Starting June 11 we will have one service at 10:15am for the summer. This is a good rhythm that helps unite us as a church and a great opportunity for us to be together at one time during service.
In 2017, we are sending 5 teams around the world! We hope to create a culture at EPIC marked by a passion for lost, a desire to go to unreached and unengaged people groups around the world, a commitment to share the Gospel, and a passion for the glory of God among the nations. We are sending 2 teams to South Asia along with teams to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and MFuge (a middle-school mission experience).
There is still time to be a part of one of these teams! The trip to Mexico still has open spots but you must apply soon.
This years Women’s Retreat will be held at Black Rock Retreat Center. This is an opportunity for the women of EPIC Community Church to have a time of fellowship, rest, spiritual growth, encouragement, and most importantly to spend time with and learn more about Jesus through the book of Ephesians.
For more information visit the Women’s Ministry Table before/after Sunday morning services at EPIC, or e-mail
To register, click HERE.
If you are around EPIC for a few minutes you see and hear a phrase repeated often, Not to Us. It comes from Psalm 115:1, “not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name give glory…” In a selfie-culture dominated by self-promotion, we want to be a people who declare “Not to Us.” We are here not for our glory but for the glory of One much greater, God. We are encouraging everyone at EPIC to stop at 1:15PM every day and pray. Its a way for us to collectively turn to God and pray, especially for the church and for our mission in the world. So, set a reminder for yourself and join us at 1:15 every day. Use this time to pray especially for the work of God in your life and in EPIC.
EPIC meets in 2 Services at 9:30am & 11:00am at Ripken Stadium (club level). Every Sunday we transform the Club Level into a unique space for church. We hold services on one side and our children’s ministry meets on the other side. People often comment that it is one of the most unique places they have ever been to church.
The stadium fits who we are as we are a church that cares about the community and wants to be a part of it (Ripken Stadium is a big part of Aberdeen and Harford County). It also fits our casual, come-as-you-are culture.
We serve coffee, bagels and doughnuts every week. When you arrive, you will find ample parking, signs, and friendly people to help direct you where to go. The service is about an hour. We also have a safe and fun environment for children birth through Grade 5.
Baptism is a way for a person to publicly identify as a follower of Jesus. In baptism we picture that just as Jesus died and rose from the dead so we have died to our old way of life and begun a new life with Jesus.
If you are interested in baptism, read the information below then submit the form below to indicate your interest.
I want to be baptized
We are so excited for you that you have an interest in baptism. More than anything we are excited about the work that God is doing in your heart. This is not meant to be an exhaustive treatment of baptism but just a guide to help you consider this next step in following Jesus.
Baptism is at the very heart of the Great Commission that Jesus gave to the church. He told his followers to “make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:18-20). So, clearly baptism is important. So, we want to briefly state why then help you take the next step.
First, what is baptism?
Baptism is primarily two things: a statement and a picture. First, baptism is a statement. Baptism is the biblical way for a person to identify him/herself with Jesus Christ. Throughout the book of Acts, we see a consistent pattern: people trust in Jesus to save them and they are baptized. Baptism is a way of saying, “I am identifying myself as a follower of Jesus and I am trusting in His death and resurrection to save me from my sin.” It’s a statement of belief and identification. Baptism is also a picture. When the person stands in the water before being baptized, that represents their life before trusting Jesus. They were alive to sin, following and obeying it as their master. When the person is put completely underneath the water, that represents the fact that they died to sin when they became a believer; they turned away from sin to follow Jesus. When the person comes up out of the water and is completely wet, that represents the new life they have because of Jesus. They have been washed clean from sin – not because their bodies are wet but because they have been forgiven by God because of Jesus’ death in their place (see Romans 6:1-4, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21-22).
Should I be baptized?
You should be baptized if you have cried out to God to rescue you from your sin and trusted in Jesus’ death and resurrection alone for salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16-17 and Romans 10:9-10 all explain how someone is saved: we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot save ourselves and we cannot earn salvation. So have you made that decision to cry out to God to save you? It might sound like this: God, I confess that I am broken and sinful and cannot save myself. So I trust in Jesus to save me through his death and resurrection. I confess him as my Savior and Lord. Help me to follow you. Amen.
I am ready to be baptized at the next baptism. What should I do?
