a walk which takes them through the beautiful grounds of the house or by word of mouth.

Our Tuesday group come along and together work to achieve great and marvellous things in the garden or the Chapel, maintaining, nurturing and caring for both, and there’s always a great supply of hot drinks and biscuits to keep all going!

One of the team, Chris comes along and helps in the garden mostly on Tuesday however when the sun shines he can be seen throughout the week keeping the grounds looking beautiful and preparing the ground in our veg patch, Chris has this to say about his time with us;

After moving to the Kenwyn area a few years ago my wife and I often walked or cycled through the grounds of Epiphany House, enjoying the beauty and tranquillity. Sometimes we would stop and chat with voluntary workers, on retirement I thought it would be good to help maintain such a lovely local resource.

After joining the gardening team, I realised how many people enjoy Epiphany House in so many ways: from dog walking, cycling, sitting, and contemplating, to sharing in worship, craft and other activities.

For me too there is enjoyment in maintaining and improving the surroundings, and in helping towards growing provisions that can be used in the house.

It has been so nice to become part of a small but dedicated team. I have made new friends with other volunteers, the staff, and people who use Epiphany House and grounds on a regular basis. It is a privilege to help preserve such a special place and see it becoming an integral part of our community.

Chris

March’22

Our Tuesday House Group writes:

We are a small group who meet at Epiphany House every Tuesday morning from 10am – 11.45am, most of us live alone and welcome the friendship and support of the group.

During our time together we care for the beautiful Chapel in the House after which we sit have coffee and a chat, we value this time spend with one another each week.

Some of the group stay and attend the weekly Service of Holy Communion at 12noon and some of us choose not to.

The Tuesday House Group is open to anyone who would like to attend, and you can choose what you would like to do, or not to do! The only requirement is to join together in friendship, support and enjoy Epiphany House and its glorious grounds.

Ros, Jane, and Joyce

If you would like to join the Tuesday Team either in the garden or The Tuesday House Group either email us on  info@epiphanyhouse.co.uk or call us on 01872 857953.

Testimonial from Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum

Testimonial from Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum

Visitors most often remark on the wonderful service they receive from our staff and the lovely ambience of the House. This month we were delighted to receive a testimonial from Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum:

“Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum have been regular visitors at Epiphany House. The grounds are very well kept, the surroundings provide a serene and calming environment for staff to meet. The meeting rooms are spacious with a cosy feel, and the equipment is new and well taken care of.

There are coffee, tea and biscuits provided that you can help yourself to.  The lunch provided was lovely, we all had Lentil Daahl that was freshly made. CVSF will continue to come back frequently as we are grateful for the thought that is put into ensuring our bookings go smoothly.”

Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum