Epiphany celebrates the light of Christ being revealed to the wider world. This is symbolized by the visit to the manger by the Three Wise Men, also known as the Three Kings or Magi. According to the Gospel of Matthew, they followed the star of Bethlehem to find Jesus and present Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Every January, on the Thursday closest to January 6th (Epiphany), we have a shorter Communion service, and then gather the community for the season’s final singing of Christmas Carols and the Burning of the Greens (Christmas trees, wreaths, and evergreen ropes), a dramatic and powerful event, which takes place on the large, open field behind the church. Imagine candles, a bonfire in the field, and singing your favorite carols with friends and family. (But don’t worry: the local fire department is on hand to keep us all safe!)
Having completed the Twelve Days of Christmas, we celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord, and burn our Christmas greens. The greenery used to decorate for the Christmas season has served its purpose, and the bonfire from burning them celebrates the light and warmth of Christ coming into the world on one of the darkest (and often one of the coldest) nights of the year.
After the fire, we all go inside the church, where the celebration continues with hot chocolate and tasty snacks.