First, let us know (fill out the form below or fill out the response card at church). On the day of the baptism, come 15-20 minutes early for service and find the Pastor who will be baptizing you. Consider what you will wear. You can really wear whatever you don’t mind getting wet. The best thing for men to wear is a t-shirt and pair of shorts. Women can wear the same thing. Women, please don’t wear white or anything that would be revealing (some women like to wear a bathing suit under shorts and t-shirt). Bring a towel and a change of clothes. You will be asked to repeat a statement like the following before you are baptized: I confess that I am broken and sinful and cannot save myself. So I trust in Jesus to save me through his death and resurrection. I confess him as my Savior and Lord. If you would like to share any part of your story of coming to Christ, please write it down, keep it to a page or less and submit it at least a day before the baptism.
What if my child wants to be baptized?
This can be challenging for a parent. You want to encourage your child to take the next step of baptism if they have trusted in Jesus Christ. However, you also want to make sure that they are at a developmental place where they can really understand the decision that they are making. Pray about it, talk to one of the Pastors, and talk with your child. Here at EPIC we believe that the parents are the primary ministers to their children and therefore have the best gauge on whether their child is ready. For this reason we encourage the parents to process with their children and take them through the questions below. Some of the things we suggest is that your child be able to remember the event as an adult, understand what baptism is and why they would do it, and be able to physically get baptized (being dunked under water). Although it is up to you as the parents to determine if your child is ready, we do require that the child is going into to First Grade or older and that children talk to a Pastor. As a parent take time to really consider if your child is showing any evidence of God’s work in his/her life: growing love/desire for God, hunger to read the Bible and learn about God, desire to share with others about God, softer heart, etc. If your child cannot answer the questions below then it is probably best to wait.
- Who is Jesus and what has he done for you?
- Why do you want to be baptized?
- What does baptism mean?
- Have your trusted in Jesus to save you from your sin and have you surrendered your life to him?
At EPIC, we provide parents an opportunity to dedicate their children and commit themselves to raising their children in the Lord.
At EPIC, a parent commissioning is a public event at which parents dedicate the raising of their children to the Lord. Parents commit to live their lives by the grace of God in such a way as to be a positive example of a follower of Jesus. Dedication before God in the Church means that parents realize that the Church should have a large part in the spiritual growth of the family. The church should know families and their children so that we can give prayer support, assist in teaching, provide opportunities to serve and grow, and provide an environment of encouragement, accountability and grace to help families grow. We love families at EPIC and are committed to providing a great environment for children to grow and learn. We believe that this dedication is more about the parents than the children. It is the parents who are committing themselves today to raising their children in a godly home and pointing their children to the Word of God, to Jesus, and to His Gospel.
Contact Kevin () – our Family Ministry Pastor – for more questions or to sign-up for our next Parent Commissioning.
Whether last Sunday was your first Sunday with us or you have been with us for a while, you may have some questions about EPIC. You may also wonder “what’s my next step?” or “how can I get plugged in?” Or perhaps you have heard us discuss Partnership at EPIC and you want more information about that. If so…Starting Point is for you! Sign-up below to attend the next Starting Point (food and childcare provided) at Ripken Stadium following the second service.
We will have three services on Easter, April 16th (9:00, 10:05, 11:10) on the club level of Ripken Stadium. Come discover a love that won’t fail!
We’re excited to announce that Text-to-Give is now available! Click here to watch the 1-minute instructional video, or view the instructions below.
Setting Up Text-to-Give
- Send an amount (example: $5 or $1.00) to the short code 84321. This is a shared short code that may be used by other churches in the area.
- If your phone number isn’t set up for text-to-give, a setup link will be sent back. Tap the setup link to be guided to the next step.
- Select your church. A list of churches in the area will be suggested. If your phone number is recognized by Planning Center Giving, the appropriate church will be listed as a “Suggested” organization.
- Enter your email address and, if prompted, your name.
- Enter the payment method you’d like to use for text-to-give. If you’re already a donor and you’ve added a payment method before (for instance, a bank account for ACH or a credit card) then you can optionally log in to access your saved payment methods.
- Complete your initial setup donation. The initial donation will go to the church. Once the initial setup is complete, all you have to do from now on is text an amount to 84321 🙂